The Hadrian's Wall trail is quite simply a walker’s paradise with its stunning landscapes and sense of history, from the bloody border feuds of the Border Reivers to being home to Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument, Hadrian's Wall.
Built in AD122 under the orders of the Emperor Hadrian, the wall stretched for 73 miles between the tidal Tyne at Newcastle in the east to the Solway Firth in the west and was successful in controlling the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. In 1987 Hadrian's Wall was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the most protected landscape anywhere in the United Kingdom and ranks alongside the pyramids in Egypt and the Taj Mahal in India.
May 2003 saw the opening of the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, an 84 mile unbroken walk from Wallsend (Segedunum) in the east to Bowness-on-Solway (Maia) in the west. It passes through some of the most beautiful parts of England, from rolling fields and rugged landscapes to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. The walk skirts a number of fascinating Roman sites including Birdoswald Fort, Walltown Quarry, Great Chesters Fort, Steel Rigg, Vindolanda, Housteads Fort, Brocolitia Fort, Chesters Fort and Segadunum, as well as numerous Roman turrets and milecastles.
Although the earlier and latter sections of the walk are relatively flat with some undulations, the middle section can be quite demanding with some steep gradients and uneven ground. You will need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker.
Shepherds Walks Holidays offer a range of self-guided and guided walking holidays along Hadrian's Wall National Trail from a 6 day short break on the highlights of Hadrian's Wall right through to a fully guided trip along the full length of the trail. We also deliver 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 day self guided trips so you can walk the trail at your own pace.