Follow in the footsteps of Romans and discover some of England’s most gorgeous countryside along the way.

Spanning 73 miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is so much more than a wall. It's an archaeological treasure drenched in stories and secrets of one of the most powerful empires in history. Although completed in AD122, the wall and its surrounding forts, turrets and castles have stood the test of time, making it the best-preserved Roman frontier in the world. With a local guide by your side, you’ll discover all the highlights plus some hidden gems. From breathing in the fresh air from the top of a crag to warming up with delicious local food in cosy village pubs, there’s something new to discover every step of the way.

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Birdoswald Fort on the Hadrian's Wall path

Explore Birdoswald Fort

Perched atop one of the most well-preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall, Birdoswald Fort is a dream come true for history lovers. The site was once a military base for Roman soldiers and housed up to 1,000 men during its peak. The Romans abandoned it in 400AD when they left Britain, but evidence shows that life continued here long after they left. Learn about Birdoswald's bloody battles and border raids, discover the ruins of ancient burial urns and turrets, or maybe even watch archeologists at work as they excavate new sites to uncover more of the site's fascinating history.

Sycamore Gap along Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a picnic at the Sycamore Gap

No trip to Hadrian's Wall is complete without visiting the famous Sycamore Gap. Located at the bottom of the rugged Peel and Highshields crags, this lone sycamore tree is perfectly perched between a striking dip in the hill – it's no wonder it's the most photographed landmark in Northumberland National Park. You might even recognise it from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman. Take a stroll up the crags for sunrise to admire the views or stop here to enjoy a scenic picnic lunch. 

Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland National Park

Visit Britain's most complete Roman Fort

Located about halfway on the Hadrian's Wall Path, Housesteads Fort is arguably the most impressive and complete example of a Roman fort in Britain. The walls are up to 10 feet tall in sections and you can see the remains of a barracks block, hospital and flushable communal toilets where 800 soldiers lived and worked. You’ll also be treated to sweeping views of Northumberland National Park from the top of the escarpment.

Marvel at gorgeous English countryside

If you like the idea of having one of England's most stunning National Parks all to yourself, you’ve come to the right place. Walking Hadrian's Wall might be challenging at times, but you'll be rewarded for your efforts with views that'll knock your socks off. From the rolling green hills to deep glacial lakes to rocky crags, your eyes – and camera – will be occupied every step of the way. 

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Make sure you bring plenty of comfy clothes, a daypack and a pair of hiking boots or walking shoes that have been worn in (this is important as you don’t want blisters early on in your trip!). You might also need a hiking stick as some sections of the crags (hills) are rocky and steep. It rains a lot in Northumberland, so you’ll need a warm, waterproof jacket no matter what time of year you visit. 

This walking trip is a point-to-point walking itinerary, and while it 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. Some days of walking include undulating hill sections and uneven terrain, so you might want to consider bringing walking poles to help you. 

Hadrian's Cycleway is part of the National Cycle Network and covers a distance of 170 miles from Ravenglass in the Lake District (on the Cumbrian Coast) to South Shields by the North Sea. The route follows Hadrian's Wall and you'll be able to access many sections directly (or hop off and explore on foot), but you can see more by walking as the walking trail follows the wall and historical sites more closely. 

The recommendation from the folks at National Trails is to walk Hadrian's Wall between May and October as the weather is mild and the soil is drier which is better for reducing wear and tear on the trails. However, summer is also the busiest season so you'll be sharing the trails with more people. You can still visit in the cooler months, but just note that the weather is cold and wet (particularly in winter) and the days are very short, which isn't great for walking.

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The easiest place to start your Hadrian's Wall adventure is in Newcastle (in the east) or Carlisle (in the west) as these cities are well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe by road, train, bus and air. You can travel to Newcastle or Carlisle by train from London, Birmingham and Newport in the south, and Glasgow and Edinburgh in the north, or take a coach with Megabus or National Express to Newcastle and Carlisle from London, Manchester, Leeds and various other cities in the UK. Once you arrive in the Hadrian's Wall region, you can take the Tyne Valley Railway, 685 bus or AD122 bus to travel between the east and west of Hadrian's Wall.

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