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Hadrian's Wall Path - Challenging

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 8 days

    Regular days with
  • More than 20 km per day
  • 250 - 500m ascent per day
  • T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing list
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Complete the Hadrian's Wall Path in 6 stages
> Enjoy the history of England
> Accommodation before, during, and after the trek included

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is a fascinating and rewarding coast-to-coast walk from the North Sea to the Irish Sea alongside the iconic Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England. It is Britain’s biggest Roman archaeological feature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and opened in 2003. Hadrian's Wall is located near the border between modern-day Scotland and England and follows the course of the Roman wall closely. The route is one of Britain’s most popular long-distance walks. 
 
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is 84 miles long, which is equal to 135 kilometers. The route is divided into 6 stages, from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. You can also choose to do this walk in more days, and walk the whole trek in 8 stages, then check out this 10-day package.  

Why book through Bookatrekking.com? 
 
 
You can walk the Hadrian's Wall Path completely independently. However, putting together the right route including arranging all the accommodations can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all hotels on this part of the Hadrian's Wall Path and we are happy to take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arrange your Hadrian's Wall Path walk.   
 
 

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Wallsend

Today you will have to make your way to Wallsend. Here, you will spend the night preparing for your Hadrian's Wall Path adventure.

Day 2, Stage 1: Wallsend to Heddon
 
The first day follows the River Tyne along Newcastle, underneath numerous bridges, including the Millennium Bridge. The path then continues west out of the city to the village of Heddon on the Wall. 

Distance: 15 mile / 24 kilometers
Walking time: 7 hours
 
Day 3, Stage 2: Heddon to Chollerford
 
Today, you will follow Hadrian’s Wall through the Northumberland countryside where the Roman Ditch can be seen. Past the hamlet of Harlow Hill, hike towards the landmark Robin Hood Inn, then on towards Chollerford, where sections of the wall can be seen. 

Distance: 15 mile / 24 kilometers
Walking time: 7 hours
 
Day 4, Stage 3: Chollerford to Once Brewed
 
Leaving Chollerford, the trail takes you past Chesters Roman Fort, you then enter Northumberland National Park passing the most complete sections of Hadrian’s Wall. 

Distance: 13 mile / 21 kilometers
Walking time: 6 hours

 
Day 5, Stage 4: Once Brewed to Lanercost
 
The route continues with a climb over Winshields rugged rocks and to the highest point of the trail at 345 m with wonderful views over the countryside and some of Hadrian’s Wall’s best-preserved sections. You also pass the remains of Great Chesters and Magnis Forts. You will then walk to the village of Gilsland, where you can relax at a local cafe or pub before continuing towards Lanercost.

Distance: 15 mile / 24 kilometers
Walking time: 7 hours
 
Day 6, Stage 5: Lanercost to Carlisle

The wall continues on past Birdoswald, taking you down towards Walton. From Walton, the route continues through farmland, following the Roman Ditch line through the hamlet of Newtown into Carlisle. This is a vibrant city on the Scotland/England border with a stunning Cathedral, Castle and City Wall.

Distance: 12 mile / 19 kilometers
Walking time: 5 hours
 
Day 7, Stage 6: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway

Starting along the Eden banks, you will then walk past the village of Burgh-by-Sands with the statue of Edward 1 next to the Greyhound Inn. The route continues to the official end of the trail at Bowness-on-Solway. This town is internationally known as an area of outstanding natural beauty for its thriving birdlife and has a charm of its own.

Distance: 14 mile / 23 kilometers
Walking time: 6.5 hours

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, our services and your Hadrian's Wall Path adventure will be over. Have a safe trip back home!

What's Included

Included:

 Booking the hotels
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Hadrian's Wall Path in hotels. The accommodation will be in shared rooms when possible, although most hotels on the route offer private rooms.

Accommodation in Wallsend and Bowness-on-Solway
We will arrange the accommodation before and after your Hadrian's Wall Path. Before the trek, you will spend the night in Wallsend, and at the end of the trek, you will spend one last night at a hotel in Bowness-on-Solway. 

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at the hotel before you continue with your Hadrian's Wall Path adventure.

√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Wallsend. The total amount is exclusive of flights to England. 

× Transfers
Once in England, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Wallsend. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back to Newcastle Airport or Manchester International Aiport after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included. 

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

On the Hadrian’s Wall Path, you can either spend the night in a cozy hotel or in a typical English B&B, where you will receive a warm welcome and a typical English breakfast. 

Day 1, Wallsend
We will book your first night, before starting Hadrian's Wall Path, in Wallsend / Newcastle, where you will be able to relax and prepare for your adventure.

Day 2, Heddon: Hadrian's Barn 
This B&B is situated very close to Hadrian's Wall Path, but also close to the restaurants and pubs.

 
Day 3, Chollerford: Chesters Bridge B&B 
This B&B is situated right on Hadrian’s Wall Path between Chollerford and Chesters Roman Fort.



Day 4, Once Brewed: Vallum Lodge Guest House
Vallum Lodge is a family run guest house offering excellent en suite accommodation and personal service.

 
Day 5, Lanercost: Lanercost Equestrian and Country
This B&B is centrally located in Lanercost, with several restaurants, tea houses and pubs in walking distance.


Day 6, Carlisle: Cumbria Park Hotel
Built on the site of the largest Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall, the hotel is steeped in history which can be viewed throughout the building. 



Day 7, Bowness-on-Solway
We will book your last night, after completing your Hadrian's Wall Path adventure, at an accommodation in Bowness-on-Solway, where you will be able to relax and rest after your journey.

Packing list

Packing List

On the Hadrian's Wall Path, being prepared for the changing weather is paramount. England has a very diverse climate and you may experience all four seasons in one day! With this in mind, it’s essential to pack clothing, footwear, and accessories suitable for changing weather conditions. 

Try to base your clothing on the "three-layer" principle. This consists of a base layer, which will absorb the moisture from your skin; a middle layer, which should provide some warmth; and a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the rain and the wind. Here are our recommendations for your Hadrian's Wall Path walk:

- Trousers, waterproof, lightweight, and quick-drying
- Shirts for base layer
- Warm jacket or pullover for middle layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Trekking boots, worn in
- Good quality socks
- Extra footwear for the night
- Map
- Waste bags
- Whistle to summon assistance in case of accidents
- Water bottle containing enough water to take you to your next stop
- Torch (preferably a head-torch) with spare bulb and batteries
- Emergency food and snacks (high energy snacks such as chocolate, dried fruit, energy bars etc.)
- Hiking poles 
- First aid kit

FAQ

FAQ

What is the best season?
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is best walked between March and October. In England, famous for its rain, the Gulf Stream provides a mild climate and weather that is heavily influenced by the sea. The warmest months are July and August, with temperatures averaging 16 to 21 degrees Celsius. Those are also the months when the most tourists come to England.  Rain falls throughout the year, and the English weather can be very changeable. Average rainfall in the north is over 1600 millimeters, but the central and southern parts of the country record an annual average of less than 800 millimeters. April, May and June are the driest months.

How do I get to the starting point?
The Hadrian’s Wall Path begins in Wallsend and ends in Bowness-on-Solway. The path can be walked in both ways. Both starting point and ending point are reachable by public transport.   

Starting point
To get to Wallsend, you first have to travel to Newcastle Airport or Manchester International Airport. Public transport will bring you to Wallsend in less than an hour. You can also drive to Wallsend by car and pick it up after the hike.   

Ending point
The Hadrian’s Wall Path ends in Bowness-on-Solway. The way back to both Newcastle Airport and Manchester International Airport takes you over 3 hours by public transport. In case you came by car, the way back to Wallsend will take you over 3 hours by public transport. There are also possibilities to take a taxi cab.

Safety

Safety

The Hadrian's Wall Path is perfectly safe. The walk involves not a lot of ascending en descending, and is more based on the history of Great-Brittain.

When it comes to the direction of the hike, it can be walked in both ways. 

English emergency number: 999

COVID-19

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and the accommodations in the UK have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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