Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights

7 Days | Embark on a historic walk through the heart of the English countryside

4.9 out of 5 based on 36 reviews submitted.
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Spanning coast to coast across the north of England, Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacle of emperor Hadrian’s reign in the once-Roman province of Britannia. These days, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wall and nearby ruins provide 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 of Port Gate near Newcastle upon Tyne, you’ll spend a week following one of the richest examples of Roman history in the United Kingdom. Stop in traditional English villages, discover the well-preserved sections of the Wall and explore the surrounding countryside on a walking trip full of history and rolling landscapes.

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 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
  • Gain an insight into a piece of the past often overlooked by English travellers as you walk along UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hadrian’s Wall with a local guide.
  • 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 Hadrian's Wall's longest and best-preserved stretch while you look out over the River Irthing Gorge.
  • Walk with ease on a well-designed itinerary that prioritises your free time, especially in the cute village of Corbridge – walking every day doesn’t mean you have to be ruined like the remains!
  • Soak up the serenity of the English countryside – while the focus is on Hadrian’s Wall on this trip, 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, but you must 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
  • Lanercost Priory Church visit
  • 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
  • Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - 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 36 reviews submitted.
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Dave · Traveled May 2024
We had a great time on this trip. Went with my daughter and even when the rain conspired against us our guide Kerry kept things together and positive. It exceeded our expectations. The modified itinerary with slightly less walking along the road sections and more time at Vindolanda and the Roman town outside Corbridge or the choice to stay and explore Hexham instead of Corbridge were spot on. Gave some flexibility to everyone and a good mix of activities. One for the books!
Review submitted 02 Jun 2024

Alison · Traveled April 2024
Can’t recommend this trip enough - it was amazing and beyond my expectations. The history, the hiking and the landscape were all 10 out of 10. If you’re dithering - do it!
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

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
Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights
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EUR €1,485