Hadrian’s Wall Path
Total distance covered; 87 miles (140kms)
7 days walking, based in Hexham
The moors and dales of Northumberland and Durham have rightly been referred to as ‘England’s last wilderness’, and the area is a walkers' paradise. The foot soldiers who patrolled Hadrian’s Wall, in 122AD the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, would no doubt have found the area rather less agreeable!
The landscape is a mixture of wide open grassland, heather-covered moorland and lush green dales. The Whin Sill, an outcrop of hard igneous rock, affords the perfect natural platform and lookout post, and Hadrian’s Wall marches across the landscape, taking in its stride a succession of craggy outcrops and undulating hills, each of which affords outstanding views across the surrounding countryside. In the least accessible areas the Wall and the Roman forts and mile castles are still remarkably intact, but even where, over the centuries, the stone has been repurposed as a domestic building material, the line is still remarkably clear.
Hadrian’s Wall and the Roman forts and settlements associated with it are designated as a World Heritage Site, whilst Hadrian’s Wall Path, which follows the Wall from coast to coast across the north of England, is a National Trail. We shall walk the route from west to east, starting in Bowness-on-Solway, and finishing at Wallsend in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Highlights will include the views out onto the Solway Firth and along the coast (designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) from Bowness-on-Solway and Port Carlisle; the views from the Wall as it crosses the high-points of Walltown Crags, Cawfield Crags, Winshield Crags, Peel Crags, Steel Rigg, Highshield Crags, Hotbank Crags, Cuddy’s Crags, Houstead Crags and Sewingshield Crags; the view down onto the still waters of Crag Lough, and the Roman forts and settlements of Vindolanda, Housteads, Corbridge, Chesters and Birdoswald.
Day 1: Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle 15 miles (24kms)
Day 2: Carlisle to Walton 11 miles (18kms)
Day 3: Walton to Carvoran 10 miles (16kms)
Day 4: Carvoran to Vindolanda 8 miles (13kms)
Day 5: Peel Gap to Chollerford 13 miles (21kms)
Day 6: Chollerford to Heddon-on-the-Wall 15 miles (24kms)
Day 7: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Wallsend 15 miles (24kms)
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