Hadrian's Wall Short Break5 Days & 4 Nights 4.8 Read 39 reviews
- 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
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Most Popular
Grade & 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 4 Nights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
- 4 Breakfasts
- Luggage transfers
- Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and map for lead booker
- Hadrian’s Wall Passport (for those travelling between May and October)
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Corbridge
- Travel from Gilsland
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Extra night(s)
When To Go
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.
Getting to the Start
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 the End
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.
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.
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.
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 for a second night in Carlisle, ready for the journey home from Carlisle the following morning. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would prefer this option.
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.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
We suggest you book as soon as know your plans as Hadrians Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.
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 cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before your walk.
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.
Option One: Two Trains | Travel Time: 1hr approx.
The Green Line runs directly from Newcastle Airport into the Centre of Newcastle. You would get off at Monument station and transfer to the yellow line at the same station. You would then ride the Yellow Line for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the Wallsend station. From the station walk to the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, the official start of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk.
Option Two: Trian and Bus | Travel Time: 1hr approx.
Firstly, take the Green Line from Newcastle Airport towards the Centre of Newcastle alighting at Monument station. Walk to Monument Market Street and catch the Blue Arrow 11 Bus towards Whitley Bay. Alight at High Street East and walk to the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, the official start of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk.
There are variations on these journeys, for example, another bus (Cobalt Clipper 309) will also take you to the Wallsend area. However, these two are more direct routes.
If you want to take advantage of the AD122, the Hadrian’s Wall bus to see other 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.
If you arrive in Newcastle early, you may like to walk the first 5 miles today, reducing your walking for the second day. Arrive at the Segedunum Roman Fort, where the walk officially begins. Perhaps spend some time in the museum before heading out along the trail. On reaching the Millennium Bridge, you will have walked almost 5 miles and can either chose to continue or take the nearby bus and train links to your hotel. The next morning you can start here and enjoy a shorter day.
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.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.
You can use public transport, the Hadrians Wall bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack and hats/gloves etc.
The Hadrians 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!
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Corbridge and overnight
Arrive in the wonderful city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and soak in the some of the local atmosphere and culture. People from Newcastle have a very distinct "Geordie" accent which you will soon become accustomed to! Before leaving Newcastle we recommend visiting the Great North Museum: Hancock - it will provide you with lots of history, information and context for the walk ahead.
The Angel Inn has been a coaching inn dating back to 1752, many people have owned it until the current owners purchased it in 2011.
Norgate is a friendly and comfortable B&B nestled in the beautiful Northumbrian village of Corbridge. They offer shower en-suite rooms complete with complimentary toiletries, hairdryer and robe, tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi is available in all rooms. The breakfast room also doubles up as your hosts own art gallery with spectacular original landscape paintings of the area.
Peartree House offers excellent accommodation with very accommodating hosts. The B&B is a five-minute walk from the centre of the village with its restaurants, tea rooms and pubs. They offer two en-suite guest bedrooms which have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
Shortly after leaving Corbridge you will pass the excavations of an old Roman Town. You can wander through the streets between houses and buildings marvelling at how they have been preserved while underground. Locals here would have rested safely in the knowledge that Hadrian’s Wall kept out invaders from the north. This section of the walk is punctuated with interesting stops and places to visit, such as Corbridge Roman Town, Planetrees and Portgate.
Ascent: 240m / Descent: 221m
Hallbarns is a detached farmhouse, on a working farm, situated on the edge of Hadrian's wall.
Linden House is the perfect escape for walkers offering lovely accommodation with friendly hosts. The house is a large Grade II listed property, all rooms have en-suite facilities and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay. The views from your room across the valley are absolutely stunning and completely unspoilt.
Dovecote is a grade 2 listed, 18th century building, it provides lovely accommodation over 2 floors with lovely views over the garden and the open countryside. There is a guest lounge in the main house with log burning stove, book and games library and satellite TV. In the morning breakfast is served in the dining room, their meat comes from a local butcher and they make their own jam with fruit from their garden.
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.
Ascent: 416m / Descent: 255m
Situated within an acre of grounds in the Northumberland National Park, Vallum Lodge is a family run guest house offering excellent en-suite accommodation and personal service.
Robin and Julie welcome you to their new purpose-built lodge set within its own grounds a stone’s throw from Vindolanda. They offer comfort, personal touches and beautiful bedrooms. Each room has a comfortable bed, 32 inch TV, tea and coffee facilities, toiletries and hairdryer. There is also hot tub available.
Bridge House has fabulous panoramic views of Milecastle 42, Cawfields and Hadrian’s Wall which encompasses its entire northern outlook. The house has two letting bedrooms; a double with an en-suite and a twin-bedded room also with en-suite. Both rooms have been newly refurbished to an excellent standard and have tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and televisions with Freeview and a DVD player.
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.
Ascent: 257m / Descent: 355m
Brookside Villa offers clean, bright, and contemporary en-suite bedrooms with all the facilities you would expect.
Willowford Farm B&B has a unique location on one of the longest unbroken stretches of Hadrian's Wall. In 1830 a small farmstead was knocked down and Willowford Farm was built using the abundant and beautifully dressed stone found in Hadrian's Wall. The rooms are full of character with exposed wooden beams, local Westmorland slate flooring and antique furniture. The rooms are very energy efficient as well, using underfloor heating and being well insulated with Thermafleece sheep's wool.
The Samson Inn is a cosy village pub with a roaring fire or two in the centre of Gilsland. The Samson has been hosting the hungry, weary and thirsty walker for hundreds of years and was originally a coaching inn for the drovers taking their animals from Scotland to London. All four rooms en-suite and have all the amenities you require for a comfortable night’s stay.
After breakfast, your walking holiday will come to an end. See the travel info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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