Trail Itineraries

This coast-to-coast traverse across northern England explores a dramatic and diverse region – with the famous World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall at its heart. Passing Roman settlements and forts, there's ancient history and great views every step of the way. Explore Hadrian's Wall Path for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

Hadrian's Wall Path

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DAYS

7

DISTANCE

135km

Trail Information

Find useful facts and learn more about the Hadrian's Wall Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile (135 km) long National Trail stretching coast to coast across northern England, from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast.

The National Trail follows the line of the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through some of the most beautiful parts of England – from rolling fields and rugged borderlands to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle – with dozens of fascinating museums along the way.

Exploring the Trail

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path and the route is relatively easy. The 23 mile (37 km) section between Chollerford and Birdoswald is the most difficult, with lots of short climbs and descents.

The route is clearly marked and it’s worth considering whether you would rather walk the Path from east-to-west, in the direction the wall was originally built, or west-to-east, which is recommended for more favourable weather conditions.

The Trail is fragile and can become muddy in wet weather so the best time to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path is between May and October. The Trail and Hadrian’s Wall are very popular in summer months, particularly in July and August.

What is special about the Trail?

Hadrian’s Wall was constructed by Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD and the Hadrian’s Wall Path is the only coast-to-coast Trail to follow a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although only a few sections of the Wall remain visible above ground, the remains of Roman forts have been excavated to give visitors a rich insight into life in Roman Britain. There are numerous museums on route, providing a fascinating insight into life in ancient England.

Highlights on the Hadrian’s Wall Path include the Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald, River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment and the Solway salt marshes with their amazing wildlife.

Discover history every step of the way

Explore Roman forts, diverse landscapes and unique attractions, all within minutes of Hadrian’s Wall...

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