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Hadrian's Wall stretching out as far as the eye can see...


  • 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.


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.


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.





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.


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.


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.


  • 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


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


  • 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.

Incredibly Awesome!


This was the most awesome experience I have ever had. I love to be outside, I love to hike, I like history, so I wanted to experience Hadrian's Wall Short Break with my father as we both love England and her history. Every moment was incredible. It was extremely well organized, the accommodations were great and we had a great time. The app I downloaded on my iPhone was a lifesaver!! The only thing I would change is that I would like to see the distance from the current location to the end of the days route as well as distance between highlights. Other than that I would not change a thing. I actually met a woman who was a Macs Adventures employee along the trail two days and I loved talking with her. And on top of that we had great weather except 4 hours of rain the first day. Incredible! This was the first time I had done anything like this and it was incredible. Thank you, Lauren for all the hard work and patience for helping me along the way. Nice job Macs Adventures!!


Virginia, USA


Excellently organised. Highly recommended


Having maps of the routes on the app on my mobile was such a great help. All accommodations were excellent and the luggage transfer service was faultless. It was helpful that I could contact Macs Adventures on my mobile to advise we would be late reaching our taxi pick up. An unforgettable experience.




An amazing first experience


This was the first time we'd tried this kind of trip, although it was something we'd often talked about. I loved every minute - even the day it rained non-stop and we could hardly see where we were going. The route was easy to follow and when the signposts gave up the app was great. The organisation worked seamlessly and the B&B's were all lovely and friendly.




I would definitely do this again! Great experience.


My brother, sister, and I took the hike on Hadrian's Wall and it was terrific. It was an awesome experience. The organisation of the hike, from A to Z, done by Mac's Adventure is just incredible. The staff is friendly, polite, and quick to answer any questions either by phone or by mail. Every tip and information given by them made the hike so easy and agreable. All the B&B's were excellent places to stay and the staff was very friendly and kind. We have been treated so well by our hosts. In addition, the Mac's Adventure app was an incredible tool and useful. I would definitely book again with them without hesitation.




Family trip


My husband and I did the entire Hadrian's Wall with Macs in 2013 and decided to bring our family to do the "short break." This was the right decision for our 2 daughters and 2 teenage grandsons. It was challenging enough and the scenery spectacular, and yet not too far to lose interest. Our family gained an understanding and appreciation of our love of walking holidays (although I think they may not choose this type of vacation for themselves!) Our grandsons loved it (especially the 16 year old) and were able to "unplug" for the trip to get the full impact. Thanks, Macs...another set of memories to treasure.


Central coast of California


Beautiful countryside, lovely hospitality


It got me to achieve some new experiences and was great. Met some lovely fellow walkers and was a memorable 3 days

Zen Jen

Canberra, Australia


The wall walk


The information provided was spot on, though I believe a more detailed guide map would be of some help.( Some of the signposts were faded on the trail ). Accommodation obtained was excellent and good value.

Mick the limper

New Zealand


Enjoyable Short Break!


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.




Hadrian built a great tourist attraction


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.


Burwash, Sussex


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


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


Radtour im Herzen der Provence

4.8 38


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