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An immense feat of labour, the building of the wall started in AD122 during the reign of emperor Hadrian and took 6 years to complete. Three Roman legions completed the task of building a 73 mile long wall with 80 milecastle fortlets with two observation turrets between each one and then larger garrison forts every five miles or so along the wall.
This 5-night self-guided walk along Hadrian’s Wall, from West to East, starts at Lanercost Priory and ends in Corbridge, taking in some of the best-preserved Roman sites in the UK. We’ve chosen this route direction so the prevailing winds (and any inclement weather!) are always at your back and the scenery in this direction is considerably better than the other way round. You’ll have the possibility of visiting some amazingly well-preserved sites including the following: the Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters and Lanercost Priory. The route also passes the world-famous Sycamore Gap as well as some fabulous rolling Northumberland countryside and craggy hillsides, such as those of Walltown, Winshield and Sewingshields Crags. You finish your route in the affluent and once-bustling Roman town of Corbridge.
You’ll stay in welcoming inns, guesthouses and B&B’s with hearty Northumberland breakfasts to set you up for a day of exploring.
Adult min age: 12
Arrive in Greenhead and overnight
Take a taxi to Lanercost Priory (payable locally) to discover the beauty and tranquillity of Cumbria’s best-preserved Augustinian monastery with its intact triple tier arches and cloisters. Walk back to the hotel in Greenhead along Hadrian’s Wall Path via Birdoswald fort and the longest remaining stretch of the wall. Overnight in Greenhead.
Follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path (and parts of the Pennine Way) to Once Brewed, passing the Walltown Crags, Cawfields Milecastle and Winshield Crags. Extend your walk to the Roman Fort and Museum at Vindolanda, constructed before Hadrian’s Wall as a garrison on the Stanegate Road – the first Roman frontier in the north. Stay in Once Brewed overnight.
Today’s walk takes you along Hadrian’s Wall Path past the famous Sycamore Gap to enjoy fabulous views of Crag Lough and the rolling Northumberland hills. Visit the Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum – one of the best-preserved Roman forts in the country and enjoy the interactive museum experience. Walk along the Sewingshields Crags and on to Chesters Fort before stopping overnight in Chollerford.
Follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path to visit St Oswald’s Church, then head south, away from the B-road section, towards Corbridge and Aydon Castle (closed on a Mon & Tues). This fortified 13th century English manor house is almost completely intact and has a walled orchard perfect for picnics. Continue on to affluent Corbridge to visit this once bustling Roman town and supply base. Stay in Corbridge overnight.
Depart after breakfast
Ascents, descents and distances
All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders, in many cases with satellite-based mapping software. Please note, different GPS measuring devices can give differing results, particularly on winding paths or in mountainous terrain. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter. Timings stated will vary depending on the pace of your group.
You will stay in a range of hotels, including a 16th Century Coaching Inn in Corbridge, all offering a full breakfast.
Single supplement from £ 288
Travellers from the US and EU normally do not need a visa to enter the United Kingdom. Please note, visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through.
Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.
There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for polio, tetanus and rabies (bat lyssavirus). Please confirm with your doctor or travel clinic.
United Kingdom's time zone: Europe/London (UTC +00:00)
United Kingdom's electricity: Plug type G (three rectangular pins) – 230V, 50Hz
United Kingdom's currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
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