Hadrian’s Wall Path: Tynemouth to Bowness on Solway
Explore the most extensive Roman remains in the world, walking from coast to coast across the dramatic landscapes of northern England. Visit roman forts, temples and lonely watchtowers with breath-taking views across the rugged border landscapes of Cumbria and Northumberland.
Opened in 2002, the Hadrian’s Wall Path offers 84 miles of varied walking across the rugged landscapes along the border of England and Scotland. This coast to coast trek spans some of the wildest uplands in England – linking the Irish Sea and the North Sea in an exhilarating six-day hike that explores the UNESCO World Heritage Site along the north-western boundary of the Roman Empire. There’s history at every step along with bustling market towns, country pubs and some breath-taking views.
This itinerary starts in the east at Wallsend, near Newcastle, traversing the rolling border countryside of Northumberland to the historic city of Carlisle then crossing the flat plains of the Solway Coast, where the Scottish hills are visible just across the Solway Firth. En route – especially along the wild central section – Roman remains are never far away. From the Forts at Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda, to the stunningly well-preserved sections of wall still standing atop the spectacular outcrops of the Whin Sill, it’s worth arranging some additional rest days to explore these fascinating sites at leisure.
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Hadrian’s Wall Path: Tynemouth to Bowness on Solway
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This itinerary is operated by Mickledore Walking Holidays, one of the leading specialists in self-guided walking holidays in the UK.
Mickledore have been providing self-guided walking holidays to UK and overseas clients alike, for over 20 years, with Hadrian’s Wall being one of their most popular routes.
The small, friendly team are walkers themselves. With a wealth of local knowledge, a passion for the outdoors and a focus on high levels of customer service, their aim is to bring you a holiday to remember and an appetite for the wonderful walking opportunities England has to offer.
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Starting in the vibrant port of Tynemouth, this varied itinerary completes an inspiring coast-to-coast journey across some of the most spectacular landscapes in England. You’ll follow the line of the Wall from the North Sea to the Irish Sea over the course of six exhilarating days.
Day 1 - Arrive Tynemouth
Day 2 - Metro Rail to Wallsend then walk to Heddon on the Wall
Day 3 - Heddon on the Wall to Humshaugh
Day 4 - Humshaugh to Twice Brewed
Day 5 - Twice Brewed to Lanercost
Day 6 - Lanercost to Carlisle
Day 7 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway
Day 8 - Depart Bowness on Solway
Mickledore books overnight bed & breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs. Full English or Continental breakfast included.
Mickledore always aim to book characterful accommodation close to the trail, run by welcoming hosts who understand walkers’ needs. Wherever possible, rooms are all ensuite; although in some of the more remote locations, where accommodation is limited, we occasionally reserve rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of the itinerary.
Mickledore can arrange single rooms on this walk but are not usually able to book more than two for any one group. Single room bookings will incur a supplement.
This is a demanding walk over testing terrain with some long distances between accommodation – particularly in the central sections – so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Walking boots and waterproofs are de rigueur. In high season there are connecting buses which provide the opportunity to shorten some sections of the walk and there are plenty of taxi firms just a phone call away should you need one – a list of numbers will be included in your holiday pack.
Best time of year to visit is May to September.
Some of the forts and museums take a few hours to explore properly, so incorporating an additional ‘rest day’ is recommended, particularly at Twice Brewed, where you can visit Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, and Carlisle with its historic castle and cathedral as well as the Tullie House Museum, where you’ll find lots of Roman artefacts.
Food & Drink
Evening meals are not included in the package, although recommendations are included in the detailed itinerary. Many of the accommodation providers serve excellent food, but other options are usually available within a short walk of your hotel/B&B. Allow about £20 per night. Carlisle and especially Newcastle offer an excellent choice of dining venues.
Maps, Guidebooks and 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.
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