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Hadrian’s Wall Marathon

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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.

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

  • 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

About & Details

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.

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.
  • 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

Exclusions

  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £65 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £65 per person per night
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £160 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £85 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £160 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £85 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting There and Back

Getting There

By road: The centre of Carlisle is located 10 minutes from junction 43 of the M6.

By public transport:
 Take a train to Carlisle railway station [CAR], which is located on the West Coast mainline. 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

By road: Segedumun Fort at Wallsend is just 2 miles from the A19 which you can then take North or South to join the A1, or use a local taxi to take you to the centre of Newcastle.

By public transport:
 Segedunum Fort is just a few hundred metres from the Wallsend Metro Station, from where you can take a Metro train to Newcastle Railway Station which is on the East Coast main line from London to Edinburgh.

By air:
 The nearest airport is Newcastle [NCL]. Take the Metro into central Newcastle and then take the Metro out to Newcastle Airport.

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Itinerary

  • 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 Carlisle accommodation for some rest and relaxation.

  • Day 3 - Sunday

    Depart your accommodation and head home.

Notes:

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 or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. Every effort is made to fit the course around your needs and abilities.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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
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