Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the line of the historic Roman wall that divided England and Scotland almost 2000 years ago. Discover a fascinating combination of ancient history and the flora and fauna of the wild Northumberland landscape, with overnight stops in the comfort of traditional villages.
The wall was built on the orders of Emperor Hadrian in the Second Century AD to protect the northern border of the Roman Empire and is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are several informative museums and visitor centres along the route, beginning with the excellent facility at Segedunum at Wallsend. Explore the remains of the Roman Forts, Milecastles and Turrets while marvelling at the engineering skills that created this unique construction.
Hadrian’s Wall Path takes you the length of the original Roman wall between the River Tyne in the east and the Solway Firth in the west. The 23 mile (37 km) section between Chollerford and Birdoswald is a switchback with lots of short climbs and descents however the majority of the path has a natural grass surface; only the Tyneside section is tarmac. Navigation is not difficult as the route is very clearly marked with the Acorn Symbol as well as way marking arrows. Even in times of poor visibility in the higher central section navigation should not present too many problems as the path here traces alongside Hadrian’s Wall itself. Nevertheless it is always a good idea to track your progress on your guidebook or map.
In the summer season there is a daily bus service, together with a good train service from Newcastle to Carlisle that offers transport to walkers along the route.
Hadrian’s Wall Path is managed by a National Trail Partnership that ensures that the physical fabric of the Trail and its associated archaeology is managed in a sustainable way.
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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. Overnight in Wallsend.
The Segedunum Roman Fort marks the official starting point of the walk. This section is easy going and follows the walls of the ancient Fort, before taking the footpath over the once Tyne to Blyth railway line to Walker and joining the River Tyne at Newcastle Quayside. The walk passes many bridges (including the iconic Millennium Bridge) before heading west out of the city into the more open Northumberland countryside and ending at the elevated village of Heddon-on-the Wall, where further Roman remains are visible.
Now in open countryside, the walk continues to follow the course of Hadrian’s Wall towards Harlow Hill. At this section the Roman ditch, or Vallum, is more visible than the wall itself, until Chollerford draws near, where sections of the wall start to appear again. 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.
This part of the walk is especially impressive, as leaving Chollerford alongside sections of the Wall, the route enters Northumberland National Park with improving views all round, including Whin Sill, where the Wall was built along the top of the cliff to take full advantage of the natural contour of the rock face. 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 section ends with a scenic walk over Highshield Crags before descending to Peel Crags and following on through Once Brewed on surfaced road the short distance to Twice Brewed.
The route takes in the highest point on the walk commencing with an ascent over Winshields Crags to reach 345m above sea level. With impressive views all around the path then descends to Bogle Hole and down steps through Thorny Doors and up Cawfields Crags to pass Great Chesters and Magnis Forts, the ruins of Thirlwall Castle before crossing into Cumbria on the River Irthing at the quaint village of Gilsland. View the Roman defences at Birdoswald before walking on high above the steep sided Irthington Gorge, to the small settlement at Banks, well placed to overlook the Irthing Valley and Lanercost Priory.
Depart Banks over a fertile agricultural landscape and parkland as the route descends to the quaint village of Walton, with its interesting church beside the village green. This is easy walking and continues over undulating rural countryside, along the banks of the beautiful River Eden into historic Carlisle, on the Scotland / England Border. 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.
The final section begins by departing Carlisle along the banks of the River Eden, following the line of the Wall and Vallum, through Grinsdale and Beaumont to leave the river and traversing the salt marshes of the Solway Firth. 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. Pass through Burgh by Sands where the trail initially joins an old railway embankment to meet the line of the Wall again near Glasson. The final stretch follows the minor road to Bowness on Solway, the site of the Roman fort of Maia and the end of the route.
Congratulations - you have completed Hadrian's Wall Path! After breakfast, it is time to set off on your onward journey.
Fixed Price - £455 per person
Single supplement - £140
Between Twice Brewed and Banks, it is possible to split the stage and spend an additional overnight at Gilsland. An alternative to the final day walking west to east is to take a scheduled bus, departing Carlisle Bus Station at around 09:00 to Bowness-On-Solway and walk back to Carlisle. If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.
|Stages and Distances (Optional extra stages shown in brackets)|
|14 miles - 24 km|
|Heddon on the Wall|
|15.5 miles - 25 km|
|12.5 miles - 20 km|
|8 miles - 13 km|
|9.5 miles - 15 km|
|Walton / Banks|
|13 miles - 18.5 km|
|14 miles - 22.5 km|
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