This unique fully guided walking holiday gives you an opportunity to see and experience the best parts of the Hadrian's Wall trail at a more relaxed pace including a visit to the Roman Army Museum. You will be accompanied throughout the trip by a fully qualified guide who will no doubt inspire you with their local knowledge, wit and charm. Their primary aim is to get you from the start to the finish safely and to ensure that you enjoy every aspect of the trail. Packed lunches are provided each day and accommodation is in specially selected small hotels, and farmhouses offering traditional mouthwatering breakfasts. Evening meals are available at each establishment or nearby and paid for locally.
There are one or two steep climbs and descents in the middle section of the walk, with reasonably level walking on the other days. Walking in excess of 14 miles on consecutive days can be taxing and needs careful preparation. However, 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 Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail has previously been voted 'Britains Greatest Walking Trail' by Countryfile magazine. Need we say more?
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Shepherds Walks Holidays offer this quality guided walking holidays along Hadrian's Wall National Trail. Walk the complete Hadrian's Wall National Trail over 8 days.
Day 1 - 17th Aug 2019 - Arrive Newcastle Day 2 - 18th Aug 2019 - Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle - 14m (23 km) Day 3 - 19th Aug 2019 - Carlisle to Lanercost - 14m (23 km) Day 4 - 20th Aug 2019 - Lanercost to Gilsland - 5m (8km) Day 5 - 21st Aug 2019 - Gilsland to Steel Rigg - 9m (14km) Day 6 - 22nd Aug 2019 - Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12m (19 km) Day 7 - 23rd Aug 2019 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15m (24km) Day 8 - 24th Aug 2019 - Heddon-on-the-Wall - Segadunum - 15m (24km)
Day : 1 - Arrive Newcastle
Newcastle is our chosen rendezvous city with its excellent road, rail and air links. You can make your own way to Newcastle where we will be staying for the first night either by car or train, or if you choose to fly into Newcastle Airport we can arrange to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation (see supplement above). If you are arriving by car it may be possible to leave your car at the accommodation for the duration of the trip, however this is on a first come first served basis and subject to availability. The hotel is a short taxi ride from Newcastle Central station.
This evening you will be met by your guide for the trip who will provide you with details about the walk and answer any questions that you may have.
Day : 2 - Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle
14 miles (23 kilometres)
From your accommodation we will transfer you to Bowness-on-Solway for the start of our journey along the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.
This is a lovely start to the walk with fine views over Bowness-on-Solway which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and hosts an abundance of bird life. Here the fishermen still fish for salmon using a Haaf net, a method introduced by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. To the south we look back on the high peaks of the Lake District.
This first day is very flat and an easy day’s walking that takes us straight to our accommodation which is located near to the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. If you still have the energy, you will have the opportunity this evening to enjoy the beautiful city of Carlisle at your leisure.
Day : 3 - Carlisle to Lanercost
14 miles (23 kilometres)
After saying farewell to your hosts in Carlisle you set out on today's walk; a pleasant day's ramble through open countryside passing through quaint villages. Although not always visible, this section of the Wall is made from sod but it’s nevertheless still impressive and a tantalising prelude of what’s to come. We end todays walk at Lanercost with its hauntingly beautiful Priory founded in 1165 by Augustinian canons.
We retire for the evening after a delicious home cooked meal to recharge our batteries and anticipate the next days walking.
Day : 4 - 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 : 5 - Gilsland to Steel Rigg
9 miles (14 kilometres)
Leaving Gilsland we pass the 14C Thirlwall Castle which was built out of stone plundered from the Wall. Before we start to climb out of Walltown Quarry we visit the Roman Army Museum which is part of the Vindolanda Charitable Trust. Watch the superb and award winning 20 minute 3D Edge of Empire film which takes us on an eagle eye view along the section of Hadrian's Wall that we are about to walk along - absolutely stunning and a definite must see!.
As we continue on through Walltown Quarry and Cawfields, the walking becomes more challenging with a number of sharp gradients and ascents as we gradually rise up to Winshields Crags and the highest point on the Wall – surely a must for any photo album!
As the ground starts to rise the views are quite simply breathtaking and the impressive nature of the wall starts to grow as you pass milecastle after milecastle and you experience true Hadrian's Wall Country.
You will end today’s walk at Steel Rigg where it’s just a short walk to our accommodation.
Day : 6 - Steel Rigg to Chollerford
12 miles (19 kilometres)
After a hearty breakfast you have 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. It is also one of the best preserved sections of the Wall. Known as Claytons Wall after John Clayton of Chesters who was a Lawyer in Newcastle and devoted every Monday of his professional working life to restoring the Wall to what we see today.
We pass Housesteads 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 then takes you to Chollerford where a well earned drink is in order. Our accommodation for this evening will either be in the Chollerford area or we take a transfer back to the previous night’s accommodation.
Day : 7 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall
15 miles (24 kilometres)
If necessary at the start of this day you will be transferred back to Chollerford to re-join the Trail.
This day's walking starts by climbing up out of Chollerford with some lovely views North to the Cheviot Hills. Although the distance today is more than on previous days, it really is an easier day's walking being fairly flat and in stark contrast to what we have previously done. More importantly there are a number of places to stop off en route for light refreshments and to take a well earned breather.
Upon reaching Heddon-on-the-Wall, there will be a short transfer to our accommodation at Newburn, where after a relaxing shower or bath you can have a lovely evening meal and look back on the superb walk that you have nearly finished.
Day : 8 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to Segedunum Fort
15 miles (24 kilometres)
After our last hearty breakfast we will have a short transfer back to Heddon-on-the-Wall to start the last leg of our epic journey. This final day truly is a day of contrast. Firstly you follow the River Tyne through some lovely countryside, before walking through some of the rich industrial heritage which 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!
At the end of the Trail is Segedunum Roman Fort which stands on the banks of the River Tyne and 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 and you can look back with pride and say with hand on heart that you walked the wall!
You will then be transferred to your car in Newcastle, Newcastle Railway Station or Newcastle Airport (if requested). Alternatively we can add an extra night's stay for you in Newcastle upon Tyne, allowing you to make your own way home the following day.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Fresh homemade packed lunch with a bottle of water delivered at the start of each day.
(B) Fully qualified walking guide accompanying the group everyday.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodations.
(D) People transfers as listed in the above dossier
(E) Entry into Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum.
(F) 24 hour emergency back up service.
(G) Cicerone guide book with map
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see supplement price).
(F) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(G) Other Entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above
The Shepherds Walks Representative will:
(A) Meet you on your first evening/morning at your accommodation.
(B) Walk with the group every day.
(C) Will talk you through the route for the trip.
(D) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there.
(E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip.
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!
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 are the payment terms on the holiday and can I pay the holiday in instalments?
A deposit is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before departure date, but don’t worry we will send you a reminder 2 weeks before this is due.
If you want to pay your holiday off in instalments that’s not a problem. Once you have booked you can log into your ‘members section’ at any time and see you holiday details including the amount still due. At any time (either online in the members section) or over the phone you can pay off any amount of our holiday and see the balance due reduce.
Many of our customers really like this control of being able to pay off an amount off their holiday every month.
The choice is yours.
Will we get picked up on the last days walking?
Yes a Shepherds Walks representative will pick you up and transfer you to the railway station or to your hotel if you requested an extra nights accommodation.
Is food included in on this holiday?
Breakfast and packed lunches are provided.
Is food included in on this holiday?
Breakfast and packed lunches are provided.
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 - guided trip?
The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation, but this cannot always be guaranteed. Single occupancy is available subject to confirmation and availability. However, if you are prepared to share a twin room with a like minded person, then the single occupancy supplement does not have to be paid.
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.
Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?
You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure. You will also receive hard copies at the Meet and Greet with your Shepherds Walks Holidays representative with exception of the Dales Way, Cumbria Way, Cleveland Way and Isle of Man self-guided for these holidays you will receive your pack by post.
What is a Double, Twin and Single room?
Double – One double bed for two people.
Twin – Two single beds each for one person.
Single – A room with a single bed in.
I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?
Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.
Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.