Day 1 Arrival in Heddon-on-the Wall
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Heddon-on-the Wall.
Day 2 Heddon-on-the Wall to Portgate9.9 Miles / 16 Km 4-6 Hrs 100 Metres
Through a rolling countryside of meadows and pastures the trail follows the old Military Road and the earthen defenses on either side of Hadrian’s Wall. After passing through the sites of two Roman Forts you soon arrive at the Port Gate, where the main Roman road into the North of Britain used to pass through Hadrian’s Wall.
Day 3 Corbridge to Chollerford10.6 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 100 Metres
Turrets and milecastles soon become part of the landscape as you follow the gentle curves of the defensive Roman earthworks. The trail passes Heavenfield battle site, where Oswald, king of Northumbria, won a famous victory in 734. The day comes to an exciting conclusion at the fascinating Roman fort of Chesters.
Day 4 Chollerford to Housesteads8.7 Miles / 14 Km 4-6 Hrs 400 Metres
Through the Northumberland National Park you reach a Roman temple at the Fort of Brocolitia. After passing more castles and turrets you suddenly find yourself walking along some of the most spectacular and best-preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall, which snake up and down along the top of the Northumberland Crags. You end your day at the superbly preserved Fort at Housesteads.
Day 5 Housesteads to Greenhead8.7 Miles / 14 Km 4-6 Hrs 400 Metres
Today starts with more exciting sections of the Wall along steep cliffs and the highest point of the walk at Green Slacks. See the ‘Robin Hood Tree’ at Sycamore Gap and Great Chesters Fort with its original Roman altar before you return to the top of the Crags for some more exciting and well-preserved Wall sections. Imposing Thirlwall castle marks the end of today’s walk.
Day 6 Greenhead to Lanercost8.1 Miles / 13 Km 3-5 Hrs 200 Metres
The Wall guides you to the remains of a Roman bridge across the River Irthing, past a Roman Milecastle and on towards the Fort of Birdoswald, which was inhabited for 2,000 years. From there we follow the Wall through a much gentler landscape and stop at Lanercost Priory, once the capital of England for six months.
Day 7 Lanercost to Carlisle12.4 Miles / 20 Km 4-6 Hrs 150 Metres
Follow the Wall through fields and old bridleways until you join the River Eden at the charming village of Crosby-on-Eden. You follow the quiet river for a while on your way to the 2,000 year old, historic city of Carlisle. There is much to see in Carlisle, such as the famous castle or the Tully Museum, with its Roman artefacts.
Day 8 Departure from Carlisle
There are regular train and bus services from Carlisle to Newcastle, Manchester and London. Full details provided upon booking.