Hadrian’s Wall Marathon
- Duration: 2 nights', 1 days' walking
- Walks and Treks
- March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
About this Adventure
Take on the gauntlet of Hadrian’s Wall Marathon, one of the greatest outdoor challenges in the UK. This 24 mile challenge hike along this iconic frontier of the Roman Empire is a tough day, but worth it for the feeling of satisfaction. Completing the hike in one day, you start at Lanercost Priory ticking off Roman forts and milecastles as you make your way to Chollerford. The scenery is spectacular with sweeping views and fascinating Roman archaeology,
- 1 days' guiding by qualified walk leaders
- 24 miles (38.6km) and 760m (2493ft) of ascent
- Target time of 12 hours
- Amazing scenery along the wall
- Unique mix of stunning craggy landscapes and world class Roman archaeology
- Good quality twin room accommodation before and after your challenge
Challenge yourself to complete this famous 24-mile section of Hadrian’s Wall in 1 day. Starting at Lanercost Priory to the East of Carlisle, it includes the very best gems of the wall, including Great Chesters Fort, the imposing Steel Rigg, the iconic Sycamore Gap (where Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was filmed), the vast Housesteads Fort and many, many miles castles finally finishing in Chollerford.
84 miles in length Hadrian's Wall traverses from Bowness on Solway on the West coast of England through beautiful countryside and historic cities to Segedunum Fort on the East coast of England.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, it is the best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire. Building began in 122 AD during the reign of emperor Hadrian and included the stone base of the wall, forts every five miles, a military road, defensive ditches and mile-castles. Astoundingly, a significant proportion of the wall still stands and you can clearly gain a sense of what it must have been like for the Roman Legionnaires to be stationed in this far-flung corner of the Roman Empire.
The trail is well signposted and despite the fact that it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern England, it retains a real sense of quiet wilderness. Take time out of your itinerary to visit a Roman Fort and one of the excellent museums such as Tullie House in Carlisle or Chesters Museum near Chollerford or simply sit on Steel Crag and admire the fantastic views and quiet solitude. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.
Getting There and Away
By public transport: Both Carlisle and Newcastle are well serviced by train. Your accommodation will most likely be within a short walk.
- Single room supplement £45.00 per person per night
- Extra night prior to the start (single room) £95 per person
- Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
The trip starts on a Friday and finishes on Sunday. At the start of your trip, you will meet your guide who will go through the itinerary in more detail and let you know what to expect over the following days. A typical itinerary may look like this:
Day 1 - Friday: Arrive at your accommodation late afternoon/early evening in Carlisle. Briefing with your trip leader in the evening.
Day 2 - Saturday - Lanercost Priory to Chollerford: Transfer to the start of the walk at Lanercost Priory for an early start. Enjoy stunning scenery and fascinating Roman remains as you pass by gems such as Great Chester Fort, Sycamore Gap, Steel Rigg, Housesteads Fort and Chester Museum on your way to Chollerford. Transfer back to your Newcastle accommodation for some rest and relaxation.
Day 3 - Sunday: Depart your accommodation and head home.
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. Every effort is made to fit the course around your needs and abilities.
- 2 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
- Qualified Walking Group Leaders
- Briefing, route planning and equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to fully enjoy your challenge
- Professional event organisation
- Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
- Lunches and evening meals
- Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)