Route: From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway


In 122 AD the Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a wall to hold back the barbarian hordes threatening to overwhelm his hold on Northern England, and the outer most limits of the Roman Empire. Today this UNESCO historic World Heritage site draws more visitors than the Emperor could have even imagined!

Starting your 84 mile adventure on the banks on the River Tyne at Wallsend you follow this iconic structure across the border region between England and Scotland onward across stunning open terrain strewn with the remains of the work of both the legionnaires and the auxiliary workers entrusted with the security of an empire. Following their departure from the British Isles the wall was a source of building material for the local area, and many buildings close to the wall attest to this.

Walk the Trail suggests whetting your appetite for the walk with a visit to the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, which provides a wealth of information regarding the wall. As you travel on this epic journey through time as well as the most breath-taking in the North of England, several smaller museums and visitors centre provide you with not only a respite from the weather and the walking, but also the chance to learn a little more about this iconic landmark.

Your journey takes in milecastles, turrets, encampments, temples and forts before reaching the North West village of Bowness-on-Sea giving you the chance to photograph not only expanses of wonderful views of open countryside and native wildlife but also two thousand years’ worth of history.

Walk the Trail offers 2 itineraries along this route to cater for all levels of walker.


All our holiday packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation staying at carefully selected B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • A detailed holiday pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transport from path to accommodations if necessary
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency support.


Our holiday packages do not include:

  • Transport to and from the start and end of the holiday, unless stated.  We can help you with your options.
  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary & Costs

Walk the Trail provides 2 different itineraries for Hadrian's Wall. This itinerary is walking average distances each day and most walkers would choose this option.
A true walk along the history of the United Kingdom, impressive castles and ruined fortifications are your constant companion as you tread in the footprints of the Roman Legionnaires and the heathens it was meant to deter. Wild and rugged landscapes accompany this amazing adventure, a must do walk for those interested in history and ancient sites.

The Daily Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive
Day 2:
Wallsend to Newburn
Distance: 11.5 miles
Day 3:
Newburn to East Wallhouses
Distance: 9.5 miles
Day 4:
East Wallhouses to Chollerford
Distance: 9 miles
Day 5:
Chollerford to Once Brewed
Distance: 12 miles
Day 6:
Once Brewed to Gilsland
Distance: 8 miles
Day 7:
Gilsland to Walton
Distance: 8 miles
Day 8:
Walton to Carlisle
Distance: 11.5 miles
Day 9:
Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway
Distance: 15 miles
Day 10: Depart

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the length of your holiday including the night before you start walking and the evening after your final day's walking in good quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels. This will be en-suite wherever possible.
  • Breakfast - This may be a full cooked or continental option depending on accommodation. Evening meals can be arranged with certain accommodations for an additional charge.
  • A Personalised Holiday Pack containing maps and addresses for accommodations, pick up points and daily mileage information.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers (free of charge)
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.

Optional Extras

The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.

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5/5 Ingrid Classen
Everything was well organized and I had a great holiday. When in need of help, they reacted immediately. This was my third walking holiday organised by Walk the Trail and everything was organised especially to my needs. Brilliant service and very friendly.
Holiday Summary



8 Days / 9 Nights 10.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 2


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £937 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,874

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