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Hadrian's Wall Path - 9 Days & 8 Nights

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  • 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.
Immerse yourself in history with a Hadrian's wall walking holiday, walking 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. Walk through the wild and beautiful landscapes of Northumberland and enjoy regular viewings of Roman Forts, milecastles, turrets, museums and visitor centres. This is one journey of discovery you will not forget!

What To Expect

If you want to take on the challenge of a long-distance trail, with fantastically scenic walks, steeped in history, and then arrive in your comfortable and welcoming B&B’s every afternoon, feeling a sense of achievement each day, then this tour is for you. This is a relaxed itinerary with plenty of time to see the sights.

Trip Style:

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:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys


  • Most Popular
  • Classic

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.

Accommodation Information

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.

  • Overnights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfasts
  • 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. 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.

From October 16 to October 31st due to luggage transfer restrictions no solo walkers will be able to travel on Hadrian's Wall tours. 

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

By Rail

Newcastle is on the main East Coast rail line. A direct train from London takes approx 3 hours, or from Edinburgh takes around 1h 30m. 

By Air

From outside the UK you can fly to Newcastle with several airlines including Easyjet, KLM and Airfrance

By Road

You can easily reach Newcastle by road too. It is a 2hr drive from Edinburgh via the East coast of Scotland or approx 3hrs from London. Car parking is quite limited but it is available at the main hotel we use in Newcastle which is £12 per night. Parking there is on a first-come, first-served basis and unfortunately cannot be reserved.  You can also find a list of off-street parking locations here - https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/parking-and-permits/car-parks-and-street-parking/street-parking-places-order-city-centre 

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. If you wish to drive to Corbridge, we can ask your accommodation if you can leave your car there whilst you are walking, but this will be on a request basis and subject to availability. 

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 40m.

UPDATE 2022 - Getting from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle for onward travel connections.
The local bus service (93 Stagecoach) that goes from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle is due to be terminated on 18 June 2022. This is due to reduced passenger numbers over the pandemic period deeming it no longer sustainable to run the service and it is due to end from midnight on the 18 June 2022. At the time of writing this (1 June 2022), there are no alternative bus companies planning to take over this route. We have been monitoring the situation since April as the Bowness-on-Solway community (including our local partners) are fighting to change this with local councillors. As things stand, they have had no success thus far and they are now looking setup a voluntary run community bus service that will serve the Bowness to Carlisle route during the walking season. This, however, will take time to get up and running and likely not be in place until later in 2022. This means from after midnight on 18 June 2022, the only reliable way to return to Carlisle is via taxi for the foreseeable future (costing approximately £30 - paid locally).

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.

Baggage Transfer

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 20kg per person.

General Information

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Day 1 Arrive Newcastle and overnight Day 2 Wallsend to Heddon 15.7 miles / 25.2 km Day 3 Heddon to Chollerford 16 miles / 25.5 km Day 4 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12.8 miles / 20.5 km Day 5 Once Brewed to Gilsland 9.4 miles / 15.1 km Day 6 Gilsland to Brampton 8.9 miles / 14.6 km Day 7 Brampton to Carlisle 16.3 miles / 26.1 km Day 8 Carlisle to Bowness-On-Solway 15.1 miles / 24.3 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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