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Hike the Roman Empire’s greatest wall in 6 stages — Hadrian’s Wall Path

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Hike the Roman Empire’s greatest wall in 6 stages — Hadrian’s Wall Path

Hiking Collection by komoot

6-12

days

3-6 h

/ day

88.3 mi

4,125 ft

4,200 ft

The Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the Roman Empire’s most famous frontier on an enchanting coast-to-coast adventure through the rolling border country of Northumberland and Cumberland.

Hadrian’s Wall was one of Rome’s greatest feats of engineering. Built between AD 122 and 128 on the orders of the emperor Hadrian, the wall stretched 73 miles (117 kilometers) across the width northern Britain.

The purpose of the wall was to protect the Empire from the unconquerable Scottish tribes. It was the northwest frontier of Rome for nearly 300 years and remains an iconic symbol of ancient history today. The wall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the crumbling remains of the wall—past countless Roman settlements, forts, and milecastles—through some of England’s most spectacular scenery. With history every step of the way, it is an unforgettable journey into the past.

Starting from Wallsend, on the west coast, the trail travels 84 miles (135 kilometers) through the urban landscapes of Newcastle and Gateshead before emerging into the wild and atmospheric countryside of Northumberland and Cumberland. The trail finishes in Bowness-on-Solway, on the west coast.

There is no set direction to walk Hadrian’s Wall and both have their merits. This Collection opts for the west to east crossing as you get all the urban walking out of the way early and finish on the serene, wildlife-rich Solway Estuary. The only downside about west to east is that you are walking into the prevailing winds.

In this Collection, we split the route into six stages. Of course, you can split up each stage into as many days as you are comfortable with. You can also walk any single stage, or a couple of stages, in isolation.

Every stage finishes close to accommodation, even if there are only a few options nearby. However, places to stay are not always abundant so it is worth planning in advance and scheduling any rest days accordingly.

If you are planning to arrive by public transport, you can catch a train to Newcastle, which has direct trains from London, Birmingham, and Manchester, among others, and has connecting services around Britain. From the station, you can catch a tram on the Yellow line to Wallsend. Alternatively, it is a four mile (six-and-a-half kilometer) walk from the station.

To get home, you can catch the 93 bus service from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle. It is then a five-minute walk to the railway station, which has direct services to Newcastle, Birmingham, and London, among others, and connecting services around Britain.

If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike in Newcastle. Alternatively, you could find long stay parking in the city. To get home, you can catch the 93 bus service from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle. It is then a five-minute walk to the railway station, which has direct services to Newcastle.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    06:32
    15.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    675 ft
    350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hadrian’s Wall Path begins its epic quest along the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Wallsend, right next to Segedunum Fort.

    Following the course of the River Tyne, the trail meanders through the cosmopolitan landscapes of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead; exploring gentrified quaysides and some historic bridges.

    Along the way you pass some iconic sights, including: Gateshead …

  • Difficult
    07:16
    17.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Whilst this stage takes you deep into the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, the wall itself remains tantalizingly-elusive.

    However, keep a look-out for a ditch on the north side of the road and ridges in the fields to the south. The wall once stood somewhere in between these, where the B6318 is today.

    Despite the wall remaining hidden (for the …

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    12.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,250 ft
    625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The landscape becomes wilder, the views stretch further, and the wall comes into sharp focus along this spellbinding stage.

    From Chollerford, you pass Chesters Roman Fort and soon enter Northumberland National Park; home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air, and darkest skies.

    As the trail climbs gradually through the national park, you will notice the landscape change from lush lowland …

  • Difficult
    07:19
    16.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The highlights come thick-and-fast along this enchanting section of Hadrian’s Wall.

    With 17 miles (27 kilometers) of distance to contend with and 1,000 feet (305 meters) of climbing, this is the hardest stage on the entire trail and will really test your fitness and stamina.

    You begin with a short ascent over Winshields Crags and then descend to Milecastle 42, …

  • Intermediate
    04:54
    11.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Roman heritage on this section of the wall might not be as obvious as others but it is literally everywhere for you to see.

    From Walton, the trail descends very slightly through patchwork farmland and joins the River Eden just past the village of Low Crosby.

    You then follow the course of the river all the way to the …

  • Difficult
    06:05
    14.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage of the Hadrian’s Wall Path affords fine views into Scotland, serene walking, and some wildlife-spotting opportunities.

    You begin by following the River Eden out of the urbanized landscape of Carlisle and soon emerge into lush farmland.

    When you reach the village of Beaumont, it is worth paying a visit to St Mary’s Church, which was built out …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    88.3 mi
  • Duration
    37:27 h
  • Elevation
    4,125 ft4,200 ft

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