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Hadrian's Wall - Self Guided - 6 days

at a glance


Day 1 Arrival Newcastle - Arrive Day
Day 2 Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle - 14 miles (23 kilometres)
Day 3 Carlisle to Gilsland - 19 miles (31 kilometres)
Day 4 Gilsland to Chollerford - 21 miles (34 kilometres)
Day 5 Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15 miles (24 kilometres)
Day 6 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Segedunum Fort - 15 miles (24 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 3
  • Total distance - 84 miles
  • Place to Place
  • Guidebook and map
  • 5 Nights B&B (Twin Share Basis)
  • Available to solo walkers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Loan GPS for trip
  • Dog friendly trip
  • People transfers
  • 24 hour emergency back up

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 - £19.00
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £50.00, drop off £50.00
  • Solo walker supplement - £380.00 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00




Hadrian's Wall - Self guided - 6 days

Hadrians Wall Path National Trail is an unbroken 84 mile signposted walk stretching from coast to coast, from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to Segadunum Fort at 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 self guided walking holiday follows the Hadrians Wall walk 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. This is a relatively demanding way to walk Hadrians Wall, with days 3 and 4 being 19 and 21 miles respectively. You will need a good level of fitness to undertake the walking on this holiday.

This truly is a fantastic walking holiday in one of the most beautiful areas in England. Challenging but extremely rewarding, the sense of achievement after completing the Hadrians Wall walk is second to none. But don't take our word for it, the Hadrians Wall Path National Trail has been voted 'Britain's Greatest Walking Trail' in 2011 by Countryfile magazine. Need we say more?

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 6 days.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Newcastle. Overnight Newcastle
Day 2 - Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle - 14m (23km)
Day 3 - Carlisle to Gilsland - 19m (31km)
Day 4 - Gilsland to Chollerford - 21m (34km)
Day 5 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15m (24km)
Day 6 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Segadunum - 15m (24km)

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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 Carlisle - 14 miles (23 kilometres)

From Newcastle we will transfer you to Bowness-on-Solway, and the start of your walk along Hadrian’s Wall National Trail.

This is a lovely start to the walk, with fine views over Bowness-on-Solway which has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty and has an 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 Hotel which is located near the Hadrian’s Wall Trail.

During the evening you are free to explore Carlisle and try some of the local cuisine.

Carlisle is famous for its Castle, a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. You can explore it's fascinating and ancient chambers, stairways and dungeons and find the legendary 'licking stones' here, parched Jacobite prisoners found enough moisture to stay alive, only to be brutally executed on Gallows Hill.  


Day 3 Carlisle to Gilsland - 19 miles (31 kilometres)

After saying your farewells to your hosts in Carlisle you set out on today’s walk, a great day's walking through open countryside. This relatively flat section of the wall is made from sod, rather than stone, but it’s nevertheless still impressive.

Our finish point for today is the small village of Gilsland, where you will spend the night.


Day 4 Gilsland to Chollerford - 21 miles (34 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 and you experience true Hadrian Wall Country.

During the second half of the day you will walk through 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.

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


Day 5 Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15 miles (24 kilometres)

At the start of this day you rise up out of Chollerford and there are some lovely views North to the Cheviot Hills. Today’s is an easier day's walking than the previous two, and there are a number of places to stop off en route for light refreshments.



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

The final day is a day of contrast. Firstly you follow the 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. 


WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES


(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.

WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES

(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.

 

STAFF

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!

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.


Can I bring a dog with be on this trip?

Yes you can, this trip is dog friendly.


Do I need travel insurance?

If you are coming to the UK from overseas it is a condition of our tours that you are covered by medical and personal travel insurance that includes repatriation to your home country. If you are a UK resident medical and personal travel insurance is also recommended. If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel.


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 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.


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.


6 day Hadrians wall walk - June 2022

Friday 24th June 2022 James Bury

This was my first organised walk and fulfilled a long held ambition to walk the Wall.

I wanted to walk on my own and Shepherds Walks team made the whole process of booking very easy as were the joining instructions and welcome pack.

My walk was over 5 days walking and I would describe as moderately challenging - the middle section especially from Gilsland to Chollerford was quite a tough day especially in the heat - repeating 18-20 miles also has an impact so you need to be fit.

The weather for the week was spectacular, warm and sunny which certainly helped. I loved the week, the challenging walking, sense of achievement and solitude and calmness from walking alone for a week - the central sections of the wall were the most enjoyable and challenging sections.

The accommodation was generally good - weakest was Carlisle, and by far the best was Dacre House in Gilsland which is a gem, with great hosts.

Evening catering worked fine - some of the smaller places like Chollerford and Gilsland the options are limited and important to book ahead into the good local pubs.

All the admin and bag transfers worked seamlessly - thank you especially to Dennis who picked me up early at Wallsend and was good company on the initial drive to Carlisle.

So would thoroughly recommend and had a great week - will def book through Shepherds Walks again.

Thank you for the whole team at SW for such an enjoyable and memorable trip JB


Hadrian's Wall 6 days

Tuesday 1st June 2021 A Goddard

Just returned from a Hadrains wall six day walk and thoroughly enjoyed it !! Well organised and good accommodation. Bags were always at the b+b when we arrived and we were greated very warmly at the end of each day.

I must give Dennis our driver a thumbs up...nice guy.

I would definitely recommend it.


Everything worked like clockwork

Wednesday 11th November 2015 H Ingram

Thanks for a  great holiday, everything worked like clockwork.


Hadrian's Wall - Self Guided - 6 days photo's

This was my first organised walk and fulfilled a long held ambition to walk the Wall.

I wanted to walk on my own and Shepherds Walks team made the whole process of booking very easy as were the joining instructions and welcome pack.

My walk was over 5 days walking and I would describe as moderately challenging - the middle section especially from Gilsland to Chollerford was quite a tough day especially in the heat - repeating 18-20 miles also has an impact so you need to be fit.

The weather for the week was spectacular, warm and sunny which certainly helped. I loved the week, the challenging walking, sense of achievement and solitude and calmness from walking alone for a week - the central sections of the wall were the most enjoyable and challenging sections.

The accommodation was generally good - weakest was Carlisle, and by far the best was Dacre House in Gilsland which is a gem, with great hosts.

Evening catering worked fine - some of the smaller places like Chollerford and Gilsland the options are limited and important to book ahead into the good local pubs.

All the admin and bag transfers worked seamlessly - thank you especially to Dennis who picked me up early at Wallsend and was good company on the initial drive to Carlisle.

So would thoroughly recommend and had a great week - will def book through Shepherds Walks again.

Thank you for the whole team at SW for such an enjoyable and memorable trip JB

24th Jun 2022 - James Bury

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