Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights

7 Days | A historic walk through the heart of the English countryside

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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. Walking from the western outpost of Carlisle to the eastern reaches at Port Gate 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.

Trip overview

Map of Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights including United Kingdom
Start
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Finish
Hexham, United Kingdom
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
United Kingdom
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
BMXH
This trip generates 14.96 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

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 the past, often overlooked by English travellers.
  • Take your time to discover important sites like the Vindolanda Roman Fort and the Fort at Chester, where you can learn the tales of the Wall.
  • Discover Birdoswald Roman Fort on an optional visit and learn the history of the longest and best preserved stretch of Hadrian's Wall, while you look out over the River Irthing Gorge.
  • Walking every day doesn’t mean you’re going to be ruined like the remains! With a well-designed itinerary, the prevailing winds behind you plus some time at leisure in the pretty village of Corbridge, you’ll be walking 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 you need to bring a daypack to carry your essentials.
  • Some days of walking include steep ascents and descents and some uneven, often slippery 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

Map of Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights including United Kingdom

Inclusions

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Walking, public bus, train, taxi

Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast (6 nights)

Activities
  • Carlise to Irthington guided walk
  • Lanercost Priory to Gilsland guided walk
  • Carvoran to Twice Brewed guided walk
  • The Roman Army Museum visit
  • Steel Rigg to Sewing Shields guided walk
  • Chollerford - Heavenfield Battle Site and St. Oswald’s in Lee Church visit
  • Chollerford to Port Gate guided walk
  • Corbridge to Hexham guided walk
Add on activities
  • Carlisle - Birdoswald Roman Fort - GBP12
  • Lanercost Priory - GBP8
  • Bardon Mill - Housesteads Roman Fort - GBP12
  • Corbridge - Roman Town and Museum - GBP11

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Important notes

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 purchase essential provisions as you begin your walk out of Carlisle. This trip finishes after breakfast in Hexham 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.
5. We will transport your luggage between hotels, but you are only allowed one bag/suitcase of maximum weight 20kg. No items should be strapped to your luggage, such shoes, walking poles, etc.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Richard · Traveled October 2023
If you love walking through beautiful and spectacular landscapes and you’re also into discovering history first-hand, this is the trip for you. The daily walking is very well planned, the visits to historical sites are fascinating, and the accommodation is great. We were lucky to have a fabulous leader and some very benign weather. Loved it.
Review submitted 23 Oct 2023

Bryce · Traveled September 2023
A great trip, with the perfect mix of walking and learning. Glad to have been on this tour.
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023

Kim · Traveled September 2023
If you like your exercise with a healthy dose of history, this trip is for you. Walking 5-10 miles every day at an easy pace, we got to see what remains of Hadrian’s Wall, other sights, and open stretches of the English countryside. Visits to Roman ruins and museums provided context, and our amazing group leader Kerry was knowledgeable about everything from local history to the geography and plants. Accommodations exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this trip as well as some training hikes, which will not be wasted once you hit the hills.
Review submitted 10 Sep 2023

Rani · Traveled August 2023
Great trip. Challenging at times depending on your fitness level - but not too challenging for our group with a range of ages and fitness levels. The trip was changed a bit from the website but the changes are for the better- more site visits and less boring roadside walking. Accommodations and breakfasts were fabulous. Leader Kerry was great - she looked after us all while giving us all kinds of local and historical information. Plus the scenery! Incredible trip.
Review submitted 19 Aug 2023

Justin · Traveled August 2023
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023
Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights
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CHF  1,500