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Hadrian's Wall Highlights - Self Guided

at a glance

Day 1 Arrive Newcastle - Overnight stay
Day 2 Carlisle to Lanercost - 14 miles (23 kilometres)
Day 3 Lanercost to Gilsland - 5 miles (8 kilometres)
Day 4 Gilsland to Steel Rigg - 9 miles (14 kilometres)
Day 5 Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
Day 6 Chollerford to Heddon on the Wall - 15 miles (24 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Total Distance - 55 miles
  • Place to Place
  • Maps provided
  • 5 Nights B&B (Twin Share Basis)
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Loan GPS for trip
  • People transfers
  • Emergency back up
  • Dog friendly

Holiday Options

  • Single room supplement - £200.00
  • Car parking for the duration of your trip: £20
  • Take your dog - £80.00
  • Take a bag for a dog - £19
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £50.00, drop off £50.00
  • Solo walker supplement -  £368 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00



Highlights of Hadrian's Wall - self guided

This walking holiday gives you plenty of time to explore the middle section of the Hadrians Wall walk, which is the most picturesque part of the walk. You will be able to walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, whilst experiencing some of the rich heritage that Cumbria and Northumberland has to offer.

You will be following the way marked walk which enables you to see the beautiful countryside and experience the culture as well as hear about the history of this remote part of the UK.

Accommodation is in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family-run hotels. Breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation. We book all your accommodation, take you to the start point, transfer your luggage and then provide you with maps and an itinerary for you to discover this section of the Hadrians Wall walk self guided at your own pace.

Quality self-guided walking holiday along the best section, the highlights, of the Hadrian's Wall National Trail. Walk the highlights on this self-guided trip that gives you plenty of time to explore some of the Roman sites on route.


Day 1 - Arrive Newcastle
Day 2 - Carlisle to Lanercost 14m (23km)
Day 3 - Lanercost to Gilsland - 5m (8km)
Day 4 - Gilsland to Steel Rigg - 9m (14km)
Day 5 - Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12m (19km)
Day 6 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15m (24km)

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Day 1 Arrive Newcastle - Overnight stay

Your arrival day into the region, ready for your holiday!

Newcastle is our chosen rendezvous city with its excellent road, rail and air links.

Arrive by train and your hotel is a short taxi ride away from Newcastle Central Station.

Arrive by car and park at the hotel for the duration of your holiday for an added supplement.

Arrive by air into Newcastle Airport, and arrange for us to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.

The choice is yours! 

Day 2 Carlisle to Lanercost - 14 miles (23 kilometres)

From Newcastle upon Tyne we will transfer you to Carlisle, the start of your journey along Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.
You will initially walk through the lovely parkland of Carlisle before striding out into the open countryside.
Your accommodation this night will be in the Lanercost area.

Day 3 Lanercost to Gilsland - 5 miles (8 kilometres)

After a hearty breakfast you have you have a gentle day's walk through some wonderful countryside.
Today you actually walk along long sections of true ‘wall’ and if time allows, Birdoswalds Fort is certainly worth a visit.

Birdoswald Fort stands high above a bend in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. With probably the best preserved defences of any Wall fort, this was an important base for some 1,000 Roman soldiers, succeeding an earlier fort of turf and timber.

Your finish point for today is the small village of Gilsland, which is the area where your third night's accommodation will be.

Day 4 Gilsland to Steel Rigg - 9 miles (14 kilometres)

After a hearty breakfast you have what is your hardest day's walking of the trip, but what wonderful countryside!
As the ground starts to rise, the impressive nature of the wall starts to grow and you pass mile castle after mile castle as you experience true Hadrian Wall Country.
Upon reaching Steel Rigg it’s just a short walk to your accommodation.

Day 5 Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

Today you will cover what is probably one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the wall, past Sycamore Gap and Crag Lough. This section of the wall has been used a number of times in films, so memories will jump out at you all day.

On this day you will pass Houseteads which is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and now the most popular site on the Wall. It stands high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, commanding breathtaking views. It was one of 12 permanent forts added to the new frontier by Hadrian in about 124 AD. Known as 'Vercovicium' ('the place of effective fighters'), it was garrisoned by a cohort of around 800 infantry (for most of its history Tungrians from Belgium), later reinforced by Germanic cavalry.

Your route takes you to Chollerford, where you will be staying for the night.

Day 6 Chollerford to Heddon on the Wall - 15 miles (24 kilometres)

At the start of this day you rise up out of Wall and there are some lovely views North to the Cheviot Hills. Today’s an easier day's walking than the previous two, and there are a number of places to stop off en route for light refreshments.
The route takes you straight into Heddon on the Wall where you can enjoy a much deserved drink.

You will then be transferred to your car in Newcastle, Newcastle railway station or airport. 

Or if you chose to add an extra night to your holiday, we will transfer you back to your hotel. 


(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency telephone numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer to Carlisle from Newcastle at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer).
(E) End transfer from Heddon on the Wall back to Newcastle accommodation or train station as necessary.
(F) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.


(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Cost of parking your car for the duration of your trip (if required, See supplement price)
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(G) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(H) Other entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above.



The Shepherds Walks Representative will:

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
B) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
C) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.

We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiay or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

Can I add an rest day into my walking holiday?

Yes you can at any point, just get in touch and we can discuss the best options for this trip.

Do you move our bags for us on our walking holiday?

Yes, we move your bags for you everyday. You just leave your main bag at your accommodation and we will move it for you, so it will be at your next nights accommodation waiting for you.

You just carry your day pack.

Your baggage allowance for the trip is one main piece of luggage which should be preferably either a backpack/rucksack or sports bag, and one small daypack. Try to travel as light as possible. It is best to avoid large solid hardtop suitcases as these cause difficulties on transfer vehicles etc.

The larger piece of luggage will travel on the vehicle between accommodations and the daypack should be suitable for carrying any additional outer-layer clothing and items you will need on your walk during the day. As a general rule, we would recommend that your main piece of luggage shouldn't weigh more than 15 - 20 kilos.

What walking equipment will I need for this trip?

Good quality walking boots/shoes will be needed for the trip and given the normal weather conditions, appropriate outdoor clothing including waterproofs are recommended. More details will be provided in your pre-departure dossier.

What type of accommodation will we be staying in - self guided trip

The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation.

Why are your holiday's West to East along Hadrian's Wall?

This is so you have the prevailing wind behind you.

We have walked the Hadrian's Wall Trail many times and seen people battle against the wind and we ask the question why don't you let the elements help you out.

Also what better place to finish your walk than Wallsend, the clue is in the name.

What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

Room descriptions

Double – One double bed for two people.

Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

Single – A room with a single bed in.

Great trek

Thursday 21st September 2017 Karen P

Beautiful countryside walk over crags with interesting ruins and first class museums along the way. Shepherds Walks&039; support services were outstanding - maps, trail guides, accommodation arrangements, baggage transfers, and transports were of high quality and reliable.

Hadrian&039;s Wall Highlights - Self Guided

Tuesday 4th July 2017 Ruth Bull

Just returned from a brilliant holiday. Organisation was first class. Briefings, pickups, bag transfer went like a dream. Accommodation and food excellent with hosts going that extra mile by giving us lifts to pubs and start points. Use of a gps was an added bonus too. Scenery was stunning and information and visitor centres en route added to the experience. Can totally recommend this holiday but be prepared for those hills (however the views are worth all the effort). Thank you Shepherds Walks.

Very memorable walking holiday

Thursday 7th January 2016 Brian C

Thanks so much for a very memorable walking holiday along the Hadrian's Wall Trail.

Thanks for a great holiday

Wednesday 11th November 2015 Margaret K

A very big thank you for all the team for a great walking holiday on Hadrian's Wall, we have walked with many walking companies over the years and I have to admit the service we received from you guys rates you at the top.

We really liked meeting you at the start of our first days walking and all the extra info you gave us so we then knew not only what to expect each day but also where to eat and buy snacks from. We did appreciate how much work must have gone into this.

We looking forward to joining you agin next year on St Cuthbert's Way.

Hadrian's Wall Highlights - Self Guided photo's

Beautiful countryside walk over crags with interesting ruins and first class museums along the way. Shepherds Walks&039; support services were outstanding - maps, trail guides, accommodation arrangements, baggage transfers, and transports were of high quality and reliable.

21st Sep 2017 - Karen P

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