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Best of Hadrian's Wall Path - West to East - 7 Days & 6 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.
Starting in Carlisle, enjoy five invigorating walking days that take in the best sections of the iconic Hadrian's Wall! This tour is ideally suited to those who have a shorter timescale or perhaps don't want to tackle a full week's walk. Ticking off many of the historic highlights including Housesteads Roman Fort, Chesters Museum and the high point of the trail, Winshields Crags, this shorter trip will give you a great impression of this iconic British landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This West to East "Best Of" itinerary is a great chance to learn about the history of Hadrian's Wall Country and explore the surrounding countryside. It's perfect if you are short of time or just want to see the best sections of the wall.

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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:

Solo Travellers

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
  • National Parks
  • Accessible by Rail

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate, 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 of 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.

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.

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.

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
  • Breakfasts
  • 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 Carlisle
  • Travel from Corbridge
  • 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.

Weather and Climate

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 (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.

Getting to the Start

Our West to East 'Best Of' itineraries start in Carlisle, Brampton or Gilsland.

Carlisle - Carlisle is a major transport hub that is easily reachable by train via all major UK airports and train stations. Newcastle is the closest.

Brampton - Firstly catch a train to Carlisle or Newcastle (again, these are both major transport hubs for all across the United Kingdom). Then from Newcastle or Carlisle take a train to Brampton Station. The trains to Brampton are almost every two hours. On Sundays, the train services are less frequent. Please be aware that Brampton station is approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of the town along a country road (there is a safe path to walk along). 

Gilsland - There are various options to get to Gilsland that mainly will involve you getting a train to Carlisle/Newcastle/Corbridge and then a connecting train to Haltwhistle, From Haltwhistle you can catch a bus or taxi to Gilsland (this information is noted in your information pack). Please note: Sundays and bank holidays, train services are less frequent and the bus from Haltwhistle to Gilsland does not operate.

For the most up-to-date information on train timetables, we recommend checking for your proposed travel dates/times.

Getting from the End

Our West to East 'Best Of'’ itineraries all end 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. 

For the most up-to-date information on train timetables, we recommend checking for your proposed travel dates/times.

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).

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

The distances listed are an approximation of daily walk lengths.

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.

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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Variations of distances in itineraries


Day 1 Arrive Carlisle and overnight Day 2 Carlisle to Haytongate (Lanercost/Brampton) 13.5 miles / 21.5 km Day 3 Haytongate (via Lanercost/Brampton) to Gilsland 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Gilsland to Once Brewed 9.5 miles / 15.5 km Day 5 Once Brewed to Chollerford 13 miles / 20.5 km Day 6 Chollerford to Corbridge 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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