Hadrian’s Wall Path

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A well-waymarked, and super accessible route from both directions, the Hadrian’s Wall Path is a great place to start for new long distance hikers, but has loads to offer the more experienced.

The path features plenty of delightful villages that welcome walkers into the walker-friendly B&Bs and Inns. There is an abundance of wildlife on the route and the obvious Hadrian’s Wall, and its various museums and attractions on the way make for some interesting excursions.


In This Guide

  1. Route Map
  2. Trail Stats
  3. Itinerary
  4. Accommodation
  5. Getting to/from the trail
  6. Trail Merch
  7. Guidebooks & Maps
  8. Articles

Route Map


Trail Stats

Distance: 84 miles / 135km
Start: Newcastle
Finish: Bowness-on-Solway
Duration: 4-7 Days


Itinerary

For most experienced walkers, and those with legs strong enough to take multiple back-to-back days of up to 15 miles I recommend the 7 walking day itinerary below. It stops in some of the best overnight locations, such as Chollerford and Gilsland where you will also find some extra interest in relation to the wall itself.

All distances are approximate, and the itinerary below is credited to Contours Walking Holidays.

DayFromToMilesKm
1Wallsend Heddon-on-the-Wall1524
2Heddon-on-the-WallChollerford1524
3ChollerfordOnce Brewed1219
4Once BrewedGilsland813
5GilslandWalton813
6WaltonCarlisle11.518.5
7CarlisleBowness-on-Solway14.523

Please make note of the following helpful points:

  • Accommodation in many small villages on long distance routes is often limited, for busier trails, such as the Hadrian’s Wall Path booking ahead is essential.
  • The last stretch of the walk from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway is a hard slog along long open tracks and very different to the hilly terrain in the middle of the route.
  • Accommodation in Heddon-on-the-Wall is limited.

Accommodation

The Hadrian’s Wall Path has a great selection of accommodation to meet a range of budgets. Wild camping is not permitted by law in England and Wales, however, if you are careful, you will find enough spots to camp out for the night on the path. B&B’s, Inns, and hotels are abundant, both near the trail, and using short taxi or bus transfers.

As this a busy trail booking ahead is strongly advised if you wish to stay in accommodation close to the trail.

Hostels

There are approximately 10 hostels on the path, most of which are within walking distance from the route, and well-spaced out. For budget travellers, a combination of campsites and hostels (for hot showers and mixing with walkers) is often a good choice.

Campsites

Campsites are available but spaced out, with some being set away from the trail which adds to your daily milage. Booking ahead, like any of the accommodation options here is strongly advised.

Hotels, Inn’s and B&B’s

There is an abundance of Hotels, Inn’s and B&B’s on the trail. However the latter part of the trail as you travel from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway is now almost without good accommodation.

Walkers often choose to get the bus back into Carlisle finishing the walk, and for easy onward travel the following day.


Getting to and from the trail

Details coming soon


Guidebooks & Maps

Details coming soon

Trail Merch

Have you finished the walk, and want to remember your time on the trail?
There really is no better way to remember your walk than with a Trail Print from Distance Hiker. Each trail print supports us into growing this website.


Articles

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