Location: North England - Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside
Length: 140km (84miles)
Average number of days to complete: 7 days
Users: Walkers only in Cumbria & Northumberland. Within Tyneside 19 km - (14% of the total route) is shared with cyclists on an urban cycleway.
Highest point: Whinshields Crags 345m (1130 ft)
Start/Finish point: Segedenum Roman Fort at Wallsend on Tyne
Start/Finish point: Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast
Ordnance Survey Maps:
- Explorer Map 316 Newcastle
- Explorer OL43 Hadrian's Wall
- Explorer Map 315 Carlisle
- Explorer Map 314 Solway Firth
Landscape: A riverside route along the Tyne gives way to predominantly arable farmland above Tynedale. This opens out to the rough grazing upland section dominated by the Whin Sill escarpment. It then gradually descends to the richer pastures of Cumbria and finally the open salt marsh of the Solway Estuary.
Highlights: Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads, Birdoswald, River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment; well preserved Roman masonry and earthworks, Solway salt marshes.
Famous Associations: Emperor Hadrian, George and Robert Stephenson; novelist Sir Walter Scott; singer Sting; footballer Alan Shearer.
Trail Officer's favourite part: Segedunum Roman Fort because of its presentation; Walltown section of Wall, one of the best preserved sections but the least known; Birdoswald Roman Fort with its expansive views; Solway estuary because of its bird interest.
Nearest Towns: Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Carlisle are the main towns on the route. Hexham is 7 km (5 miles); Haltwhistle 5 km (3 miles); Brampton 6.5 km (5 miles).
Access: Newcastle-upon-Tyne is 3 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train, Carlisle is 4.5 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train. The Hadrianís Wall bus serves the above plus Corbridge, Hexham, Greenhead, Gilsland and Brampton. Segedenum can be reached by metro from Newcastle (10 minutes from Central Station). Bus services operate from Carlisle to Bowness-on Solway (take 40 minutes).
Information available: National Trail Guide - Aurum Press £12.99 ISBN 978 1 84513 567 6; ďEvery Footstep CountsĒ (code of respect for Hadrianís Wall World Heritage Site) from National Trail Officer; Where to Stay Guide.
For general information about visiting Hadrian's Wall World Heritage contact the main Tourist Information Centres:
Maryport: 01900 811 450
Carlisle: 01228 625 600
Hexham: 01434 652 220
Newcastle; 0191 277 8000
To request a copy of the 2013 Where to Stay Guide e-mail: email@example.com
National Trail Officer: David McGlade, Hadrian's Wall Heritage Limited, East Peterel Field, Dipton Mill Road, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 2JT. E-mail: David.Mcglade@hadrianswallheritage.co.uk Tel: 00 44 (0) 1434 609700.