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Hadrian’s Wall is the best history walk to trace 2000 years

“Hadrian’s Wall follows in the footsteps of Roman Centurions tracing 2000 years along the battlement across beautiful countryside. Admire far-reaching views of the Wall from Wallsend, Cawfields, Walltown Crags and Gilsland. And encounter milecastles, Segedunum, Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Birdoswald Roman Forts.” ~ Contours Walking Holidays


In AD 122 Emperor Hadrian was well known for many of his building projects, but possibly best known for Hadrian’s Wall. He ordered the construction of the wall across northern England to hold back the advancing Barbarians. Despite the ransacking of the centuries, Hadrian’s Wall remains the largest ancient monument in northern Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking it is the best way to appreciate it, and the ruggedly beautiful surrounding countryside, following in the footsteps of these Legionnaires.

Hadrian’s Wall Path is one of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales. The Trail is 84 miles (135km) from coast to coast. And most walkers allow around 7 days to walk the trail, also taking time to visit the many attractions along the way. 

You can concentrate on the Wall itself or sample some of the hidden gems just waiting to be discovered – the choice is yours.

It passes through some of England’s most beautiful and dynamic landscapes – the forces that shaped the island’s geography left behind a kaleidoscope of scenery – from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.

Hadrian’s Wall itinerary

Best History Walk, Hadrian's Wall

+ Package Itinenary

Day 1
Travel to Wallsend where your first night will be booked.
Day 2
Walk Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 miles (24km).
Day 3
Walk Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford. 15 miles (24km).
Day 4
Walk Chollerford to Once Brewed. 12 miles (19km).
Day 5
Walk Once Brewed to Gilsland. 8 miles (13km).
Day 6
Walk Gilsland to Walton. 8 miles (13km).
Day 7
Walk Walton to Carlisle. 11 miles (18km).
Day 8
Walk Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway. 14.5 miles (23km).
Day 9
Depart from Bowness-on-Solway after breakfast.


Walking highlights:

  • Following in the footsteps of Roman centurions as you encounter milecastles and forts along this World Heritage Site.
  • Tracing two thousand years of history across beautiful countryside.
  • Encountering Segedunum, Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Birdoswald Roman Forts.
  • Admiring the far-reaching views of the Wall from Wallsend, Cawfields, Walltown Crags and Gilsland.

For further information contact Contours Walking Holidays

B&B accommodation is arranged prior to departure and you are provided maps and a guidebook describing the route. Luggage is transported between overnight stops.

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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!


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