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Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights


Spanning coast to coast across the north of England, Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacle of emperor Hadrian’s reign in the once-Roman province of Britannia. These days, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wall and nearby ruins provide the trail for a seven-day exploration of pre-British history on two feet. Walking from the western outpost of Carlisle to the eastern reaches of Port Gate near Newcastle upon Tyne, you’ll spend a week following one of the richest examples of Roman history in the United Kingdom. Stop in traditional English villages, discover the well-preserved sections of the Wall and explore the surrounding countryside on a walking trip full of history and rolling landscapes.

7 days, from

$1,477

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

3
Trip code: BMXH
Style: Original
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  United Kingdom
Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast (6 nights)
Transportation: Walking , public bus , train , taxi
Included Meals:

  • 6 breakfasts

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Hadrian’s Wall walking trails are well developed and full of Roman history. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll gain a true insight into this piece of history which is often overlooked by travellers in England.

  • Admire the stark beauty at Sycamore Gap as you enjoy a photo stop at the famous Robin Hood tree.

  • Take your time to discover important spots along the way, with an included visit to Birdoswald Roman Fort and a stop Fort at Housesteads, learning the tales of the Wall.

  • Walking every day doesn’t mean you’re going to be ruined like the remains along the trail. With a well-designed itinerary, the prevailing winds behind you plus some time at leisure in Cholleford, you’ll be walking with ease.

  • The English countryside has never looked so good. While the focus is Hadrian’s Wall on this itinerary, your eyes – and camera – will be occupied every step of the way by the lush landscapes of northern England.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Walk Carlisle to Irthington

Welcome to the northwest English countryside! Today, you’ll meet your leader and fellow travellers in front of the entrance to Carlisle train station at 10 am – check the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information for more details. Carlisle is a wonderful historic city dating back over 2,000 years. With its renowned castle and the Tully Museum to see, you might like to spend a night or two here before your trip to get a real feel for the place. After a quick welcome briefing, begin your walk out of town, following the River Eden on your way to the charming village of Crosby-on-Eden. Passing by Hadrian’s Wall through sweeping fields and old bridleways you'll soon arrive in Irthington. From here, take a short transfer to Haltwhistle, your base for the next 3 nights.

Day 2: Walk Lanercost Priory to Gilsland

After a short transfer back to the trail, begin your walk at Lanercost Priory – once England’s capital, but only for a matter of months. Continue to Birdoswald Roman Fort where there will be time for an optional visit to this historic structure which was inhabited for over 2,000 years and showcases many of the Wall’s defining features. Overlooking the River Irthing Gorge, this section of Hadrian’s Wall is the longest spanning stretch and one of the most well preserved. After spending some time here with your group, walk on to Gilsland from where you'll travel back to your overnight accommodation in Haltwhistle.

Day 3: Walk Walltown Crags to Haltwhistle

Start the day with a short ride to the Vindolanda Roman fort. Here you will spend a few hours exploring this wonderfully preserved fort, which is still being excavated. A highlight is the onsite museum that has a treasure trove of well-preserved items such as Roman shoes, boxing gloves and letters. Afterwards hop on the aptly named AD122 bus for the short ride to the Walltown quarry. Walk along one of the most spectacular of the wall as it follows the crags and involves some steep ascents, before descending from the wall and following the lovely Haltwhistle burn back in to town. As tonight is your last night in this pretty town you may like to head out with your fellow walkers and enjoy a well-deserved dinner (at your own expense) before moving on to the second part of your adventure tomorrow.

Day 4: Walk Once Brewed to Brocolitia fort

After a short transfer to Once Brewed, a quaint place with an unusual - and often disputed - name, start your hike with a steep climb to the crags (rock faces) of Northumberland. Soon you will reach Sycamore Gap – one of the most well-known sections of the trail. With a lone Sycamore tree sitting in a shallow and narrow dip in the countryside, it’s a perfect place to stop and admire the views. Enjoy a must-do photo stop at the impeccably preserved Housesteads Roman Fort. This afternoon, you will finish your walk at Brocolitia fort. Nothing remains of the fort but there are some interesting remains of the Temple of Mithras. From here take a quick ride to your overnight accommodation in Hexham.

Day 5: Walk Chollerford to East Wallhouses

After breakfast take a short ride to the outskirts of Chollerford to begin today’s walk. Be sure to walk around the nearby Heavenfield Battle Site and St Oswald’s in Lee Church, both teeming with reminders of the famous victory of Oswald – the King of Northumbria – in AD734. Your walk today takes you through the countryside to Port Gate where you can take the time for a relaxed lunch before continuing to East Wallhouses and a transfer to nearby Hexham.

Day 6: Walk East Wallhouses to Wylam

Your group will mainly follow the old Military Road and earthen defences set on either side of the wall. Today, you'll pass by the Roman Fort of Rudchester and a short section of remaining wall on your way. After a number of days walking along the trail, perhaps celebrate the last night of the trip with your group during a well-deserved group dinner.

Day 7: Hexham

With no activities or walking included in today’s itinerary, you are free to leave at any time. The town of Hexham is only a short distance by rail or bus to the large city of Newcastle upon Tyne where rail and air connections are available to take you throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.