Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
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.
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 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.
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.