Hadrian's Wall Long Distance Path Directory

A long distance walk and National Trail of 85 miles in the north of England. The walk follows the route of the Roman wall, built in the 2nd century, to maintain security in occupied England and keep out raiders from Scotland. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Hadrian's Wall between Sewing Shields and Housesteads
Hadrian's Wall between Sewing Shields and Housesteads

The Hadrian's Wall Path follows a riverside route along the Tyne gives way to arable farmland above Tynedale. This opens out to a rough grazing upland section dominated by the Whin Sill escarpment. It then gradually descends to the richer pastures of Cumbria and finally the open salt marsh of the Solway Estuary. Highlights on the route include the Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald. Other highlights include the River Tyne bridges; Whin Sill escarpment and Solway salt marshes.

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The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Hadrians Wall Dedicated comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.
National Trails of Great Britain Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.

The best web sites for Guided Walking:
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The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Lake District Baggage Transfer provide a reliable baggage transfer service, collecting your bags each morning and delivering to you onward accommodation, whether that be a hotel, hostel, B&B, Airbnb or certified campsite.
Absolute Escapes offer self-guided walking packages including accommodation and baggage transfer for the whole walk.
The Walking Holiday Company have a range of itineraries and route options for the walk all including accommodation and baggage transfer for the whole walk.
Contours Full range of self guided services. Three alternatives to the walk offered.
Hillwalk Tours specialises in long distance walking services for trails in Ireland and the UK and including Hadrian's Wall.
Wandering Aengus Treks are based in the Lake District and provide a self guided walk service to walkers of Hadrian's Wall.
Macs Adventure Specialises in self-guided walking holidays and small group guided walking holidays in Scotland and the North of England & include Hadrian's Wall.
Discovery Travel Full self guided walking service.
Celtic Trail Full self guided walking service.
Mickledore Full support service. Has an option for a leisurely walk with shorter stages.
Sherpa Van Renowned baggage transfer service. Accommodation also organised on request if the baggage service is used. Full costs of the service are provided online.
Walkers Baggage Transfer Local provider of baggage transfer services.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
Hadrians Wall Includes a comprehensive web listing of accommodation on the route.
Independent Hostels Guide specialise in independent hostels and bunkhouses on and near the route.
Tantallon House Highly recommended. For a stop over near Brampton and close to the wall this should be your first choice to enquire about availability while on the walk.
The best personal journals of the walk:
Mike Brockhurst Comprehensive journal of the walk completed in 2012. Includes statistics, tracklogs and photographs of each stage.
Peter Donaghy A photographic journal by Peter who walked with his wife and friends.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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