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Walking the Best of Hadrian’s Wall

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This walk along Hadrians Wall, from West to East, starts at Lanercost Priory and ends in Corbridge, taking in some of the best-preserved Roman sites in the UK. The route also passes the world-famous Sycamore Gap as well as some fabulous rolling Northumberland countryside and craggy hillsides, such as those of Walltown, Winshield and Sewingshields Crags.

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All about the Walking the Best of Hadrian’s Wall.

Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is Britain’s largest archeological feature and was the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire. An immense feat of labour, the building of the wall started in AD122 during the reign of emperor Hadrian and took 6 years to complete. Three Roman legions completed the task of building a 73 mile long wall with 80 milecastle fortlets with two observation turrets between each one and then larger garrison forts every five miles or so along the wall. This 5-night walk along Hadrian’s Wall, from West to East, starts at Lanercost Priory and ends in Corbridge, taking in some of the best-preserved Roman sites in the UK. We’ve chosen this route direction so the prevailing winds (and any inclement weather!) are always at your back and the scenery in this is direction is considerably better than the other way round. You’ll have the possibility of visiting some amazingly well-preserved sites including the following: the Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters and Lanercost Priory. The route also passes the world-famous Sycamore Gap as well as some fabulous rolling Northumberland countryside and craggy hillsides, such as those of Walltown, Winshield and Sewingshields Crags. You finish your route in the affluent and once-bustling Roman town of Corbridge. You’ll stay in welcoming inns, guesthouses and B+B’s with hearty Northumberland breakfasts to set you up for a day of exploring.

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.
  • 5 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of  and  hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Walk along Hadrian’s Wall – the largest historical monument in Britain
  • Visit the ancient Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters
  • Walk from West to East, keeping the prevailing winds behind you (and better views)
  • Beautiful scenery with views across to the Lake District and the Northumberland Coast
  • Discover other historical buildings including Lanercost Priory and St Oswald’s Church
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Greenhead and overnight

    Arrive in Greenhead and overnight.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Lanercost to Greenhead (9mi/14km)

    Take a taxi to Lanercost Priory (payable locally) to discover the beauty and tranquillity of Cumbria’s best-preserved Augustinian monastery with its intact triple tier arches and cloisters. Walk back to the hotel in Greenhead along Hadrian’s Wall Path via Birdoswald fort and the longest remaining stretch of the wall. Overnight in Greenhead.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Greenhead to Once Brewed (8mi/12km or 11mi/18km)

    Follow the Hadrians Wall Path (and parts of the Pennine Way) to Once Brewed, passing the Walltown Crags, Cawfields Milecastle and Winshield Crags. Extend your walk to the Roman Fort and Museum at Vindolanda, constructed before Hadrians Wall as a garrison on the Stanegate Road the first Roman frontier in the north. Stay in Once Brewed overnight.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Once Brewed to Wall (14mi/22km)

    Todays walk takes you along Hadrians Wall Path past the famous Sycamore Gap to enjoy fabulous views of Crag Lough and the rolling Northumberland hills. Visit the Housesteads Roman Fort Museum one of the best-preserved Roman forts in the country and enjoy the interactive museum experience. Walk along the Sewingshields Crags and on to Chesters Fort before stopping overnight in Wall.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Wall to Corbridge (9mi/15km)

    Follow the Hadrians Wall Path to visit St Oswalds Church, then head south, away from the B-road section, towards Corbridge and Aydon Castle (closed on a Mon Tues). This fortified 13th century English manor house is almost completely intact and has a walled orchard perfect for picnics. Continue on to affluent Corbridge to visit this once bustling Roman town and supply base. Stay in Corbridge overnight.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Departure

    Depart after breakfast

Where you stay
The Greenhead Hotel
Situated in Greenhead, 1 mile from Thirlwall Castle, The Greenhead Hotel has a number of amenities including a restaurant, a bar, a tennis court and free WiFi. The hotel offers a continental or Full English/Irish breakfast.
Twice Brewed Inn
Set in Bardon Mill, The Twice Brewed Inn has a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms in the inn are fitted with a kettle. At The Twice Brewed Inn all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a Full English/Irish or a vegetarian breakfast. You can also play darts at The Twice Brewed Inn.
The Hadrian Hotel
The Hadrian Hotel features a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with free toiletries. The Hadrian Hotel offers a buffet or la carte breakfast.
The Angel Inn
Dating back to 1569, The Angel of Corbridge is a Historic Coaching Inn in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland; a perfect location for seeing everything Northumberland has to offer. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included

Activity Level

Rated: 3 or Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

Overall Rating
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