Hadrian’s Wall Marathon (self-guided)
- Duration: 2 nights', 2 days' walking
- Walks and Treks
- Self Guided
- 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. Completing the 24 mile hike over two days, 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 across Northumberland National Park and the Roman remains are fascinating
- 2 days' self-guided walking
- 24 miles (38.6km) and 760m (2493ft) of ascent
- Amazing scenery along the wall
- Unique mix of stunning craggy landscapes and world class Roman archaeology
- Good quality twin room accommodation
Challenge yourself to complete this famous 24-mile section of Hadrian’s Wall in 2 days. 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 milescastles 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 milecastles. 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 Chesters Museum near Chollerford or simply sit on Steel Crag and admire the fantastic views and quiet solitude.
You will need full kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable shoes. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.
Getting There and Away
By road: Chollerford is located on the B6318 a few miles north of Hexham, approximately 30 minutes from the A1 or 45 minutes from the M6.
By public transport: Take a train from Carlisle railway station [CAR] or Newcastle [NCL] to Hexham railway station [HEX] and then a public bus (680) to Chollerford (17 mins). Check travelline.info for the latest public transport information.
By air: The nearest airports are Manchester Airport [MAN] or Newcastle [NCL], from where you can take a train to Hexham railway station [HEX].
- 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.
A typical itinerary looks like this:
Day 1 - Friday: Arrive late afternoon/evening at your accommodation in or near Chollerford.
Day 2 - Saturday - Lanercost Priory to Once Brewed: Transfer to the start of the walk at Lanercost Priory. Enjoy stunning scenery and fascinating Roman remains on your challenge as you walk past iconic locations such as Great Chester Fort and Sycamore Gap before arriving at your accommodation near Once Brewed.
25km (15 miles) and 704m (2309ft) of ascent.
Day 3 - Sunday - Once Brewed to Chollerford: The day starts with a marvellous walk over Steel Rigg (one of the highlights of the walk), where you can enjoy dramatic views over the Northumberland National Park, before arriving at Housesteads Fort. These extensive ruins and accompanying museum give a great insight into life during the Roman period, taking you on a journey back in time. The walk then heads to Chesters Fort and down to the pretty village of Chollerford, where you will meet your car or use the public bus to get to the train station in Hexham. Optional extra night.
20km (12 miles) and 393m (1289ft) of ascent.
The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.
- 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.
- Taxi transfers from your accommodation to and from the walk
- Luggage transfers on walking days
- Map, guide book and phone/tablet app showing your route and points of interest plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
- Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
- Professional event organisation
- Lunches and evening meals
- Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
- Guiding - please inquire if you would like this trip to be guided