The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an iconic Northern long distance walking route which takes you from Newcastle on Tyne in Northumberland, to Bowness on Solway in Cumbria. The route clocks up a total of 86 miles of hiking between the two coastlines, and for much of the route follows the Hadrian’s Wall Path, built on an order by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (117 to 138).
The route can be completed within just a couple of days, 4 if you wish. Or quicker for those who want an ultra-run but how many days should you walk the path in?
Well really it depends.
If you are looking for a challenge walk which suits most walkers I suggest taking about 5 days to tackle the path, averaging 17.2 miles per day, which sure feels like a challenge when your taking on that distance for 5 consecutive days.
However for a relaxed stroll, at least for most, a 9 day itinerary is ideal. At 10-11 miles per day, on average you should have ample time to enjoy the forts, museums and highlights along the trail.
Moreover, stretching the days like this allow you to make early starts, for an early finish. Some accommodations along the route are particularly suited for relaxing overnight stops and Carlisle is well worth an afternoon of your time.
For those truley wanting to take their time, a 10 day itinerary at about 7-8 miles on average is ideal. The route will be completed in bite-sized chunks, but it will really allow you to soak up the sights and sounds, stopping where you wish, unburdened by ambition.
Which ever itinerary you choose, make sure too not feel like you need to rush. Most of my clients benefit from walking at a relaxed pace with time to soak it all in.