Hadrian's Wall Path

This walk traces the route which marks the northernmost frontier to the old Roman Empire, is 84 miles in length, and stretches from Wallsend, a suburb of Newcastle-on-Tyne in the east, to the western extremity at Bowness-on-Solway.

    Standard Itineraries

    All Standard Itineraries include the following as part of the package:

    • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs/guest houses/inns/small hotels
    • En-suite facilities where available
    • Breakfast
    • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
    • All booking fees
    • Emergency support

    Any suggested itineraries can be replaced with your own chosen itinerary - see below.

    Typical 7-Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Wallsend to Heddon –on-the-Wall area (15m)
    Day 2 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Humshaugh (Chollerford) (15m)
    Day 3 - Humshaugh to Twice Brewed (12m)
    Day 4 - Twice Brewed to Gilsland (9m)
    Day 5 - Gilsland to Irthington (9m)
    Day 6 - Irthington to Carlisle (9m)
    Day 7 - Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway (15m)

    Package Cost: £425 per person (based on two sharing)

    Please note: We do not include the following items as part of your package: guide books, maps, lunch, evening meals, travel insurance, personal equipment or personal transport

    Options for clients arranging their own accommodation

    We understand that many clients prefer to make their own accommodation bookings and we offer the following services to complement your personal itinerary:

    Baggage Transfer

    Your luggage carried between your selected stops: £8 per person per day (minimum of two persons)

    Solo Travellers

    Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service

    Alternative Itineraries

    We are happy to organise the walk for you in either direction, and can also change the itinerary to fit with your requirements, and quote accordingly

    For alternative itineraries to the above, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly

    Walking Season Dates

    Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April 2014 and ending before 30th September 2014. For walks outside those dates, please contact us with your proposed itinerary and number of participants

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    Walking on a budget? No problem! We have two Economy Options for you to consider.

    Both Economy packages include the following:

    • Two-person accommodation, with all bedding provided
    • Cooking facilitates and equipment
    • Electric hook-up points where available
    • Electric refrigerator and lanterns
    • Self-catering hampers containing ingredients for continental-style breakfasts, packed lunches and cooked evening meals
    • Overnight stays on campsites with washing & W.C. facilities, and usually more (details supplied)
    • Baggage transfer: your baggage travels daily between campsites with your accommodation
    • Substantial savings on your holiday costs

    The packages can be adapted to your specific requirements, and we can also arrange to return you to your car at the end of your holiday.

    Economy Option 1: Caravan Package

    14 day/14 night in two berth caravan with large awning, moved along the trail daily, with your luggage. All hitching and un-hitching is included and your accommodation is waiting for you at the end of your walk.

    Cost for two persons: £2,196
    Saving approx £145 per couple on a 14 day B&B holiday.

    Economy Option 2: Trailer Tent / Camping Package

    14 day/14 night in trailer tent with large awning or large tent accommodation, moved along the trail daily, with your luggage. All pitching and setup is included and your accommodation is waiting for you at the end of your walk.

    Cost for two persons: £1,808
    Saving approx £530 per couple on a 14 day B&B holiday.


    Walk Information

    This walk traces the route which marks the northernmost frontier to the old Roman Empire, is 84 miles in length, and stretches from Wallsend, a suburb of Newcastle-on-Tyne in the east, to the western extremity at Bowness-on-Solway.

    The wall, including its many fortifications and extensive earthworks, was ordered to be built by the Emporer Hadrian during his visit to Brigantia in 122 AD, in order to protect his conquered territories from the local marauding and resisting indigenous peoples of the north – collectively known as the Brigantes. It is a remarkable monument to almost four centuries of Roman occupation and is now a World Heritage Site and a scheduled Ancient Monument. Within its boundaries, and in the near locality, there are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Museums, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a National Park, all easily available for the walkers education and enjoyment.

    At various locations along the wall, there are also information centres, with books, maps and many other items of literature available about the area. A visit to the Roman Army Museum near Walltown Crags is a ”must” and an enlightening experience.

    Walkers on this newest of our National Trails will no doubt stand in awe of the skills and achievements of the Roman surveyors and engineers, at the miles of masonry remains, and the still visible hand-dug earthworks and Vallum, all constructed within a period of six years.

    By the end of their period of occupation, the Roman Empire had declined, and Britain was abandoned. The wall and its fortifications became derelict, and due to a lack of appreciation of its historical importance by local people at the time, much of the stone was taken for re-use in local field walls and buildings, and it is therefore essential that what remains of this ancient structure continues to be suitably protected by English Heritage through the Countryside Agency.

    The walk is generally undertaken in seven walking days from east to west, starting at Wallsend in Newcastle and finishing in Bowness-on-Solway, with the final two nights accommodation taken in the city of Carlisle. The last days walk is from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway, returning to Carlisle by bus or taxi, for that last night.

    Your return home, or to any UK airport from this mainline railway city is conveniently accomplished.

    There are several good guidebooks available, including -

    Hadrian’s Wall Path (National Trail Guides) by Anthony Burton. Pub. Aurum Press 2010. £12.99. Paperback 144pp. ISBN 978 1 8451356 7 6

    Hadrian’s Wall Path ; Two-way National Trail Description by Helen Richards, Mark Richards. Pub. Cicerone Press 2004. £12.95. Paperback (PVC) 256pp. ISBN 978 1 8528439 2 2

    The route is covered by the following maps –

    Harvey Stripmap (1:40 000) Hadrians Wall Path ISBN 978 1 8513743 8 0

    Ordnance Survey Explorer (1:25 000) 43 - Hadrian's Wall; 314 - Solway Firth; 315 - Carlisle & 316 - Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50 000) 85 - Carlisle & Solway Firth, Gretna Green;

    86 - Haltwhistle & Brampton, Bewcastle & Alston; 87 - Hexham & Haltwhistle &

    88 - Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham & Sunderland

    Useful External Links

    Hadrian's Wall Trailblazer Guide
    Walking Places Message Forum

    Here are a few of the things our clients have told us:

    Thank you very much for the excellent baggage transfer system you give me. It was nice not to have to carry all my gear in that heat. Your guy did a very good job. Michael Colley 2013

    Customer Services

    Our office staff can be contacted between 8-00am and 6-00pm, 7 days per week during the walking season (April to October). Normal office hours out of season.

    You may telephone our office on 01756-770402 or email support@brigantesenglishwalks.com

    Our postal address is:
    Brigantes Walking Holidays
    Bob’s Laithe,
    Halton Gill,
    Near Skipton
    North Yorkshire.
    BD23 5QN