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Hadrian's Wall National Trail

This continuous walk alongside the Roman Empire's great northern defensive barrier, with two bases, follows the Hadrian's Wall National Trail.

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  • England

  • 7 nights
  • Continuous Walks

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Tour codes: 76307

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Six days walking the way of The Wall.
  • Step through history and discover remarkable Roman heritage.
  • Walk amongst magnificent wild frontier scenery.
  • Explore two millennia of history at our feet.

Guided Walking Holidays - Hadrians Wall National Trail

Roam the northernmost border of the Roman Empire and imagine what it must have been like for the Roman soldiers stationed here, so far from home in this remote and compelling landscape.

This continuous walk, with two bases, follows the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. With its relatively easy terrain and lack of long ascents, it should appeal to just about every reasonably fit walker. 

Starting just west of Heddon on the Wall, and finishing at Bowness on the Solway Firth, we’ll cover about 66 miles of the trail in six days, following in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers who once patrolled this northernmost outpost of the Roman Empire. 

Emperor Hadrian built the wall in the 2nd century to mark the northern border of the Roman Empire. The middle sections of the wall, in particular, pass through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, with little changed since the Romans left. 

Today, Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we visit many well-preserved archaeological treasures on our way, such as Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads and Birdoswald Roman Forts, along with the historic city of Carlisle with its impressive sandstone cathedral and castle. Most days include an hour’s sightseeing. If you’re members of National Trust or English Heritage don’t forget your membership cards.

  • Half board en suite accommodation in two centres.
  • All local transport to and from the walks.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day - Hexham

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham. Check in is from 1:30pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2

Hexham

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10 miles

From Whittle Dean Reservoir to Chesters Fort. The first section walk of the week, and the first sighting of the wall can be seen today, and our first look at a Hadrian’s Wall Turret (the excellently preserved Brunton Turret), and we finish the day with a visit to Chesters Roman Fort. Known to the Romans as Cilurnum, it is now one of the major sites along the wall, famous for its cavalry barracks, and well-preserved military bathhouse, located beside the River North Tyne.

Day 3

Hexham

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10 miles

Walwick to Housesteads Fort. Travel by road back to Chesters Fort, and onwards to the village of Walwick for the start of the walk. Soon we pass our first stretch of wall at Blackcarts, complete with Turrets. We investigate the mysteries at Limestone Corner, the most northerly part of The Wall (and so the Roman Empire). Soon, we learn something about one of the most significant religions practised by Roman Soldiers on a visit to the Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh Fort. After entering Northumberland National Park, we head up to Sewingshields Crags. This is the start of the most spectacular section of The Wall, and also gives us our first glimpse of a Milecastle. We finish at Housesteads Fort and museum, perhaps the best known site on the wall; famous for its military latrine, and infamous for the Murder House. It's stunning location, perched atop the lofty crags of the Whin Sill, makes for the perfect end to the day.

Day 4

Hexham

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    11 miles

Housesteads Fort to Carvoran Army Museum. Starting from Housesteads Fort, we follow the most spectacular stretch of the wall on the trail to Carvoran. There are sections of short-but-steep rocky climbs and descents on this part of the trail, but the scenic rewards are many, and the views truly breathtaking. But this is also the best-preserved stretch of the wall, where Milecastles, Turrets, and other structures abound, and the story of the wall really comes to life. Finishing the day at Carvoran Roman Army Museum is ideal, not only because this is one of the best museums in the North of England, but also because its 3D film ’The Eagle’s Eye’ gives us a peek at how the wall we’ve just walked may have looked when first built.

Day 5

Carlisle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

We check out of the Beaumont Hotel after breakfast and your luggage will be transported to our next hotel, the Crown & Mitre in the centre of Carlisle.

Carvoran Army Museum to Walton. Travel by road to Carvoran Army Museum. Although we leave the Whin Sill behind, there is still much of the wall to see today, as we pass from Northumberland to Cumbia, and visit one of the most significant Milecastles of the whole wall, Poltross Burn.   We then cross the River Irthing, where we can examine the footings of the bridge that carried Hadrian’s Wall across the river, and climb to Birdoswald Roman Fort (overlooking the Irthing Gap) for a short visit, before continuing to Walton along the route of the Turf Wall. We then rendezvous with our coach for our transfer to Carlisle, and check in at the Crown & Mitre Hotel. Dinner each evening is in the hotel’s Peace & Plenty Restaurant.

Day 6

Carlisle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    11 miles

Walton to Carlisle Castle. Travel by road to Walton. We follow the westerly course of the wall. At Crosby-on-Eden, the National Trail leaves in favour of the River Eden, which it follows all the way to Carlisle. We should arrive in good time for you to explore some of what this historic city has to offer: The impressive sandstone cathedral, English Heritage’s Carlisle Castle, or the highly recommended Tullie House Museum.

Day 7

Carlisle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    15 miles

Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. From Carlisle we once again pick up the line of Hadrian’s Wall through the tranquil villages of Burgh by Sands, (where King Edward I died while waiting to cross the Eden to attack the Scots), Drumburgh, Glasson and the historic Port Carlisle, before finishing the trail at Bowness-on-Solway. This is a fairly long day, though it can be cut short (you may wish to catch a service bus to the lunch stop, or cut out the first 3 miles and drive your car to Grinsdale where you can leave your car. At the end of the walk you will be transported back to your car).

Day 8

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10am, and for those traveling onward by public transport, the Crown & Mitre is located just a few minutes’ walk from the bus and railway stations. We hope that you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.  

Departure dates for your selected tour

23rd May 2020 - 30th May 2020 (7 Nights)

13th Jun 2020 - 20th Jun 2020 (7 Nights)

4th Jul 2020 - 11th Jul 2020 (7 Nights)

22nd Aug 2020 - 29th Aug 2020 (7 Nights)

12th Sep 2020 - 19th Sep 2020 (7 Nights)

10th Oct 2020 - 17th Oct 2020 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Nearest railway and bus stations:
Hexham - start of the holiday (0.3 miles).
Carlisle - end of the holiday (1.25 miles).

Please note that if you are driving to Hexham to join our holiday, you will need to drive from The Beaumont Hotel in Hexham to Carvoran on day 5 and leave your car at the Walltown Quarry car park, which is around 500 yards from Carvoran Army Museum. At the end of the walk at Walton, you will be taken back to collect your car in order that you can drive to Carlisle. Limited guest car parking is available at the Crown & Mitre hotel.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Beaumont Hotel

On the first four nights we stay at the family owned and run three-star Beaumont Hotel in the centre of Hexham, near to Hadrian’s Wall, making it an ideal location to explore the wall from.

Overlooking Hexham’s 7th century Abbey and the Sele Park, the hotel offers a choice of contemporary and traditional accommodation. Rooms all feature en-suite facilities, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Crown and Mitre Hotel

On the final three nights we stay at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, a three-star hotel in the centre of the historic city of Carlisle. It has a spectacular Edwardian façade and large and airy traditionally styled public areas. Ideally situated for exploring the Wall and local attractions, the hotel offers en-suite facilities and has a lounge/bar, indoor swimming pool and restaurant. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 moderate holiday which includes full day walks. Ascents will be between 250 – 600 meters with walking times of approximately 5 – 7 hours per day. Three of the walks are 11 – 15 miles but the moderate ascents and descents do not warrant a higher energetic grade for the holiday. Our programme covers approximately 67 miles in 6 days and will be split into manageable daily sections.

Walks & Excursions

This holiday is graded Moderate. Ascents will be between 800 - 2000 feet (250–600m) with walking times of approx 5 - 7 hours per day. Three of the walks are 11-15 miles but the moderate ascents and descents do not warrant a higher energetic grade for the holiday. Our programme covers approximately 67 miles in 6 days and will be split into manageable daily sections.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach Hexham…

By car: from Newcastle – leave Newcastle on the A167 west following it until you reach the A1. Turn left onto the A1 and follow until you reach the A69. Bear right onto the A69 for approximately 21 miles. Follow signs for Hexham and the Beaumont Hotel can be found in the town centre, close to the Abbey.

Please note that if you are driving to Hexham to join our holiday, you will need to drive from the Beaumont Hotel to Carvoran on day 5 and leave your car at the Walltown Quarry car park, which is around 500 yards from Carvoran Army Museum. At the end of the walk at Walton, you will be taken back to collect your car in order that you can drive to Carlisle. Limited guest car parking is available at the Crown & Mitre Hotel.

By car: from Carlisle - join the A69 until you reach Greenhead. Turn left onto the B6318 towards Chollerford and follow until you see sign for Hexham. Continue to follow the signs and the Beaumont Hotel is centrally located in the town, close to the Abbey.

By rail and coach: the nearest bus and railway station is at Hexham. Direct trains to Hexham are available from Newcastle.

UK rail information: www.nationalrail.co.uk

UK coach information: www.nationalexpress.co.uk

Route planning to and from Hexham and Carlisle;

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost and will be taken at the hotel. Lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended route is covered by the following maps and guidebooks:

Ordnance Survey. Outdoor Leisure series (1:25,000):

Map no 43: Hadrian’s Wall
Map no 314: Solway Firth, Wigton and Silloth
Map no 315: Carlisle, Brampton, Longtown & Gretna Green
Map no 316: Newcastle upon Tyne

You might also like to read:

Hadrian’s Wall Path by Henry Stedman, a guidebook to Hadrian’s Wall National Trail published by Trailblazer Publications. www.trailblazer-guides.com

Hadrian’s Wall Path by Anthony Burton - a guidebook to Hadrian’s Wall National Trail published by Aurum Press Ltd.

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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