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 Walton10.5 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 520 ft / 160 Metres
Today starts with a pleasant walk along the quiet River Eden and then continues, through parks and meadows, to the charming village of Crosby-on-Eden. From there, the trail leads through small villages, fields, and pastures and along secluded old bridleways to the small, pleasant village of Walton.
Day 3 Walton to Greenhead10 Miles / 16 Km 4-6 Hrs 920 ft / 280 Metres
Quiet country roads and fields guide you to Haytongate, where a short detour will bring you to the old Lanercost Priory, once the capital of England for six months. At Hare Hill, you will get a first view of the original Hadrian’s Wall, and from here on, turrets and milecastles soon become part of the landscape. 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.
Day 4 Greenhead to Housesteads10 Miles / 16 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 5 Housesteads to Chollerford9.5 Miles / 15 Km 4-6 Hrs 1150 ft / 350 Metres
The trail now snakes up and down along the top of the Northumberland Crags, where you suddenly find yourself walking along some of the most spectacular sections of Hadrian’s Wall. You pass more milecastles and turrets before the route descends from the crags and passes a Roman temple at the Fort of Brocolitia. The day comes to an exciting conclusion at the fascinating Roman fort and bathhouse of Chesters in Chollerford.
Day 6 Chollerford to Corbridge10 Miles / 16 Km 4-5 Hrs 850 ft / 260 Metres
At the start of the day, you pass the remains of a Roman bridge across the River Tyne. At the Heavenfield battle site, Oswald, king of Northumbria, won a famous victory in 634. Following the gentle curves of the defensive Roman earthworks south of the Wall, the trail brings you to the Port Gate, where the main Roman road into the North of Britain used to pass through Hadrian’s Wall. On your way into Corbridge, you pass Halton Castle and a little later Aydon Castle, one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th-century English manor house. The day finishes in the pretty town of Corbridge, where you can see the remains of a Roman garrison town.
Day 7 Portgate to Heddon-on-the-Wall10 Miles / 16 Km 4-6 Hrs 720 ft / 220 Metres
Pass through the un-excavated Roman fort of Onnum on your way to Wallhouses and the Robin Hood Inn. Through a rolling countryside of meadows and pastures the trail follows the old Military Road (now the B6318) and the earthen defences on either side of Hadrian’s Wall. The Whittle Dene Reservoirs and Nature Reserve may give an opportunity for some bird watching before you arrive at the aptly named Heddon-on-the-Wall, where you find one of the last preserved sections of the Wall.
Day 8 Departure from Heddon-on-the-Wall
There is a regular bus service from Heddon-on-the-Wall to Newcastle. Full details provided upon booking.
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