The Hadrian’s Wall Path is one of the most popular UK National walking routes. We have developed a hiking vacation along the Hadrian’s Wall Trail, which allows you to explore the best sections of the trail. Starting from the museum in Wallsend, you will follow most of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail with it’s interesting Roman remains between Wallsend (a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne) to Carlisle in the West.
Hadrian’s Wall was constructed over the space of 6 years by around 15,000 men. This beautiful stone wall originally would have been 6m high in some places along the route. Along the wall, there were mile castles which had two watchtowers in between each one. The section of the Hadrian’s Wall trail that you encounter on this walking holiday you can see the best-preserved sections. Some people also believe that Hadrian’s Wall marks the boundary between England and Scotland. However, it in fact wasn’t built as a border as it lies entirely within England
Walking along Hadrian’s Wall is not particularly hard in terms of altitude gains, but some sections are long in terms of distance. Most of these days can be covered in 5-6 hours walking and there is also a public bus. The AD122 runs almost parallel to the route, which can help shorten most days if the distance becomes too great. The walk is very varied in terms of scenery from farmland to open moorland. This is a great walking holiday in England, which you should walk at some point in your life.
If you are interested in walking Hadrian’s Wall, then please do get in touch with your requirements.
Wallsend/Whitley Bay (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
In peak times and due to limited accommodation, it might be required to catch the Hadrian’s Wall public bus a little way to your accommodation.
Unlike other tour operators, we do not just provide a map and a guidebook from a bookshop. We have walked this trail and you are provided with our Smart Phone App for navigation.
3/4 star hotels, guests houses, country inns and bed and breakfast. Occasionally we have to book a nearby village in peak times which would mean a shorter day and a long days walk the next day.
We have graded this tour as a level 2-3 walking holiday.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrive at your accommodation before you start your walking holiday along Hadrian’s Wall in the morning.
Depending on where you are staying there may be a short train journey before your walk begins. This first stage begins by the only remaining piece of the Wall that originally run down from the fort to the Tyne, and which now stands just over the railings outside the fort grounds. A riverside route along the Tyne gives way to predominantly arable farmland above Tynedale.
For much of the way, the route follows a disused railway and a national cycle lane across Newcastle and its outskirts mainly through an urban landscape, although at the end of the day you will enjoy the glorious countryside and wonderful green fields covered in colourful wildflowers beside the River Tyne. Highlights of the day are the Museum and Roman Fort of Segedunum, at the very start of the trail, and the abundance of information that you can read along the way about the medieval and industrial past of the city of Newcastle.
Today’s route along the Hadrian’s Wall will take us through open countryside, never far from the side of the road, but mainly on farmland next to the roadside hedge or wall. For most of this stage, you will be trekking in fields alive with livestock and other wilder creatures of the British countryside. You can see hares, rabbits and a superb variety of bird-life including crows, lapwings, finches, swallows and on the waters of Whittledene Reservoir, the great-crested grebe, tufted duck and dunlin.
The trail almost follows a straight line near the road except for one or two small corners, the path often exiting onto or across the road as it makes its way into the next field or past a farmhouse. We will start to see more and more archaeological findings and evidence of Roman occupation as the day progresses.
Perhaps the most thrilling day of the entire walk; this stage is to be savoured. Encompassing the best preserved fort on the Wall, the finest views, and the most complete sections of the Wall. You can also see the northernmost point of the Hadrian’s Wall trail and some great if slightly exhausting walking, this is a day for superlatives. So bring plenty of food and water with you, bucket loads of stamina and prepare to enjoy yourself.
While this stage is not as spectacular as the previous one, it is perhaps the most interesting. Today, we will climb to the highest point of the entire trail, we will cross from Northumberland into Cumbria and it will take place in a change of scenery. From the windswept moors and crags that provided yesterday’s backdrop to the more gentle, rolling, cultivated landscape of England’s far north-west. We also cross the watershed on this day, so that by the end of it any river we encounter from now on flows west towards the Irish Sea. Not to be missed are the remains of a Roman bridge, who would have carried both the Wall and the Military Way near Gilsland, at the River Irthing. There are also numerous remains of turrets, forts and mile-castles along the trail to be seen. Quite a stage indeed!
Pleasant walking through colourful fields in which to enjoy marvellous scenery. Just after Gilsland, the fort of Birdoswald is reached, the route then continues high above the steep-sided Irthington Gorge, before beginning a gradual descent at the village of Banks. Rich agricultural landscape and parkland replace the moorland as the route drops steadily through the villages of Walton and Irthington before reaching lovely River Eden for the final section of the historic border city of Carlisle. Carlisle’s history is very much evident with its cathedral, castle and old city walls.
Today after breakfast you can take a train north to Scotland, south towards Manchester or east back to Newcastle where you began.
By Plane to Newcastle Airport and then by bus/train/taxi to the city centre, Wallsend or Whitley Bay.
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