Hadrian’s Wall Path
The Hadrian’s Wall Path runs for 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast in Cumbria to Wallsend on the east coast of England in Northumberland. For most of its length, it runs close to the remains of Hadrian’s Wall, begun in AD 125 by the Romans on the northern border of their empire. This is now recognized as part of the “Frontiers of the Roman Empire” World Heritage Site (together with the Antonine Wall across central Scotland).
Hadrian’s Wall Path terrain is moderate, with the highest point on the path only 1130 ft high. For much of its length, the Path is more-or-less flat. The Path is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol. The middle-section is the highest and wildest part of the Path where it follows the dramatic escarpment of Whin Sil; this is also where the Wall is most visible. Read more on Hadrian’s wall and the best Roman sites to discover while walking in our blog.
- Day 1 Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle – 14.5 miles
- Day 2 Carlisle to Lanercost – 13.5 miles
- Day 3 Lanercost to Twice Brewed – 14 miles
- Day 4 Twice Brewed to Chollerford – 12 miles
- Day 5 Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall – 15 miles
- Day 6 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend – 15 miles
The most popular direction to do this walk is from West to East (taking advantage of the prevailing wind), but if you would prefer to go from East to West then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near mainline train stations in Carlisle and Newcastle
The price for a holiday walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path is £495 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:
- Personalised itinerary for walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path on a self-guided basis over 6 days
- 7 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
- Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
- Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
- Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
- Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
- Harvey Waterproof Map for the Hadrian’s Wall Path
- Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
- Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
- Helpline – you can call us at any time
Solo traveller price is £645. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.
- Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
- Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with a few steep climbs and descents in the central section. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
- Way marking: The route is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol.
- Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Hadrian’s Wall Path is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the Path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the Path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
- Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.