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HADRIAN'S WALL NATIONAL TRAIL

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

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.


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk for six days along the trail.
  • Encounter remarkable Roman heritage along the route.
  • See an array of magnificent wild frontier scenery.
  • Explore two millennia of history at our feet.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation in two centres. 
      All local transport to and from the walks.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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).

  8. Day 8

    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. 

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.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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.


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.