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 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 at your own pace 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 do the walk self guided.
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 'Britains Greatest Walking Trail' in 2011 by Countryfile magazine.
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 10 days giving you plenty of time to explore many of the Roman sites on route.
Day 1 - Arrive Newcastle. Overnight Newcastle Day 2 - Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands - 7m (11km) Day 3 - Burgh-by-Sands to Carlisle - 7m (11km) Day 4 - Carlisle to Lanercost - 14m (23km) Day 5 - Lanercost to Gilsland - 5m (8km) Day 6 - Gilsland to Steel Rigg - 9m (14km) Day 7 - Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12m (19km) Day 8 - Chollerford to Halton - 7m (11km) Day 9 - Halton to Newburn - 11m (18km) Day 10 - Newburn to Segadunum - 12m (19km)
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 Burgh-by-Sands
7 miles (11 kilometres)
From Newcastle upon Tyne we will transfer you to the start of our journey along Hadrian’s Wall National Trail at Bowness-on-Solway.
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 abundance of bird life. To the south we look back on the high peaks of the Lake District.
The walk takes you straight to your accommodation which is located in the Burgh-by-Sands area.
Day : 3 - Burgh-by-Sands to Carlisle
7 miles (11 kilometres)
After saying your farewells to your hosts in Burgh-by-Sands, you set out on today’s walk, a great days walk through open countryside.
The walk takes you straight back to the Hotel which is located near the Hadrian’s Wall Trail in Carlisle. 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 for over nine centuries. You can explore 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 : 4 - 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 : 5 - Lanercost to Gilsland
5 miles (8 kilometres)
After two long walking days, today is only a short distance allowing you to have a relaxing start to the day. After a hearty breakfast you have a gentle days walk through some wonderful countryside. Today you actually walk along long sections of true wall and Birdoswald 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. As today is relatively short, why not think about organising a taxi to visit Vindolanda for a few hours? Roman Vindolanda was an important Roman frontier fort and village that was occupied for over 300 years. There is a museum with interactive displays and artefacts excavated from the site including the famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets and there are live excavations throughout the summer months. You can then return to either Birdoswald Fort or Gilsland to continue your short walk to your accommodation.
Day : 6 - 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 : 7 - 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 : 8 - Chollerford to Halton Red House
7 miles (11 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 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.
You will be staying in the vicinity of Halton this evening.
Day : 9 - Halton Red House to Newburn
11 miles (18 kilometres)
Firstly you pass through some lovely countryside, before passing through Heddon on the Wall and then you follow the River Tyne through some lovely countryside.
The route takes you directly to your accommodation this evening in Newburn where after a relaxing shower or bath you can enjoy a lovely meal and reflect of the walk that you have nearly completed. .
Day : 10 - Newburn to Segadunum
12 miles (19 kilometres)
The final day is a day of contrast as you walk 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, or the train station as necessary. Alternatively we can add an extra night's stay for you in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
I wanted to add my thanks for a truly outstanding job
21st Oct 2015Karl K
I wanted to add my thanks for a truly outstanding job in coordinating our trek through northern England on the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Considering all the bits a pieces that had to be accounted for, everything went remarkably smoothly. Even the weather cooperated for which you may take credit as well.
Everything worked like clockwork
1st Dec 2015H Ingram
Thanks for arranging a great walking holiday for us along the Hadrian's wall trail this year, everything worked like clockwork.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis). (B) Cicerone guide book with map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency telephone numbers. (C) Luggage transfers between accommodation. (D) Meet and greet by Shepherds Walk representative at the beginning and end of trip. (E) Transfer to Bowness on Solway at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer). (F) End transfer from Segedunum back to Newcastle accommodation or train station as necessary. (G) 24 hour emergency back-up service.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers. (B) Personal clothing and equipment. (C) Insurance (D) Lunch & 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) Provide you with maps and talk you through the route for the trip. (C) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there. (D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage. (E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip (F) Meet you on departure day to 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!
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.
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 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.
Do you provide maps and a guidebook of the trail?
Yes we do, we provide the Harvey Map for this route and also more detailed maps to guide you to your accommodation each night. You also will receive detailed trip notes that we have compiled which has everything you need in it to really help you make a great walk into a holiday of a lifetime.
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.
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 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.
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.