Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is a superb Roman Coast-to-Coast walk. Stretching from the mouth of the Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west, the Hadrian's Wall path follows the greatest relic from the Roman occupation of Britain which lasted 400 years. During a walk along the Wall you will pass the sites or remains of the 16 Wall Forts, plus numerous milecastles and turrets, plus original and partly restored sections of Hadrian's Wall itself. The wall can be walked in either direction.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £8 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Entire Route Options

This 6-day Hadrian's Wall itinerary is for fit and experienced long-distance path walkers who's focus is on the walking rather than the history. The route is normally tackled from east to west but can equally be undertaken from west to east where you have the advantage of the prevailing weather at your back.

Arrive Wallsend/Tynemouth and check in.
Day 1 Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 15 miles
Day 2 Heddon to Chollerford / Humshaugh 15 miles
Day 3 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 4 Once Brewed to Lanercost 15 miles
Day 5 Lanercost to Carlisle 15 miles
Day 6 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway 14 miles
Depart Bowness

This is our recommended itinerary for Hadrian's Wall, splitting the route into seven stages. There are longer legs at the beginning and end and shorter legs over the more rugged and more interestingly diverting, central section of Hadrian's Wall. This itinerary will provide a challenge even for fit walkers while still leaving time to explore the relics and remains of the greatest empire the world has ever seen.

Arrive Wallsend/Tynemouth and check in.
Day 1 Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 15 miles
Day 2 Heddon to Chollerford / Humshaugh 15 miles
Day 3 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 4 Once Brewed to Gilsland 8 miles
Day 5 Gilsland to Brampton / Irthington 8 / 10 miles
Day 6 Brampton / Irthington to Carlisle 11 / 9 miles
Day 7 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway 14 miles
Depart Bowness

Although slightly longer in distance, this 8-day Hadrian's Wall option has less daily mileage than the normal 7 day option. This itinerary splits the usual second leg into two stages with an overnight stay in Corbridge. Although Corbridge is off the line of Hadrian's Wall, it has historical connections with the Wall and has its own Wall Fort. Corbridge also marked the eastern end of the Stanegate - the great east west Roman road that pre-dated the construction of Hadrian's Wall

. Arrive Wallsend/Tynemouth and check in.
Day 1 Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 15 miles
Day 2 Heddon to Corbridge 10 miles
Day 3 Corbridge to Chollerford / Humshaugh 11 miles
Day 4 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 5 Once Brewed to Gilsland 8 miles
Day 6 Gilsland to Brampton / Irthington 8 / 10 miles
Day 7 Brampton / Irthington to Carlisle 11 / 9 miles
Day 8 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway 14 miles
Depart Bowness

The 9-day Hadrian's Wall is a relaxed pace option for those who want to spend more time exploring the Wall's numerous forts and milecastles. Except for the initial level walk along the banks of the River Tyne, there are no days longer than 12 miles. As with the 8-day option you will 'detour' to Corbridge to split the long second leg of the normal 7-day Hadrian's Wall itinerary. This option also splits the final leg from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway into 2 stages of 7 miles each.

Arrive Wallsend/Tynemouth and check in.
Day 1 Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall 15 miles
Day 2 Heddon to Corbridge 10 miles
Day 3 Corbridge to Chollerford / Humshaugh 11 miles
Day 4 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 5 Once Brewed to Gilsland 8 miles
Day 6 Gilsland to Brampton / Irthington 8 / 10 miles
Day 7 Brampton / Irthington to Carlisle 11 / 9 miles
Day 8 Carlisle to Burgh by Sands 7 miles
Day 9 Burgh by Sands to Bowness-on-Solway 7 miles
Depart Bowness

Best of the Wall

Without doubt, the most spectacular section of the Hadrian's Wall Path is the central section. Here the Wall's builders followed the natural defensive feature of the Great Whin Sill, a line of doleritic crags stretching across the country. Not only does this section provide the most spectacular landscapes on the route of Hadrian's Wall, but also it is here that the Wall is most in evidence being located far enough away from towns and villages to have escaped plunder for building material and here also is the only restored section of the Wall. Between Chollerford and Brampton you will also find the most intact examples of the Wall forts and milecastles including Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda. If you don't have the time or the inclination to walk the entire length of Hadrian's Wall, this itinerary will showcase it at its best.

Arrive at Chollerford / Humshaugh and check in.
Day 1 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 2 Once Brewed to Gilsland via Vindolanda 11 miles
Day 3 Gilsland to Brampton via Lanercost Priory 10 miles
Depart Brampton

This option walking the central section of Hadrian's Wall over 4 days offers the best of both scenery and history. Starting in Corbridge where you can stand on the Stanegate - the ancient Roman road to Carlisle which pre-dates even the Wall - you then follow the undulations of the Great Whin Sill to Banks, passing the forts of Chesters Housesteads and Vindolanda, before descending to Lanercost Priory built with stone plundered from Hadrian's Wall and ending in the Cumbrian market town of Brampton.

Arrive at Corbridge and check in.
Day 1 Corbridge to Chollerford / Humshaugh 6 miles
Day 2 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 3 Once Brewed to Gilsland via Vindolanda 11 miles
Day 4 Gilsland to Brampton via Lanercost Priory 10 miles
Depart Brampton

This option walking the central section of Hadrian's Wall over 5 days begins in Corbridge and ends in Carlisle. Along the way you encounter spectacular scenery from a vantage high on the the Great Whin Sill and you can visit the Roman forts of Chesters Housesteads and Vindolanda and the medieval Carlisle Castle. This is classic walking on the best of the Hadrian's Wall Path.

Arrive at Corbridge and check in.
Day 1 Corbridge to Chollerford / Humshaugh 6 miles
Day 2 Chollerford to Once Brewed 12 miles
Day 3 Once Brewed to Gilsland via Vindolanda 11 miles
Day 4 Gilsland to Brampton via Lanercost Priory 10 miles
Day 5 Brampton to Carlisle 11 miles
Depart Carlisle

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

WALLSEND: There are frequent trains to Newcastle from London Kings Cross (3 hours) and from Manchester (2½ hours). From here you can take the Metro to Wallsend (20 minutes). We do not recommend arriving by car as parking is expensive and the return transfer long.

CHOLLERFORD: To get to Chollerford, take a train to Hexham from London (4 hours) or Manchester (3½ hours) then bus (20 minutes) to Chollerford. Car parking and return transfers are available at extra cost.

CORBRIDGE: Corbridge is on the Carlisle to Newcastle line. There are hourly trains from Newcastle taking 32 minutes. The journey time from London via Newcastle is approximately 4 hours and from Manchester is approximately 3 hours 20 minutes.

RETURN: From Bowness-on-Solway there are regular buses to Carlisle (30 minutes) and frequent trains from there to London (4 hours), Manchester (2 hours) and Glasgow (2 hours). If departing from Brampton there are regular buses to Carlisle (20 minutes).

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Hadrian's wall map

The 84 mile long Hadrian's Wall Trail begins with an easy riverside walk on Tyneside. It then travels through the farmland of Tynedale before climbing up onto the spectacular escarpment of the Whin Sill.

This central section of Hadrian's Wall has lots of ups and downs and also includes the best preserved sections of the Wall itself. This is the most challenging part of the walk.

Crossing into Cumbria, a gradual descent to a pastoral landscape brings you to the Roman city of Carlisle and the final level section to the salt marsh of the Solway Estuary and the terminus of Hadrian's Wall.

Facts about Hadrian's Wall