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Trekking Hadrian’s Wall

£995 per person. Secure your spot today with a £200 deposit. 7 day trip.

We can also offer a 4 day trip!

Hadrian’s Wall Path is a wild, wonderful walking holiday from coast to coast, much of which is in the magnificent and rugged remote countryside of the Northumberland National Park.  Walking along Hadrian’s Wall you enjoy landscape, history and remote scenery largely unchanged since Roman sentries looked out from Hadrian’s Wall over the wild areas – north to Scotland and south towards the Lake District.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk the length of the largest ancient monument in Northern Europe, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site
  • The beauty of the Northumberland National Park – the least populated & most remote in the UK
  • Panoramic views from Housesteads Roman Fort, set high on a rugged escarpment commanding 360 degree views
  • Roman Forts of Segedunum, Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald
  • Vindolanda – unmissable Roman Camp and Military museum, just south of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Walking Through History

Hadrian’s Wall Path takes you from Wallsend by the River Tyne through the remote spectacular scenery of central Northumbria, descending, past Carlisle, to the lonely marshes of the Solway, the most northerly point of the Roman Empire.

Carving through the unpopulated Northumbrian landscape, the combination of rugged beauty and history makes for stimulating walking. Along the walk are fascinating ruins and history; you pass turrets, forts and milecastles brimming with Roman history and archaeology.

Path Walkthrough

The path is widely regard as one of the more accessible, challenging National Trail paths with routes over moorland and rolling field reaching their highest point at 345m (Green Slack). However, the walk can be fairly wild in places, with the grassy paths that make up this route shifting to the craggy sandstone, typical to this area, that skirts around some of the higher escarpments off the side of the path itself.

The route is also finely delineated with National Trail way-markers – not to mention the fact that you’ll be well-equipped with local guide and route information. 

Walk West To East

Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path from West to East is physically easier and typically more picturesque than the conventional East to West direction.

Hadrian’s Wall was built across the beautiful, but wild Northumbrian countryside.  Weather on England’s northernmost border can prove unpredictable; walking eastwards, in poor conditions, you have wind and rain at your back, not driving against you.

In fine weather (come summer there is plenty), the afternoon sun is behind you, not in your eyes and the emerging light brings those far flung corners of the terrain into focus.  Many classic views are arguably best seen from West to East – such as Crag Lough, Cuddy’s Crags, Sewingshield Crags and Limestone Corner.

Walking East from Solway coast to Wallsend, Roman sites become progressively interesting.  Each day peels back insights and examples of everyday Roman military and domestic life as you head from Carlisle towards Newcastle-which seems anti-climactic when travelling East to West.  Plus, Newcastle is a wonderful place to end your walk and perhaps spend an extra day of your trip

  1. Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle (14 miles / 22.5 km)

The Segedunum Roman Fort marks the official start point of the walk. Follow the coast road from Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh by Sands. Stunning scenery is all around towards the Lakeland Fells to the peaks of Skiddaw and High Pike to the south and across the Solway Firth north to Scotland. Join an old railway embankment to meet the line of the Wall again near Glasson. Traverse the salt marshes of the Solway Firth then leave the river to follow the line of the Wall and Vallum, through Grinsdale and Beaumont along the banks of the River Eden to reach Carlisle,

  1. Carlisle to Banks (13 miles / 21 km)

The City has a number of interesting locations to take time off to visit, including an imposing castle with ancient city walls and a beautiful cathedral. This stage enjoys easy walking from historic Carlisle, on the Scotland / England Border, along the banks of the beautiful River Eden and over undulating rural countryside. From the quaint village of Walton, with its interesting church beside the village green, the route ascends over a fertile agricultural landscape and parkland to arrive in Banks.

  1. Banks to Twice Brewed (13 miles / 21 km)

From the small settlement at Banks enjoy the walk on high, above the steep-sided Irthington Gorge, well placed to overlook the Irthing Valley and Lanercost Priory. View the Roman defences at Birdoswald. From the quaint village of Gilsland, the path leaves Cumbria on the River Irthing to pass ruins of Thirlwall Castle, Magnis Forts and Great Chesters. Continue up Cawfields Crags and up steps through Thorny Doors. With impressive views all around, the path then ascends from Bogle Hole to take in the highest point on the walk, ending with an ascent over Winshields Crags to reach 345m above sea level.

  1. Twice Brewed to Chollerford (12.5 miles / 20 km)

This section starts with a short distance on surfaced road to Once Brewed and then a scenic walk over Peel Crags and Highshield Crags. The remains of Housesteads Roman Fort and National Trust Museum is passed on the crags above Crag Lough, with Vindolanda Fort a couple of miles away – an option accessible by Hadrian’s Wall Bus. This part of the walk through Northumberland National Park is especially impressive, with improving views all round, including Whin Sill, where the Wall was built along the top of t he cliff to take full advantage of the natural contour of the rock face. Follow alongside sections of the Wall to arrive in Chollerford.

  1. Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall (15.5 miles / 25 km)

As Chollerford is left behind, now in open countryside, the walk continues to follow the course of Hadrian’s Wall. At this section, the Roman ditch, or Vallum, is more visible than the wall itself. This is partly due to the wall itself being used as a source of material for the foundations of General Wade’s Military Road, including the impressive five-arched bridge built in 1775.

  1. Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend (14 miles / 22.5 km)

Starting at the elevated village of Heddon-on-the Wall, where Roman remains are visible, this easy-going section follows the wall before taking the footpath over the once Tyne-to-Blyth railway line to join the River Tyne at Newcastle Quayside. The walk passes many bridges (including the iconic Millennium Bridge) as you continue to Wallsend. Wallsend derives its name from its location at the end of Hadrian’s Wall. The town’s principal thoroughfare and shopping street is the High Street and to the north, Wallsend Green is the town’s most picturesque area. Behind the Green lies Wallsend Park, a traditional British Municipal Park. In dedication to its Roman heritage, Wallsend’s historic name Sedgedunum can be seen in many places throughout the town and signs with Latin wordings can also be found. Translations of these terms tend to amuse as they contrast today’s norms with ancient times. Segedunum Fort Museum has displays on Roman history as well as reconstructions of a bath house and a section of the Roman Wall which once stood on the site.

  1. Depart Wallsend

Congratulations – you have completed Hadrian’s Wall Path! After breakfast, it is time to set off on your onward journey.

Prerequisite (What experience should I have)

  • Just enjoy walking in the outdoors.

What’s Included

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  • Local Trekking Guide
  • Alexander Adventures T-Shirt
  • All staff first aid trained
  • Local accommodation, Guesthouses, Farm Houses, Inns and B&Bs
  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation (please bring 1 luggage piece per person)

What should I bring to the adventure?

  • Comfortable walking clothes and suitable footwear. The walk will be on easy going terrain, so walking boots/shoes or trail trainers will be fine
  • Small rucksack with waterproofs, extra layers, water and a packed lunch
  • Small first aid pack is always suggested, your guide will also have a first aid kit for the group
  • Map (if you’re interested in map reading but not essential)
  • Face covering (for the transfer and shop stop) and hand sanitiser