Meet in the evening for lecture at our Wetheral hotel.
Day Two (8.4 mile walk)
To Bowness-on-Solway, where the walk along the course of the wall begins on the shore of the Solway Firth, with views across to Scotland. The walking is flat and easy here, and there is very little to see of the wall, since virtually all of it was robbed away in later times. Pub lunch; by coach to the Tullie House Museum Carlisle.
Day Three (12.7 mile walk)
Today we follow the line of the wall from Crosby-on-Eden, stopping for a picnic lunch provided enroute (6.3 miles). Past Hare Hill to fort and museum at Birdoswald (6.4 miles).
Day Four (11.3 mile walk, some of it steep)
By bus to Birdoswald, and walk to Willowford bridge abutments, then to Gilsland (1.3 miles, steep down and up) and then take coach to hotel. Continue to the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran (3.9 miles). Soup and sandwich before continuing over Walltown Crags, past Great Chesters to Burnhead (3.6 miles). Great Chesters remains an atmospheric ruin, having been largely unconsolidated. Optional pick-up at Cawfields Quarry, or on over Cawfield Crags, milecastle 42 and Windshield Crags (the highest point on the Wall) to Steel Rigg. (2.5 miles). Coach to hotel.
Day Five (8 mile walk, some of it steep)
We divert from the course of the wall this morning, to visit Vindolanda, where the writing tablets voted Britain’s greatest treasure were found. This was one of the Stanegate forts, founded in the 1st rather than the 2nd century, and is famous for its extensive excavations. Back on course by coach to Steel Rigg and walk along the crags to Housesteads (2.8 miles). The whole central range of buildings is displayed here, including the commander’s house. Lunch here. Continue to Carrawburgh (5.2 miles) to meet coach.
Day Six (6.2 mile walk)
We pick up the trail again at the fort and mithraeum at Carrawburgh, and continue past ‘Limestone Corner’ (actually whinstone, and the most northerly point on the wall system), to Chesters (Cilurnum Roman fort), on the bank of the river North Tyne. Drive to our hotel.
Day Seven (11.1 miles)
Walk to Brunton turret, past Planetrees (a farmhouse built out of stones from the wall) to the Portgate, where Dere Street crosses the Wall. Lunch and then on to Harlow Hill. Coach to hotel.
Day Eight (10.8 mile walk)
Walk to Heddon-on-the-Wall for lunch. On to several short lengths of surviving Wall in Denton, after which there is an optional pickup. We finish with the Vallum crossing and Temple of Antenociticus in Benwell. Coach to hotel.
Day Nine (2.7 mile walk)
By coach to Benwell, then walk to the remains of the fort at Newcastle. By metro to the Great North Museum, and then to Wallsend site and museum. The excavated fort sits beside Swan Hunter’s shipyard, and the museum observation tower allows a wonderful view of both Roman and industrial archaeology. Finish at South Shields. Disperse late afternoon at Newcastle Station, or drivers will be returned to your hotel to pick up your car.
NB Most of every day will be spent walking or visiting sites along the way, and you must be prepared for this, with suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing. You will also have to carry your own water, and negotiate a variety of stiles.
- Meet at our hotel in Wetheral at 18.30 on Mon 1st Jul
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach to the beginning and from end of each day’s walking with occasional optional drop out points
- Guide Lecturer - Dr Mike Bishop. Not to be confused with "guest lecturers"! The guide lecturer will be with you from breakfast to supper, and probably even a drink in the bar afterwards. There is the occasional site where they may not be allowed to guide because of local regulations but otherwise the guides are just that.·They will have been chosen because of specialist knowledge and their ability to communicate and interest you. After 29 years of making tours worldwide, we are highly appreciative of the attributes of a good guide, and intensely critical of people who do not possess them
- Tour Manager - We never know how best to call the very special people whom we choose to accompany you on your tour. They are usually employed in this capacity only by us, and have been trained to do things in the Andante way - unobtrusive, friendly and quietly efficient
- Meals - All meals included except dinner Day 6; drinks (except water) are not included
- Entries & tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
3 nights in a comfortable hotel in the village of Wetheral, close to the railway station;
5 nights in a friendly and comfortable 3* hotel in Hexham.
|Mon 1st - Tue 9th Jul 2013 with Dr Mike Bishop
||Singles: On Request
||Twin/Doubles: Last one
|Mon 30th Jun - Tue 8th Jul 2014 with Dr Mike Bishop