Macs Adventure, Tips & advice, Walking

Travel Guide for Hadrian’s Wall Path

22 Mar , 2018  

The Hadrian’s Wall Path is fairly easy to get to and from, however, we want to fill you in on all the details so that you have every question answered when it comes to the trip.

Getting to Newcastle

By Air

If you are coming from outside of the UK, you will need to know the closest airports to fly into.  The best places to arrive would be either Manchester or Newcastle airports. Newcastle is right where you want to be for the start, while Manchester is 3-4 hours away. You can also fly to Newcastle Airport from London, which may make the journey a lot quicker.

By Public Transport

Newcastle is well serviced by all major rail and bus companies.  The best way to find out how to get here is to check out Traveline which will give you all the details on how best to get to Newcastle from your starting location.

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Views along Hadrian’s Wall

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.

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Summit time on Hadrian’s Wall Path

 

Getting from Bowness

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 40.

Please note that there are NO buses from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle on Sundays, so try to plan your tour so that it doesn’t finish in Bowness on a Sunday.

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.

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Happy days on the trail

Getting from 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 2.5miles 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.

Transport along the route

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.

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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.