Map of Walk Hadrian’s Wall Highlights including United Kingdom

A historic walk through the heart of the English countryside

Spanning coast to coast across the north of England, Hadrian’s Wall is a historic spectacle of emperor Hadrian’s reign in the once Roman province of Britannia. These days the wall, along with a number of ruins dotted along the way, provides the trail for a seven-day exploration of pre-British history on two feet. Trekking from the western outpost of Carlisle to the eastern reaches at East Wallhouses near Newcastle upon Tyne, spend a week following one of the richest examples of Roman history in the United Kingdom. Walking at a reasonable but not strenuous pace, stopping by quaint English villages and staying in comfortable twin-share accommodation, this guided Hadrian’s Wall walking adventure is the ideal way to discover well-preserved sections of the wall and the surrounding countryside.


Start
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Finish
East Wallhouses, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Intrepid Retreats, Walking & Trekking
Code
BMXH
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Hadrian’s Wall walking trails are well developed and full of Roman history. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll gain a true insight into this piece of history which is often overlooked by travellers in England.

  • Admire the stark beauty at Sycamore Gap as you enjoy a photo stop at the famous Robin Hood tree.

  • Take your time to discover important spots along the way, with an included visit to Birdoswald Roman Fort and a stop Fort at Housesteads, learning the tales of the Wall.

  • Walking every day doesn’t mean you’re going to be ruined like the remains along the trail. With a well-designed itinerary, the prevailing winds behind you plus some time at leisure in Cholleford, you’ll be trekking with ease.

  • The English countryside has never looked so good. While the focus is Hadrian’s Wall on this itinerary, your eyes – and camera – will be occupied every step of the way by the lush landscapes of northern England.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This walking trip is a point-to-point walking itinerary. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

  • Your luggage will be transported for you, but it would be wise to bring a daypack to carry your essentials.

  • Some days of walking include undulating sections and some uneven terrain, so consider bringing walking poles as an aid at these times if you wish.

  • The diversity of the seasons in England makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be cold. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. Please be equally prepared to walk in sunshine and rain.

Itinerary

Welcome to the northwest English countryside! Today, you’ll meet your leader and fellow travellers in front of the entrance to Carlisle train station at around 10 am – check the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information for more details. Carlisle is a wonderful historic city dating back over 2000 years. With its renowned castle and the Tully Museum to see, you might like to spend a night or two here before your trip to get a real feel for the place. After a quick welcome briefing, begin your walk out of town, following the River Eden on your way to the charming village of Crosby-on-Eden. Passing by Hadrian’s Wall through sweeping fields and old bridleways you'll soon arrive in Brampton. From here, take a short train ride to Haltwhistle for an overnight stay.
Included Activities
  • Carlise to Brampton guided walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 15.5 kilometres (9.5 miles). It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting this morning as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. After this meeting you will start walking to your next destination. If you think you may be late, it is highly recommended to book one extra night prior to the start of the trip. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
After a short train ride back to Brampton, begin your walk at Lanercost Priory – once England’s capital, but only for a matter of months. Continue to Birdoswald Roman Fort for an included visit to this historic structure which was inhabited for over 2000 years and showcases many of the Wall’s defining features. Overlooking the River Irthing Gorge, this section of Hadrian’s Wall is the longest spanning stretch and one of the most well preserved. What’s more, alongside the site’s Roman fort, turret and milecastle, there is an informative visitor centre that details stories of Roman frontiers in engaging exhibitions and displays. Well worth a visit. After spending some time here with your group, you'll travel back to your overnight accommodation in Haltwhistle.
Included Activities
  • Carlisle - Birdoswald Roman Fort
  • Brampton to Birdoswald guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 11 kilometres (7 miles).
This morning, start the day with a short bus ride to the start of the trail then continue your exploration of the best sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The first section will take you past Thirlwall Castle – 12th-century ruins that sit on the banks of the Tipalt River. Afterwards, climb down the track and head to your overnight accommodation in Haltwhistle. As tonight is your last night in this pretty town, you may like to head out with your fellow trekkers and enjoy a well deserved dinner (at your own expense) before moving on to the second part of your adventure tomorrow.
Included Activities
  • Birdoswald to Haltwhistle guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 10.5 kilometres (6.5 miles).
After a short transport to Once Brewed, a quaint town with an unusual - and often disputed - name, start your hike with a gentle climb to the crags (rock faces) of Northumberland. Soon you will reach Sycamore Gap – one of the most well-known sections of the trail. With a lone Sycamore tree sitting in a shallow and narrow dip in the countryside, it’s a perfect place to stop and admire the views. Enjoy a must-do photo stop at the impeccably preserved Housesteads, the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain. This afternoon, you will finish your walk at Cholleford and take a quick ride to your overnight accommodation in East Wallhouses.
Included Activities
  • Once Brewed to Chollerford guided walk
Optional Activities
  • Bardon Mill - Housesteads Roman Fort - GBP9
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 19 kilometres (12 miles)
After a short ride to Cholleford, you may like to take some time to explore the town before commencing today’s relaxed walk. This town is well known for its Roman bridge and Roman forth and has a charming small-town English feel. Be sure to walk around the nearby Heavenfield Battle Site and St Oswald’s in Lee Church, both teeming with reminders of the famous victory of Oswald – the King of Northumbria – in AD734. Your walk today takes you through the countryside to the town of Port Gate where you can take the time to relax before the trip back to East Wallhouses for an overnight stay.
Included Activities
  • Cholleford - Leader-led town walk
  • Chollerford - St. Oswald’s in Lee Church photo stop
  • Chollerford - Heavenfield Battle Site
  • Chollerford to Port Gate guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 8 kilometres (5 miles).
Fairly even terrain and a mostly downhill trail greets you today as you make your way from Port Gate to East Wallhouses. Your group will mainly follow the old Military Road and earthen defences set on either side of the wall. Today, you'll pass by the Roman Fort of Rudchester on your way. After a number of days walking along the trail, celebrate the last night of the trip with your group during a well-deserved included group dinner.
Included Activities
  • Chollerford - Rudchester Roman Fort
  • Port Gate to East Wallhouses guided walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s walking distance is 16 kilometres (10 miles).
With no activities or walking included in today’s itinerary, you are free to leave at any time. The village of East Wallhouses is only a short distance to the large city of Newcastle upon Tyne where rail and air connections are available to take you throughout the United Kingdom and beyond.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

walking, Public bus, Train, Taxi

Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Carlise to Brampton guided walk
  • Carlisle - Birdoswald Roman Fort
  • Brampton to Birdoswald guided walk
  • Birdoswald to Haltwhistle guided walk
  • Once Brewed to Chollerford guided walk
  • Cholleford - Leader-led town walk
  • Chollerford - St. Oswald’s in Lee Church photo stop
  • Chollerford - Heavenfield Battle Site
  • Chollerford to Port Gate guided walk
  • Chollerford - Rudchester Roman Fort
  • Port Gate to East Wallhouses guided walk

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. This trip starts in Carlisle on Day 1 at 10 am (please meet your leader at the front entrance of the train station at Collier Lane, next to WH Smith store). This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Carlisle. This trip finishes after breakfast in East Wallhouses on Day 7. 
2. If you plan to arrive by car, please search for relevant car park options in Carlisle. Private and public transport from the end of the trip back to Carlisle are available.
3. Arriving by train is most environmentally friendly. Carlisle is well connected with Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, and Edinburgh as well as London and Manchester. Consider this mode of transport to start your trip.
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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