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Hadrian’s Wall Walk – Frequently Asked Questions.

2 Apr , 2018  

We are frequently contacted with questions on Hadrian’s Wall Path, and subsequently, our team of specialists know the route inside out and have the answer to any question you may have. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions, but if you have any you would like answered specifically, you can get in touch on [email protected]

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as know your plans as Hadrian’s Wall is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August.

How fit do I need to be?

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. You can read more about getting fit to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path by clicking on the link.

Hiker on Hadrian's Wall Walk

Takin a break on a piece of history

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

How do I get to the starting point of the walk?

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.

For more information on getting to the start of the walk, check our Travel Guide for Hadrian’s Wall Path.

What can I do if I can’t walk?

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.

HIker on Hadrian's Wall Walk

Taking in the joys of the scenery

I don’t want to walk 15 miles on my first day, what can I do?

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 Direction

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. For more details ,you can check out our blog: What to pack for the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

When is the best time of year?

The Hadrian’s 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!

Hadrian's Wall

The wall winds through some unthinkably beautiful countryside

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, the Hadrian’s Wall bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

What are the best historical sites along the route?

There are many of them all contributing to the story of the Roman Army’s time in the north of England.  For a detailed list, you can see our blog: 6 Best Historic Sites on Hadrian’s Wall Path

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Ewan By
A member of Macs Adventure's amazing marketing team, my passion in life is Snowboarding (apart from my family of course, should they happen to read this!) and have taken up mountain biking to fill the seasonal gap and keep me fit enough to spend as much time on the slopes as I can, come winter.