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Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

Wallsend to Bowness on Solway walking

  • Scenic variety of northern England from modern cityscapes to the red sandstone hues of Carlisle
  • Explore the barren blustery heights of Highshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park
  • Trace the history of the north as you walk alongside this iconic monument
  • Enjoy the hospitality of country B&Bs brimming with personality and local charm
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Start: Whitley Bay/Tynemouth          Finish: Bowness on Solway

Day 1: Arrival in Tynemouth or Whitley Bay
Day 2: Wallsend to Heddon / Wylam (24km)
Day 3: Wylam to Wall/Chollerford (26,5km)
Day 4: Wall / Chollerford to Housesteads (19,3km)
Day 5: Housesteads to Lanercost or Walton (22,5-27km)
Day 6: Lanercost or Walton to Carlisle (18-23,5km)
Day 7: Carlisle to Bowness (23km)
Day 8: End of the program

Day 1:    Arrival in Tynemouth or Whitley Bay

Travel to Newcastle and then onto Whitley Bay (or Tynemouth if you prefer/ subject to availability).
Stretch your legs and take the time to visit St Mary’s Island, Lighthouse and Visitor Centre where you will experience spectaluar coastal views.

Accommodation: The Metropolitan is a contemporary styled 4 star B&B.

Day 2:    Wallsend to Heddon / Wylam (24km)

A short train ride to Wallsend and the start of your Hadrian's Wall walk. If you have time before setting off, take a close look at the remains of the Roman fort of Segedunum which marks the beginning of the route today. 

From Wallsend, take the old Tyne to Blyth railway line, now a footpath through to Walker where you join the River Tyne. You come into the riverside area of downtown Newcastle upon Tyne with vistas of the elegant bridges and of the St. Nicholas Cathedral. Once out Newcastle, as you get to the old village of Newburn the countryside really begins to open up. You are now in the county of Northumberland.
Just before you would cross the River Tyne, we turn off for Wylam and our overnight stop at the end of this flattish day.

Accommodation: Victorian country house, which has been noted by English heritage.

Day 3:    Wylam to Wall/Chollerford (26,5km)

After crossing over the River Tyne, you have your first steep ascent up to Heddon on the Wall, where there are some remains of Hadrian's Wall. To beyond Chollerford now, the National Trail follows beside the roads that have been built over part of the wall. The wall itself became a source of material for the foundations of General Wade’s military road. Look out for remains of Vindobala fort and the reservoirs around Welton.
There is a pub at East Wallhouses after about 6 miles.

Accommodation: cosy pub situated close to Hadrian’s Wall, an ideal spot for walkers to relax

Day 4:    Wall / Chollerford to Housesteads (19,3km)

The route follows beside the road as far as Fozy Moss, where the road veers off the wall as it reaches the crags of the Whin Sill Escarpment. This stage roller-coasters to Housesteads, with its famed fort and National Trust Museum. There are excellent views over the “Northward Tynescape” to the Bellingham and Simonside Hills. You now follow arguably the most scenic section of Hadrian's Wall Path; over Highshield Crags and then down via Peel Crags to Steel Rigg. From here you can walk out to Once Brewed and adjacent Twice Brewed.

Accommodation: We use a range of B&B ensuite accommodation

Day 5:    Housesteads to Lanercost or Walton (22,5-27km)

The wall climbs to its highest point over Windshields Crags, before descending to the delightfully named Bogle Hole. Then down steps through Thorny Doors and up Cawfields Crags with excellent views onto the Pennines. The way passes by Great Chesters and Magnis (Roman forts), passing Greenhead, the ruin of medieval Thirlwall castle and in another mile or so crosses the Cumbria / Northumberland border on the River Irthing. 
From here there are few signs of Hadrian’s Wall remaining so enjoy the last significant portion at Hare Hill (maintained by English Heritage).

This is easy walking along the edge of fields and beside some old established hardwood trees. On approaching Walton, the way drops into the valley below crossing King Water. A short section of road takes you into the village of Walton.

Accommodation: B&B or Farm House

Day 6:    Lanercost or Walton to Carlisle (18-23,5km)

The route continues undulating across country. After crossing the very attractive Cam beck, you briefly join the road at Newtown Village. Here you are following the line of Hadrian's Wall via Old Wall, Blea Head and Wallhead farms, before detouring on a little “sandy lane” that takes you down to The Stanegate.
Next you come to Rickerby and finally cross the River Eden, meander towards Stanwix, then up into Carlisle.

This is a very interesting historical city, with a castle started by Henry I, extensive wall and other Roman remains, and the cathedral. Beer fans will not want to miss out a couple of ales, as this is the centre for the Theakstone’s Brewery.

Accommodation: small 3 star AA graded hotel built in the 1850’s. It has its foundations literally on Hadrians Wall!

Day 7:    Carlisle to Bowness (23km)

The trail follows more or less parallel with the line of the Wall and Vallum, through Grinsdale and Beaumont where you at last veer away from the Eden. You get good views from just north of the village to the peaks of Skiddaw and High Pike to the south and across the Solway Firth to the West. A short detour takes you to the point on the marsh where Edward I died in 1307. In the vicinity of Dykesfield House, the trail joins an old railway embankment for a couple of miles before rejoining the line of “The Wall”. From here, follow a minor road to Bowness on Solway, the site of the Roman fort of Maia and your journey’s end.

Return by bus or taxi to Carlisle to celebrate completing the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Accommodation: As previous night

Day 8:    End of the program

Arrangements end after breakfast.

'standard' hotels
The Metropolitan Guest House (Whitley Bay)
The Metropolitan Guest House (Whitley Bay)

Just 150 metres from Whitley Bay’s sandy beaches, this 4-star bed and breakfast offers stylish contemporary accommodation. Located on a quiet street, The Metropolitan Guest House is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the lively town centre and metro rail station.

visit The Metropolitan Guest House

Wormald House (Wylam)
Wormald House (Wylam)

Sitting quietly on the Tyne, Wormald House is a Wylam B&B offering guests a truly friendly welcome. If you are “walking the wall” you can keep perfectly on track without having to rack up extra miles.

wormaldhouse.co.uk

Hadrian Hotel (Wall)
Hadrian Hotel (Wall)

The Hadrian Hotel is situated close to Hadrian’s Wall this cosy pub is an ideal spot for walkers to relax.

www.hadrianhotel.co.uk

Twice Brewed Inn (Twice Brewed)
Twice Brewed Inn (Twice Brewed)

This family run hotel has 14 bedrooms and en-suite facilities are available. There is a public bar which is much used by locals and tourists alike.

www.twicebrewedinn.co.uk

Abbey Farm B&B (Lancercost)
Abbey Farm B&B (Lancercost)

This is located close to the priory complex and features a garden, a terrace and a shared lounge. Free WiFi available. The rooms come with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. A continental breakfast is provided. Note that for a meal you will either have to eat early at the Lanercost tea Rooms, or take a taxi or perhaps walk to Brampton for a pub meal.

www.abbeyfarmbandb.co.uk

 Crown and Mitre Hotel (Carlisle)
Crown and Mitre Hotel (Carlisle)

Small 3* AA graded hotel was built in the 1850's with its foundations literally on Hadrian's Wall.

peelhotels.co.uk/crown-and-mitre-hotel

practical info

This walking holiday along Hadrian's Wall Path can be booked any day between late March and mid-October, subject to availability

The nearest international aiport to fly to is Newcastle (NCL). 

 

Getting to Whitley Bay/Tynemouth

You can get to Tynemouth / Whitley Bay by train (from Newcastle Station), bus or car. You can use the main line from any of the airports. Most walkers make their way to Newcastle airport then take the transit into the city centre before local train to Tynemouth.

Return from Carlisle

At the end Carlisle has a mainline railway station from where you can easily reach Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports or all the way direct to Birmingham and London.

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 nights´accommodation (3/4 star hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between your accommodation daily, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller supplement
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