Crag Lough

Walking The Best of Hadrian's Wall Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
United Kingdom
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W05HW
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

6 Days Flight Inclusive
6 Days Land only
Ages: 12+

Trip Overview

This 4-day 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 is 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.

Trip Highlights

  • Walk along Hadrian's Wall - the largest historical monument in Britain
  • Visit the ancient Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters
  • Walk from West to East, keeping the prevailing winds behind you (and better views)
  • Beautiful scenery with views across to the Lake District and the Northumberland Coast
  • Discover other historical buildings including Lanercost Priory and St Oswald's Church
Adult min age:
12

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Greenhead
End City:
Corbridge

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Greenhead and overnight

    Arrive in Greenhead and overnight

  • Day 2

    Lanercost to Greenhead

    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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
  • Day 3

    Greenhead to Once Brewed

    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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 8 miles
  • Day 4

    Once Brewed to Chollerford

    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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 13 miles
  • Day 5

    Chollerford to Corbridge

    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.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Day 6

    Depart after breakfast

    Depart after breakfast

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

You will stay in a range of hotels, including a 16th Century Coaching Inn in Corbridge, all offering a full breakfast.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £240.00

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Greenhead
Location end:
Corbridge

What to Take

Sycamore Gap

Practical Information

Visa

United Kingdom

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

United Kingdom's Timezone:
Europe/London BST (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

United Kingdom's Electricity:

220-240V. 50Hz. You will need a 3 pinned type G plug.

Money

Vindolanda

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.