Day 1 Arrival in Carlisle
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Carlisle.
Day 2 Carlisle to Gilsland18 Miles / 29 Km 7-9 Hrs 1280 ft / 390 Metres
Today starts with a pleasant walk along the quiet River Eden, through parks, tracks and meadows. From there, you pass pretty villages and follow field paths through farmland in a green, gently rolling landscape. You come across first visible signs of Roman earthworks followed by increasing evidence of Roman archaeology, including Wall sections and Roman Milecastles. You can visit the Roman Fort of Birdoswald, inhabited for 2,000 years, where you find the longest surviving section of the Wall, before passing more Wall, a Roman Milecastle and the remains of a Roman bridge across the River Irthing. as well as an optional visit to the 12th century Priory of Lanercost.
Day 3 Gilsland to Housesteads12 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 1640 ft / 500 Metres
A varied hike with a lot of classic Hadrian’s Wall scenery. You pass the ruins of imposing Thirlwall Castle and the fascinating Roman Army Museum before the route climbs up along the rocky ‘crags’ where you encounter some well-preserved Wall sections. At Great Chesters Fort, you can leave an offering to Jupiter on an original Roman altar, and at Sycamore Gap, you can see the famous ‘Robin Hood Tree’. Exciting sections of the Wall lead past high cliffs to the highest point of the walk at Green Slacks and on to the superbly preserved Roman fort at Housesteads.
Day 4 Housesteads to Corbridge19.5 Miles / 31 Km 7-9 Hrs 1540 ft / 470 Metres
The day starts with more classic Hadrian’s Wall scenery as you follow the last of the crags. After this, the trail leads through open moorland and pastures to a Roman temple and fort. After a visit to the northernmost edge of the Roman Empire at Limestone Corner, you have a chance to visit the excavated fort at Chesters. Pass the site of an early medieval battle before the stone Wall disappears underneath the road. Once you leave the line of the Wall, pass two medieval castles on your way into Corbridge, where you can see the remains of a Roman garrison town.
Day 5 Departure from Corbridge
There are regular bus & train services from Corbridge to Carlisle or Newcastle. Full details provided upon booking.
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