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Hadrian’s Wall Marathon (Self-Guided)

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Hadrian’s Wall Marathon (Self-Guided)

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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.

We recommend walking Hadrian’s Wall West to East (left to right). The reason for this is that the prevailing winds in the UK are from the West, meaning you will, in all likelihood, have the wind on your backs during the walk. This is a much nicer way of walking. Our itineraries follow this schedule. We can of course organise the same itinerary ‘the other way round’. Should you prefer this, then please just let us know at point of booking.

Quick Facts

  • 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

About & Details

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.
The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing.

Inclusions

  • 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
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 £60 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Odd group supplement £60 per group per night
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £120 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) £120 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

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 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 Hexham railway station [HEX].

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive late afternoon/evening at your accommodation in or near Chollerford.

  • Day 2 - 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 - 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.  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. 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. Any timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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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
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • 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
20+ years adventure organisation experience
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Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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