Hadrian’s Wall is booked out for the Summer of 2023. Please contact us from November for 2024 dates.
Hadrian’s Wall Route, 130 km from sea to sea, trails the course of what is considered as the best-preserved Roman frontier in the world. Built on the orders of Emperor Hadrian in AD 122, it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route crosses the stunning England-Scotland border.
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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Since 1987, this Roman frontier has been declared as a World Heritage site. It’s considered to be an unofficial border between Scotland and England. The wall is a huge icon in British culture. Long of 117.5 km, the wall is very varied in width and height depending on the construction materials.
The Rich History
The whole story of the wall begins during the expanse of the Roman empire, for 300 years it was the borders of the empire and the “barbarian people”. The wall ran from the banks of river Thyne to the Irish sea. The construction started in 122 and lasted for 6 years. A lot of Roman forts were built in order to keep an eye on this Northern frontier.
The wall crosses a lot of green hills and fields full of sheep. A true breathtaking landscape, where you can see the ruins of ancient forts and milecastles. And you will see the most photographed tree in the UK, the Robin Hood’s tree! Nestled between two green hills, you can’t miss it!
Wallsend (new Castle) to Bowness On Solway
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WALLSEND (NEW CASTLE) (Arrival)
Arrival – Wallsend stands at the very end of Hadrian’s Wall and is well known for its vast history in shipbuilding and coal mining. Here you can find the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall as well as a Visitor Centre and Museum at the old Roman Fort of Segedunum.
Day 2 19.3km
WALLSEND (NEW CASTLE)
HEDDON ON THE WALL
The first day begins at the only remaining piece of Hadrian’s Wall that originally ran down from the fort to the Tyne; you must follow the signs indicating “Hadrian’s Way”. Along the river, you will enjoy beautiful landscapes with its Quaysides, old Bridges, and Baltic Arts. After passing through Newcastle City, you have to follow a former Waggon-way before leaving the Tyne River and meeting the Wall again at the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.
Day 3 24km
HEDDON ON THE WALL
This trail follows the highway, as this one was built right upon Hadrian’s Wall. You will start behind the Three Tuns and just a few meters further you will be able to see the remains of the Rudchester Fort. The trail continues all the way down to Whittledene Reservoir. With a beautiful series of lakes and attractive birdlife, this is the perfect spot for a picnic break. From here, the path will take you north of the road and along miles of farmland before reaching Halton Shields and the Vallum, which is the next major surviving remain of the Wall.
Day 4 21km
Today you will find the most complete sections of the Wall. The trail starts a few meters from the Roman fort of Chesters. Unlike yesterday, the path will become more moorland and less farmland, the walk is relatively easy as it is mostly flat. The interesting spots for this day are the Brocolitia and the Temple of Mithras: a unique temple that was situated near a military base. Before reaching Steel Rigg, you can also enjoy the Gibson Milecastle.
Day 5 20km
In the first ten minutes of today, you will face the highest point of the week: the Green Slack on the Winshields Crags. However, for the rest of the trip, you will walk more downhill than uphill. The landscape will change from yesterday’s moorlands to a gentler path of cultivated lands. Before reaching Banks, you will cross the Pike Hill Signal Tower, the only signal tower of the Wall.
Day 6 23.3km
A pleasant start today takes you across heather-clad moorland, through some country villages, and then to the highest point of today Pinhaw Beacon. Winding down through the countryside you will come to Earby a small friendly town and your stopover for the night. In the last couple of walking hours, you will be able to admire Linstock Castle, an old fortified house that nowadays is part of a farm. Once in Carlisle, you may wish to visit the Tullie House Museum which is found in one of the most historic buildings of this Village.
Day 7 22.5km
BOWNESS ON SOLWAY
This last walk includes some cute villages and some breath-taking views to Scotland over the Eden River. These last kilometers offer peace and solitude and a time to reflect on your journey as you will often find yourself surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and the sounds of birdlife. It is worthwhile to walk through Bitts Park to the south bank of the river to follow it downstream towards the coast. Rampart Head marks the official end of the Hadrian’s Wall journey.