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Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

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Hadrian’s Wall Highlights

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Walk through history and take in the the highlights of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  You will walk 31 miles over 3 days starting in the Hamlet of Newtown, east of Carlisle.  The scenery is spectacular with sweeping views across Northumberland National Park and includes the very best gems of the wall; Great Chesters Fort, the imposing Steel Rigg, the Sycamore Gap (where Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was filmed), the vast Housesteads Fort and many, many milescastles finally finishing in Chollerford.

Walk from West to East to follow the prevailing winds during the months of April – October.  This way you can walk with the wind on your back.  Should you however prefer to walk East to West then we can, of course, simply reverse the itinerary for you. Just let us know and we will arrange this.

Quick Facts

  • 3 days’ self-guided walking (first night’s accommodation in Brampton)
  • 31 miles (50km) and 1210m (3979ft) of ascent
  • Amazing scenery along the wall
  • Unique mix of stunning craggy landscapes and world class Roman archaeology
  • Good quality twin room accommodation

About & Details

Walk what is undoubtedly the most beautiful section of this iconic trail steeped in history.  Spanning 84 miles in length, the 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 and 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 with 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.
The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing.

Inclusions

  • 3 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 transfer from Brampton to the start of your walk in Newtown.
  • Luggage transfers on walking days.
  • Map and guide book.
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip.
  • Professional event organisation.
Exclusions
  • 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.

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £45 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Odd group supplement £45 per group 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.

Getting There and Back

Getting There

By road: Brampton is located a few miles east of Carlisle.

By public transport:
Take a train to Carlisle railway station [CAR], which is located on the West Coast mainline and then use the local bus service to Brampton.   Check traveline.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 Carlisle railway station [CAR].

Getting Away

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 the bus from Cholleford to Hexham railway station  that connects to Carlisle and Newcastle railway stations.  Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

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

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and when you arrive in Cholleford, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Cholleford at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive at your accommodation in Brampton

    Arrive late afternoon/evening at your accommodation in Brampton.

  • Day 2 - Newtown to Gilsland

    Transfer to the start of your walk in Newtown.  Today is filled with Roman landmarks, spot turrets, mile castles, the fort of Birdoswald and a substantial section of the wall before arriving above the River Irthing gorge into Gilsland.

    16km (10 miles) and 314m (1,030ft) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Gilsland to Once Brewed

    Enjoy stunning scenery and fascinating Roman remains as you continue on the trail by Thirlwall Castle before passing by Carvoran Roman Army Museum. The route continues onto Walltown Crags and stays close to The Wall, past the remains of Roman Forts as it follows the contours of the land down to Caw Gap, then up onto Windshield Crags, the highest point on the Hadrian’s Wall Path.  Take time to admire the stunning views across the surrounding countryside before leaving the Wall Route at the Steel Rigg carpark and heading a short way downhill to the Hamlet of Once Brewed.

    14km (9 miles) and 506m (1660ft) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Once Brewed to Cholleford

    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.  Here you can use the public bus service to get to the train station in Hexham.  The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.

    20km (12 miles) and 393m (1289ft) of ascent.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.  It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary.

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Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
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  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
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  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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