Hadrian's Wall Path - 8 Days & 7 Nights8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 556 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.
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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Long-Distance Trails
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.
The Hadrian's Wall 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.
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.
- Overnights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
- Luggage 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”
- Hadrian’s Wall Passport (for those travelling between May and October)
- 24/7 Emergency 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 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.
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.
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.
From outside the UK you can fly to Newcastle with several airlines including Easyjet, KLM and Airfrance.
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.
Bowness has limited accommodation and transport links so many walkers choose to finish the last day's 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.
Getting from Bowness/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 2.5 miles 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.
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 / 6 Night) 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 / 9 Night), there is a 3-mile (out and back) detour to overnight in Corbridge that you would otherwise skip on our other itineraries.
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 suggest you book as soon as know your plans as Hadrians Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.
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 cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before your walk.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto the next overnight location. Just leave them in the reception area of your accommodation, and they will be collected while you are out walking and delivered for your arrival. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of 15kgs per person.
Option One: Two Trains | Travel Time: 1hr approx.
The Green Line runs directly from Newcastle Airport into the Centre of Newcastle. You would get off at Monument station and transfer to the yellow line at the same station. You would then ride the Yellow Line for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the Wallsend station. From the station walk to the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, the official start of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk.
Option Two: Trian and Bus | Travel Time: 1hr approx.
Firstly, take the Green Line from Newcastle Airport towards the Centre of Newcastle alighting at Monument station. Walk to Monument Market Street and catch the Blue Arrow 11 Bus towards Whitley Bay. Alight at High Street East and walk to the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum, the official start of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk.
There are variations on these journeys, for example, another bus (Cobalt Clipper 309) will also take you to the Wallsend area. However, these two are more direct routes.
If you want to take advantage of the AD122, the Hadrian’s Wall bus to see other 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.
If you arrive in Newcastle early, you may like to walk the first 5 miles today, reducing your walking for the second day. Arrive at the Segedunum Roman Fort, where the walk officially begins. Perhaps spend some time in the museum before heading out along the trail. On reaching the Millennium Bridge, you will have walked almost 5 miles and can either chose to continue or take the nearby bus and train links to your hotel. The next morning you can start here and enjoy a shorter day.
Walking from East to West is the most popular option as reflected by the above itineraries and also the guidebook we provide is written in this direction. However, we can offer itineraries walking in the reverse direction, from West to East, if you would prefer. Just select the West to East option when booking online or ask your Destination & Adventure Specialist.
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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a day pack and hats/gloves etc.
The Hadrians Wall Walk is offered anytime between March and October. The weather can be variable whenever you decide to go since the wall is in northern England and the weather is often unpredictable!
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Newcastle and overnight
Arrive in the wonderful city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and soak in 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.
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.
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: 175m / Descent: 60m
PLEASE NOTE: As there is limited accommodation in Heddon, we may have to book you into accommodation in nearby Newburn, which is 3 miles before Heddon. This means you will have 3 miles less to walk today, but 3 miles more 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.
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: 225m / Descent: 310m
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.
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.
Beginning in Once Brewed with a climb to Winshields Crags, this is the most strenuous part of the day, but you will be rewarded with excellent views and some of the best-preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall. From here the route continues across rolling terrain passing several historic sights. The route eventually comes to Gilsland where you can relax at a local cafe or bar enjoying a well-deserved drink before continuing on towards the turn-off at Haytongate, where you will come off the official Hadrian's Wall path and into Lanercost/Brampton for your overnight accommodation.
Ascent: 340m / Descent: 470m
IMPORTANT: The distances and ascents/descents listed in this section are from Once Brewed to the Haytongate turn-off, where you come off the official Hadrian's Wall trail path. From the Haytongate turn-off, you are likely to be walking to the closest village which is Lanercost (adding approximately 0.6 miles / 1km) for your overnight accommodation or take a taxi to Brampton.
PLEASE NOTE: You may be overnighting in Brampton due to there being very few accommodations in Lanercost. From the Haytongate turn-off - if you decide to walk via our supplemented route to Brampton town centre - you will be adding approximately 3 miles (5km) and 100m's of ascent/descent to your walking day. This 3-mile section into Brampton can also be skipped by booking a local taxi from Lanercost Priory (number given in your tour documentation). Lanercost Priory has a tea room, so you can grab some refreshments while you wait.
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!
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.
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: 40m / Descent: 120m
IMPORTANT: The distances and ascents/descents listed from this section are from the Haytongate turn-off, where you re-join the official Hadrian's Wall trail path to Carlisle. A further 0.6 miles / 1km walk at the very least is likely required as you walk from Lanercost to the Haytongate turn-off.
PLEASE NOTE: You may be overnighting in Brampton due to there being very few accommodations in Lanercost. From Brampton town centre - if you decide to walk via our supplemented route to the Haytongate turn-off - you will be adding approximately 3 miles (5km) and 100m's of ascent/descent to your walking day. This 3-mile section to the Haytongate turn-off can also be skipped by booking a local taxi from your local accommodation in Brampton to the Lanercost Priory (number given in your tour documentation).
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: 15m / Descent: 30m
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.
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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