Hadrians Wall Self Guided Holiday | Load off Your Back
Walk the Hadrian's Wall Path
From Newcastle to Bowness on Solway
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About the Trail:

Facts: The UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall is a majestic and staggering monument to Roman ingenuity, stretching 84-miles from the vibrant and proud North Sea city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to the peaceful solitude of the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea coast. Hadrian built the wall between AD 120-128 to mark and defend the northern boundary of the empire, and even today this remains a remarkable monument.

All our routes recommend walking the path from east to west, and the middle sections in particular pass through some of the most remote and spectacular country in Britain, little changed since the Romans left. The path stays close to the remains of the wall for much of its length.

Highlights: Hadrian's Wall passes through the beautiful and unique Northumberland National Park and is littered with Roman turrets, temples and forts including outstanding Vindolanda and Housesteads.

You can take time from the trail to visit these well preserved sites.The trail rarely ventures far from the course of the wall and the scenery on this epic walk is as majestic as the history and takes in distant panoramas of The Pennines, Scotland and the peaks of The Lake District. Take a look at the route options for walking the path for a holiday with a duration and daily walking distance to suit you.

The nature of the Trail:

Anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The part between Chollerford and Birdoswald (west of Gilsland) is a switchback with many of short ascents and descents; it is similar to walking along the coast. The path has mostly a grassy surface; only the Tyneside section (on approach to Wallsend) is tarmac. Direction-finding is not difficult and the trail is very well signposted with the acorn symbol as well as way marking arrows. The maximum ascent on this path is 326 meters (1,070ft).

As a guided holiday: You might also be interested in walking the Hadrian's Wall National Trail in an organised group as part of our Ramblers Walking Holidays programme.

Newcastle to Bowness on Solway - 5 Days

5 days walking
6 nights accommodation
84 miles /135.5km
From:
£405  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£15 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£20  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Newcastle area
Day 1 - Newcastle to East Wallhouses (18 miles / 29 km)
Day 2 - East Wallhouses to Chollerford (9 miles / 14½km)
Day 3 - Chollerford to Gilsland (21 miles / 33½ km)
Day 4 - Gilsland to Carlisle (18½ miles / 29½ km)
Day 5 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Bowness on Solway after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Newcastle to Bowness on Solway - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
84 miles /134km
From:
£455  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£15 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£20  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Newcastle area
Day 1 - Newcastle to Heddon on the Wall (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 2 - Heddon on the Wall to Chollerford (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 3 - Chollerford to Once Brewed (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 4 - Once Brewed to Haytongate (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 5 - Haytongate to Carlisle (13 miles / 21 km)
Day 6 - Carlilse to Bowness on Solway (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Bowness on Solway after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Newcastle to Bowness on Solway - 8 Days

8 days walking
9 nights accommodation
84.5 miles /135.5km
From:
£560  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£15 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£20  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Newcastle area
Day 1 - Newcastle to Newburn (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 2 - Newburn to East Wallhouses (9½ miles / 15 km)
Day 3 - East Wallhouses to Chollerford (9 miles / 14½km)
Day 4 - Chollerford to Once Brewed (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 5 - Once Brewed to Gilsland (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 6 - Gilsland to Walton (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 7 - Walton to Carlisle (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 8 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Bowness on Solway after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Newcastle to Bowness on Solway - 9 Days

9 days walking
10 nights accommodation
84.5 miles /135km
From:
£625  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£15 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£20  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Newcastle area
Day 1 - Newcastle to Newburn (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 2 - Newburn to East Wallhouses (9½ miles / 15 km)
Day 3 - East Wallhouses to Chollerford (9 miles / 14½km)
Day 4 - Chollerford to Once Brewed (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 5 - Once Brewed to Greenhead (7 miles / 11 km)
Day 6 - Greenhead to Walton (9 miles / 14½km)
Day 7 - Walton to Carlisle (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 8 - Carlisle to Burgh by Sands (7 miles / 11 km)
Day 9 - Burgh by Sands to Bowness on Solway (7½ miles / 12 km)
Departure - Departure from Bowness on Solway after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Hadrian's Wall Path. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    There is a railway station at the start of the trail in Newcastle which is linked well with London King's Cross. Upon arrival in Newcastle you can take the Metro to get to the Monument, the start of the trail. At the end of the trail there is a railway station in Carlisle which is the closest one to Bowness-on-Solway. Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    Good to know:

    The AD122 Hadrian's Wall Country Bus is perfect for those who want to quickly reach different points along the trail. In 2017, it operates from 14 April until 01 October and connects Hexham with Haltwhistle stopping along the major Roman Walls sites along the route. The timetable can be found on the Hadrian's Wall Country Bus website.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

    "Having completed and enjoyed our walk.We would like to thank you for a well organised holiday. Everything went to plan, the accommodation was excellent, a truly great experience." Ken B.

    "We have recently returned from walking Hadrian's Walk (on a holiday organised by Load Off Your Back) and felt that we must let you know how much we enjoyed the experience. The organisation was superb. Our luggage was moved on each day without any hitches. Our accommodation was first class - beautifully appointed rooms and a very substantial breakfast each morning. (...) many, many thanks for a wonderful holiday (the weather was glorious - only two short spells of rain and not too hot!). We will certainly recommend Load Off Your Back to others and will use you again when we decide to tackle our next long distance walk." Margaret S.

    "Thank you very much for organising such a lovely holiday walking Hadrian's Wall Path (...). Overall the holiday was a great success. Your organisation was perfect and timely. The lengths of each day's walk were well judged. The accommodation was always good (...). The baggage transfers were faultless. I found the walk to be very interesting with lots of historical sites to visit. Even the first day's walk through Newcastle was fascinating. All the maps, guides and assorted information were helpful. I would definitely use your services for future holidays. Once again thank you for arranging such a happy and stress-free holiday." Philip M.

    "The walk was fantastic, the weather was brilliant and the baggage transfer worked perfectly. Most of the accommodation was first class (...) All in all a fantastic experience." John N.

    "Thank you very much indeed for all the arrangements you made for our Hadrian's Wall adventure. Everything worked seamlessly and we had a most wonderful week. The taxis you organised were right on time and the baggage transfers ensured our cases were always waiting for us at the end of each day's walk. The accommodation was all very well situated and (...) of the highest standard. (...) We couldn't have been luckier with the weather. Every day was clear, bright and still, with a temperature perfect for walking. The daily distances were just right. This and the weather meant we could enjoy every aspect of the trip: beautiful views, lovely fresh air and of course the history and culture which we had plenty of opportunity to absorb with the help of the magnificent Trailblazer book. Very many thanks again, and we look forward to consulting you about a further section of the South West Coast Path which we hope to tackle sometime next year." Carol and David E.

    "Excellent holiday, all went well, helped by perfect weather. All accommodation good (...) and baggage transfer worked efficiently. Hope to go on another Load Off Your Back holiday next year." Ed and Margaret K.

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