Hadrian's Wall Path
News from the Trail
A temporary diversion will be in place on Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Pennine Way National Trails near Highshield Crags, in Northumberland National Park, during November and December 2023. This is to allow essential maintenance work to take place.
Weather permitting, work is expected to commence on Monday 13th November and will continue until late December 2023.
The work will see the restoration of approximately 1 kilometre of degraded path at Cat Stairs and along Highshield Crags.
A section of the national trail will be closed from Cat Stairs through to Milking Gap. A diversion will be in place to the south, following the lower route of the Roman Military Way
Please follow any diversion signs
Thank you for your cooperation.
Due to Ash Dieback, for safety reasons the public footpath will closed between points A and B whilst tree works are undertaken for up to 10 days from 10/7/23
Please follow the alternative route as displayed on the notices on site
The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2023, with a photography exhibition, guided walks, and activities taking place at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland and Segedunum Roman Fort in North Tyneside.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, is maintained on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail Partnership (funded by Natural England) by Northumberland National Park Authority and follows the line of the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through some of the most iconic natural and urban landscapes in England within Northumberland and Cumbria as well as the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle.
Neil Dawson, Chair of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail Partnership says: “The opening of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail was a pivotal moment for this great Roman Frontier. By opening access along the whole Wall for the first time, the Trail expanded heritage access to both local communities and visitors. The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail has delivered significant social, economic, and educational benefits to the communities along the Wall and helps to attract over one million visitors to Hadrian’s Wall each year, benefitting a wide-variety of tourism-led businesses and visitor experiences along the route.”
Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park Authority says: “The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail owes much of its success to the hard work of staff and volunteers, many of whom are proud and passionate supporters of the Trail. Our staff and volunteers survey and help to maintain the Trail Path as well as providing opportunities for people to access the Trail and enjoy the health and wellbeing opportunities it brings. Over 10,000 people walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail each year from end to end, with many more day visitors completing short sections or visiting specific sites. Ensuring access is maintained to such a varied, rich, cultural landscape is a privilege Northumberland National Park Authority is delighted to lead on behalf of the partnership and I’d like to thank all those who have experienced the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail for visiting responsibly, so many more people can enjoy it in the future.”
To mark this birthday for the trail, a new range of merchandise is being made available to buy online to raise funds to support maintenance and conservation of the trail. For more information, please visit HWPath20
It is almost 3 weeks since storm Arwen ripped through the North East and Cumbria, leaving significant damage in its wake. We are still gathering information on the extent of the damage to woodlands and forests and are working with the local County Councils and landowners to plan the clear-up.
We have a considerable amount of tree damage and consequently the national trail is inaccessible in places. Stanley Plantation and the woods at Sewingshields and Crag Lough are all impassable. We have some sections of the route that are temporarily closed, with diversions in place, as they are unsafe for visitors at this time.
For up-to-date information, please follow our social media channel @HWpath
Thank you and keep safe
Thanks to everyone who has supported us by buying the Trail Passport, certificates and badges.
For conservation reasons, the Passport season runs each year from from Easter to the end of October.
In line with Government guidance and the current Roadmap, this year, our Passport season will commence on Monday 12th April.
Many of the sites will still be closed to the public, but we anticipate that the Passport stamps can be erected in the outside venues for this date. The only site where this will not be possible will be Segedunum (this has a planned re-opening of May 17th – Stage 3 of the Roadmap) and we plan to put the stamp for this site in the box at the Robin Hood Inn to help alleviate this.
The Sands Centre in Carlisle is also undergoing a major redevelopment and the stamp for this site has already been relocated to the boxes at Bowness-on-Solway and at Birdoswald.
Passports are available to purchase on-line now from the Trail Gift Shop www.trailgiftshop.co.uk, as well as Segedunum in the east and The Sill, Walltown, Hunter Leisure Group and the Kings Arms Inn Bowness on Solway.
Please remember to hand wash or sanitise after touching any shared surfaces.