HADRIAN’S WALL

FROM WALLSEND TO BOWNESS ON SOLWAY. SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Well-preserved paths, rugged at times. Some easy climbs between Chollerford and Steel Rigg.

Availability

From Spring to autumn (April to October)

Highlight

UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort of Segedunum, Roman Empire Frontiers

From

€890 / Person

 

Grade

Hadrian’s Wall Route, 130 km from sea to sea, trails the course of what is considered as the best preserved Roman frontier in the world. Built on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian in AD 122 it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route crosses the stunning England-Scotland border.

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Arrival – Wallsend stands at the very end of Hadrian’s Wall and is well known for their vast history in shipbuilding and coal mining. Here you can find the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall as well as a Visitor Centre and Museum at the old Roman Fort of Segedunum.

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Wallsend (Newcastle)


Arrival – Wallsend stands at the very end of Hadrian’s Wall and is well known for their vast history in shipbuilding and coal mining. Here you can find the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall as well as a Visitor Centre and Museum at the old Roman Fort of Segedunum.

Day 2: Wallsend to Heddon on The Wall (19.3 km)


The first day begins at the only remaining piece of Hadrian’s Wall that originally ran down from the fort to the Tyne, you must follow the signs indicating “Hadrian’s Way”. Along the river you will enjoy beautiful landscapes with its Quaysides, old Bridges and Baltic Arts.
After passing through Newcastle city, you have to follow a former Waggon-way before leaving the Tyne River and meeting the Wall again at the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.

Day 3: Heddon on the Wall to Chollerford (24 km)


This trail follows the highway, as this one was built right upon Hadrian’s Wall. You will start behind the Three Tuns and just a few meters further you will be able to see the remains of the Rudchester Fort. The trail continues all the way down to Whittledene Reservoir. With a beautiful series of lakes and attractive birdlife, this is the perfect spot for a picnic break. From here, the path will take you north of the road and along miles of farmland before reaching Halton Shields, and the Vallum, which is the next major surviving remain of the Wall.

Day 4: Chollerford to Steel Rigg (21 km)


Today you will find the most complete sections of the Wall, the trail starts a few meters from the Roman fort of Chesters. Unlike yesterday, the path will become more moorland and less farmland, the walk is relatively easy as it is mostly flat.
The first interesting spots for this day are the Brocolitia and the Temple of Mithras: a unique temple that was situated near a military base. Before reaching Steel Rigg, you can also enjoy the Gindon Milecastle.

Day 5: Steel Rigg to Banks (20 km)


On the first 10 minutes of today you will face the highest point of the week: the Green Slack on the Winshields Crags. However for the rest of the trip, you will walk more downhill than uphill. The landscape will change from yesterday’s moorlands to a gentler path of cultivated lands.
Before reaching Banks, you will cross the Pike Hill Signal Tower, the only signal tower of the Wall.

Day 6: Banks to Carlisle (23.3 km)


A pleasant start today takes you across heather-clad moorland, through some country villages and then to the highest point of today Pinhaw Beacon, where on a clear day you will be welcomed with panoramic views and can even see Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshires Three Peaks. Winding down through the countryside you will come to Earby a small friendly town and your stopover for the night.This is the last day you will find remnants of the Wall itself, as the last traces of it pretty much end in Walton. After Walton the track will take you to Newtown though woods and farmland. As you approach Crosby-on-Eden it will be mostly a steady downhill tramp through farmland or along laneways. This village is about 2 hours away from Carlisle and so is a good place for a brake. On the last couple of walking hours you will be able to admire the Linstock Castle, an old fortified house that nowadays is part of a farm.
Once in Carlisle you may wish to visit the Tullie House Museum which is found in one of the most historic buildings of this Village.

Day 7: Carlisle to Bowness on Solway (22.5 km)


This last walk includes some cute villages and some breath-taking views to Scotland over the Eden River. These last kilometres offer peace and solitude and a time to reflect on your journey as you will often find yourself surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and the sounds of birdlife. It is worthwhile to walk through Bitts Park to the south bank of the river to follow it downstream towards to the coast. Rampart Head marks the official end of the Hadrian’s Wall journey.

Day 8: Bowness on Solway, end of the walking holiday


After breakfast we bid you farewell.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 7 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

To get to Wallsend:

The closest airport to the start of this journey is Newcastle International Airport. There are many airlines offering direct flights from Dublin and other main cities in Europe.
Other options are Manchester airport (you will get to Newcastle via Trans-Pennine Express) or even London airport if you wish visit this English city before your trip. It takes about 3 hours to get to Newcastle from London; there are train services that connect from London’s King’s Cross Station that depart at least twice an hour.

Getting Home

To get home from Bowness on Solway:

Carlisle is also served by Newcastle Airport. You have the option to take a train or a bus.
The train takes about 2 hours 20 minutes to get to the airport, and the times from Carlisle can be found on the following website here.
There are direct flights from Newcastle to Dublin.

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