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Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

This 84 mile-long footpath stretches from coast to coast marking the NW limit of the Roman Empire. The Romans built this defensive backbone to deter against the marauding Scottish Picts. Important archaeological sites include Vindolanda and Birdoswald.

Overview

The terrain is varied with the dramatic scenery of the upland sections, gentle farming lands of Cumbria and the salt marshes and birdlife of the Solway estuary. The path passes Roman settlements and forts, plus traditional pubs and market towns. It is an easy to moderate graded walk with good way-marking. Once you are on the path you quickly appreciate why the Romans built their great structure here - a defensive spine with panoramic views of the enemies advances.

Itinerary

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.

Day by Day

  • DAY 1 - ARRIVE AT 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 TO STEEL RIGG 21.5 Km
  • DAY 5 - STEEL RIGG TO BANK 21 Km
  • DAY 6 - BANK TO CARLISLE 23 Km
  • DAY 7 - CARLISLE TO BOWNESS ON SOLWAY 24KM

Highlights

ROMAN HERITAGE

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.

NATURAL HERITAGE

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.

Food & Drink

If an army marches on its belly, a walker needs to find sustenance when walking the Wall. There are plenty of places to rest and refuel - from tea rooms serving light lunches and home-baked goods to traditional inns serving hearty pub grub where pretty much everything comes with homemade chips, locally farmed pies and sausages, sharing platters, sandwiches and burgers alongside real ales and thirst-quenching ciders.

Accommodation

We pick the best accommodation available, from a selection of Bed & Breakfast, Guesthouses and Hotels.
Our baggage transfer service will transport your luggage each day by vehicle, so all you will need to carry is your day pack. This really does make a significant difference to your enjoyment of the West Highland Way.
We recommend a night in Glasgow or Milngavie prior to beginning the West Highland Way, to allow for an ease of bag collection by 9am and fresh start to your first day on the trail.

Here is a taster of the many great hotels, B&Bs and guest houses with whom we regularly work.

  • Malmaison in Newcastle - smart city hotel with French brasserie and spa.
  • Heddon Lodge - a very comfortable 4 star guest house with a homely atmosphere and very close to the trail.
  • Twice Brewed Inn - a historic coaching inn in the countryside - with bar and restaurant and comfortable rooms.
  • Quarryside B&B - a country guest house with comfortable rooms in a coutnry setting.
  • Cornerways Guest House - Traditional red brick built guest house in Carlisle.
  • Bowness on Solway - Kings Arms is a traditional pub and great bar for celebrating your final stop at the end of the HW Path.

We work out the logistics so you can relax and enjoy yourself.

It's fairly easy to get here from UK airports using bus, rail or taxi services. The route begins in the city of Newcastle or Wallsend. Newcastle has an airport and train station.

If you finish at Carlisle there's a train station here with lines north into Scotland any many destinations in England.

If you finish in Bowness, you can catch a local train or bus back to a transport hub.

Just ask us to book your local travel tickets you require.

Map

About Us

The WHW is right on our doorstep and we meet walkers everyday in our town centre. So, we really do know everything your need for a well supported trip on this iconic Scottish Highland route.

Contact Us

Scotland’s Walks
13 Main Street
Suite 9
Milngavie
Glasgow
G62 6BJ
Scotland
United Kingdom

+44 (0)141 956 1569
info@scotlandswalks.com

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