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Hadrian’s Wall Trail

€775 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs.

Travel back to antiquity with our Hadrian’s wall independent 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.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (6-11) Days I Difficulty: 2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation incl. breakfast; Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary; A detailed info pack, route book and printed maps for the group leader; Emergency telephone support; Hadrian’s Wall Passport (for those travelling between May and October)
  • 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
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Day 1: Arrive Newcastle and overnight
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.
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Day 2: Walk to Heddon (24km)
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.
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Day 3: Walk to Chollerford (24km)
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 where your overnight will be.
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Day 4: Walk to Once Brewed (21km)
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.
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Day 5: Walk to Brampton/Lanercost (22km)
Today’s section of the self-guided hiking tour 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 Gilsand and follow the wall to Birdoswald from there. The walk to Newtown through Banks forms the relaxing part of today’s dynamic itinerary. Rest your eyes and feet by walking through colorful farmlands. Most likely you will be accommodated in Brampton due to the very limited accommodation options in Newtown.
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Day 6: Walk to Carlisle (22km)
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 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.
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Day 7: Walk to Bowness-on-Solway(24km)
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.
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Day 8: Onward travel

TOUR LOCATION

Price
775 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 290 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pax)
Tips
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 (15kg). 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.
Accommodation
Overnight in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses, specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality. The first day’s walk to Heddon (or beyond) is one of the longer walks so many of our walkers choose to arrive early in Newcastle, drop their bags at their accommodation in Newcastle and then enjoy the 5 mile (2.5 hour) walk to Tyne Bridge that afternoon, returning by metro to Wallsend and starting again from Tyne Bridge in the following morning. If you would like to do this please let us know when you book. Please note that Bowness has limited accommodation and transport links so many walkers choose to finish the last days walk in Bowness and then catch the bus back to Carlisle that afternoon, ready for the journey home the next day. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would prefer this option. A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Most hotels and B&B’s offer a continental and full cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for hours. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively your guide book includes details of local pubs and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

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