In AD 122 Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall across northern
Hadrian's Wall Path begins at Segedunum Fort, the most easterly outpost on Hadrian's Wall, which stands on the banks of the River Tyne at Wallsend. The excavated buildings include the commanding officer's house and headquarters, a hospital and the legionnaire's barracks. From Segedunum, Hadrian's Wall Path runs along the banks of the Tyne to Heddon-on-the-Wall, where a fine section of Hadrian's Wall remains. From here, the walk continues to Planetrees, where the point where the initial 10-foot thick Broad Wall changes to an 8-foot thick Narrow Wall may be seen. Soon after, Hadrian's Wall Path arrives at the impressive remains of Brunton Turret, which rise to a maximum of eleven courses high. It then takes in the extensive remains of a series of Roman bridges over the River Tyne before arriving at Chesters Fort on the outskirts of Chollerford. Here outstanding remains include an ornate headquarters building, commanding officer's house, barracks and the military bathhouse nestling against the bank of the river.
After Chollerford, Hadrian's Wall Path passes a wonderful section of Wall at Black Carts and then reaches Limestone Corner, an interesting spot littered with boulders displaying evidence of having been worked on by the legionnaires building the Wall. Soon after passing Brocolita, with its temple dedicated to the sun God Mithras, Hadrian's Wall Path arrives at the most dramatic stretch of the Wall where it snakes along an undulating ridge above sheer cliffs and lonely lakes. As well as Hadrian's Wall itself, the trail passes milecastles, turrets, Saxon burial cists, medieval shielings, a Roman bridge and the ruin of a medieval castle as well as the impressive forts of Housesteads, with its remarkable latrines and hospital; Vindolanda, with its superb bathhouse and large mamsio or inn for travellers; and Birdoswald, with its fine gateways and granaries.
Beyond Birdoswold Hadrian's Wall Path continues past Pike Hill Signal Tower, with distant views of the mountains of the Lake District, to Haytongate, where a track leads down to the picturesque ruin of Lanercost Priory, which was built from stone plundered from Hadrian's Wall. From here, Hadrian's Wall Path meanders through quiet farmland to Carlisle, a city dominated by its magnificent Norman castle, before following the River Eden through sleepy hamlets to the village of Bowness-on-Solway on the shores of the Solway Firth.
|Tour Starts||Wallsend. Nearest Arrival airport: Manchester Airport. There is a regular rail service between Manchester airport and Newcastle. The journey takes about 3 hours. From the railway station take the Metro to Wallsend. Or, London airports, then there is a f|
|Tour Ends||Bowness-on-Solway. Return to London: Bus from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle railway station (25 minutes). Train to London Kings Cross (5 hours 30 minutes).|
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|Singles||Add $41 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $52 per night|
|Other details||Extra rest days: Can be added at any of the overnight stops. Add $103 per person per night, based on 2 people sharing a double room.|
|Hotels||Accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.|