Melanie Grandidge July 13 2022

Travel back in time 2,000 years to walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers on our walk of the month, the wonderful Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Built by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD to defend their conquered land from their fierce northern neighbours, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains one of Europe’s most impressive and fascinating historic sites. The wall is set against the natural beauty of the countryside of Cumbria and Northumberland which offers a spectacular backdrop to this intriguing walk.

This National Trail stretches from coast to coast in northern England, running past Roman forts, mile-castles, barracks, and settlements, which all create an immersive historical walking experience.


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How long is Hadrian’s Wall Path?

This 84 mile (135 km) trail starts in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, and finishes in Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria.

Our most popular itinerary (HWP3) covers the entire route in 7 days of walking, with an average mileage of 12 miles per day.


How difficult is Hadrian’s Wall Path?

We grade the trail as easy to moderate. The walking surface is mainly grassy with some paved urban sections so it can get muddy and slippy if it has been raining. Although most of the terrain is relatively easy and flat, the central section between Chollerford and Birdoswald has a string of steep inclines and declines that will make this section more challenging than the rest.

Being a National Trail, the walk is extremely well-way-marked and easy to follow. This is a great first long-distance trail that you can be proud to tick off your bucket list.

We offer 4 suggested itineraries that allow you to walk at your own pace. From an average of 16 miles a day for more experienced walkers to an average of 10 miles a day for beginners – the route can easily be adapted to suit your preferences and rest days can be added in any location. Just get in touch with our friendly team who would be happy to discuss the best options for you.


What are the highlights of Hadrian’s Wall Path?

From the ancient Roman town of Vindolanda to the rolling hills of Northumberland, the Hadrian’s Wall Path boasts historic sites and stunning scenery alike. It’s a wonderful experience to be able to connect England’s east coast to its west coast along its rugged moorland and green rolling fields.

A must-see attraction along the walk is the iconic sycamore tree at Sycamore Gap. Located in the beautiful Northumberland National Park, this spot is one of the most photographed scenes on the path.

If you are interested in the historical aspects of the walk then we recommend giving yourself additional days in Once Brewed and Chollerford.

In Once Brewed you can explore one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites, Vindolanda. It is located on Stanegate Road, just one mile south of the path. There’s also a museum close by that displays a remarkable collection of objects found during the site’s excavations.

In Chollerford, you can visit the Chesters Roman Fort and Museum – the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.

You could also spend some time exploring one of England’s friendliest cities, Newcastle upon Tyne. Meander along the banks of the River Tyne and visit museums and galleries, or head to the Quayside to pick from the excellent range of places to eat and drink.


When is the best time to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path?

We recommend walking the trail anytime between the start of April and the end of October.

The best time to walk this trail is arguably during the summer months when there will be longer daylight hours and the soil is drier on the trail. The trail will be busier in July and August when school children are on summer holidays. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, in cooler weather, then opt for visiting in late spring or early autumn. There will also be beautiful wildflowers in spring and colourful crisp leaves in autumn.

If you’re planning to walk the full route, the passport scheme is in operation between May and October. When you join the passport scheme, you receive a passport which you can get stamped at seven stamping stations along the route. Once you collect all seven stamps, you can buy the Hadrian’s Wall badge and certificate to show off to all your friends!


Tips from our team

James: “Adding an additional day at Once Brewed will allow you to visit the fantastic museum at Vindolanda – one of the best-preserved Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall.

Katia: “Make sure to visit the Riverside Kitchen across the Chollerford roundabout, for the best bacon sandwiches with views over the river!

Scott: “If your legs are feeling up for it, take a short detour from the trail to Lanercost Priory – just east of Walton. Here you will find the ruins of a 12th-century nestling in a beautiful valley. This abbey once played host to King Edward I and Robert the Bruce.


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In our client’s words

Joel May, Canada: “The scenery was beyond beautiful, the history was fascinating, and all the accommodation was excellent with friendly hosts everywhere.

Juerg Horni, Switzerland: “Wonderful landscapes, nice people on the path, very nice local beers – we enjoyed it 110%.

Paddy Kennedy, Ireland: “A delightful and wonderful week walking Hadrian’s Wall Path with fantastic scenery and 2,000 years of history at our fingertips.

Tessa Gutowski, USA: “For many years I have been reading about Hadrian’s Wall and was intrigued by the idea to walk across England. I was fortunate that I was able to fulfil this dream this past September. This hike was great – history, culture, nature, stunning landscapes, cities and towns, and the people – all contributed to making this a very special time.


Discover Hadrian’s Wall Path

Absolute Escapes offer award-winning self-guided walking holidays in the UK & Ireland.

You can read more about Hadrian’s Wall Path on our website. Alternatively, get in touch with our expert team who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Melanie Grandidge

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