Robin Hood's Tree at Hadrian's Wall in England. Flickr:Mike Locke

Gilsland Peony blooming along Hadrian's Wall in Gilsland, England. Flickr:InAweofGod'sCreation

Hadrian’s Wall

England Hiking + Walking Tours

A luxury hike on a World Heritage Trail in Northern England

  • Hadrian's Wall is a World Heritage walk along one of Europe’s largest surviving Roman monuments. The wall was the northern frontier of a mighty empire and weaves through some of Britain's most ruggedly beautiful landscape. This is a remarkable and dramatic walk through history. As you follow Hadrian's footsteps from coast to coast, from Bowness on Solway, past Carlisle to Newcastle, you encounter a string of small forts (milecastles), spectacular vistas, and clues from the past.

    You will enjoy wonderful stays in charming boutique hotels and private transfers to these and key related Roman sites.

    Highlights:

    • World Heritage Trail and one of Rome's greatest engineering projects
    • Vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle
    • Birdoswald estate
    • History
    • Luxury accommodations
    • Included transfers to Roman sites

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  • Twin/double:  $ 5189 £ 2490 $ 4,447 2902 $ 5321 kr 31810 $ 3,147 Single supplement: on request

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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  • Travel

    Your tour begins in Carlisle and finishes in Newcastle. The closest international airport is Manchester (MAN) and London Heathrow (LHR) is the largest international airport.

    Local Travel

    From Manchester Airport, there are direct trains to Carlisle. There is a train station that has easy access from all terminals. If you fly to London Heathrow (LHR), west Coast high-speed services are available.

    Climate

    Be sure to check local conditions before your arrival. The famous lush green countryside In England is due to the rain that falls frequently so do not forget your rain gear. The Gulf Stream ensures mild, maritime influenced weather. The warmest months are July and August with temperature averages between 16 and 21°C. Rain falls throughout the year, and the weather in England can sometimes change very quickly. A good website to research high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Please see the day to day details for a listing of the very special establishments generally booked on this luxury tour. Hotels are of very high quality 3 and 4 star charming and boutique country house hotels and one very special restored castle, all chosen for their quality, character, and location. Be sure to follow the links to view each hotel as we feel the star rating does not do these special places justice. If the hotel generally booked is not available, we will inform you.

What’s Included

  • 8 nights in luxury accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome meeting
  • Luggage transfer
  • Informative tourist information handbook
  • Complete maps and route directions with GPS tracks available using an App that requires no mobile data download
  • Transfers as per itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • All meals other than breakfast
  • Entrances to attractions unless specified
  • Drinks or alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
TourHike + Walk
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length9 days
From£2490 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily departures, April through October.
High tourist season is end of July through August.

 

Skill Level

On this self-guided hiking tour you will be walking 8 - 15 mi. (13 - 24 km) each day. The route is 100% traffic free and consists of hilly terrain with relatively flat terrain sandwiched on either end of the tour.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Hadrian’s Wall Map

Day 1: Carlisle
Day 2: Bowness on Solway to Carlisle, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 3: Carlisle - Walton, 11 mi. (18 km)
Day 4: Walton- Gilsland, 8 mi. (13 km)
Day 5: Gilsland - Once Brewed, 8 mi. (13 km)
Day 6: Once Brewed - Chollerford, 12 mi. (19 km)
Day 7: Chollerford - Heddon on the Wall, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 8: Heddon - Wallsend, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 9: Newcastle, departure

Day 1: Carlisle
Arrive at your hotel, Warwick Hall, on the outskirts of Carlisle at your leisure. Your host will meet you and run through your itinerary, answering any questions you may have. Enjoy the scenery at this fine country house hotel and spend the evening as you wish.

Accommodation: Warwick Hall, a relaxed and wonderfully comfortable country house B&B situated in a beautiful, peaceful location, featuring fresh local cuisine.

Day 2: Bowness on Solway to Carlisle, 14 mi. (22 km)
We will transfer you to Bowness on Solway after breakfast for the start of your walk. Here on the west coast estuary of the Solway Firth, your adventure begins where Hadrians Wall rises from the sea as the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty where the birdlife is prolific and more of a feature than the Roman remains. Occasionally the walk can be interfered by very high tides in the Solway Firth. Follow quiet tracks with salt marshes and distant Scottish hills in view through Port Carlisle and Burgh by Sands. Pastures and wooded banks lead on to the River Eden as you enter the heart of Carlisle with its imposing castle. We meet you there for a transfer to Warwick Hall for a second night.

Accommodation: Warwick Hall

Day 3: Carlisle - Walton, 11 mi. (18 km)
We return you to Carlisle to enjoy a relaxed section of the walk today through lovely rural countryside and hamlets with a fine inn for a hearty lunch. As the wall here was predominantly dirt and turf there is not much evidence of it remaining as you follow the banks of the River Eden out of Carlisle. Imagine the huge fort here which housed the largest body of cavalry anywhere in the empire. At the end of the day we will transfer you to Farlam Hall, your hotel for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Farlam Hall

Day 4: Walton- Gilsland, 8 mi. (13 km)
After a short transfer, you begin your walk from Walton. Your path travels through farmland to Haytongate, where there is an option to take a detour to visit the romantic Lanercost Priory ruin and the adjacent vicarge's Edward Tower, where Edward I once convalesced. then turns downhill from Banks. This is a very pleasant section of walking before the rigours of the next few sections. The turf wall gives way to consolidated stone now, and there are some great views from some of the turrets of the stunning countryside all around. The Roman gem of the Birdoswald estate on Banna fort is yours to explore too - this is a magical place coupled with informative exhibits. At the end of the walk in Gilsland you will be met by your driver and transferred back to Farlam Hall.

Accommodation: Farlam Hall, a perfect place to rest, unwind and enjoy the elegance and serenity of a traditional English country house, set in charming ornate grounds in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.

Day 5: Gilsland - Once Brewed, 8 mi. (13 km)
Transfer to Gilsland to pick up the trail. Today is one of the most demanding sections, but when you reach the highest point of the trail at Winshields Crags, you will be rewarded by stunning views in every direction. The quality of the wall is also excellent along this section. Upon reaching Once Brewed, we will transfer you to Vindolanda, en route to Langley Castle - your base for the next two nights. Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort that guarded the Stanegate Roman road. It is noted for the Vindolanda tablets, considered to be among the most important finds of military and private correspondence found anywhere in the Roman Empire and the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain. They are also probably the best source of information about life on Hadrian's Wall, so a visit here is highly recommended!

Accommodation: Langley Castle,  a 14th Century fortified castle, nestled in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne known for exceptional dining.

Day 6: Once Brewed - Chollerford, 12 mi. (19 km)
Pick up your packed lunch from the hotel before a transfer back to Once Brewed for the start of the trail, or to Vindolanda if you missed it yesterday. Once en route, you will experience some of the most spectacular sections of the wall, through rugged countryside and a host of Roman ruins and forts. Housesteads Fort has an interesting museum and a tea shop. At Shield on the wall you rejoin the wall and follow the Roman road past Tower Tye and on to Chesters Museum, which marks a key site on the wall. At the end of the walk, we meet you at Chesters Museum for a transfer back to Langley Castle.

Accommodation: Langley Castle

Day 7: Chollerford - Heddon on the Wall, 16 mi. (26 km)
Today we transfer you to Chollerford to pick up the trail where you left it. Follow the old military road for much of the day, passing through the beautiful rolling countryside of Northumberland. Walk to Brunton and then reach the highpoint of Whittington Fell, at 268 m. Beyond lies East Wallhouses and the lovely old Robin Hood’s Inn, Vindovala fort and Heddon on the Wall. At the end of the walk you will be transferred to Matfen Hall hotel for the evening.

Accommodation: Matfen Hall Hotel, you will feel at home in one of the unique and historic rooms designed and decorated with elegant style and taste.

Day 8: Heddon - Wallsend, 16 mi. (26 km)
Setting off from Heddon again after a quick transfer from your hotel, signs of the wall become less frequent as you leave the countryside behind and head towards Newcastle, which you approach by the River Tyne. The route leads through the heart of this vibrant city and invites you to discover the industrial history of Newcastle. The official end of the walk is the Segendunum Roman Fort and museum. You will be met here and transferred to Jesmond Dene House by your driver for this final evening of the tour.

Accommodation: Jesmond Dene House, in an enviable location, this boutique establishment, a luxurious English Country Estate strive to make clients " above all, feel at home. Because it is a home, albeit quite a grand one!"

Day 9: Newcastle, departure
Depart at your leisure today from Newcastle which has a mainline railway station and airport.

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