Moderate to Challenging
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in guesthouses, B&B's or hotels
  • 1 night Langley Castle
  • 2 nights Maften Hall
Meals
  • 9 Breakfasts

10 Days$3380AUD

Overview

Trip Code: SOG8295

Trip highlights


  • Experience the scenic variety of northern England from the modern, busy cityscapes of Newcastle Upon Tyne to the red sandstone hues of medieval Carlisle, to the quiescence of Bowness on Solway.
  • Explore the barren blustery heights of Highshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park and the lime green pastoral scenes of the Eden valley
  • Trace the history of the north as you walk alongside this iconic monument
  • Enjoy the hospitality of country B&Bs brimming with personality and local charm
  • Stay in the luxury at Maften Hall a Gothic Mansion & the 14th century Langley castle
  • One of the famous National trails of Britain

The Hadiran's Wall walk stretches 83 miles/133 km across town and country, forest and moorland, World Heritage Site and National Park.The wall was started in 122 A.D. The Roman Emperor; Hadrian was having a lot of trouble with the restless natives to the north; those devilish blue painted Pictish and assorted Caledonian warriors were causing mayhem across the wild Northern frontiers and hassling trade and settlement.

It became imperative to create some kind of order and consolidate the extreme North of the Empire. The wall was built “to separate Romans from Barbarians,” across northern Britain at its narrowest point between the Solway Firth and the North Sea. In its original form it was built in 6 years. It was then extended and enhanced with impressive stone defences following natural ridge lines and with a deep ditch (The Vallum) dug alongside it. Later much of the stonework was mortared allowing it to survive the centuries to become one of the oldest structures in the country today. Small forts called "Milecastles" were built every Roman Mile over the whole of the route. At intervals huge garrison forts were built so that a counter attack or a raid could be organised at short notice.

Things are more peaceful today and much of the imposing defensive structures were dismantled and used for building and field wall stone. This means that you can enjoy “walking the wall” unmolested by Romans or barbarians, on this alternative Coast-to-Coast route. It is a great walk, with a lot of scenic variety from the red sandstone hues of medieval Carlisle, to the modern, busy cityscape of Newcastle Upon Tyne; from the quiescence of Bowness on Solway to industrial Tyneside. From the lime green pastoral scenes of the Eden valley to the barren blustery heights of Highshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park. Omnipotent along the route the Wall snakes its way. In sections interrupting a housing estate here, popping up under a road there. Then from being little more than a grassy bank it transforms into stone and rollercoasters over crag tops and down into impressive fort like structures such as at Birdoswald and Housesteads.

Countries:

England

Starting Point:

Carlisle

Finishing Point:

Whitley Bay (Newcastle)


The walk commences from Carlisle; a very interesting historical city, with a castle founded by Henry I, extensive wall and other Roman remains and then there is the cathedral. The town has changed hands several times between Scotland and England and this is reflected in parts of the town’s structure. Carlisle is quite a bit smaller than Newcastle. A lot of the buildings such as the castle and the Old Town Hall are made of fine red sandstone. Visit the Tullie House Museum for a fine collection of Roman remains. The inner city has been pedestrianised making exploration enjoyable around the market square. Accommodation: Premier Inn Central Carlisle

Meals:  Nil

As you have a second night in Carlisle, the first walk of the tour can be done in either direction. Ideally take a bus* or taxi to Bowness-on-Solway and walk back to Carlisle. The walk starts from very near the site of the former Roman fort of Maia, looking out over the Solway Firth. The trail follows a minor road and then from Glasson, joins an old railway embankment for a couple of miles. Walking through Burgh-by-Sands a short detour takes you to the point on the marsh where Edward I died in 1307, awaiting to invade Scotland yet again! There isn’t much evidence of the wall on this section as it was largely a mud construction in this area, however walking through the villages of Beaumont and Grinsdale, you veer towards and follow the River Eden, and you may get some Lakeland views of the peaks of Skiddaw and High Pike to the south. The trail is more or less parallel with the line of the wall and vallum (defensive ditch). You follow the south side of the River Eden into Carlisle passing through old industrial areas and gardens to emerge in the town near the castle. * Bus schedules have been cut back recently and it maybe better to walk from Carlisle to Bowness and return on the early evening bus; unless you are taking a morning Taxi, Accommodation: Premier Inn Central Carlisle

Meals:  B

From Carlisle the route once again follows the River Eden where you cross the river after Stanwix and through Rickerby with its Victorian folly tower. Further on at Linstock there is a medieval ‘pele’, Peel Tower that rang a bell in times of danger so that the locals could congregate within its fortifications. Back on the riverside you pass Crosby-on-Eden, perhaps in time for coffee, and follow the old Roman road or 'Stanegate' out of the village. Then a sandy lane takes you up to the old wall line, along by Wall head and Blea head farms. The trail skips across fields then joins a minor road near the village green in Newton nearby, crossing the attractive Cam Beck before once again undulating across country to the village of Walton and on to Brampton for your overnight accommodation. Accommodation: Oakwood Park Hotel or Howard Arms (the group will be split over 2 different accommodations tonight)

Meals:  B

Follow attractive cross country walking from Walton, and parts of the old Roman Road from Banks with its Roman signal turret.Then it is on to cross the River Irthing leaving Cumbria for Northumberland, and arriving in the village of Gilsand. From Gilsand the next photogenic attraction are the remains of Medieval Thirlwell castle, virtually bestriding the line of the wall. the way then passes by Magnis Roman fort and then starts the famous roller-coasting route undulating past Great Chesters Fort with views onto the Pennine hills From here its up through Cawfields Crags, through Thorny doors and then from the delightfully named Bogle Hole ascend to the highest point of Hadrian’ Wasll at Winshields Crags (345m). The views are familiar to anyone who has seen documentaries about the wall. From here you descend off the wall to your accommodation at once Brewed near the visitor centre. Accommodation: Twice Brewed Inn is situated a stones throw from the Wall.

Meals:  B

Today is a rest day. You are free to explore the area at your leisure. Accommodation: Twice Brewed Inn

Meals:  B

From Once Brewed the route ascends to the National Park at Steel Rigg, back on the wall and undulates passing peel and Highshield Crags above Crag Lough, a lake below the cliffs. Now arguably the most scenic walking section of the holiday, where the remains of the wall sit on top of the natural Whin Sill basalt ridge. there are excellent views over the “Northward Tynescape” to the Bellingham and Simonside Hills. Next you roller-coaster to Housesteads, with its famed fort and National Trust Museum. A good couple of hours will do it justice. Another spell of walking gets you to where you leave the Whin Sill at Fozy Moss and follow beside the road, which in places is on the line of the wall. The next attraction is Brocolita Roman Fortress. Nearby there is a 3rd century mithric temple with replica deity figures of the Persian God Mithras and his associates. The Walk continues on to Chollerford where there is a beautiful stone bridge from 1775 crossing the River Tyne. You may have time to visit the Chesters Roman Museum which has Wall artefacts, and great gardens with remains of the baths. On arrival in Chollerford you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation, a magnificent 14th-century castle is set in a 12-acre woodland estate Accommodation: Langley Castle

Meals:  B

As you commence walking today it might be worth taking footpaths down to the River Tyne to examine the foundation stones and footings of the original Roman bridge which are well preserved. The next attraction along the walk, is the hamlet and church at Heavenfields where Oswald King of Northumberland defeated the Welsh hordes in 633 AD, thus uniting Northumbria. Unfortunately the Northumbrians didn't do quite so well against the Vikings later on! Continuing on, the walk then largely follows alongside the road into East Wallhouses. The walk from here is now quite flattish, The National Trail follows beside the road, often along the vallum, the ditch created as a defensive feature when The Roman Wall was built. The reservoirs around Welton are good for bird life, and in another 3 miles or so there are the remains of Vindobala Fort which are really just field ridges as most the stone was removed in the 18th century. Arriving at Heddon-on the-Wall you will be transferred to your luxury accommodation at the stunning Gothic mansion - Maften Hall. Set in over 300 acres of unique parkland it's an idea place to relax and soak in the rich history. Accommodation: Maften Hall Estate

Meals:  B

Today you are free to explore this wonderful estate at your leisure. You may wish to explore the ground, indulge yourself at the spa retreat or enjoy an afternoon tea in the Orangery. Maften Hall has all the elements to create a perfect country retreat. Accommodation: Maften Hall

Meals:  B

You start the day with a transfer from Maften Hall back to Heddon on the wall. You have some final countryside walking before reaching the old village of Newburn, where the suburbs of Newcastle reach out. Walk into the city alongside the River Tyne. There is plenty of evidence of present and former industrial activity. You come into the riverside area of downtown Newcastle upon Tyne with vistas of the elegant Tyne Bridges and the city skyline including St. Nicholas Cathedral. There should be time to climb up to Newcastle Keep. Following the line of the old Tyne to Blyth railway line, you pass through the suburbs of Byker and Walker, finally reaching Wallsend. If you have time take a close look at the remains of the Roman fort of Segedunum. This is a multi award winning site, with reconstructions of a Roman Bath House and an excellent interactive museum. The museum marks the end of the Hadrians Wall Trail. From Wallsend, take the Newcastle Metro to Whitley Bay (15 minutes) for a night in aseaside town! If you have time tonight or tomorrow, stretch your legs and take a walk to visit St Mary’s Island, Lighthouse and Visitor Centre where you will experience spectacular coastal views. Accommodation: Metropolitan Hotel or The Royal (the group will be split over 2 different accommodations tonight)

Meals:  B

Depart Whitley Bay for your onward journey.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 9 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX Files
  • Return transfers from Collerford to Langley Castle
  • Return transfers from Heddon to Maften Hall

  • Dinners, lunches & beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to arrive at the first B&B and return home
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Public transport during the walks
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday

Accommodation


Suitability

Moderate to Challenging


Departure dates


Priceper person from

$3380AUD

Options & Supplements*
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Frequently Asked Questions

This is the 10 day west to east version of the original Hadrian's Wall walk that we offered (in reverse of the original route). There are two extra nights (Gilsland and East Wallhouses) to reduce the length of a couple of days

Some people may prefer going this way as the prevailing weather is from the south west

Yes you can, look for trips HWW or HWT

Twice Brewed will give you scope to have a full day visiting Housesteads and Vindolanda

Sort of! You start at Bowness on Solway which is tidal and finish at the River Tyne which is also tidal

Wallsend where the walk finishes is a heavily built up suburb of Newcastle, and Whitley Bay is a pleasant seaside resort

There are few places to stay directly on the route. You may have to walk a couple of miles off the route as in the case of Wylam, or you may get picked up at a certain spot if the accommodation is too far from the trail on occasion

Yes, it is the most authentic, wildest and dramatic part

There is no where to stay in Bowness on Solway and you need to take a taxi or limited bus service there, or back as you can do the first section of the walk either direction from Carlisle


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