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Hadrian's Wall Walk
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Highlights

  • Discovering Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Walking alongside northern Europe's largest surviving Roman monument.
  • Crossing the wild and beautiful landscapes of the border country.
  • Enjoy warm welcomes at your cosy accommodations each night.
  • Striding out past the best preserved section from Chollerford to Steel Riggs.

Immerse yourself in history with a Hadrian's wall walking holiday, a fascinating and rewarding walk in England, from coast to coast alongside one of Britain’s iconic landmarks.

Hadrian’s Wall is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opened in 2003, the Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the course of the Roman barrier closely along its entire length. It is one of Britain’s most popular long-distance walks, and one of our most popular walking holidays. Hadrian's Wall Path is extremely well waymarked, making it simple to follow and allowing you more time to relax and soak it in.

Walk through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in England and enjoy regular viewings of forts, milecastles, turrets, museums and visitor centres all along the wall, assisting you in your journey of discovery.

As a Hadrian's Wall specialist, we offer a wide selection of itineraries ranging from 5 to 11 days.


Section 1: Newcastle/Wallsend to Newburn

The Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum is the official start point and is well worth visiting, to arm you with all the Hadrian's Wall knowledge you will need. The path follows the River Tyne for most of this section and gives a real insight into the industrial history of Newcastle and the ongoing regeneration of this vibrant city.


Section 2: Newburn to Heddon-on-the-wall

This is where you begin to really leave the city and its urban features. After leaving the river the path climbs gently past the golf course and up the hill to Heddon. This small town has a couple of local pubs and facilities include a post office and small shop. Heddon has limited overnight accommodation so you may be staying in Wylam or slightly outside the village.


Section 3: Heddon-on-the-wall to East Wallhouses

From Heddon you join the Roman Road and begin to see ever more frequent signs of the wall itself. After a couple of miles, you pass the Vindolanda Roman Fort and then negotiate a few small climbs. Harlow hill is a small hamlet and two miles further on is East Wallhouses - home to Robin Hood’s Inn, a fantastic old pub, which you may like to try for dinner.


Section 4: East Wallhouses to Chollerford

From East Wallhouses the path follows the old military road (now B6318) and the wall for most of the way to Chollerford, passing through the beautiful rolling countryside of Northumberland. The Errington Arms, close to Portgate, is a great pub and a pleasant stop for an early lunch. After Portgate you climb to the highpoint of Whittington Fell and continue to follow the military road down to Brunton. You then walk to Chollerford, which is home to a lovely bridge and the extensive Chesters Fort.


Section 5: Chollerford to Once Brewed

You start the day by passing Chesters Museum, an important site on the wall, and then ascending to Tower Tye, again following the Roman Road. You will soon be entering the most spectacular sections of the wall, so keep your camera handy. Part company with the wall after Shield and enjoy a lovely journey through rugged countryside and a host of Roman ruins and forts.


This section ends at Steel Rigg Peel Crags, a short walk from the hamlet of Once Brewed. Here, there is an information centre and nearby the Vindolanda Fort complex is one of the highlights of your trip.


Section 6: Once Brewed to Gilsland

This section begins with a climb to the top of Winshields Crags, which is the highest point of the trail, but you will be compensated by stunning views in every direction. One of the most strenuous sections of the walk, but very rewarding due to the quality of the walls remains here. You will then walk on to Gilsland. This village has a local pub which serves a well-earned pint and dinner.


Section 7: Gilsland to Newtown/Overnight Brampton or Lanercost

From Gilsland the path follows a fantastic section of consolidated wall to Birdoswald. It then continues up the hill to Banks and through rugged farmland to Newtown. This is a very pleasant section of walking after the rigours of the past few sections. There is limited accommodation in Newtown so usually, you will be accommodated in Brampton, which is the neighbouring town.


Section 8: Newtown to Carlisle

As the wall was predominantly dirt and turf in this section there is very little evidence on the wall remaining but this is still a lovely section of rural countryside and gives you time to reflect before entering the hustle and bustle of Carlisle.


Carlisle is a large town and has all the facilities you may have been missing over the past couple of days. The magnificent Castle, cathedral and the Tullie House Museum are all well worth a visit if you have any spare time.


Section 9: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway

After following the River Eden out of Carlisle the route passes through Burgh by Sands and then follows the quiet road to Port Carlisle and Bowness-on-Solway. This area is regarded as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and the birdlife is prolific. The Kings Arms in Bowness is a great location for a celebratory drink and contemplation of your achievement.


Please note that if you choose the 10 or 11 day or "Best of" Itineraries and you are staying in Corbridge overnight, this town is 2.7 miles from the Hadrian’s Wall Path, but this mileage is included above. It is also possible to take a taxi, but then you will only be walking about 7 miles on this day.

Accommodation

Overnight in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses, specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality.


The first day’s walk to Heddon (or beyond) is one of the longer walks so many of our walkers choose to arrive early in Newcastle, drop their bags at their accommodation in Newcastle and then enjoy the 5 mile (2.5 hour) walk to Tyne Bridge that afternoon, returning by metro to Wallsend and starting again from Tyne Bridge in the following morning. If you would like to do this please let us know when you book.


Please note that Bowness has limited accommodation and transport links so many walkers choose to finish the last days walk in Bowness and then catch the bus back to Carlisle that afternoon, ready for the journey home the next day. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would prefer this option.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This tour is available to solo walkers, although a supplement is payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party.  A single supplement is also payable.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most hotels and B&B’s offer a continental and full cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for hours.


Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively your guide book  includes details of local pubs and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.




 

 

 




Indigo Hotel - Newcastle

The Hotel Indigo is a delightful boutique hotel centrally located in Newcastle. The design of the hotel has been influenced by its location within the historic Grainger Town, mimicking the architecture and rows of columns that can be seen in the local neighbourhood.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Wormald House - nr Heddon



Wormald House - nr Heddon

This property is a pleasant country home located near the centre of Wylam and John and Angela Craven ensure you of a warm welcome and comfortable stay at Wormald.


 

 

 


 

 

 




The Angel - Corbridge

The Angel has been a coaching inn dating back to 1752, but is now famed for its local food and ales, real fires and traditional rooms with all modern conveniences. A great atmosphere and a good nights sleep are the highest priority.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Vallum Lodge - Once Brewed



Vallum Lodge - Once Brewed

Set in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, next to Hadrians Wall and on the Pennine Way, Vallum Lodge provides comfortable, quality cottage style accommodation where you can truly relax after a memorable day sightseeing or walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Willowford Farm - Gilsland



Willowford Farm - Gilsland

Willowford Farm offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation and home-cooked food on a working farm.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Scotch Arms Mews - Brampton

The Scotch Arms Mews was originally an inn and is now a very lovely B&B with 10 rooms. The guest rooms have all the original features of the building and there is a cosy guest lounge, with free Wi-Fi throughout.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Howard Lodge - Carlisle



Howard Lodge - Carlisle

Howard Lodge is a friendly family run Victorian Guest House where walkers are always welcome. With a wonderful welcome and friendly hosts, you will feel right at home at Howard Lodge.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Hadrian’s Wall Walk anytime between April and the beginning of October.


Time of Year

You can begin this long distance walk anytime between March and October, although the longer itineraries are limited to beginning at the start of October due to the luggage transfer companies and when they stop at the end of the year. Between these dates, the weather can be vastly different, from rain to wind to glorious days of sunshine. Please come prepared for walking in rain or shine.


Grade and Terrain

This tour is graded anywhere between easy to moderate and strenuous, depending on which itinerary you choose. It is most suited for those walkers with previous long distance experience.
The route is a mixture of paths, tracks and minor roads. Some of the paths can become very muddy and boggy and negotiating this terrain can be slow-going at times. Please read the Hadrian's Wall Code of Respect in your guidebook, which gives guidelines as to how to care for the natural environment for this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Navigation

Although this route is well waymarked and much of it follows a well laid out path (and we provide you with a guidebook and a map), it is always highly recommended that you are a competent navigator, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worst.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen etc. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walk boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.

Getting to Newcastle

Newcastle is a major transport hub in the northeast of England and has excellent rail, road and air links from both Scotland and the South of England. It also has an airport which serves many carriers. You can take flights to and from London, and there is also a direct flight (at the time of writing this) from New York City on United Airlines. There is also a train station. For more information on public transportation please visit the Traveline website.


Getting from Bowness

Local bus and taxi services connect to Carlisle from where there are excellent transport links from both Scotland and the south of England. Again you can check the Traveline website for more information. You can also check the National Rail website.


If you wish to return to Newcastle there are direct trains departing from Carlisle approximately every hour and the journey time is about 1H 40.


Please note that there are NO buses from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle on Sundays, so try to plan your tour so that it doesn't finish in Bowness on a Sunday.


Getting to Corbridge

Our 'Best Of'’ itineraries all start in Corbridge, which is easily accessible by train from Newcastle. Trains run approximately every half an hour and the journey can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on if they are direct or not.


Getting from Gilsland/Brampton and Carlisle

Our 'Best Of' itineraries either finish in Gilsland, Brampton or Carlisle. From Gilsland you can take a local taxi to Haltwhistle and catch a train from here to Corbridge/Newcastle. The trains are every hour. Or if you want to travel onwards via Carlisle you can take a local taxi from Gilsland to Brampton. From there, catch a train or bus to Carlisle. The 685 bus leaves from the centre of Brampton every hour.


If you are getting the train from Brampton please be aware that the station is approximately 2.5miles from the centre of the town along a country road (there is a safe path to walk along). The trains from Brampton are almost every two hours. On Sundays, the train services are less frequent and the bus services only run a few times per day on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


All public transport information may be found on the Traveline or Trainline websites.


If you want to take advantage of the AD122, the Hadrian’s Wall bus in order to see extra sights, or perhaps have a non-walking day, please check out the information on the Hadrian’s Wall website. It is possible to download a timetable which you may then carry with you.

Included

  • Overnights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and map for group leader
  • Hadrian’s Wall Passport (for those travelling between May and October)
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Newcastle/Corbridge
  • Travel from Bowness/Gilsland/Brampton or Carlisle
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Extra night(s)

Please don’t hesitate to contact us or perhaps visit our blog for more advice from our clients and team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as know your plans as Hadrian's Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.

How fit do I need to be?

We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance and hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your level of fitness. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto the next overnight location. Just leave them in the reception area of your accommodation and they will be collected while you are out walking and delivered for your arrival. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of 15kgs per person.

Walking Direction

Walking from East to West is the most popular option as reflected by the above itineraries and also the guidebook we provide is written in this direction. However, we can offer itineraries walking in the reverse direction, from West to East, if you would prefer. Just select the West to East option when booking online or ask your Destination & Adventure Specialist.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

The Hadrian's Wall Walk is offered anytime between March and October. The weather can be variable whenever you decide to go since the wall is in northern England and the weather is often unpredictable!

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, the Hadrian's Wall bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Pros

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  • Great accommodations (283)
  • Fun (251)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (161)
  • Great scenery (4)

Cons

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  • Poor accommodations (9)

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  • Holiday (256)
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  • Relaxation (124)
  • Thrill seeking (28)
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5.0

I would definitely use Macs Adventures again! I am planning

By Hugh

from London

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Thrill Seeking
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

    Well planned. Good accommodations.

     
    5.0

    A really great walk

    By Doug

    from Sydney Australia

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    Pros

    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Only 1 accommodation that was a bit tired

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

    Great scenic walk, almost impossible to get lost given the map provided the trail and signposting. Some sections are quite steep on 2 of the days. Met some great fellow walkers and enjoyed their company at dinner each evening

     
    5.0

    Great trip! Minimal headaches and troubles

    By Mlewsimpson51

    from San Francisco

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Some unexpected delights!
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • couple sub-par accommodations - but mostly great
    • Not for the faint-of-heart or in poor shapers

    Best Uses

    • outdoors, friends, spectacular countryside
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

    Keyleigh helped us plan a terrific hiking vacation for 7, hiking the Hadrian's Wall Path across England. We're all in our 60's and 70's, in decent shape but no longer competitive athletes. The Macs Adventure was affordable and took some of the guesswork out of planning the vacation. We stayed in several TERRIFIC accommodations (the Indigo in Newcastle was great, Keelmans in Newburn, Scotch Arms in Brampton all EXCELLENT!! Hallbank in Hexham was quite good as well, Twice-Brewed was only show in "town", but good), but a couple of ... not so good (Golden Lion in Corbridge, Gilsland Hall Hotel in Gilsland - could have done a lot better on both?). We found great food either at our accommodations in most cases or nearby. Bag transfers went without a hitch - always arrived on time and dry. No check-in problems at all - kudos! On balance - great job, Macs!! We would use Macs again.

    On a couple of segments, we could have used a taxi hookup to lodging or better descriptions of directions to lodging from trail. Examples: from Robin Hood Inn into Corbridge was 3 miles off trail ... after a long hike day. Worse yet was finding the Gilsland Hall Hotel, 2 miles off trail after a grueling and long day. We figured it out, but it created some stress and aggravations. Nothing a cold pint couldn't resolve. Otherwise - terrific trip and planning by Macs!

     
    5.0

    Perfect

    By Boney

    from Essex

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    • Well Organised

    Cons

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      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

      A lovely part of the country made easily accessible by Macs Adventures.

       
      4.0

      Good product hassle free

      By G&K

      from Perth

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        Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

        Great tour option for seeing a part of the world with no hassles in regard booking accommodation and luggage moving

         
        4.0

        Very good

        By Tim

        from Canada

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        Pros

        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • Brampton​ a long somewhat​ dangerous​ walk

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          Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

          Consider offering west to east.

           
          5.0

          very well organised

          By Karyna

          from Reading

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          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

            The Hadrians Wall book was brilliant. The only downside was that the miles to walk was not always accurate

             
            5.0

            Can I go back to do it all again next week?

            By Christine

            from Cheshire

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            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Great walking with fabulous views
            • Lots to see and do along the way
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Learning about Roman Britain
              • Relaxation
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

              Having persuaded my husband to join me for this short break I was concerned that it would be able to live up to our joint expectations - great walking, lots to see along the way for me and very importantly, comfortable accommodation and decent food for him. Macs succeeded on all counts, we had a fabulous time and despite experiencing "Had-rain's" Wall on a couple of days, we absolutely loved the trip from start to finish and would be back to do it all again given half a chance.

               
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              USAF Academy Class of 70's Seventh Squadron Walk the Wall

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              from Virginia, USA

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              Pros

              • Challenging adventure with wonderful surrounds
              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Camaraderie, team building, fitness
                • Holiday
                • Relaxation
                • Thrill Seeking
                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

                This was a wonderful trip for my wife and I and our 22 fellow travelers. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the walk and the fun it provided. This is not a walk to be undertaken without some training and we all did just that. Those who could not walk made good use of the buses to see the surrounding villages, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, and other sights. The accommodations were perfect as were the hosts and hostesses.

                 
                5.0

                Would I book again ? Yes I would.

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                • Great Accommodations
                • Well Organised

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                  • Holiday
                  • Relaxation

                  Comments about macs adventure Hadrian's Wall Walk:

                  Could not fault anything Macs Adventures (Kayleigh Morrison) did.
                  All went like clock-work.
                  We booked late (4 weeks before a Bank Holiday weekend.) and all B&B's were spot on.

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