Best of Hadrian's Wall Path - 6 Days & 5 Nights6 Days & 5 Nights 4.8 Read 70 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.
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
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, Groups > 10
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Most Popular
Activity Level & Terrain
The majority of the path has a natural grass surface and at times you will walk next to the wall and sometimes on top of it. There are many short ascents and descents, sometimes with stone steps but the terrain is relatively easy to negotiate, although there may occasionally be humps and bumps in the ground due to the archeaological earthworks.
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.
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, 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.
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. You will average around 10 miles per day on this short break which is roughly around 4-5 hours of walking.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Hadrians Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
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.
We recommend you walk from East to West as all the guidebooks are written in this direction and this is also our personal preference. If you would prefer to walk from West to East we can of course accommodate you.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport, the Hadrians Wall bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Corbridge and overnight
Arrive in Corbridge, a typical English market town with a pretty square and Northumberland’s finest Anglo-Saxon Church of St Andrew’s. Settle into your accommodation, and if there is time take a while to explore. There are plenty of teashops and pubs and you definitely shouldn't miss visiting Corbridge Roman Town.
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 safe in the knowledge that Hadrian’s Wall kept out invaders from the north. Today’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
From Gilsland the path follows a fantastic section of consolidated wall to Birdoswald. It then continues up the hill to Banks and through rugged farmland to Newtown. This is a very pleasant section of walking after the rigours of the past few sections. There is limited accommodation in Newtown so usually, you will be accommodated in Brampton, which is the neighbouring town.
Ascent: 199m / Descent: 247m
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.
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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