Discover Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s wall. Battered, a bit broken, but in the most part still standing this is a very beautiful walk for any keen walker, historian, or anyone keen to walk a set route for a good period of time. Some routes are easy, some, harder, making Hadrian’s wall a wall for almost everyone.

The wall was built to divide Scotland and the invading Romans. It also makes a fantastic walk for anyone keen for a (scenic) challenge over around 4 days. 73 miles long, which would have been 80 roman miles long as they did things a bit differently then, this is a challenge well worth undertaking!

Hadrian’s wall is not intact for the whole distance and means that you can walk along stretches of it. There is a trail which is 84 miles long which can be walked along most of the wall. This is clearly sign posted and can be followed from east to west , or west to east, Eastbound means you start in quiet Solway and end up in the city, and vice versa.

Hadrian’s Wall Accommodation

Camping can be difficult and local hostel and hotels are often used instead. A guided walk will arrange all your accomodation for you, and the price is usually included. The bonus of  a walking holiday is that your food, luugage, snacks and transport is all taken care of- meaning all you do is walk.

The River Tyne

Rules of Hadrian’s Wall

It’s a bit of a grim point but if you do camp, or if you are out walking need to ‘go’ out on the trail, you can’t dig a hole – you must use a bag. You can then put this in a bin.
Legally, dogs can come with you but be aware that the sheep aren’t as keen on man’s best friend as you are, and that some guesthouses might not be either. Make sure you pack enough water for both of you in case of a lack of taps.

Hadrian’s Wall – The Walks and Routes

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail Path can be walked and it usually takes around 4 days, accounting for sleeping time. You can walk the trail for a certificate, but this needs to be stamped at stamping stations en route- but this only runs from 1st May to 31st October.

The wall (depending which way you walk it!) runs from Raven glass, from the side of the Irish Sea, the home of a Roman Bath. The end point is the Roman Fort Museum in South Shields.

Ravenglass when the tide is out

You can get a map which shows the walks gradients and you can take a strenuous path, or an easier route.
There are a number of other walks that could be done that can incorporate Carlisle or Newcastle so you can see the city.

5 days (3 walking days) from Carlisle

• Day one : Carlisle- explore

• Day two: Take the 93 bus to Bowness. (15 miles) and back to Carlisle.

• Day three: Carlisle to Walton (11 miles)

• Day four: Walton to Gilsland (8 miles)

• Day 5 – Sightseeing in Carlisle – catch Carlisle castle or cathedral

Carlisle Castle

What to see:

Carlisle offers a variety of things to do and see from the New mills trout farm in Brampton, Gretna green shopping, Carlisle racecourse, as well as Solway coast area, Solway Aviation museum and the Walby Farm park.

5 days – (3 walking days) – Corbridge to Gisland

Day 1: Arrive Corbridge/Overnight

Day 2: Walk to Chollerford/Wall: 10m

Day 3: Walk to Once Brewed: 12m

Day 4: Walk to Gilsland: 9m

Day 5: Onward Travel

What to see:

The picturesque village of Corbridge is located just south of the wall, and leads you to the Roman Wall. The walk takes you through the wonderful empty landscapes of Northumberland into Cumbria, finishing in Gilsland. See forts, milecastles and turrets, museums, visitor centres and more.

Houstead's Roman Fort

6 days (4 walking days) from Newcastle upon Tyne

• Day one: Arrive in Newcastle and take a tour!
• Day two: Take the metro to Wallsend and walk to Newburn (12 miles) return to Newcastle
• Day three: Wall Newburn to Chollerford (17 miles)
• Day four- Walk from Chollerford to Steel Rigg (12.5 miles)

What to see:

Newcastle city offers Chinatown. Grey street known as ‘the loveliest street in England’ the quayside, The Biscuit Factory art gallery, the BALTIC centre of contemporary art, Hatton gallery, Seven stories, the centre for children’s books, Theatre Royal, the Tyne bridges and more.


On the Road

8 days (7 walking days) Newcastle to Bowness

Day 1: Arrive Newcastle/Overnight

Day 2: Walk to Heddon: 15m

Day 3: Walk to Chollerford/Wall: 15m

Day 4: Walk to Once Brewed: 12m

Day 5: Walk to Walton/Brampton: 16m

Day 6: Walk to Carlisle: 11m

Day 7: Walk to Bowness: 15m

Day 8: Onward Travel

What to see:

Discover the vibrant city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne leading into Northumberland and then on into Cumbria, finishing at the mouth of the River Solway. See the Solway Firth, forts, milecastles and turrets as well, and take photos of the beautiful landscapes along the way.

How to buy:

The link to our Hadrian’s wall tours can be found here.

Have you tackled Hadrians Wall? What route did you take?

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