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Highlights

  • Discover the highlights of Hadrian's Wall on this short break tour
  • Enjoy warm welcomes at your cosy accommodations each night
  • Northern Europe's largest surviving Roman monument
  • Wild and beautiful landscapes of the border country
  • View forts and turrets en route on this UNESCO World Heritage Site

This short break itinerary follows the central section of Hadrian's Wall, one of Britain’s iconic landmarks.

Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the route follows the course of this Roman barrier closely along its entire length and is punctuated by regular forts, milecastles and turrets.

You will also be walking through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in England with plenty of varying landscapes or moors, woodland and undulating hills.

Day 1: Arrive Corbridge and overnight

Arrive in Corbridge, a typical English market town with a pretty square and Northumberland’s finest Anglo-Saxon Church of St Andrew’s. Settle into your accommodation, and if there is time take a while to explore. There are plenty of teashops and pubs and you definitely shouldn't miss visiting  Corbridge Roman Town.


Overnight: The Angel of Corbridge Hotel, Corbridge


The Angel has been a coaching inn since 1752 and is famed for its local food and ales, real fires and traditional rooms with all modern conveniences.


Day 2: Walk to Chollerford/Humshaugh

Corbridge is located approximately 2.7 miles south of the wall and you can either walk up or catch a taxi to Portgate to start your walk. After Portgate you climb to the highpoint of Whittington Fell (268m) and continue to follow the military road down to Brunton and then Wall and Chollerford, which is home to a lovely bridge and the extensive Chesters Fort. You will either be staying in Chollerford or Humshaugh, where you can get a great local ale and hearty food.


Walk: 10 miles


Overnight: Linden House B&B , Humshaugh


Linden House is the perfect escape for walkers, offering very comfortable accommodation with friendly hosts. The house is a large Grade II listed property and the views from your room across the valley are stunning.


Day 3: Walk to Once Brewed

You start the day by passing Chesters Museum, an important site on the wall, and then ascend to Tower Tye, following the Roman Road. You will soon be entering the most spectacular sections of the wall, so keep that camera handy. After parting company with the wall for a time, you will enjoy a lovely journey through rugged countryside and a host of Roman ruins and forts. The day ends at Steel Rigg Peel Crags, a short walk from the hamlet of Once Brewed. Here there is an information centre and a couple of miles South-East is the Vindolanda Fort complex, a large and interesting complex. (Also accessible by the Hadrian’s Wall Bus).


Walk: 12 miles


Overnight: Vallum Lodge, Once Brewed


Vallum Lodge is a family run guest house offering excellent accommodation and personal service. All rooms have open country views, free tea and coffee making facilities, big fluffy towels and bathrobes. Relax in the comfortable resident’s lounge which contains a selection of games, books and magazines.


Day 4: Walk 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 serve a well earned pint and dinner.


Walk: 9 miles


Day 5: Onward Travel

After breakfast travel from Gilsland to a major connecting town, such as Newcastle or Carlisle, from where you can make your onward journey’s.


Accommodation

4 Nights 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.


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.


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 in 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.


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.



 

 

 




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.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Hadrian’s Wall Short Break anytime between March and the beginning of October.


Time of Year

You can begin this walk any time between March and October. 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 moderate and it is most suited for those walkers with previous long distance walking 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 when on this tour.


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.


Please note that the luggage transfer provider may charge extra if your bag weighs more than the 15kg limit. This fee would have to be paid locally.


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
day pack.

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.


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).


Getting from Gilsland

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. Here catch a train or bus to Carlisle. The 685 bus leaves from the centre of Brampton every hour. 


On Sundays 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

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

Excluded

  • Travel to Corbridge and from Gilsland
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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?

This tour is rated moderate and the daily distances are quite short. However you should enjoy an active lifestyle and be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the walking. 

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.

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 any time 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.

Enjoyable Short Break!

5

Hadrian's Wall short break was just perfect for a mother/daughter time away. It was challenging with the windy/rainy weather but altogether a beautiful walk.

Eihlea

Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Hadrian built a great tourist attraction

5

Using Macs Adventure allowed us to relax,enjoy the adventure in the knowledge that all was planned for and in the hands of caring people. Just enjoy the walk, scenery and people.

None

Burwash, Sussex

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The Hadrian's Wall Short Break walk is a gem!

5

This is a beautiful hike with plenty of opportunity to spend time visiting historic sites and forts along Hadrian's Wall. Macs Adventure does a wonderful job, as always, of arranging great accommodations and providing good maps and guides. Our walk ended in Gilsland and one little glitch is that there is no public transportation or taxi service available if you end there on Sunday. Folks at the B&B were happy to take us to the train station, however. If you're looking for a short hike with a good pace, lots to see, and great places to stay, this is it!

The Sermonator

Monument, CO

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Excellent bag transfer service and quality choice of B & B's

5

Couldn't fault Macs adventures for bag transfers and choice of bed and breakfasts!

Lou the walker

Swansea

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Great trip! Beautiful scenery and nice inns.

5

Guide book and app were very helpful.

BC

US

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We had a great trip with MACS

5

The guidebooks and maps are excellent. It runs like a well honed machine. All we had to do was to walk and enjoy.

the Pilot

New York

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What a great experience!

5

The materials provided definitely helped prepare you for the trip. The accommodations were excellent after a long day's walk. The luggage transport service delivered our bags to the appropriate place at the appropriate time. Everything worked smoothly and I had a wonderful experience!

Tuffy

Italy

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A great experience of Hadrian's Wall

5

We had a great 4 night / 3 day's break on Hadrian's Wall, staying at different accommodation each night. The accommodation varied considerably in character but all four venues were well chosen, welcoming and all-round excellent. The planned walking was a little over 30 miles, though we did lose the path one day and probably walked a couple of extra miles. Despite the relatively short daily distance, the walk demands a moderate level of fitness to cope in part with the path's occasional steep ascents and descents. (I used walking poles as usual but my partner coped well without). My partner is a keen student of Roman history and archeology. She was delighted with what we saw during the walk. The one regret is that we could not spend a longer time at Vindolanda. The host from the previous night's accommodation drove us to Vindolanda in time for its 10.00am opening. Ideally, we would have stayed well into the afternoon, but we had the longest walk of the three days ahead of us (12 miles including some craggy ground) and our latest check-in time at that evening's accommodation was 6.00pm. (A return visit to Vindolanda at least gives us a strong motive for returning to the area). The weather obviously affects the experience of any holiday and we were blessed with lots of sun, moderate breeze, and just a little rain. In fact, the breeze dried the rain on our clothes quickly as we walked. We did think as we walked along the bone dry path that it would be a very different experience in mud and when stone paths were wet. We were fortunate in having magnificent clear views into the far distance. Our walk ended several miles before Carlisle. We travelled into Carlisle by bus and train, and arranged a lazy night there ourselves. My partner went home from Carlisle. I decided to have an extra day walking, making my own arrangement to walk from Carlisle to the end of the path in Bowness on Solway. In retrospect, we might have booked a walk along the entire Hadrian's Wall Path.

Kodachrome 25

Manchester

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Hadrian's wall walk

5

From our first contact, Macs adventure have been spot on. Loads of information about our intended route; accommodation was very good; baggage transfer very efficient. We would certainly use their services again.

Steve Smith

Kendal

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Hadrian's wall short walk.

5

I made myself two new friends which was great company while on the walk and we helped each other get around and to keep positive and not let the heat of the day get to us. I was always happy to see my luggage transfer had no problems which I found very professiona and make you feel good to know that you didn't need to worry about it. The accommodation chosen for me was fantastic I couldn't of done a better job myself.

Andy

LONDON

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