Hadrian's Wall Short Break

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  • 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
This short break itinerary follows the central section of Hadrian's Wall, one of Britain’s iconic landmarks. Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the route follows the course of this Roman barrier closely along its entire length and is punctuated by regular forts, milecastles and turrets. You will also be walking through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in England with plenty of varying landscapes or moors, woodland and undulating hills.

What To Expect

This trip takes in the very best parts of Hadrian's Wall, immersing you in the rich history of the area. The high level of comfort at your B&Bs make this the ideal long weekend escape for any hiker.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

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Activity Level & 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.

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Corbridge
  • Travel from Gilsland
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • 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.

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.

Luggage 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 15kg 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.

Equipment

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Corbridge and overnight Day 2 Corbridge to Chollerford 10.5 miles / 16.9 km Day 3 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12.7 miles / 20.5 km Day 4 Once Brewed to Gilsland 9.6 miles / 15.2 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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