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Hadrian's Wall - Self Guided - 5 days

at a glance

Day 1 Arrival Newcastle - Arrive Day
Day 2 Bowness-on-Solway to Crosby on Eden - 19 Miles
Day 3 Crosby on Eden to Steel Rigg - 24 miles
Day 4 Steel Rigg to Heddon on the Wall - 27 miles
Day 5 Heddon on the Wall to Segedunum Fort - 15 miles
  • Grade: Grade 3
  • Total distance - 84 miles
  • Place to Place
  • Guidebook and map
  • 4 Nights B&B (Twin Share Basis)
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Loan GPS for trip
  • Dog friendly trip
  • People transfers
  • Emergency back up

Holiday options

  • Single room supplement - £160.00
  • Car parking for the duration of your trip: £20
  • Take your dog - £70.00
  • Take a bag for a dog - £13.00
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £50.00, drop off £50.00
  • Solo walker supplement - £340 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00

Hadrian's Wall - Self guided - 5 days

Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail is an unbroken 84 mile signposted trail stretching from coast to coast, from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to Wallsend in the east. It passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England - from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle.

This holiday follows the trail and 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.

Quality self-guided walking holidays along the full length of the Hadrian's Wall National Trail. Walk the complete Hadrian's Wall National Trail over 5 days.

This is the shortest holiday Shepherds Walks Holidays do along Hadrian’s Wall, but be warned it is very demanding with the two middle days being 24 and 27 miles. Please only do this walk if you are fit enough to walk 84 miles in 4 days!

Walk the trail with this demanding self guided trip.


Day 1 – Arrive Newcastle. Overnight Stay in Newcastle.
Day 2 – Bowness-on-Solway to Crosby on Eden - 19 miles
Day 3 – Crosby on Eden to Steel Rigg – 24 miles
Day 4 - Steel Rigg to Heddon on the Wall - 27 miles 
Day 5 - Heddon on the Wall to Segedunum Fort – 15 miles

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Day 1 Arrival Newcastle - Arrive Day

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 Bowness-on-Solway to Crosby on Eden - 19 Miles

From Newcastle upon Tyne we will transfer you to the start of your journey along Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.
This is a lovely start to the walk, with fine views over Bowness-on-Solway, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, with its abundance of bird life. To the south we look back on the high peaks of the Lake District.
The walk takes you straight back to the accommodation which in the region of Crosby on Eden, is very near Hadrian’s Wall.

Day 3 Crosby on Eden to Steel Rigg - 24 miles

After saying your farewells to your hosts you set out on today’s walk, a big day's walking through open countryside. The first section of the wall you will see today is made from sod, but it’s nevertheless still impressive.
As the day progresses you start following the true wall, passing Birdoswald Fort and up over the famous Winshields Crags to Steel Rigg.
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.
As the ground starts to rise, the impressive nature of the wall starts to grow and you pass mile castle after mile castle and you experience true Hadrian Wall Country.
Upon reaching Steel Rigg it’s just a short walk to your accommodation.

Day 4 Steel Rigg to Heddon on the Wall - 27 miles

After a hearty breakfast you walk 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 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.

After lunch you will be rising up out of Wall and there are some lovely views North to the Cheviot Hills.

The route takes you straight back to your accommodation in the Heddon area where after a relaxing shower you can walk to one of the local public houses for your evening meal.

Day 5 Heddon on the Wall to Segedunum Fort - 15 miles

The final day is a day of contrast. Firstly you follow the River Tyne through some lovely countryside, before walking through some of the rich industrial heritage Newcastle upon Tyne was built on. Much of the waterfront has now been redeveloped as you pass grand hotels, the Tyne Bridge, Sage Gateshead (new music centre) and the recently opened Baltic (arts centre), a cultural revolution evolving from an Industrial one!

Segedunum Roman Fort is the end of the trail and where you will be greeted by a member of staff from Shepherds Walks to celebrate your achievement.

Segedunum Roman Fort stands on the banks of the River Tyne, the last outpost of Hadrian's Wall. For almost 300 years Segedunum, which means 'strong fort', was home to 600 Roman soldiers. Congratulations are in order.

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)    Cicerone guidebook with map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency telephone numbers.
(C)    Luggage transfers between accommodation. 
(D)    Transfer to Bowness-on-Solway from Newcastle at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer).
(E)    End transfer from Segedunum 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 holiday 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!

Where will we get our lunch from on the days we are walking?

We will go through all this at the start of your holiday during the 'meet and greet' but rest assured you will also be getting an info pack with places you can stop at each day for lunches.

If there is no places to stop at on any particular day we reccomend you speak to your accomodation provider and they will make you a packed lunch.

Where do we eat at lunchtime and in the evenings?

We give you a set of 'trip notes' for your holiday (that we have compiled) listing all the places to eat on route, places to buy food, banks, toilets and places to visit on route.

As we also do guided trips throughout the year we can keep this info up to date.

We appreciate food is an important part of your holiday so we have worked hard to make sure you eat well at lunchtime and every evening.

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.

We are thinking of a self guided trip, what happens if we need to speak with you during our holiday.

Before your holiday starts we will give you a 24 hour helpline number for us here at Shepherds Walks Holidays. If there is anything we can help you with during your holiday just give us a call and we can sort it out for you.

We would rather sort any problems out during a trip and then you can get on and enjoy yourself rather than finding out there has been a problem at the end when it is to late.

Don't forget we are here to give you the best holiday experience we can.

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.

Can I bring a dog with be on this trip?

Yes you can, this trip is dog friendly.

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.

Thanks for a great walk along Hadrian's Wall

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Brian C

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

Demanding Walk, but worth it

Tuesday 6th October 2015 Lesley D

We completed this 5 day Hadrian's Wall walk (4 days walking) with Shepherds Walks earlier this year.

Great walk and well organised but we did find it demanding at times doing the walk over so few days.

Lovely countryside and good walk.

"Open your eyes and you will be wondered!"

Wednesday 16th September 2015 Kris M, Belgium

This was the first HOLIDAY of my life (48years young)!  

So I visited the UK, an unknown country to me. I was ashtonished with the gorgeous panoramic views, in Latin: "Magna sunt opera Domine" (Lord how great are your works),  the nice people who gave us a warm welcome at the B&B's & others we met there. I also appreciated the silence during the walk through this historical area, the peacefull atmosphere during the daily distances. I enjoyed the sheep. (a local said: " They look different but they all taste the same"), the bulls, the thistles, the sun and the wuthering heights.

For me it was the perfect combination: a sporty holiday with atypical  English weather: during our trip we had no rain ... The distance of the daily trips was perfect, with plenty of accommodations for a good lunch! 

We also visited historical places: Vindolanda, the Roman Army Museum with a very good 3D movie!  The great Noble Prize Winner in exact science Einstein once said: "Open your eyes and you will be wondered!"  I  was wondered with the view, the hospitality, the perfect organsation. Unforgettable, thanks!!!

Hadrian's Wall - Self Guided - 5 days photo's

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

2nd Dec 2015 - Brian C

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