England: Hadrian’s Wall Hiking Adventure

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzche

Experience a journey like no other! Walk England coast to coast on the Hadrian’s Wall hiking adventure. Located in spectacular Northern England, Hadrian’s Wall was built in AD122 under the orders of Emperor Hadrian. The stone wall stretched for an amazing 73 miles. Noted as Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument, this is surely a passage you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is an 84-mile unbroken trail from Wallsend (Segedunum) in the east to Bowness-on-Solway (Maia) in the west. It passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England, from rolling fields and rugged landscapes to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. The trail skirts a number of fascinating Roman sites including Birdoswald Fort, Walltown Quarry, Great Chesters Fort, Steel Rigg, Vindolanda, Housteads Fort, Brocolitia Fort, and Segadunum, as well as numerous Roman turrets and milecastles.

Trip Favorite Moments & Reviews

“On Day 3, I cherished walking high along the wall alone with amazing vistas ahead and behind me, knowing the inn would be waiting with luggage in room, hot shower, local pint at dinner and familiar faces to share stories of the day.”

Gretchen W.

Details

  • Cost Per Person: $3,100
  • Optional Single Supplement: $1,100
  • Private Tour Minimum: 2
  • Activities: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
  • Guides: TBD

Other Info: If your group has an odd number of participants, the single supplement is mandatory for the person with his/her own room.

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Trip Highlights

  • Walk the width of England, all 84 miles of it, coast to coast!
  • Enjoy stunning, unspoiled English countryside along the National Hadrian's Wall Trail.
  • Sample traditional pub fare and local beers in country pubs.
  • Visit the remains of the Northerly most outpost of the Roman Empire.
DAY 1

We’ll meet you in the town of Newcastle, near the east coast, this afternoon and shuttle west to Carlisle, about an hour and a half away. We’ll have time to explore a bit, enjoy dinner, and prepare for our first day’s walk. Carlisle is famous for its Castle, a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. Perhaps you’ll have time to explore fascinating and ancient chambers, stairways and dungeons and find the legendary “licking stones” prior to your welcome dinner.

DAY 2

In the morning, we’ll shuttle about 30 minutes further west to Bowness-on-Solway, located on the edge of the Channel of River Eden, which leads to the Irish Sea. Today’s walk is a lovely start to the journey with fine views over Bowness-in-Solway, which has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and has an abundance of bird life, and with views to the south of the high peaks of the Lake District. The walk is on mostly flat terrain through open fields and along canals and rivers. Because the Wall was built of earth in this section, there are few remains. We’ll enjoy a packed lunch along the trail and finish at your hotel in Carlisle. Today’s distance is approximately 14 miles.

DAY 3

On today’s walk, you’ll enjoy a pleasant day’s ramble through open countryside. This day is again on flat ground, although you are gradually rising as you leave the seacoast towards the center of England. This section of the wall was also made from sod and rocks but you will see the first clear indications of the original Wall, an exciting sight. You will end today’s walk at Lanercost with its hauntingly beautiful Priory founded in 1165 by Augustinian canons. You can enjoy a home-cooked meal at your B&B and then retire for the evening to prepare for tomorrow’s activity. Today’s distance is approximately 14 miles.

DAY 4

Today you are in the majestic interior section of trail, passing long sections of historic Wall remains and hiking along many ups and downs that test your endurance but also make the views spectacular. You will pass Birdoswald Fort, which stands high above a bend in the River Irthing in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian’s Wall. With probably the best-preserved defenses of any Wall fort, this was an important base for some 1,000 Roman soldiers, succeeding an earlier fort of turf and timber. You will see many additional turrets and milecastles today as you rise up into the spine of England. This is one of the most impressive day’s of the hike. We’ll end our day at the Twice Brewed Inn where you can grab a tasty meal and a pint of ale. Today’s distance is approximately 14 miles.

DAY 5

Rest Day! Today you’ll have the option of getting some R&R at our hotel, exploring Steel Rigg on your own, or going on an 8-mile walk to take in Housesteads and Vindolanda. Housesteads, which is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and now the most popular site on the Wall, stands high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, commanding breathtaking views. It was one of 12 permanent forts added to the new frontier by Hadrian in about AD 124. Known as “Vercovicium” (“the place of effective fighters”), it was garrisoned by a cohort of around 800 infantry (for most of its history Tungrians from Belgium), later reinforced by Germanic cavalry. Vindolanda is a civlian settlement featuring foundations of homes, bath houses, and public houses, and home to the Vindolana tablets – letters written on thin wooden tablets by the inhabitants of the garrison from the first decades of its existence, at the end of the 1st century and the beginning of the 2nd. Lunch will be on your own today.

DAY 6

After a hearty breakfast at the Twice Brewed Inn, you continue on your journey along Hadrian’s Wall and quickly come to what is one of the most famous and enticing scenes of the Wall, Sycamore Gap and Crag Lough. This section of the wall has been used a number of times in films and the dramatic scenery is what you will likely remember from your journey. Your route takes you out of the high country and to Chollerford. Today’s distance is approximately 12 miles.

DAY 7

At the start of this day you rise up out of Chollerford, with some lovely views north to the Cheviot Hills. However, today is an easier day’s walking than the previous two as you make your way from the high interior spine of England back down to the coast. You will still see remnants of the Wall but the joy of today is moving through wide-open spaces, with an opportunity to stop at the Robin Hood Inn for lunch. Today’s distance is approximately 15 miles.

DAY 8

The final day of walking is a day of contrast. You will walk downhill from Heddon-on-the-Wall to the Tyne River valley and then follow the Tyne through lovely countryside. You then reach the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne, passing remains of the rich industrial heritage the city was built on. As you continue through the center of the city, the waterfront has been redeveloped and you pass grand hotels, the Tyne Bridge, Sage Gateshead (a new music centre), and the recently-opened Baltic (an arts centre). Segedunum Roman Fort, which stands on the banks of the River Tyne, was the end outpost of Hadrian’s Wall and is also the finish of your walk. For almost 300 years Segedunum, which means “strong fort,” was home to 600 Roman soldiers. It now houses a museum and recreation of the original fort. We’ll enjoy a buffet lunch at The Cycle Hub, a local bike shop and cafe. Today’s distance is approximately 15 miles.

DAY 9

You are free to leave on your own schedule for your continued travels.

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Trip Accommodations

Night 1 & 2 >> The Angus / Carlisle

This Victorian Town House offers comfortable accommodations and is located close to the city center with foundations on Hadrians Wall.

Night 3 >> Lanercost B&B / Lanercost

This luxury lodge is ultra comfy and is next to an Augustine monastery built in 1169. It is a perfect place for you to unwind after a day of walking.

Night 4 & 5 >> Saughy Rigg Farm / Steel Rigg

Situated about a mile north of Hadrian's Wall, this cozy bed & breakfast is tastefully decorated to reflect the character of the original farm which dates back to 1760.

Night 6 >> Matfen Hall / Matfen Village

A former stately home of Sir High Blackett, this luxurious hotel offers comfortable, well-appointed rooms and a first-class spa to help rejuvenate your tired body after a long day of walking.

Night 7 >> Keelman’s Lodge / Newburn

This adorable hotel, pub, and brewery is located on the grounds of the Battle of Newburn, which preceded the English Civil War, and near Hadrians Wall and Prudhoe castle.

Night 8 >> Hilton Newcastle Gateshead / Newcastle

On our last night, we’ll be staying at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, situated along the River Tyne between the famous Tyne and Swing bridges. The perfect luxurious landing spot after walking 84 miles!

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We meet you in Newcastle the first afternoon of the trip and you are free to depart Newcastle at any time on the last day of the trip (checkout is at noon).

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • One local guide accompanies each trip, with a second added as necessary.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All of your meals, except for lunch on Day 5 (rest day) are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included.
  • All your transportation and bag transfers are included once you meet your guide on the first day, except if you decide not to walk the full distances and need to take a local taxi or bus.
  • All group activities are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, gratuities to your guide, personal expenses, local taxi or bus if you decide not to walk the entire distance on a particular day, and travel to and from the destination.

 

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