Hadrian’s Wall Path takes you from Wallsend by the River Tyne through the remote spectacular scenery of central Northumbria, descending, past Carlisle, to the lonely marshes of the Solway, the most northerly point of the Roman Empire.
Carving through the unpopulated Northumbrian landscape, the combination of rugged beauty and history makes for stimulating walking. Along the walk are fascinating ruins and history; you pass turrets, forts and milecastles brimming with Roman history and archaeology.
Hadrian's Wall: the largest Roman artefact
In AD122, Hadrian’s Wall took the soldiers of Hadrian’s 2nd/6th legions just over a decade to build the 73-mile barrier coast to coast across England guarding the northern limits of the Roman Empire. Their astonishing achievement across England remains the largest ancient monument in northern Europe and a Roman World Heritage Site.Large garrison forts like Birdoswald were built all along the line. Stretched out between these, every 1/3 of mile, a watchturret and every mile little forts: The mileforts.
It enabled Romans to command with efficiency and speed as every milecastle turret can directly see a fort. In its heyday, this intimidating structure was manned by 10,000 soldiers.
Walking Hadrian’s Wall it is impossible not to become fascinated by the history and feeling the presence of everyday Roman military and domestic life.
The path is widely regard as one of the more accessible, less challenging National Trail paths with routes over moorland and rolling field reaching their highest point at 345m (Green Slack). However, the walk can be fairly wild in places, with the grassy paths that make up this route shifting to the craggy sandstone, typical to this area, that skirts around some of the higher escarpments off the side of the path itself.
With the wall at your side, navigation is not a pressing issue when it comes to walking the Hadrian's Wall Path. The route is also finely delineated with National Trail way-markers - not to mention the fact that you'll be well-equipped with all guidebooks and route information - so you should be able to avoid any ambiguities in navigation while out on this trail.
The customary way to walk Hadrian’s Wall is East to West, for three old accepted reasons:
Hadrian built his Wall starting in Newcastle, mainly for ease of supply of materials and military backup.
Exploration of the Roman sites progressed westwards from Newcastle, and archaeologically numbered and mapped in that direction, rather than for any walking.
When Hadrian’s Wall Path was designated a National Trail, the National Trail Guide (the only guide at the time) described the Trail in this direction. This has since changed with the support of excellent guidebooks, as well as the Harvey walker’s map which caters for both directions that Celtic Trails' supplies. Today, there are also useful mobile apps to help you along the way.
Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path from West to East is physically easier and typically more picturesque than the conventional East to West direction.
Hadrian’s Wall was built across the beautiful, but wild Northumbrian countryside. Weather on England’s northernmost border can prove unpredictable; walking eastwards, in poor conditions, you have wind and rain at your back, not driving against you.
In fine weather (come summer there is plenty), the afternoon sun is behind you, not in your eyes and the emerging light brings those far flung corners of the terrain into focus. Many classic views are arguably best seen from West to East – such as Crag Lough, Cuddy’s Crags, Sewingshield Crags and Limestone Corner.
Walking East from Solway coast to Wallsend, Roman sites become progressively interesting. Each day peels back insights and examples of everyday Roman military and domestic life as you head from Carlisle towards Newcastle-which seems anti-climactic when travelling East to West. Plus, Newcastle is a wonderful place to end your walk and perhaps spend an extra day of your trip.
For a shorter break, we've put together a five night itinerary that takes in some of the more memorable aspects of the wall's history. You'll visit some of the most significant Roman sites in the area, staying in quaint Cumbrian and Northumbrian towns along the way with our dedicated itinerary.
We can upgrade your accommodation on this trail to a higher standard to include Country Inns, Country House B&Bs, small Hotels and a charming boutique Country Hotel. As with our other itineraries - we can adjust and tailor a custom 'Classic Plus' itinerary to your needs.
We can upgrade your accommodation on this trail to a higher standard to include Country Inns, Country House B&Bs, small Hotels and a charming boutique Country Hotel. As with our other itineraries - we can adjust and tailor a custom 'Classic Plus' itinerary to your needs.
Celtic Trails 'Walk Pack' including guide book and mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
A good standard of accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&Bs with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
Daily luggage transfers (one bag per walkers, max 18kg per bag)
Personal transfers between the accommodation and path where necessary
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Hadrian’s Wall Path holidays are available to walk March to October.
Holiday arrival/departure dates: You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Britain experiences its fair share of rainfall, and its likely that you will encounter at least one downpour on your way across the wall. However, from April to September you're a lot more likely to find extended daylight hours, with dry conditions for walking.
We do not recommend walking the path in winter, when the path and the wall are at their most fragile and renovation works are often scheduled.
Airports: Newcastle Airport (served by domestic/European flights).
Tyneside Metro connects Newcastle Airport with Newcastle City Centre (30 minutes journey) and Wallsend (Segedunum Roman Fort).
Manchester Airport (served by international flights). Rail connection to Carlisle/Newcastle.
The 93 bus service runs between Carlisle train station and Bowness on Solway (except Sundays).
Car: If you prefer to arrive by car, we can make arrangements for your car to be parked at a B&B in Bowness on Solway (£5 per night).
Taxi Bowness on Solway to Carlisle - prices available upon request.
Newcastle Airport to City Centre: Your own arrangement. There will be a taxi rank outside the airport. Should you wish to pre-book, we can provide taxi contact numbers for you to arrange a suitable collection (please note that car parking and waiting time fees may apply).
Carlisle to Newcastle City Centre - prices available upon request.
Tailoring Your Hadrian's Wall Path Walking Holiday
Above are our standard itineraries; each option provides you with varying degrees of immersion into the journey - all afford you the time to take in the unconfined beauty of the Northumbrian countryside. If you would like to make adjustments to any of our itineraries, let us know your requirements when you enquire; we'll be more than happy to advise you, and provide options for your journey ahead. Call us on 01291 689774, where one of team can advise you.
Celtic Trails is one of Britain’s most experienced walking holiday companies, providing tailored walking itineraries for clients who appreciate high standards of service, comfort and organisation. We will plan your ideal walking holiday along Hadrian’s Wall Path, you simply choose when to go!
Hadrian’s Wall Path Client Reviews
4.9/5 based on 94 reviews
Celtic Trails were efficient, booked consistently quality accommodation with friendly hosts and gave useful preparation tips. The walk route / distance was nicely balances. We enjoyed our 'rest day' being able to visit Vindolanda. Fay, Brighton - October 2021
Celtic Trails were professional and efficient. Better than expected. Weather good, scenery magnificent. Great food and welcoming people. Anon - October 2021
Really good walk and very well waymarked. Very convivial as we met a lot of other walkers. Celtic Trails were well organised and took all the sweat out of planning. Possibly Pembrokeshire next. Gill Zettle - September 2021
Celtic Trails were better than other companies we've used previously, particularly instructions re: accommodations. They were well organised and met all expectations. Anon - September 2021
Celtic Trails were hassle free. Easy to arrange. Everything was fine. Anon - September 2021
Celtic Trails were efficient and responsive to my individual requirements. This was the first time I had walked alone, so I returned with a sense of achievement. Possibly Jurassic Coast next. Hadrian's Wall is a good walk for a solo vacation - well signed, well populated and nothing too isolated. Thanks for your efficient organisation. Peter, Bath - September 2021
I would describe Celtic Trails as organised. Mr N Kirkby - September 2021
I would describe Celtic Trails as a simple booking experience, leading to a stress free holiday. Much better than other companies Nick, Gloucestershire - August 2021
We have told friends / family how excellent Celtic Trails were and how well organised everything was. Holiday was good mentally, physically and for family life - a great experience. Anon - August 2021
Loved our walk pack. You guys were great. Great company to work with - detail oriented, saved the day when we had an injury. Highly recommend. An absolutely wonderful, stress free vacation. Peaceful and fun walks in beautiful countryside. Dr Katie Rask - July 2021
Booking procedure really easy. Really efficient and friendly staff. Everything went very smoothly. Would strongly recommend. Thank you Celtic Trails. Sue & Chris - June 2021
A friendly and efficient service. An inspired choice of Whitley Bay as final destination. Worked like clockwork. Much better than the company I last used - certainly very "on the ball". Christine, Lanarkshire - June 2021
This has been our only 'aided' walk. Prior to this, we carried our own luggage. We would now always recommend an 'aided' walk - much more relaxing. Long distance walking is great for the soul and for being able to visit numerous places in one holiday. Hadrian's Wall is a good walk, especially for beginners - relatively easy with lots of cultural places to visit on the way. The Roman Forts and museums were fabulous. Anon - October 2020
Altogether very enjoyable - very well organised, everything went smoothly. Good B&Bs with hear breakfast and good evening meals and packed lunches. Saw the best of the wall. Beautiful views. Sense of satisfaction at the end. Learnt all about the Romans. Enjoyed sharing experiences with other walkers. Vindolanda is a must - brilliant! Stephanie, Bristol - September 2020
Very happy with information provided. Celtic Trails were very professional and well organised. Rich & Sabine, Worcestershire - September 2020
Very efficient firm allowing you to relax and enjoy your walk. This holiday was a real boost during this covid crisis. A long distance walking holiday is an interesting way to explore new territory and it's brilliant to leave the car behind. We already have Offa's Dyke booked with you for next year. Ceri, Abergavenny - September 2020
Everything was easy, we didn't have to do anything. Well organised and we were given options where necessary. The walk was definitely enhances by an extra day to visit Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum - would recommend this to all walkers. Iryna - September 2020
This was my first booked walk and Celtic Trails made it so easy and trouble-free - I'd have no trouble in recommending them and will certainly be looking to book another walk through them. I came away from the holiday feeling I'd achieved something worthwhile and the experience was unforgettable. I wanted to experience the dramatic English countryside with a bit of history thrown in to the mix and Hadrian's Wall Path fitted the bill perfectly. The 4 - 5 day walk fitted the bill as this was my first foray in to long-distance walking. Scotland or Wales next - I haven't made up my mind. Jim, Cambridgeshire - August 2020
Celtic Trails were very well organised, with a great choice of walks to cater for different fitness levels. I felt looked after. The walk from Birdoswald to Simonsburn was most spectacular. I really enjoyed the Roman Army Museum at Walltown. It is an absolutely fascinating look at life as a soldering 1900 years ago on the wall (and very well done). Ms J. Mather, London - August 2020
Many thanks again for a truly wonderful holiday and for sorting very last minute due to all that was going on. We would highly recommend you and cannot wait for next year's walking holiday already. Your customer service, walking walks with so much detail and accommodation was brilliant and you took all the hassle out of organising a trip like this. In respect of the Covid pandemic, you covered everything to be expected. We felt very safe. Darren Barrett - August 2020
I could only use good words to describe Celtic Trails. We just love hiking.
We most enjoyed the landscape, history and our hosts. S. Jacobsen - October 2019
Excellent details of all routes each day, including to and from our accommodation. Celtic Trails was better than our previous experience - mainly due to the personalised detail that they enabled us to undertake.
Fully recommend to anyone due to the detail, both when initially making arrangements and then with the holiday itself.
Completion of the walk gave us great personal satisfaction, as well as improving our walking strength. Everyone we met, both on the trail, in pubs and in B&Bs were friendly, helpful and gave us useful information, which added to the holiday enjoyment. Anon. - October 2019
I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend. Contact with staff and the service provided was excellent, as was the Walk Pack and Walk Information. Smith - September 2019
I found the booking process easy and always received a fast response from you. When the beautiful walk pack arrived, it was such exciting fun to unpack it and I felt thrilled to start the walk immediately.
I felt very safe with you and all of my needs and expectations were absolutely fulfilled.
I celebrated by 40th birthday on the walk, but I felt so vivid and young while rambling and full of energy. After completing the walk, a friend said: "You are really relaxed!!!" Anon - September 2019
Celtic Trails took the hassle out of the holiday. I found myself looking forward to each day, rather than worrying. A great experience. L. Clark - September 2019
Celtic Trails - long distance walking made easy K. Cotart - August 2019
Celtic Trails were effortless. Everything worked as it should, the accommodation was of a high standard. We were really pleased with our choice.
Bizarrely, this was one of the most relaxing holidays I've ever had. Once I'd completed a day's walk, I felt I could just relax and unwind.
I am so glad I have completed Hadrian's Wall Path and feel inspired to undertake more long-distance walks in the future. Even the rain couldn't put me off! F. Sedgwick - August 2019
Celtic Trails provided an organised and excellent service. Smith/Barney - August 2019
Penny was very responsive and helpful always. A well-organised and reliable company. Anon. - August 2019
Thank you for responding to all our enquiries so quickly, you went above and beyond to help us when Dawn was unwell - couldn't have asked for better service. J. Litherland - August 2019
Celtic Trails were straightforward and efficient - we would recommend. Anon - August 2019
Celtic Trails is reliable and helpful and they chose excellent accommodations. Koch - July 2019
Celtic Trails organised a great trip, with excellent stops. They responded quickly to e-mails. The cab connections worked well. The planned day of rest was well times. Enjoyed the history of Hadrian's Wall and seeing the countryside of northern England and walking among the sheet and cows; the farm animals were a real treat! Anon - July 2019
Celtic Trails were helpful when booking, friendly and everything worked. Singleton - July 2019
Responsive, efficient, friendly, trouble-free experience - Celtic Trails took the hassle out of the planning.
I believe our general fitness improved - not just the walk, but the training beforehand as well.
I wanted to set us a challenge - and this wasn't too hard! We enjoyed the variety of out B&Bs, the terrain and the camaraderie of other walkers we encountered. C. Jameson - June 2019
The Hadrian's Wall trip was fantastic. Your team did an excellent job on the package and the accommodations. The maps you provided were great. J.W. - June 2019
Very well presented travel pack and good communication. Friendly, reliable, professional service. We enjoy the challenges of a long distance walk. Coming from rural Australia, we particularly enjoy the change of climate and scenery. We were attracted to this walk due to the history aspect and we were not disappointed - it was fascinating. Greag & Gai - May 2019
Excellent - great that they were able to book us with our friends in most places. Anon. - May 2019
Efficient service from start to finish. Thank you!
Life at 3 miles an hour is always good! Anon. - May 2019
Celtic Trails were wonderful. Everything worked completely smoothly.
This holiday was very relaxing. We had a particular interest in exploring Hadrian's Wall and this felt the best way, compared to our more usual single-base walking trips. g&l kIDDLE - May 2019
Tried this as our first longer distance walk because it is thought to be the easiest national trail.
Instructions were clearly laid out and it all went smoothly. Anon. - May 2019
This holiday was better than I had hoped for. Celtic Trails were very professional and delivered above and beyond. I have Parkinson's, so took this on both for its serenity and personal challenge - it delivered on both! The trails were well marked and the accommodations, amazing. J. Matterson - May 2019
The whole trip was well-organised and very easy to follow. Everything went smoothly. Out luggage left on time and was at the next destination when we arrived. I have not used a company before, but this was a great experience and I would use you again. Anon. - April 2019
This holiday gave me a metal spring-clean. J&H - April 2019
There was no stress - baggage transfer was perfect - will use you again :-) Mr & Mrs Brown - October 2018
An excellent holiday overall - service, website, walk pack all excellent. Met my expectations. Anz - October 2018
Celtic Trails met my expectations. 5* in all areas. Mr Davy - October 2018
Penny and Nathan, Thank you both for organising a most wonderful experience for us. All accommodations worked out very well and the detailed instructions day by day were perfect and always went smoothly. We liked your accommodation choices for us and the luggage transfers also went smoothly. Again, many thanks for a memorable holidays that we will remember with fondness for years to come. Anon - September 2018
We have walked with you before and you have met our expectations again. With the exception of one, the accommodation was better on this "classic plus" walk. Kohli & Melas-Kyniazi - September 2018
The level of organisation around our trip took away all of the stress allowing us to embrace the challenge of the walk and enjoy the views, the people we met and the places we visited.
The literature sent to us allowed us to plan our visits to the key historical sites along the way.
We are already talking about our next 'long walk'. Mr Telford - September 2018
We enjoyed the solitude and being able to walk at our own pace. Also, the views were spectacular. Wilkinson - September 2018
Hi Penny. Just got home and wanted to send a quick note saying thank you for all of your arrangements for our Hadrian's Walk. While I realise this is what we pay for when contracting your services, it was such a pleasant trip and that is thanks to you. From how the first night blip was handled to the sub-contractors you use, everything was wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend Celtic Trails to anyone and hope to use your services again in the future for another adventure. Anon. - September 2018
We have walked with other companies before, but we found Celtic Trails and they were very efficient by comparison.
We loved the views and the diverse company. Anon. - September 2018
"We all appreciated the personal service, speed of response and general helpfulness. First class." Charles - September 2018
Excellent service from Celtic Trails; very thorough from start to finish - the details were fabulous. The walk pack and walk information both excellent. Anon. - September 2018
We most enjoyed the varying landscape, the opportunity to visit cultural attractions and the interaction with walkers of all nationalities. Anon. - August 2018
Overall, and excellent holiday Heinemann & Brodenen - August 2018
We enjoyed the overall trip and Celtic Trails was excellent. We wish we'd booked an extra day to allow for a break and a rest. Anon. - August 2018
Our personal transfers were carried out as arranged - perfect - great service. We chose Celtic Trails as the website showed how flexible they were and there was the opportunity to make the holiday tailormade. Everything was organised and clear and we loved being out in the fresh air. There was a great sense of achievement when we reached the end and we thoroughly enjoyed the amazing scenery along the way. Mr & Mrs Barrett - August 2018
Celtic Trails more than met my expectations - they exceeded them :-) We particularly enjoyed being outside the wall as the Romans did. You appreciate hard work and engineering skills much more walking the whole thing.
What was great about a long-distance walking holidays was spending time with my husband; the teamwork and having a goal every day. Ms Bach - August 2018
We most enjoyed the company, the scenery and the challenge. A.S. - August 2018
All accommodations served our needs. The luggage service was very efficient and helpful.
Thank you for a very good job of arranging our trip.
Thank you so much. Anon. - July 2018
"We had a fantastic time. The majority of the accommodation was wonderful (and all was adequate). Celtic Trails' organisation is extremely good - thank you." Parker & MacFarlane - July 2018
Celtic Trails met our expectations. We enjoyed the experience and the historical sites. Robinson - July 2018
Celtic Trails met my expectations; their service and the contact with them was excellent. We really enjoyed the museums along the way, the scenic countryside and the signposted information about the history of Hadrian's Wall. Billington - July 2018
We most enjoyed the history and the scenery. You see more than when you travel by car and also meet people. We would book with you again but would ask more questions … we are avid walkers, but found the 6 walking days and one rest day a challenge Mr & Mrs Dempsey - July 2018
We particularly enjoyed the stunning views and landscape, as well as the peace and quiet, which allows you to clear your our heads. Thanks for a quick response on Wednesday morning when we could not do the last track to Bowness on Solway. Anon. - July 2018
We found you on an internet search and like that you catered for west to east walks along this route.
Our transfers were carried out as expected and we most enjoyed the scenery, history and the people that we met along the way. T & M - July 2018
My in-laws recommended you and you met our expectations.
Transfers were perfect (drivers were so helpful and flexible), the scenery was spectacular and the hosts were very friendly and helpful. Gentile-Wood & Smoyer - July 2018
We have never done a walking holidays before and Celtic Trails met our expectations. We enjoyed the challenge, as well as the scenery and history of Hadrian's Wall. Anon. - July 2018
The best thing about this holidays was walking the wall, the accommodations and the social evenings.
I have walked with you before and you have met my expectations again. Mr Evans - June 2018
We enjoyed the range of accommodations - little B&Bs to more established, comfortable accommodations. Hammond & Trask - June 2018
We really enjoyed the scenery, especially over crags. On the whole, our accommodation was excellent and we understand we booked standard accommodation; if I were to undertake another of these holidays, I would prefer to pay more to have accommodation of a consistent standard (we cannot rate Walwick highly enough). Mr & Mrs Rolland - June 2018
"Celtic Trails - you did an excellent job - everything went smoothly, making for a worry-free trip! We are already planning our next Celtic Trails vacation! Please thank the baggage transfer company for us - their work was excellent, as well!" Shortridge - May 2018
"Well organised, clear instructions, B&B's were of a high standard - better than expected - all very good/excellent. As this was my first experience of a long-distance walking I had nothing to compare it with. However, it has made me want to do more holidays like this. We were very lucky with the weather which helped. My 23 year old daughter also enjoyed it and it was great to spend a whole week with her in such a wonderful environment." Sutton - May 2018
"A late booking very efficiently arranged." J. A. T - April 2018
What we enjoyed most was the scenery, bag transfer and the quality of the B&Bs. A long distance walking holiday is a great way to see the country side and to get fit. M & R - March 2018
"It was a good quality family time. We have a 13yr old son. Often on holidays we end up 'doing our own thing' reading, swimming or whatever. But after a bit of a sulky 1st day we got into the spirit of it and had a lovely time; chatting and so on.
Admin was very efficient. Quick responses. Walk tailored to our needs. When the pack didn't arrive at our home, one was sent to our first B&B. We would be happy to use Celtic Trails again, excellent service." Chang - August 2017
"Most of the accommodation was wonderful, they could not do enough for you! Overall, it was an amazing adventure! Thanks for everything, Penny." S. R - July 2017
"Don't feel we can offer any comments for improvement. First class service & support. Thank you!" Molloy - July 2017
"We were delighted with the level of info. provided with the walk pack - all and everything we needed. Accommodation exceeded our expectations." Hedley - June 2017
"I enjoyed completing an ambition, walking with friends and your help to allow me to walk with my dog." Holtom - April 2017
"Incredible countryside, the views, the camaraderie which happens among walkers. Met many amazing people.
Thank you for a very memorable experience." Amerighi - September 2016
"We would certainly use Celtic Trails again – you were very efficient and responded promptly to all out questions & were very flexible." Homel - September 2016
"All went perfectly, very impressively co-ordinated.
The walk was a big challenge and we all proud to have completed it,
its time for reflection, meeting among other travelers.
It was a fabulous experience and I’d like to do it again, on another walk organised by Celtic Trails." Kollé - September 2016
"Please let me congratulate again for the rapidity and effectiveness that you have shown by organising the whole trip on a very late request of mine. The experience we had with you/Celtic Trails was excellent and we’d like to try another one in the future.
Before contacting you, we contacted another company – they told me that they could not organise the trip at such a short notice. Your attitude made the difference.
The material was complete to even to the slightest detail and such a thoroughness was extremely appreciated." Dalla Ragione - July 2016
"We had a wonderful walk along Hadrian’s Wall. Everything was perfect!
All the B&B’s were very good, wonderful people and some were really above all our expectation. Lovely. The whole trip was a great experience." Siethoff - July 2016
"We booked the more expensive trail, but it was worth every penny. All B&B’s and hotels were as one could hope for, all excellent hosts and guesthouses to return to." Berkers - May 2016
"Excellent personal service. We particularly appreciated the extraordinary efforts your staff made to meet our special needs. A very warm thank-you." Thomas - May 2015
"We had a fantastic first walking tour with Celtic Trails. It was seamless!
So relaxing to not have to worry about anything but walking.
The accommodations were wonderful! Thank- you!" Donoghue & Anninger - October 2014
“I just wanted to write and thank for organising this great trip for us. The distances worked well and the sights were great. The accommodation each evening was particularly good and a real delight.” Brereton - May 2014
"We had a wonderful walk, fantastic company, breathtaking scenery and again felt a little sad when the walk was over." Young - September 2011
"It exceeded our expectations. We'd like to add that all the people who run the accommodations provided excellent service." Fontana & Sentinanat - August 2011
The accommodations were good, as was the luggage transfer. Anon. - January 1970
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