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Discover Roman secrets along this World Heritage Site

Roam the northernmost border of the Roman Empire and imagine what it must have been like for the warm-blooded soldiers, 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 steep 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. 

We visit many well-preserved sites on our way, such as Chesters Roman Fort, Birdoswald and Carlisle Castle. Most days include an hour’s sightseeing. If you’re members of National Trust or English Heritage don’t forget your membership cards.


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 but equally rewarding.


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    Hadrian's Wall National Trail - A Roman Frontier (Grade 5)
    16 Sep 2017
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  • Itinerary
    16 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Hexham
    Arrival day. Check in from 2pm and meet your leader and walking companions.

    Day 2 - Hexham
    From just west of Heddon on the Wall or Whittle Dean Reservoir to Chollerford. About 10 miles.

    Day 3 - Hexham
    Chesters Fort to Housesteads Fort. Travel by road to Chesters Fort, one of the major sites on the Wall and famous for the location of its bathhouse on the River Tyne. We pass milecastles, visit the Temple of Mithras at Carrawburgh Fort and then head up to Sewingshields Crags, the start of the most spectacular section of the wall. We finish at Housesteads Fort and museum, perhaps the best known site on the wall, set in a stunning location. About 10 miles.

    Day 4 - Hexham
    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 steep stony climbs and descents on this part of the trail. About 11 miles.

    Day 5 - Carlisle
    Carvoran Army Museum to Walton. Travel by road to Carvoran Army Museum. We then cross the valley of Tipalt Burn and Irthing Valley to Birdoswald Roman Fort (overlooking the Irthing Gap) for a short visit before continuing to Walton. We then rendezvous with our coach for our transfer to Carlisle. About 10.5 miles

    Day 6 - Carlisle
    Walton to Carlisle Castle. Travel by road to Walton. We follow the westerly course of the wall and then descend to the Eden Valley at Crosby before arriving at Carlisle Castle. About 11 miles.

    Day 7 - Carlisle
    Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. From Carlisle we follow field paths and a minor road to Burgh by Sands, Drumburgh, Glasson and Port Carlisle before finishing the trail at Bowness on Solway. About 15 miles – although this walk can be cut short (you may wish to 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 - Carlisle
    Departure after breakfast.

  • Accommodation
    Crown & 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.

    Beaumont, Hexham

    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.


  • What's Included


    • Half board en suite accommodation.
    • All local transport to and from the walks.

    Prices based on sharing a twin room with private facilities.

    Supplement for single room: £98

  • Holiday Highlights


    • Six days walking the way of The Wall.
    • Remarkable Roman heritage along the route.
    • Magnificent wild frontier scenery. 
    • Two millennia of history at our feet.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    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.

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