Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122 in order to protect the northern extreme of the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Wall is a striking example of the organisation of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome.
The route crosses from coast to coast – from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. At every mile along the Wall, there is a milecastle with two watchtowers in-between. Although parts of the wall have been plundered for local houses, the central section is very well preserved, as are the various forts and milecastles on the way.
Hadrian’s Wall was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
We have a range of walking holiday options following the Roman wall as it crosses the north of England from Wallsend, near Newcastle, to the Solway Firth beyond Carlisle.
Enjoy a short break on the most dramatic, central section of Hadrian’s Wall between Humshaugh and Gilsland, or you can take more time to explore the entire length of this route which is brim full of world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, and rare wildlife.
We offer four holidays covering the whole route. The shortest holiday is a challenging walk in 6 days which is for those of a good level of fitness. The most popular options are 7 and 8 day walking holidays.
If you're looking for an alternative option to walking the whole official route, this a pleasant option if you’re looking for a longer walk. It covers nearly the whole route, without spending time in the urban areas around Newcastle, where there is not much of the wall to be seen. Many people choose to miss out the early part of the walk, which is mainly around Newcastle, and start at Corbridge.
This version of the Hadrian's Wall Highlights is similar to the holiday above as it misses out the urban area around Newcastle. This walking holiday finishes at Carlisle as there is little left of the Wall beyond here - although the Solway estuary beyond does have a peaceful charm of its own.
The Best of Hadrian's Wall holidays are popular for those with less time, or who want to concentrate on the most dramatic central section of the walk. Here the landscape is at its most impressive and large stretches of the wall still remain.
This is our shortest route, solely focused on the section where the wall is intact and the landscapes are at their most spectacular. Days are short, leaving plenty of time to look around the numerous forts, milecastles, and other Roman remains.
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