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COVID 19 Update

Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021. Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.

There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in green spaces.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:

  • must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
  • may leave your home to exercise once per day.
  • may exercise outside of your home with your household (or support bubble) or with one other person,
  • should not travel outside your local area, but you can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
  • must wear a face covering in most enclosed public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • must not go out for exercise if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

 

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.

Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:

  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  • Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.
  • Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
  • Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest an alternative route to protect other people and protect the natural environment.
  • Take the time to read signage. Respect the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing
  • Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Trail Itineraries

This coast-to-coast traverse across northern England explores a dramatic and diverse region – with the famous World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall at its heart. Passing Roman settlements and forts, there's ancient history and great views every step of the way.
Explore Hadrian's Wall Path for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

Hadrian's Wall Path

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DAYS

7

DISTANCE

135km

Introducing the Trail

Find useful facts and learn more about the Hadrian's Wall Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile (135 km) long National Trail stretching coast to coast across northern England, from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria on the west coast.

The National Trail follows the line of the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through some of the most beautiful parts of England – from rolling fields and rugged borderlands to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle – with dozens of fascinating museums along the way.

There are route descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path and the route is relatively easy. The 23 mile (37 km) section between Chollerford and Birdoswald is the most difficult, with lots of short climbs and descents.

The route is clearly marked and it’s worth considering whether you would rather walk the Path from east-to-west, in the direction the wall was originally built, or west-to-east, which is recommended for more favourable weather conditions.

The Trail is fragile and can become muddy in wet weather so the best time to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path is between May and October. The Trail and Hadrian’s Wall are very popular in summer months, particularly in July and August.

What is special about the Trail?

Hadrian’s Wall was constructed by Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD and the Hadrian’s Wall Path is the only coast-to-coast Trail to follow a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although only a few sections of the Wall remain visible above ground, the remains of Roman forts have been excavated to give visitors a rich insight into life in Roman Britain. There are numerous museums on route, providing a fascinating insight into life in ancient England.

Highlights on the Hadrian’s Wall Path include the Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald, River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment and the Solway salt marshes with their amazing wildlife.

Latest News

Visit our News Page for the latest intersting and exciting news on the Hadrian’s wall Path National Trail

Events

Take a look at our Events calendar to find details of the enjoyable events that are taking place along the trail.  If you want, you can even add your own event.

 

Discover history every step of the way

Explore Roman forts, diverse landscapes and unique attractions, all within minutes of Hadrian’s Wall...

Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.