Hadrian's Wall Path - West to East - 7 Days & 6 Nights
- 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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Bowness-on-Solway and overnight
Arrive at your accommodation in Bowness-on-Solway, settle in and go grab a drink at the Kings Arms and have a chat with some fellow walkers. The Kings Arms is a popular spot for a celebratory drink after completing the Hadrian's Wall Path on the more commonly walked "East to West" route.
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.
These stylish studio style luxury B&B apartments have everything you need for a nice relaxing break away, they are ideal for couples or small families.
Probably the easiest section of the entire Hadrian’s Wall path - this gentle stroll through the Bowness Marshland is on the Solway Coast, Britain’s first recognised ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’ It is beautiful in a bleak and understated way that might convince you you’re on the edge of the world – indeed, for the Romans, this was the very end of their vast Empire! Tonight's stop is in Carlisle - if you have any spare time, we recommend checking out the magnificent Castle, Cathedral, and the Tullie House Museum.
Ascent: 30m / Descent: 35m
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.
Warwick Lodge is a family run guest house in Carlisle, Caron Archibald takes great pride in her home and loves welcoming people to stay. Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and a TV. Caron is known for her great breakfasts; all ingredients are locally sourced and breakfasts are all freshly cooked to order.
This section contains some of the best-preserved parts of the wall, and also some of the last. 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 southwest, which will keep you smiling as you wander towards Gilsland.
Ascent: 255m / Descent: 130m
Brookside Villa offers clean, bright, and contemporary en-suite bedrooms with all the facilities you would expect.
Built in 1860, Dacre House has served many purposes, Temperance Hotel, Board Residence, Tea Rooms and Antique Shop.
In June 2022 the house was re-opened as a luxury bed and breakfast accommodation for visitors to Gilsland.
Dacre House is situated in the centre of the village, on the Hadrian's Wall Path and near to all facilities.
Being a self-contained annexe, The Hollies offers a different and more flexible choice to your traditional B&B experience. The annexe offers you privacy to relax and has all of the extra facilities not usually included in a B&B holiday stay.
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: 545m / Descent: 635m
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.
This old-school tearoom and B&B is great for walkers. The country-casual rooms feature TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. All are on the first floor and accessed by stairs. Full English or continental breakfast is provided in the old-world tearoom on the ground floor. There's also a garden with tables, chairs and umbrellas, as well as a gift shop.
Begin with walking parallel to the B6318 which was built directly on top of Hadrian’s Wall. As you approach Heddon where you join the Roman Road and begin to see ever more frequent signs of the wall itself before reaching Heddon-on-the-Wall, a peaceful village with an intact 100-metre stretch of Hadrian’s Broad Wall. The Vindolanda Roman Fort is also worth a visit to this section.
Ascent: 315m / Descent: 225m
PLEASE NOTE: As there is limited accommodation in Heddon, we may have to book you into accommodation in nearby Newburn, which is 3 miles after Heddon. This means you will have 3 miles more to walk today, but 3 miles less the following day.
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.
Heading out of Heddon-on-the-Wall your companion of walking alongside Hadrian's Wall will start to change to the wide rolling mass of the River Tyne ending in the wonderful city of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Here you can 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!
Ascent: 60m / Descent: 175m
Located in the city centre of Newcastle, Sandman Signature Hotel is a luxury accommodation only a 20 minute drive/train journey to the Northumberland countryside. This accommodation offers a laundry service, bike storage, and packed lunch on request.
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.
No 61 is an 18th century guest house, tea room and coffee lounge. All rooms are en-suite with digital television, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. In the tea room you will find a range of cakes, scones and sandwiches which are all homemade, and their extensive range of teas and coffees are specially selected for their quality.
After breakfast, your walking holiday will come to an end. See the travel info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
Other InformationIs it for me?
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&Bs every afternoon, feeling a sense of achievement each day, then this tour is for you. This is our west-to-east variation.
Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!
Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 15 Years
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.
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.
On our full Hadrian's Walking tours, 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.
IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE REGARDING OVERNIGHTING IN BRAMPTON - Due to very few accommodations in Lanercost/Haytongate, you will likely be staying in Brampton overnight instead. Brampton is approximately a 3-mile (5km) walk away from the Hadrian's wall trail path turn-off at Haytongate and 2.5 miles (4km) from Lanercost. You can either walk this section (adding the 3 miles / 5km to your walking day) using our supplemented walking route given in or alternatively, if your legs are feeling a bit tired or you'd rather not walk this extra section, you can instead call a local taxi company to take you to Brampton instead (number given in your tour documentation). Local cab companies generally do runs via Lanercost priory for around £10-15 depending on the time of day/year. The Priory is worth a visit in itself and also has a tearoom where you can get refreshments as you wait. The following morning, you will again have to decide if you wish to book a local taxi back to the Lanercost priory or walk via our supplemented route (again potentially adding 3 miles / 5km to your walk).
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.
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.
- 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 Bowness-on-Solway
- Travel from Newcastle
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Extra night(s)
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 there are various events on throughout the year that may make availability difficult in the city of Newcastle (large concert events and the Great North Run). During these periods we recommend booking our "Best of" or Short Break Itineraries. Your adventure specialist will advise you of any difficulty in booking on particular dates.
By nature, the North of England is prone to varying types of weather throughout the year. Always be prepared for changeable conditions when walking in England. Waterproofs are essential. We recommend visiting https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ (the UK’s official source for weather warnings) before setting off each day. Do not attempt to walk any sections if any serious weather warnings are in place.
Make your way to Carlisle, which is easily accessible from Newcastle and all major cities across both Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh) and the south of England (London).
The Stagecoach Bus Service 93 then connects Carlile to Bowness-on-Solway. Please ensure you check the bus timetables in advance as it is a limited service that runs around three times a day - also, no buses run between Bowness-on-Solway and Carlisle on Sundays/bank holidays (so please keep this in mind when booking). Local taxi services are the only other option (we provide numbers in your information pack).
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.
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.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation.
At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase. Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person. It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.
The distances listed are an approximation of daily walk lengths.
You may also notice that the total overall distance varies on our different itineraries - this is due to where you overnight along the way. Some examples of this - on our shortest (full) Hadrian's Wall Path itinerary (7 Day) you will remain on the Hadrian's Wall path for large sections meaning you will not detour off to overnight in places such as Once Brewed (which means you don't add in the extra mileages of coming off and back onto the Hadrian's Wall Path). Or on our longest (full) Hadrian's Wall Path itinerary (10-day), there is a 3-mile (out and back) detour to overnight in Corbridge that you would otherwise skip on our other itineraries.
Diversions on the Hadrian’s Wall Path
No matter what year you are due to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path you are likely to find some minor diversions in place along the way – this can be for a mixture of reasons, from forestry work, path resurfacing, damage after a storm or just general trail maintenance. Normally this will be a logical path that skirts around the effected section, and you should be back on the official trail path in no time at all. If there are any major diversions in place, the Macs Adventure team will reach out to you to let you know. Please always respect any diversion in place and ensure you follow them for your own safety.
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.
Hadrian's Wall Path
Hadrian's Wall Path follows the route of the UNESCO world heritage wall, built to keep the "barbarians" (Scots!) out of Roman territory. This outstanding historical site is punctuated with milecastles, museums and recreations, not to mention some of the best walking in England.
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7 Days 6 NightsA challenging walk on Hadrian's Wall Path, best suited to experienced long-distance walkers.Highlights
- Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Wild and beautiful landscapes.
- View forts, turrets and milecastles en route.
8 Days 7 NightsMore suited for experienced walkers, complete the Cotswold Way over 6 long-mileage days.Highlights
- See honey-coloured Cotswold villages
- Journey through the rolling English countryside
- Enjoy a well-deserved pint at a local pub
14 Days 13 NightsThe original Coast to Coast itinerary. A challenging option, suitable for experienced walkers.Highlights
- The challenging original Coast to Coast itinerary
- Mountains, lakes, hills, wild moors and pub
- Enjoy the camaraderie with fellow walkers