Hadrian's Wall Guided Walking Holiday

8 day holiday, 7 nights accommodation, 6 days walking, 84 miles, from £595 per person



Hadrians Wall Path is an 84 mile linear route that follows the worlds finest surviving Roman frontier from Wallsend, near Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, near Carlisle. The path runs almost coast to coast across the narrow isthmus at the top of England.

The idea to create the Wall, and prevent the attacks and movements of the Celtic Barbarians from the North (Scotland), was that of Roman Emperor Hadrian Aelius. In AD122 work commenced on the near ten year task to build the Wall and its forts, milecastles and turrets. Some fifteen thousand men from 3 Roman Legions were employed in the task.

For over 250 years the Wall served to protect the Roman Empire until their retreat. The Wall stood intact for a further 1000 years until the need for stone brought about the dismantling of the Wall. This process continued until 1822 when landowner John Clayton protected and rebuilt the Wall passing through his estate, by purchasing land alongside the Wall he managed to protect remains as far as Cumberland (Cumbria). Some other sections of the Wall have since been rebuilt by English Heritage.

In 1987 Hadrians Wall became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2003 the long awaited Hadrians Wall National Trail was opened. Great efforts have been made to keep the trail close to the line of the Wall. This is a moderate trail, though there are some steep ascents and descents in the mid sections of the walk. Generally the path follows a grassland route with paved and tarmac sections, particularly at start and end of the trail.

Guided Hadrians Wall Dates 2017

Date

Duration

Availability

Price

23rd Sep to 30th Sep 2017

8 days

Fully booked

£595 per person



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Availability - On the Guided Hadrian's Wall holiday groups are a maximum of 12 people plus Guide. Above is the holiday date and the places still available.The holiday is guaranteed to operate.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1 Newcastle:
Arrive at the accommodation in Newcastle. Meet your guide and walking companions at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2: Newcastle to Newburn. Distance 12 miles
In the morning we travel the short distance to Wallsend the official start of Hadrians Wall Path. The start of the walk takes us past the Swan Hunter shipyard before taking us down to follow the path alongside the River Tyne through Newcastle and onto Newburn.

Day 3: Newburn to Wall. Distance 18 miles
We rejoin the path which takes us a further short distance along the Tyne and our first short climb into Heddon on the Wall. At Heddon we encounter our first section of the Wall and evidence of Roman construction. The remaining section of the walk today is long and straight passing Portgate which was a junction with the wall and Dere Street Roman Road.

Day 4: Wall to Steel Rigg. Distance 12 miles
Today we will see further forts and turret sections on the wall and a number of Milecastles and also be able to see a major section of wall construction. The second part of todays walk takes us along some of the walls higher route and its crossing with the Pennine Way and offers some excellent views of the surrounding area and Northumberland National park.

Day 5: Steel Rigg to Gilsland. Distance 9 miles
We return to the Wall onto Winshield Crags, the highest point of the wall on the walk passing again large sections of constructed wall, turrets and milecastles. Today we will pass through Walltown Quarry which is where large quantities of the stone came from in the construction of the wall.

Day 6: Gilsland to Carlisle. Distance 18 miles
We leave Gilsland and pass Birdoswald Fort study centre and on to Banks. Easier walking returns and our walk to Carlisle takes us over farming areas. In parts there are sections of vallum ditches to be seen as we pass through the villages of Walton, Newtown and Crosby on Eden to follow sections of the river Eden into Carlisle.

Day 7: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway. Distance 15 miles
Unfortunately no ruins of wall or forts to be seen on this section of the walk only the occasional glimpse of vallum ditch with flat easy walking but halfway through the days walk the Solway Coastline appears offering excellent views across to Scotland. On completion of the walk we transfer back to our accommodation in Carlisle.

Day 8: Carlisle
Depart from your accommodation and head for Home

Holiday Information


Duration of tour
8 days (7 nights)

Total distance
84 miles

Grade of walking

This is a moderate trail though some strenuous walking is found in the mid sections of the route as it crosses the hills of Northumberland and the Pennines. Generally the path follows a grassland route with paved and tarmac sections, particularly at start and end of the trail.

Start of route
Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne

End of route
Bowness on Bowness on Solway, Cumbria

Group Size
Maximum 12 people in a group

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book ensuite rooms every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Extra nights accommodation
Additional nights accommodation can be booked on request for anyone wishing to arrive in Newcastle or depart Carlisle a day or two earlier/later.

Single travellers
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion for walking. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. There is no single supplement as we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Single occupancy rooms are not available on this tour.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Your Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is emergency first aid trained.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Prices can vary greatly and reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ are sometimes available and can be purchased from approximately 12 weeks prior to departure.
To Newcastle
The train station in Newcastle is a short taxi journey, or Metro train journey from your accommodation.
Approximate journey times – From Manchester 3 hours.
Approximate journey times – From London Kings Cross 3 hours.
From Bowness-on-Solway
The train station in Carlisle is a short taxi journey, or Metro train journey from your accommodation.
Approximate journey times – From Carlisle to Manchester 2 hours.
Approximate journey times – From London Euston 4 hours.

By Bus
Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk
To Newcastle
There is a bus stop a short walk from your accommodation.
From Carlisle
The bus stop in Carlisle is a short walk from your accommodation.

By Air

Newcastle Airport
To Newcastle
From Newcastle Airport travel by Metro train to your accommodation.
Approximate journey times 35 minutes.
From Carlisle
Travel by train to Newcatsle then Metro train from Newcastle Central to the Airport.
Total approximate journey times 2.5 hours.

Manchester Airport
To Newcastle
From Manchester Airport travel by train to Newcastle then Metro train to your accommodation.
Total approximate journey times 3 hours 30 minutes.
From Carlisle
Travel by train to Manchester Airport.
Approximate journey times 2 hours.


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 18kg (40lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier

Hadrians Wall Path is an 84 mile linear route that follows the worlds finest surviving Roman frontier from Wallsend, near Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, near Carlisle. The path runs almost coast to coast across the narrow isthmus at the top of England.

The idea to create the Wall, and prevent the attacks and movements of the Celtic Barbarians from the North (Scotland), was that of Roman Emperor Hadrian Aelius. In AD122 work commenced on the near ten year task to build the Wall and its forts, milecastles and turrets. Some fifteen thousand men from 3 Roman Legions were employed in the task.

For over 250 years the Wall served to protect the Roman Empire until their retreat. The Wall stood intact for a further 1000 years until the need for stone brought about the dismantling of the Wall. This process continued until 1822 when landowner John Clayton protected and rebuilt the Wall passing through his estate, by purchasing land alongside the Wall he managed to protect remains as far as Cumberland (Cumbria). Some other sections of the Wall have since been rebuilt by English Heritage.

In 1987 Hadrians Wall became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2003 the long awaited Hadrians Wall National Trail was opened. Great efforts have been made to keep the trail close to the line of the Wall. This is a moderate trail, though there are some steep ascents and descents in the mid sections of the walk. Generally the path follows a grassland route with paved and tarmac sections, particularly at start and end of the trail.

Start point
Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne

End point
Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria

Direction of walk
East to West

Group size
There will be a maximum of 12 people plus guide on your holiday.

Grade
This is a moderate trail though some strenuous walking is found in the mid sections of the route as it crosses the hills of Northumberland and the Pennines.

Terrain
The path follows a mainly grassland route with paved and tarmac sections. In the mid section there are some rocky paths.

Included in the price of your holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Experienced guide

  • Luggage transfer between accommodation

Not included in the price of your holiday
Evening meals, packed lunches, drinks and snacks, travel insurance, travel to Newcastle and from Carlisle, souvenirs, etc.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book ensuite rooms every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Extra nights accommodation
You can add extra nights accommodation in Newcastle or Carlisle. Price from £45 per person per night.

Single travellers
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion for walking. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. There is no single supplement as we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Single occupancy rooms are not available on this tour.

Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is first aid trained.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 18kg (40lbs).

Meals
Breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs (see itinerary below for further information).

Weather
The weather in Northern England is best described as changeable but we do get long dry warm spells. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather, particularly in the mountains, can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
Specialist equipment is not required for this walking holiday. A suggested equipment list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click the travel tab above.


Route description

The following is intended to provide some further information about the route and points of interest. Please note that all distances, timings and heights are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. The time to cover the distance includes time spent walking and time for breaks. If further information is required please contact our office. Several guide books providing detailed route descriptions and information are also available.

Day 1 Newcastle
Arrive at the accommodation in Newcastle. Meet your guide and walking companions at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2 Newcastle to Newburn
Distance 12 miles - Moderate - 6 hours

In the morning we travel the short distance to Wallsend the official start of Hadrians Wall Path. The start of the walk takes us past the Swan Hunter shipyard before taking us down to follow the path alongside the River Tyne through Newcastle and onto Newburn.

Day 3 Newburn to Wall.
Distance 18 miles - Long moderate - 8 hours

We rejoin the path which takes us a further short distance along the Tyne and our first short climb into Heddon on the Wall. At Heddon we encounter our first section of the Wall and evidence of Roman construction. The remaining section of the walk today is long and straight passing Portgate which was a junction with the wall and Dere Street Roman Road.

Day 4 Wall to Steel Rigg.
Distance 12 miles - Moderate/Strenuous - 6 hours

Today we will see further forts and turret sections on the wall and a number of Milecastles and also be able to see a major section of wall construction. The second part of todays walk takes us along some of the walls higher route and its crossing with the Pennine Way and offers some excellent views of the surrounding area and Northumberland National park.

Day 5 Steel Rigg to Gilsland.
Distance 9 miles - Moderate/Strenuous - 5 hours

We return to the Wall onto Winshield Crags, the highest point of the wall on the walk passing again large sections of constructed wall, turrets and milecastles. Today we will pass through Walltown Quarry which is where large quantities of the stone came from in the construction of the wall.

Day 6 Gilsland to Carlisle.
Distance 18 miles - Long moderate - 8 hours

We leave Gilsland and pass Birdoswald Fort study centre and on to Banks. Easier walking returns and our walk to Carlisle takes us over farming areas. In parts there are sections of vallum ditches to be seen as we pass through the villages of Walton, Newtown and Crosby on Eden to follow sections of the river Eden into Carlisle.

Day 7 Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway.
Distance 15 miles - Moderate - 7 hours

Unfortunately no ruins of wall or forts to be seen on this section of the walk only the occasional glimpse of vallum ditch with flat easy walking but halfway through the days walk the Solway Coastline appears offering excellent views across to Scotland. On completion of the walk we transfer back to our accommodation in Carlisle.

Day 8 Carlisle
Carlisle is a border City in Northern Cumbria, close to the Scottish border. The Romans established a settlement here to serve the forts on Hadrians Wall. Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress which houses the Border Regiment Museum.

Customer reviews

Hi Dean, Enjoyed the trek along Hadrian’s Wall last month….. Thanks! Really appreciate that Dave was so knowledgeable when it came to its history.
Again, thanks so much! Patricia, USA, Hadrian's Wall Guided, 2016


Just wanted to share that my September Hadrian's Wall walk was incredible! All went as smoothly as I've come to expect with guided walks hosted by Northwestwalks. This is the second walk I've done with not just your company, but with Scott as a guide. The luggage transfer was seamless, and our accommodations were exactly as required....clean, efficient, and comfortable. We arrive late in the afternoon, leave early in the morning. We ask for hot showers, comfortable beds, and a good breakfast. I was never disappointed. Can't wait for my next adventure....Thank you for the service you provide. In addition to everything going well on the walk itself, the information you provide as to what to see in the area at the start and conclusion of each walk I've also found helpful. I'm a solo traveler and you've taken all the anxiety out of doing this on my own. I'd give you a five star rating!!
Edie, USA, Hadrian's Wall Guided, 2013

Would just like to email you and advise that I had a brilliant walk last week on the Hadrian's Wall Walk.
Nigel, UK, Hadrian's Wall Guided, 2013


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