Some fine walks amongst superb scenery!
This incredible trek follows the Hadrian's Wall National Trail. It takes you to see the spectacular Roman defensive barrier which once guarded the north-west frontier during the Roman Empire.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 76307
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.
Emperor Hadrian, after whom this iconic landmark is named, had the wall built in the 2nd century to mark the northern border of the Roman Empire. Sections of the wall pass through stunning scenery, making this a journey to be enjoyed on many levels, scenic, historic, cultural; there is something for everyone.
The walk itself is a very pleasant experience as it doesn’t feature any lengthy ascents and descents, crossing generally rolling countryside. Our path covers around 66 miles of the route in six days, starting just west of Heddon-on-the-Wall and finishing at Bowness-on-Solway. Each day is filled with archaeological insights which bring to life what it must have been like for a Roman soldier stationed on the wall (many of whom were Syrian, where the climate is somewhat different!)
Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its natural splendour and historical importance. A notable feature of the holiday, every day includes an aspect of sightseeing. We will walk to various well-preserved archaeological treasures along the route, including the Roman forts at Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald. Additionally, you’ll travel to the historic city of Carlisle with a chance to visit the impressive castle. All the above sites are owned and operated by English Heritage and entrance is free to English Heritage members. Housesteads is also free to National Trust members. Don’t forget your membership cards if you have them. Entrance to Carvoran Roman Army Museum is included in the holiday price.
We are based in two hotels in Chollerford and Carlisle. We use hired transport, as appropriate, to get the best of the walking through this ancient border landscape.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Independent travel to the George Hotel in Chollerford, near to Hexham. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6:30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
We check out of the George 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.
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.
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).
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
14th May 2022 - 21st May 2022 (7 Nights)
2nd Jul 2022 - 9th Jul 2022 (7 Nights)
24th Jul 2022 - 31st Jul 2022 (7 Nights)
20th Aug 2022 - 27th Aug 2022 (7 Nights)
17th Sep 2022 - 24th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)
Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, when necessary, is included.
Nearest railway and bus stations:
Hexham - start of the holiday (5 miles).
Carlisle - end of the holiday (1.25 miles).
Please note that if you are driving to the first centre to join our holiday, you will need to drive from the 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.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The 3 star George Hotel in Chollerford is a comfortable base for the first four nights of your holiday. The hotel is located close to our trails making it an ideal location to explore the wall from.
The hotel bedrooms are split over two floors and there is no lift in the hotel. Bedrooms are basic but have everything you need to have a comfortable stay. All rooms have a TV, safe and tea & coffee making facilities.
The hotel's on site restaurant is where your breakfasts and evening meals will be taken. Local produce is used as much as possible.
A leisure club is available to use during your stay, which includes and indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym.
There is plenty of car parking at the hotel and Wi-Fi is also available.
On the final three nights of this holiday 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.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the hotel swimming pool is closed until further notice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
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 & 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
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
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.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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.
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.
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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