It's a total of 84 miles from coast to coast along Hadrian's Wall. Roman history accompanies you every step of the way, as the path closely shadows the wall and you will pass by various Roman settlements and forts.The countryside is dotted with farms and rural villages with cosy, welcoming pubs, and some bigger busy market towns.
There are various options for this route which you can walk in either direction, so we can tailor the route to suit you.
a) from Newcastle - Wallsend Area
b) from Bowness or Carlisle
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is well within the scope of anyone who is a regular walker. The toughest part is the 23 mile (37 Km) section between Chollerford and Birdoswald has lots of short climbs and descents; similar to a coastal footpath. You are mainly walkinh on grassy paths with just the Tyneside section having a lot of tarmac. The route is very clearly marked with the acorn symbol and way marking arrows.
There are few European trails that offer such an extensive array of archaeological remains. Highlights include the Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads, Birdoswald, River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment; well preserved Roman masonry and earthworks.
The Solway salt marshes are are also a bird reserve and have amazing wildlife to enjoy. The RSPB - Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds, have a reserve here. You will encounter both birders and HWP walkers. Freshly caught fish come straight from the Solway's ever restless tides, caught by the local fishermen who stand in the surging waters holding massive nets into which the salmon and seatrout throw themselves. YOU may also have the chance to witness many thousands of Barnacle Geese, Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans.
DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 - ARRIVE NEWCASTLE
DAY 2 - FROM THE WALLSEND IN NEWCASTLE TO HEDDON ON THE WALL 24 km
DAY 3 - HEDDON ON THE WALL TO WALL NEAR TO CHOLLERFORD 22 Km
DAY 4 - WALL TOSTEEL RIGG 21.5 Km
DAY 5 - STEEL RIGG TO BANK21 Km
DAY 6 - BANK TO CARLISLE 23 Km
DAY 7 - CARLISLE TO BOWNESS ON SOLWAY 24KM
At A Glance
7 nights from £560 pp B&B, based on 2 sharing twin/double accommodation with baggage transfers
B&B, Guest House, Hotel
Newcastle is the nearest Airport. Train and bus connections to Carlisle & Bowness plus Newcastle & Wallsend