Hadrian's Wall Path - 7 Days & 6 Nights7 Days & 6 Nights 4.6 Read 431 reviews
- Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Walk alongside northern Europe's largest surviving Roman monument.
- Wild and beautiful landscapes of the border country.
- Enjoy warm welcomes at your cosy accommodations each night.
- View forts, turrets and milecastles en route.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent 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
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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.
The Hadrian's Wall Path is well waymarked and easy to follow. Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost.
You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.
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.
- Overnights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
- Baggage transfers
- Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
- All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Newcastle/Corbridge
- Travel from Bowness/Gilsland/Brampton or Carlisle
- 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.
**Please note that due to a couple of large events taking place in Newcastle in September, the accommodation on Hadrian's Wall is very busy from the 3rd to the 15th of September, and completely fully booked for the start dates of the 4th-5th and 10th-13th September. If at all possible, please avoid this time or if you do have to travel at this time, please be aware that we may have to include some additional transfers at a small extra cost. Or if you are flexible please consider doing our Short Break or "Best Of" itineraries which there is slightly more availability on.**
Getting to the Start
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 the End
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.
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 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. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
Walking from East to West is the most popular option as reflected by the above itineraries, this is due to the fact that the guidebook is written in this direction. However we can offer all our itineraries walking in the reverse direction from West to East if you would prefer. Just select the West to East option on the online booking form.
This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a single 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 payable.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most accommodations 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 info pack includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.
Daily door to door baggage transfer of one 15kg bag per person is included in the price of your trip.
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.
We suggest you book as soon as know your plans as Hadrians Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.
Hadrian’s Wall Path is clearly way marked throughout and easy to follow with the help of the supplied map and guidebook.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Newcastle 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.
Hotel Indigo Newcastle is a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of the city, heavily influenced by its location within the historic Grainger Town area. The hotel features an on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant, which is proving to be one of the city’s most popular eateries. Alternatively, the contemporary Grainger Lounge is open for lunch, afternoon tea and light evening dinners - the perfect place to unwind in comfortable surroundings.
Maldron Hotel Newcastle is a brand new 4-star hotel in Newcastle city centre and is located in a prime central location with all of this beautiful city’s attractions right on the hotel’s doorstep. The en suite rooms offer all one would expect of a hotel of this standard, and come with high speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, toiletries and hairdryer and 24 hour service.
The Malmaison Newcastle is housed in a beautifully converted river-front warehouse, just metres from the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Decorated in deep purples and plush velvets, it has a dramatic, eye-catching modern style. Many of the boutique-style rooms have fantastic views of the River Tyne. Each has mood lighting and a satellite flat-screen Freeview TV. The en suite bathrooms have power showers and free luxury toiletries. With breath-taking views of the river, the bar offers fine wines and fabulous cocktails, while the brasserie serves delicious cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients.
It is the wide rolling mass of the River Tyne, and not Hadrian’s Wall, that is a constant companion during this section of the walk, allowing you to cut through the centre of Newcastle with ease, and then escape the last industrial clutches of the city. You will eventually turn your back on the river and head up to Heddon-on-the-Wall, a peaceful village to spend the night with an intact 100 metre stretch of Hadrian’s Broad Wall.
Ascent: 174m / Descent: 59m
Wormald House is a pleasant country home located near the centre of Wylam. It is the birthplace of railway pioneer George Stephenson and Wormald House stands on the site of the birthplace of one of his contempories - Timothy Hackworth. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and comfortable stay and the owners will do everything possible to make your visit enjoyable and memorable.
Hadrians Barn is a unique and friendly place to stay just five minutes from the Hadrian wall path and a ten minute walk from Heddon-on-the-wall village. There is free wifi available and a garden and patio area to relax in the evening.
You will be guaranteed a warm welcome when you check into this B&B with lovely homemade treats and tea. All rooms have the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay along with some added little extras like under floor heating. Breakfast in the morning is served in the conservatory with lovely views over the Tyne valley.
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. The remainder of the walk follows parallel to the B6318 which was built directly on top of Hadrian’s Wall. You will see that a series of mounds and ditches provided an additional defence to the wall.
Ascent: 241m / Descent: 323m
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.
A long section of the trail where the first part of the walk continues, like previous days, alongside the Military Road, but you will notice the landscape beginning to change; from Chollerford there is a long section of uphill, after which the land assumes a more barren and wilder feel. With less human interference and development along this section, most of the wall and defences are retained, meaning your walk will be punctuated with milecastles, turrets, gatehouses, fortresses and temples. Some of these have been excavated and you can learn more from information boards and museums, such as at Chesters Roman Fort and Housesteads.
Ascent: 591m / Descent: 521m
Brookside Villa offers clean, bright, and contemporary en-suite bedrooms with all the facilities you would expect.
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.
The property is a Grade 2 Listed Building and has been part of the historic landscape since it was built as a fortified "bastle" farmhouse in 1595, on an outstanding hilltop location overlooking Hadrian's Wall. Guest rooms are traditionally furnished with flat screen TV’s, WIFI, selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, complimentary barrel of biscuits and bath robes and slippers. All the en-suite/private bathrooms have contemporary lighting and modern bathroom fittings together with luxury towels, a treasure trove of branded toiletries, which include toothpaste and deodorants.
Gilsland straddles the two counties of Northumberland and Cumbria, and you might have seen the ‘Welcome to Cumbria’ sign as you crossed the River Irthing, which forms the border. Resultantly, you can expect to see some changes in the landscape. The hills will roll from one to the next. This section contains some of the best-preserved parts of the wall, and also some of the last – little of the wall remains intact west of Banks. While the drama of the middle section is now mostly behind you, Hadrian’s Wall continues to stand atop the high ground allowing views that stretch for miles in every direction, including to the Lake District to the south-west, which will keep you smiling as you wander further on.
Ascent: 79m / Descent: 201m
Fernlee Guest House is owned and run by Debbie and Mark Armstrong and offers B&B accommodation in a delightful Victorian property which is well deserving of its 4 Star Visit England Silver Award. Their modern, spacious and well-furnished rooms provide en-suite facilities, towels/toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wifi. They also have a drying room for wet clothes and guest lounge where you can relax in the evening.
Howard Lodge is a friendly family run Victorian guest house located a short walk from Carlisle city centre. All the rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and have en-suite shower rooms. The dining room which is modern, bright and airy, with many original features, will make a relaxing start to your day.
Langleigh is situated on a quiet tree lined street a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Carlisle. All rooms are en-suite and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay. They have a laundry service for those unfortunate wet weather days and charge £5.00 per load.
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.
Ascent: 33m / Descent: 26m
Wallsend B&B provides comfortable en-suite accommodation to the weary walker. They have five guest rooms, all of which are homely, comfortable and restful. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are equipped with televisions, hairdryers and drinks making facilities. You are welcome to relax in their guest lounge, where the leather furnishings surround a log burning stove with the grand oak staircase rising to the first floor.
Shore Gate House used to be a corn mill and dates to 1684. This B&B provides comfortable and modern rooms that are en-suite and have all the amenities you require for a comfortable overnight stay.
Pamela Behan and family welcome you to the Kings Arms pub in the centre of Bowness. The guest rooms are traditionally furnished and are all individual in style. You can relax and enjoy a home cooked meal in the cozy surroundings of the dining rooms. They pride themselves on lovely meals all cooked from locally sourced ingredients and all meals are reasonably priced. Their bar has a pool table, darts and dominoes and you can sample their extensive range of Real Ales.
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