Hadrian's Wall Path Walking Holidays
Walking Hadrian's Wall Trail
Hadrian’s Wall stretches from the aptly named Wallsend in Newcastle Upon Tyne to the quaint village of Bowness-on-Solway in the west. The 84 mile (135km) Hadrian’s Wall Path takes hikers across the rugged countryside of Northern England, following the world’s largest Roman artefact. Hiking Hadrian’s Wall is one of the best ways to explore this British cultural icon. Immerse yourself while walking in the history and cultural significance of this ancient relic and its forts, listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Experience small towns and villages, as well as bigger cities, as you walk through the scenic variety of Northern England. Spend your nights in country B&Bs and sample traditional British food and drink as you walk in the footsteps of the Romans.
Best time of year for a Hadrian's Wall Walk
The climate of Northern England is renowned for being unpredictable, but then this is all part of the experience of a Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday. As you make your way across open countryside, the scenery takes on a diverse character. Different weather conditions can change from sunny skies to overcast and raining in a matter of minutes.
Popularity for walking the path goes up from Easter onwards when walkers will be sharing the trail with many others. For the best weather, plan your Hadrian’s Wall tour for July, the sunniest month. The wettest time of year is usually from October to April, coinciding with the quietest time for the Hadrian’s Wall trail. Be sure to bring the correct clothing, including a rain jacket, whatever time of year you are visiting, and additional layers for the higher sections of the trail.
Favourite Viewpoints Along Hadrian's Wall Path
While much of the Hadrian’s Wall walk is moderately flat there are some opportunities to climb a little and enjoy the stunning vistas below. Here are our top 5 favourite viewpoints along Hadrian’s Wall path.
Before you leave the centre of Newcastle, spend a little time at the castle that gave the city its name. Newcastle Keep, the main fortified tower, is one of the city’s most prominent structures and was built between 1168 and 1178. Formerly a prison, it now offers visitors excellent views of the city.
Arguably the most scenic and dramatic stretch of Hadrian’s Wall walk, Highshield Crags is one of the higher sections of the trail, crossing barren countryside with wonderful views over Northumberland National Park.
At its highest point, Hadrian’s Wall trail hugs the edge of Cawfields Crags, past a disused quarry site. From here, the views on to the Pennines are stunning.
The pretty village of Banks features one of our favourite viewpoints when hiking Hadrian’s Wall. Slightly elevated above the Irthing Valley, from here you can enjoy views of rolling hills and the medieval Lanercost Priory.
The views from Bowness-on-Solway are special for several reasons. This is the western end of the Hadrian’s Wall tour; behind are rolling hills and country lanes while in front is the beautiful expanse of Solway Firth.
Food and Drink on Hadrian's Wall Path
The cuisine of Northern England is often heavy on meats and pies, traditionally served with potatoes and vegetables that provide plenty of carbohydrates to satisfy your appetite. Typical pub food lunches and dinners will include steak and ale pie, steak and kidney pie, Cumberland sausages, and fish & chips. There will be lighter options such as sandwiches and ploughman’s lunches usually available; a great excuse to try some of the local cheeses. There are always plenty of different beers, ciders and ales to try too, many of which are produced in Northern England itself.
Why Go Walking Hadrian's Wall
Other than seeing some of Britain’s finest scenery, hikers choose a Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday for the history. Begun in 122AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian, Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s major ancient tourist attractions, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Hadrian’s Wall Path was officially opened, granting access to this historical treasure for thousands of walkers every year. And it’s not just the wall that you will see. The length of Hadrian’s Wall Path also features the remains of a number of important Roman forts and proximity to several informative museums when you want to learn more.
How to Get to the Start of Hadrian's Wall Path and Away
Getting to Whitley Bay, the start of our Hadrian’s Wall walk, is easy from Newcastle by train. At the same time, Newcastle itself has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK via road, rail and air.
At the end of your Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday you will be departing from Carlisle which is close to the M6 for road links, and a major train station on the West Coast mainline for travelling south towards London or north to Scotland for another walking or cycling holiday
More information on Walking Hadrian's Wall Path
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Our Walking Holidays On Hadrian's Wall