Hadrian’s Wall 1900: All You Need To Know

Walking along the Hadrian's Wall trail | John Millen
Walking along the Hadrian's Wall trail | John Millen
So, what exactly is the Hadrian's Wall 1900 anniversary? 
 
With an impressive line-up of special events taking place throughout 2022 (cavalry shows, falconry displays, a Roman big birthday bash), here is why this is the year to walk, or cycle, the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Why is 2022 a special year for Hadrian’s Wall?

This year marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall. The construction of the wall started in 122 AD in the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who wanted to ensure that the new structure would keep “intact the empire”. Today it is the largest Roman archaeological feature in Britain and has been protected by UNESCO since 1987.

Where are the 1900 celebrations taking place?

Multiple events have been scheduled until the end of 2022 across all three counties that Hadrian’s Wall crosses: Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria. The events will attract extra numbers of visitors to the region and accommodation is expected to fill up fast, especially in areas where there are limited options.
 

>> Head to our Definitive Guide to Hadrian's Wall 1900 for Walkers & Cyclists

 
Whin Sill to Crag Lough |  <i>John Millen</i>
Roman turret at Brunton
 

What kind of events have been planned?

The year-long festival features an impressive calendar of special events and activities, such as: spectacular re-enactments, archery and cavalry shows; digital art projections and illuminations; theatre and dance productions; short talks and book festivals; special themed exhibitions; and historic guided tours. There will also be falconry displays, a bunting challenge, as well as a Roman Big Birthday Bash. All of these celebrations make it extra special to complete the path in 2022.

Who is organising these events?

A number of partners have come together to develop the lively ‘Hadrian’s Wall 1900’ programme. These include: local societies and interest groups; community and arts organisations; local authorities; visitor attractions and venues; as well as several individuals with a keen interest in Hadrian’s Wall. Our team can help you plan your trip around the events of your interest.

Who can participate?

The events are open to everyone and, although some are ticketed, many are free to join and enjoy. The organisers are hoping that ‘Hadrian’s Wall 1900’ will provide opportunities for everyone to find their connection to the World Heritage Site – whether it be Roman history, the natural environment, the region’s dark skies, the arts scene, cultural diversity and more. So if you've been considering to walk or cycle along the trail, this is the year to do so.

Where can I get the Hadrian’s Wall Path passport?

If you book your Hadrian’s Wall walk with Walkers’ Britain you will receive the passport as part of your final documentation, maps and guidebook. Hikers who collect all seven stamps at the stamping stations found along the way are entitled to buy the achievers’ enamel badge and certificate at the end of their walk in Bowness-on-Solway (available at the King’s Arms pub and the Wallsend Guest House).
 

 
Want to take part in the Hadrian's Wall 1900 anniversary events this year? 
Choose from a wide range of walking and cycling trips, learn more about it in our Guide To Hadrian's Wall 1900 or talk to our team for tailored support with your planning. 

 
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