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Hadrian's Wall Walking Country

Northern England

  • Duration: 4 nights, 4 days' walking
  • Walks and Treks
  • Self Guided
  • Moderate
  • April, May, June, July, August, September, October

About this Adventure

Walking from the market town of Brampton on the outskirts of Carlisle to the pretty village of Corbridge, the trail takes in the beautiful countryside of the Northumberland National Park to the south of the wall as well as the most iconic and best preserved sections of this remote frontier of the Roman Empire. Enjoy the unique mix of dramatic craggy landscapes, peaceful farmland, woods and world class Roman archaeology as you explore this corner of England

Quick Facts

  • Self-guided walking from Brampton to Corbridge
  • Experience the best of Hadrian’s Wall Country
  • Total of 39 miles (63km) and 1,400m (4,600ft) of ascent
  • Enjoy the unique mix of stunning craggy landscapes and world class Roman archaeology and imagine what life must have been like here as a Roman soldier

More Information

This 39-mile trail over 4 days combines the very best preserved and most iconic sections of Hadrian’s Wall with attractive walking around Brampton and Corbridge in the Northumberland National Park. Starting in Brampton, 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 Corbridge.

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 remote corner of the Roman Empire.

Despite the fact that the trail has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern England, it retains a real sense of quiet wilderness. Make time in your itinerary to visit a Roman Fort or 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. We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, transfers to the walk and detailed support to help you find your way. 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.
The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing. We are  happy to provide this event for solo travellers for a supplement of £45pp per night. For groups with odd numbers there is a supplement of £30 per night per group.

Getting There

By road: Brampton is located on the A69 approximately 1 hour from the A1 or 10 minutes from the M6.

By public transport:
Take the 685 bus from Carlisle bus station to the centre of Brampton. Alternatively take a train to Brampton train station, however, please note that the station is located 35 minutes' walk from the town centre. Check for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airports are Manchester Airport [MAN] or Newcastle [NCL].

Getting Away

By road: Corbridge is located just off the A69 approximately 22 minutes from the A1 or 50 minutes from the M6.

By public transport:
Take the #85 bus from Corbridge to Carlisle. To Newcastle, walk to Corbridge train station, which takes about 10 minutes and take the train to Newcastle railway station. Check for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airports are Manchester Airport [MAN] or Newcastle [NCL].

Optional Extras

  • Solo traveler room supplement £45.00 per person per night
  • Odd number supplement for group bookings £30 per night
  • Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.


A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day 1: Arrive at your accommodation in or near Brampton.

Day 2 – Brampton to Gilsland: Head northwards out of Brampton to Lanercost Priory and enjoy pleasant walking beside a well-preserved section of the wall. In parts, the wall rises to over 1m high and is dotted with the remains of mile castles. The River Irthing is a constant companion as the route leads to the first Roman Fort on the walk, Birdoswald, where there is also a good museum and on-going archaeology. After this, it’s a short walk down into the former spa village of Gilsland.
13.8km (9 mile) and 271m (889ft) of ascent.

Day 3 – Gilsland to Once Brewed: Enjoy stunning scenery and fascinating Roman remains as you pass by Thirlwall Castle and up onto the craggy moorland above Walltown Quarry. Here you can spot rare grassland flora on this dramatic section of the wall as it sweeps along the edge of the escarpment. Highlights include Great Chesters Fort and Winshields Crags, the highest point on the route. Our walk ends in Once Brewed.
13.9km (9 miles) and 454m (1,490ft) of ascent.

Day 4 – 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.
19.8km (12 miles) and 393m (1,289ft) of ascent.

Day 5 – Chollerford to Corbridge: Our final day’s walk takes us from Chollerford over Accomb Fell, past the splendid Aydon Castle and into the attractive town of Corbridge. At its peak in the Roman period, Corbridge was a bustling town and supply base where Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions. Today, it’s renowned for its quaint shops and medieval architecture.
15.1km (9.4 miles) and 283m (929ft) of ascent.

The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.


  • 4 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
  • Professional event organisation
  • Taxi transfers from your accommodation to and from the walk where applicable
  • Map, guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip


  • Travel to or from the start and finish points of the trip
  • 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 option

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