Walking Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrians Wall, near Housesteads
Hadrians Wall, near Housesteads
Days 4 - 6: the central section is the walking highlight, with well-preserved stretches of wall and far-reaching views
Days 4 - 6: the central section is the walking highlight, with well-preserved stretches of wall and far-reaching views
Mithras, favorite god of soldiers, being born from the cosmic egg. Relief in the Great North Museum
Mithras, favorite god of soldiers, being born from the cosmic egg. Relief in the Great North Museum
In honour of the Emperor Hadrian - one of the many inscriptions erected by the wall-builders
In honour of the Emperor Hadrian - one of the many inscriptions erected by the wall-builders
The boar was the symbol of the XXth Legion - building stone in Chesters Museum
The boar was the symbol of the XXth Legion - building stone in Chesters Museum
Nearly halfway along the 80 mile wall - this is the 39th milecastle, Castle Nick, used as a milking parlor in later years
Nearly halfway along the 80 mile wall - this is the 39th milecastle, Castle Nick, used as a milking parlor in later years

The Hadrian’s Wall footpath crosses wild and beautiful terrain, its route covering the shortest distance coast to coast across the country, following Hadrian’s frontier. This is a real walking holiday (up to 13 miles per day) – a wonderful way to chart the entire length of the frontier, on foot – as the Romans would have done. Pass forts, mile castles and some fine museums, as we walk west to east.

We start along the shore of the Solway Firth and end at the excavated fort and reconstructed bath-house at Segedunum. Crossing the remote Northumbrian and Cumbrian fells, one can easily imagine the Roman soldiers, far from Syria or Spain, as they patrolled the farthest flung corner of the Empire.

  • See the largest unbroken section of Hadrian’s Wall
  • Visit Carrawburgh Mithraeum
  • Delve deeper into the rich history of this area
  • Explore Birdoswald and see both its fort and museum
  • Walk this length of the frontier with our expert guide, with pub lunches and picnics along the route

Themes

  • Romans

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Small Group
  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Our tour begins in the Cumbrian village of Wetheral, perched high on the banks of the River Eden. Here we check in to our hotel, where we meet our group and guide lecturer. This evening we enjoy an introductory talk about the history of Hadrian’s Wall – an engaging taster of what is to come.

Hotel: Overnight in Wetheral
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today we drive to Bowness-on-Solway where our walk begins. We wander the shore of the Solway Firth toward Burgh-by-Sands and end at Tullie House Museum Carlisle. (c 7.2 miles)

Hotel: Overnight in Wetheral
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We start at Lanercost Priory, built from stone taken from Hadrian’s Wall, and then stroll via Haytongate, Hare Hill and the Banks Turret to Birdoswald. Later, we explore Roman remains at Birdoswald fort. An auxiliary unit of Dacians (from modern Romania) formed the garrison. (c 5 miles). 

Hotel: Overnight in Wetheral
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We return to Birdoswald and begin walking towards Thirlwell along the longest unbroken section of Hadrian’s Wall. We visit the Roman Army Museum and continue toward Burnhead to view the quarry, where our hike ends for the day. (c. 6 miles)

Hotel: Overnight in Hexham
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

In the heart of the Northumberland National Park, we find Vindolanda. The earliest remains of the fort here pre-date Hadrian’s Wall. After lunch, we drive to Steel Rigg, a dramatic crag with views of the rugged countryside. We pick up our trail and make our way to Housesteads Roman Fort to finish the day, viewing the remains and the museum here. (c 3.5 miles)

Hotel: Overnight in Hexham
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

With our boots laced, we head for the fort and mithraeum at Carrawburgh, built by Roman soldiers around 200 AD. We then stride out to Chesters – Roman Cilurnum – on the bank of the North Tyne River, to visit the most complete Roman cavalry fort and bath house in the country. (c. 3.5 miles)

Hotel: Overnight in Hexham
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

This morning, we drive out to Heavenfield and trek to Port Gate, the site of a fortified gateway controlling traffic along Dere Street, the Roman road that ran north to the Firth of Forth. Following lunch, a drive to Corbridge takes us to a once vibrant Roman town and major military depot. We view aftifacts at the museum. We then walk along the River Tyne to Corbridge, to see the preserved Roman bridge abutment and reused Roman masonry in the Anglo-Saxon church. (c 5 miles)

Hotel: Overnight in Hexham
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

Today we visit Heddon-on-the-Wall, where we see the longest unbroken section of Hadrian’s Wall. We drive to Benwell to explore the remains of the Roman Temple as well as the Vallum Crossing.

Hotel: Overnight in Hexham
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

The day begins with a walk along the north bank of the River Tyne from Scotswood to Newcastle, and upon arrival we view the keep of the Norman fortress built over the Roman fort. A short ride on the metro brings us to the Great North Museum to browse the galleries including a collection of sculpture, inscriptions and other artefacts from across Hadrian’s Wall. After lunch, we visit Segedunum Roman fort at Wallsend and see the museum and reconstructions of the baths and the Wall before heading home. (c 3 miles)

Meals: Breakfast & packed lunch included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 17th June - Tue 25th June

Available

Guaranteed Departure

$3,003

without flights

sgl supp: $495

HAD19A

Led By: Mark Corney

Guide Lecturer

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