Hadrian’s Wall Path (various tour options)

€1065 per person
Below only the classic tour version (walking East to West)  is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs. The program can also be walked from West to East (check details with us)!

Travel back to antiquity with our Hadrian’s wall self-guided walking tour following one of England’s most recognizable historical sites. A true UNESCO World Heritage treasure and the largest Roman structure that can be seen in present times. Day by day you will be tracing the monument coast to coast in its entire length feeling the deep connection with Britain’s ancestry. Hike through some of the most beautiful natural sites in England and get a glimpse of its wild side. Forts, milecastles, turrets, visitor centers, and museums will be your constant companions along the way. This is Britain’s most popular hiking tour and a world-famous top long-distance walking route.

*We offer various options of this famous trail (incl. West to East itineraries!), so check with us for details, and also in case you are short of time or wish to make a longer (and easier) discovery the path.
Why to walk from East to West (as per the standard option below)? Hadrian built his Wall starting in Newcastle, mainly for ease of supply of materials and military backup. Exploration of the Roman sites progressed westwards from Newcastle, and these are now archaeologically numbered and mapped in that direction, rather than for any walking. When Hadrian’s Wall Path was designated a National Trail, the National Trail Guide (the only guide at the time) described the Trail in this direction. This has since changed with the support of excellent guidebooks and maps, which caters for both directions, as the ones our local partners supply.
Why to walk from West to East (check details for these options with us)? Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path from West to East is physically easier and typically more picturesque than the conventional East to West direction. Hadrian’s Wall was built across the beautiful, but wild Northumbrian countryside. Weather on England’s northernmost border can prove unpredictable; walking eastwards, in poor conditions, you have wind and rain at your back, not driving against you. In fine weather (come summer there is plenty), the afternoon sun is behind you, not in your eyes and the emerging light brings those far flung corners of the terrain into focus. Many classic views are arguably best seen from West to East – such as Crag Lough, Cuddy’s Crags, Sewingshield Crags and Limestone Corner. Walking East from Solway coast to Wallsend, Roman sites become progressively interesting. Each day peels back insights and examples of everyday Roman military and domestic life as you head from Carlisle towards Newcastle-which seems anti-climactic when travelling East to West. Plus, Newcastle is a wonderful place to end your walk and perhaps spend an extra day of your trip.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (6-12) Days I Level: 3/4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation incl. breakfast; Luggage transportation; People transfers to/from the trail when changes in overnight places require that; Detailed roadbook, maps and GPS tracks (1 set per reservation); Emergency phone support
  • What is not included
    Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Travel insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle
The tour starts at the Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Hadrian's Wall. After the official introduction to the historical site, you will walk a path following the River Tyne. As you stroll, you will learn the history of Newcastle from an industrial perspective and witness the ongoing transformation of the city into a vibrant modern metropolis.
Day 2: Wallsend - Heddon (24km; 6,30hrs; +360m/-280m)
On today’s self-guided route, you will leave the city of Newcastle from Newburn and exchange its urban features for a more natural surrounding. You will follow the river, then slowly continue uphill to reach your destination for the day - the village of Heddon. Overnight can be either in Heddon or slightly outside the village, as the variety of accommodations is limited.
Day 3: Heddon - Chollerford (26km; 6,30-7hrs; +370m/-410m)
Today you take the Roman Road from Heddon and imperceptibly start tracing the wall itself. You will enjoy a curious visit of the Vindolanda Roman Fort and overcome some small climbs before you reach East Wallhouses where you can have a break at a pleasant local pub. Later on, you will pass by the wonderful Northumberland countryside following the old military road. Your main goal for this day’s walking route is Chollerford (transfer to your accommodation, and back to the trail on the next day, will be included in case of lack of availability in Chollerford itself).
Day 4: Chollerford - Once Brewed (21km; 5,30-6hrs; +450m/-250m)
This day’s independent hiking route starts with a visit of another important historical site, Chesters Museum. You will experience the most spectacular sections of the wall, offering breathtaking views. You will take a break from closely following the wall and enjoy a walk through the lush green countryside and hidden Roman ruins of different kinds. This section of your self-guided route ends at Steel Rigg Peel Crags. The Vindolanda Fort complex and its surrounding area are one of the highlights of your trip.
Day 5: Once Brewed / Steel Rigg - Banks (24km; 6,30hrs; +360m/-520m)
Today’s section of the self-guided hiking tour is filled with historic sections of the wall, plenty of ups and downs (literally and figuratively), and excitement at almost being halfway through the hike. The Roman Wall is followed for most of the day and there are plenty of scenic vistas. The trail takes you to the highest point of the trail, the top of Winshields Crags. Although it is the steepest part of the itinerary, it will reward you with marvelously well-preserved remains of the wall. You will pass by the Birdoswald Fort - the most notable surviving fort in Cumbria. Just easof Banks village is situated Banks East- the best preserved turret or observation tower in the western sector of Hadrian’s Wall, where the Wall, instigated on the orders of the emperor Hadrian in AD 122, was originally made from turf.
Day 6: Banks - Carlisle (24km; 6,30hrs; +190m/-290m)
On this day you will follow a section of the wall that used to be mainly made of dirt and turf, so there are very little physical remains to accompany you in the background. However, you will spend a whole day in the lovely countryside with many farms and adorably quaint villages before the self-guided tour takes you back in the hustle of the modern world as you enter the city of Carlisle. There is much to explore there - the castle, the cathedral the Tullie House Museum are among the sites worth visiting.
Day 7: Carlisle - Bowness-on-Solway (24km; 6-6,30hrs; +180m/-190m)
The last stage this self-guided walking itinerary has foreseen follows the river Eden out of Carlisle to the quiet road to Port Carlisle and Bowness-on-Solway. The area is stunningly beautiful and a true marvel for the birdlife aficionados. Your last overnight will be in Bowness where you can have a well-deserved celebration and congratulate yourselves for the successful completion of this hiking tour.
Day 8: Onward travel
Get in touch with us if you are looking for a longer or shorter tour options of the Hadrian's Wall Path (incl. programs with shorter daily mileage).


1065 Euro per person in twin/dbl room  
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 495 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 695 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Daily departures between the beginning of April and mid-October. The weather can be vastly different, from rain to wind to glorious days of sunshine. Please come prepared for walking in rain or shine. The route is well waymarked and much of it follows a well laid out path. Some of the paths can become very muddy and boggy and negotiating this terrain can be slow-going at times. One piece of luggage is allowed for the luggage transport (up to 20kg). Best airport for arrival: Newcastle. 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 1,40hrs. 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.
This tour includes overnight accommodation in a mixture of country inns, small hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s. We carefully select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We book en-suite rooms as standard. If there are no en-suite rooms available in an overnight location, we may book a room with shared facilities, but we would always inform you in advance if this was the case. Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.

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