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.
For those looking to explore this beautiful countryside at your own pace this is the ideal self guided walking holiday to complete the Hadrians Wall walk.
We book all your accommodation, transfer your luggage and then provide you with route notes and itinerary for you to do the walk self guided.
This 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 country.
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 7 days.
Day 1 - Arrive Newcastle. Overnight Newcastle Day 2 - Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle - 14m (23km) Day 3 - Carlisle to Lanercost - 14m (23km) Day 4 - Lanercost to Steel Rigg - 14m (23km) Day 5 - Steel Rigg to Chollerford - 12m (19km) Day 6 - Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall - 15m (24km) Day 7 - Heddon-on-the-Wall to 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 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 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 Steel Rigg
14 miles (23 kilometres)
The first section of the 4th day actually takes you next to the wall, passed 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 its just a short walk to your accommodation.
Day : 5 - 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 : 6 - 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.
The route takes you straight back to your accommodation in the Heddon on the Wall area where after a relaxing shower you can walk to one of the local public houses for your evening meal.
Day : 7 - 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 or to the train station as necessary. Alternatively we can add an extra nights stay for you in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Thanks so much for a very memorable family holiday
9th Sep 2015Catherine C
We walked the Hadrian's Wall Trail with you earlier this year.
Really like the personal touch, especially the transfer to the start as it gave us plenty of times to ask all the questions we had.
We loved our Shepherds Walks Holiday on Hadrian's Wall.
The holiday exceeded our expectations.
9th Sep 2015Stephen T, Hampshire
We chose the Shepherd’s Walks for our Hadrians Wall Path 7 day self guided holiday because they are locally based. We were not disappointed and the holiday exceeded our expectations. All the staff at Shepherds walks provide a very friendly and personal service. We particularly appreciated being met by Jon Monks so that we had the opportunity to chat to him about the holiday ahead as we were driven to Bowness-on-Solway. This historic walk passes through some beautiful scenery with extensive views. In our opinion it is best walked west to east because of the prevailing wind. Accommodation, luggage transfer, route notes and itinerary were all excellent. And we didn’t need our waterproofs! It was a nice touch to be rewarded with a completion certificate and badge when we had finished the walk. We highly recommend Shepherds Walks Holidays
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 from Newcastle 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 and Evening meals. (E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement). (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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.