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.
See what's planned
- Spend six days rambling the Hadrian's Wall walk
- Explore almost two millennia of history on foot
- Step back in time and discover remarkable Roman heritage
- Amble amongst magnificent wild frontier scenery
Our 84-mile walk along the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail consists of two bases, letting you roam from coast to coast on an exciting, long-distance walking adventure. The late emperor, who is behind the name of this iconic landmark, originally built the wall in the 2nd century to mark the northern border of the Roman Empire. The middle sections of the wall actually pass through some of the best scenic spots in Britain, as little has changed here over the years.
Walking the wall appeals to almost every rambler, as it doesn’t feature any lengthy ascents, meaning it is a relatively easy terrain to wander across. During this trekking trip, you will cover around 66 miles of the route in six days, starting just west of Heddon-on-the-Wall and finishing at Bowness-on-Solway. Follow in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers who were once stationed in this remote and compelling landscape, located far away from home.
Uncover Fascinating Landmarks with Ramblers Walking Holidays
Today, Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural splendour and historical importance. Nearly every day of this immersive tour includes one hour of sightseeing. So, don’t forget your membership card if you are a member of the National Trust or English Heritage.
We will take you to visit various well-preserved archaeological treasures along the way, including Chesters Roman Fort, Housesteads Roman Fort and Birdoswald Roman Fort. Additionally, you’ll travel to the historic city of Carlisle to see its impressive sandstone cathedral and castle.
- Half board en suite accommodation in two centres
- All local transport to and from the walks
What's not included?
- 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)
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.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
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.
Arrival Day - Hexham
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.
Crown and Mitre Hotel
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.
Crown and Mitre Hotel
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.
Crown and Mitre Hotel
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.
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.
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.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
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.
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday cost and will be taken at the hotel. Lunches are not included.
Footwear & Kit List
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
- 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.
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
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 the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
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.
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 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
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.
Staying In Touch
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.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
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.
Discover more about our walking grades