Hadrian’s Wall Path

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A self-guided walking tour alongside the whole of the world-famous Roman Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast.

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All about the Hadrian’s Wall Path.
  • Following Hadrian’s Wall for days of immersive walking through Roman History.
  • Admiring far-reaching views of the Wall from Wallsend, Cawfields, Walltown Crags and Gilsland.
  • Enjoying the open wilderness of the Northumbrian countryside, as well as the fine cakes and tea in the friendly towns along the way.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path features on the bucket list of almost every walking enthusiast. Our full-length Hadrian’s Wall Path holidays enjoy both the vibrancy of Newcastle and the slow, calm terrain near Bowness-on-Solway, ideal for birdwatchers.

The walk passes countless historic waypoints, such as Segedunum, Chesters, and Vindolanda Roman Forts, while staying close to the famous wall from the west coast all the way across England to the east coast. This walk is well-known across the world, and once you’ve walked it for yourself, it is easy to see why.

This route can also be walked in the opposite direction if preferred. Please call or inquire for more details.

Important information
Please note that in early September thousands of athletes and spectators flock to the Great North Run in Newcastle/Gateshead. This can have an impact on availability of accommodations and on baggage transfers in the area, in particular, on Wallsend. If you are considering walking during this time, please contact us to discuss your options.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a packing list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
What is not included in this tour?

Trail Facts

Total distance: 84 miles (134 km).
Duration: 9 days/8 nights, 7 days of walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 8 miles (13km)/15 miles (24km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance of the guidebook and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from March 7 to October 24 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: Wallsend.
Tour Ends: Bowness-on-Solway.
Nearest Available Airport: Glasgow

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Wallsend

    Travel to Wallsend where your first night’s accommodation has been booked. A visit to the Segedunum Museum and Roman Fort are highly recommended as historical context to your coast to coast experience.

  2. Day 2 Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 miles (24km)

    The National trail starts in Wallsend by the Swan Hunter shipyard, mostly through urban areas on railway tracks and footpath and along the banks of the Tyne before entering open countryside leading into Heddon-on-the-Wall.

  3. Day 3 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford. 15 miles (24km)

    Today through open countryside, farmland and sheep farms with occasional sections of Hadrian’s Wall increasingly present as you travel west.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Chollerford to Once Brewed. 12 miles (19km)

    Paths today follow some roads and some off-roads, then some elevation changes as the terrain becomes more undulating. After passing the Crag Lough (one of the four Roman Wall Loughs formed by glaciers in the last Ice Age), you come upon the site of Steel Rigg, one of the most best viewpoints of Hadrian’s Wall, snaking up and along the crags.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Once Brewed to Gilsland. 8 miles (13km)

    Another captivating day today starting with a climb to the highest point of the walk at Green Slacks. Continuing on you pass some well-preserved Wall sections before arriving into Gilsland, straddling two counties, Northumberland and Cumbria.

  6. Day 6 Gilsland to Walton. 8 miles (13km)

    The massive Roman Wall becomes much more evident in this stage interspersed between farms and sheep. Anticipation builds as you come upon Birdoswald Roman Fort and visitors center before arriving in the small village of Walton.

  7. Day 7 Walton to Carlisle. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

    Open country and farmland lead you into the urban area of Carlisle, ’the great border city’ between Scotland and England Take time to explore the Roman Gallery at Tullie House Museum for a taste of life 2000 years ago.

  8. Day 8 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway. 14.5 miles (23km)

    Your final walking day is relatively flat with an abundance of birdlife as you enter the Solway Coast Area of ’Outstanding Nature Beauty’. Celebrate your achievement today with a toast upon arrival in at the Kings Arm Pub in Bowness-on-Solway, a traditional Cumbrian Inn. The village was built on the site of the Roman Fort Maia established in AD122. The 12th-century parish church of St Michael’s is built atop the granary of the Roman fort and is partly built with stone from the fort, as are a number of other local buildings.

  9. Day 9 End in Bowness-on-Solway

    Depart from Bowness-on-Solway after breakfast.

    This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

    The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

    Transfers allow your holiday to go ahead when accommodation directly on the route is unavailable. Local taxi operators (or your hosts for the night) will pick you up from a suitable location near the trail and take you to your night’s stay; then, the following morning they’ll drop you back off right where you were picked up so you can continue your walk.

    Since we foot the extra bill for transfers, you can rest assured that we’ll get you on the trail whenever we can.

Picture of the Dorset Arms Hotel in Wallsend
Dorset Arms Hotel, Wallsend

8 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected guesthouses, inns and hotels and B&B’s.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:
Singles: Add $52 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $66 per night.

Important information

Please note that in early September thousands of athletes and spectators flock to the Great North Run in Newcastle/Gateshead. This can have an impact on availability of accommodations and on baggage transfers in the area, in particular, on Wallsend. If you are considering walking during this time, please contact us to discuss your options.


Suggested Extra Options:

Consider an extra night at Chollerford if you would like to explore Chesters fort in depth. It is a wonderful fort with some outstanding remains including the ornate headquarters building, the commanding officers residence, barrack buildings and military bath-house. The site also has a unique museum that contains some of the finest Roman artefacts to be found anywhere in Britain.

The hamlet of Once Brewed is a good choice for a rest day if you want to fully explore the Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads and visit their fascinating museums.

Many people take an extra night in Carlisle and visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous ?licking stones?. Here, parched Jacobite prisoners found enough moisture to stay alive, only to be brutally executed on Gallows Hill.
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard) add $103.00 per person / per night

Extra night (Once Brewed) add $120.00 per person/per night

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Wallsend) is the Newcastle station, then train, bus or taxi to Wallsend (4 miles). Train from Glasgow Queen Street station to Newcastle (approx 2 hours 30 min).

The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is at Carlisle (about 14 miles away). Train from Carlisle to Glasgow Central (approx 2 hours 30 min).

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October 24, 2020 - November 1, 2020
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