Highlights of Hadrian’s Wall: Luxury Mini Break
Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of a barrier across northern England in AD 122. Today, it is one of Europe’s largest surviving Roman monuments. And the 135km-long National Trail that traces the wall – from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west – provides the most dramatic walk through history.
This time-travelling mini break focuses on the highlights of Hadrian’s defensive masterpiece. From your base at a beautiful hotel, you’ll make forays out to the milecastles, turrets, turf mounds and well-preserved fortifications that lie along the wall, walking between a succession of fascinating sites, enjoying view after incredible view. You’ll stretch your legs on paths tramped by legionnaires and get a real insight into what ancient Roman life was like, exploring millennia of history at your own pace.
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Walks around 8km
Easy / Moderate
High Hills & Moorland / Rolling Countryside
History / Food & Drink
Activities & Experiences
Walking / Heritage
Highlights of Hadrian’s Wall: Luxury Mini Break
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This itinerary has been created by The Carter Company, who specialise in luxury self-guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe. The Carter Company prides itself on booking superior accommodation in quality hotels and boutique B&Bs, and drawing on unrivalled local knowledge to provide real ‘insiders’ tours.
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Take an extraordinary stroll through history. This gentle short break combines a stay in an indulgent hotel with walks along some of the finest sections of Hadrian’s Wall and visits to the eye-opening archaeological sites along its length, plus incredible views over Northumberland, Cumbria and across the Scottish border.
Day 1 Arrive in Roman Britain
Day 2 Walk to Birdoswald
Day 3 To Vindolanda
Day 4 Head for Housesteads
Day 5 Homeward Bound
This trip includes four nights in top-class ensuite accommodation with full breakfast. It could be based at any of three luxury hotels: Farlam Hall, a traditional house in the Cumbrian countryside; Langley Castle, in the South Tyne valley near Hexham; or Walwick Hall, near Chesters Roman Fort. There are also plenty of classic inns in the area too.
Food & Drink
There is lots of great local food and drink to be found in Hadrian’s Wall Country – look out, in particular, for Northumbrian stotty cakes, locally brewed ales and (at Birdoswald) the chance to try an authentic Roman burger. We can offer restaurant recommendations.
This grade of this tour is relatively easy, with some undulating sections. Walks could made longer if required.
- Banks Turret to Gilsland, 8km
- Great Chesters to Once Brewed, 8km
- Once Brewed to Vindolanda, 3km
- Carrawburgh Roman Fort to Housesteads, 8km
There’s heritage aplenty in this region. As well as Roman sites, take in ancient abbeys and state-of-the-art museums. There is also plenty to see and do in nearby Carlisle and Newcastle.
- Housesteads Roman Fort – Impressive archaeology, high on an escarpment.
- Vindolanda – Huge Roman construction and garrison base; extensive archaeological site and world-class museum.
- Birdoswald Fort – Best-preserved Roman fort, on the longest intact section of Hadrian’s Wall.
- Lanercost Priory, near Brampton – Augustinian priory, famed for its involvement in the Anglo-Scottish wars.
- Corbridge Roman Town – Remnants of a Roman town; also home to the Corbridge Collection of artefacts, the largest of the Hadrian’s Wall collections.
- Chesters Roman Fort & Museum – Most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.
Transfers to the start and end of the walks each day (as specified) are included in the holiday.
The walks are graded fairly gentle, with some undulating sections. Walks could made longer if required. The trip is paced so that you have plenty of time to explore the Roman sites as well as enjoy the walking. There is plenty to see and do in Carlisle and Newcastle at either end too, if you want to extend your trip.
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Maps, Guidebooks & Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.