Best of 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 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.
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.
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. If you wish to drive to Corbridge, we can request if you can leave your car at your accommodation whilst you do your walk, but this will be subject to availability.
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
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.
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 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 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.
The Inn is set amongst some of the most breath-taking scenery in England and stands in the shadows of Steel Rigg, without doubt one of the most dramatic parts of Hadrian's Wall. Their guest rooms in the inn are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower and free toiletries.
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.
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.
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: 200m / Descent: 249m
Please note: If you are overnighting in Lanercost/Haytongate then you can expect to deduct approximately 3.5 miles and 100m's of ascent/descent from today's walk. The 3-mile walk into Brampton can also be skipped by booking a local taxi to take you from Lanercost to Brampton town centre.
The Scotch Arms Mews was originally an Inn, now a B&B with 10 rooms and a bar area to engage in a social drink. The guest bed rooms all have en-suite facilities and the owners have maintained the original features of the building. In the morning you can enjoy a lovely buffet breakfast (bacon, eggs, tomatoes, fruit salads, yoghurts and many more options).
Typical Cumbrian Inn in the heart of Brampton. All rooms are en-suite. They have laundry facilities and drying room.
An 18th century country house and stables set in beautiful grounds, offering B&B accommodation in the historic village of Lanercost. The B&B has three rooms that are fitted with all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay. There are TV's in all rooms along with kettle and tea/coffee facilities. Hand wash, shower, bath gels and relaxing bath salts are laid out for use. They also have drying facilities for wet boots and clothing and a laundry service which is priced at £7.00 per load wash. They have a 2 acre garden and free WiFi. You can also relax in the lounge area to share stories with likeminded walkers!
As the wall was predominantly dirt and turf in this section there is very little evidence on the wall remaining but this is still a lovely section of rural countryside and gives you time to reflect before entering the hustle and bustle of Carlisle. Carlisle is a large town and has all the facilities you may have been missing over the past couple of days. The magnificent Castle, cathedral and the Tullie House Museum are all well worth a visit if you have any spare time.
Ascent: 10m / Descent: 57m
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 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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