By far the most popular way to walk a long distance trail is by enjoying the benefits of staying in accommodation. Most long-distance walks have ample numbers of Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels and Inns, giving walkers comfortable places to rest their feet, and also enjoy a good breakfast.
Giving yourself permission to settle, check your maps, talk with your host and if required have somewhere to leave your bags is really helpful. And then on your final day, a warm welcome and a relaxed evening spent in the company of other finishers is a great way to end your hike.
BookMyTrail’s itinerary guides, such as this one will always suggest this type of itinerary.
The following itinerary is for the Hadrian’s Wall Path, 7 days and 8 nights. Various alternatives exist, but this is one I have repeatedly booked for clients and found to be the best:
I suggest the following itinerary which gives a good and fairly consistent distance between each day of walking.
Travel: Travel from Home to Newcastle
Day 1: Walk from Newcastle to Heddon-on-the-Wall – 15 miles
Day 2: Walk from Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford – 15 miles
Day 3: Walk from Chollerford to Once Brewed – 12 miles
Day 4: Walk from Once Brewed to Gilsland – 9 miles
Day 5: Walk from Gilsland to Lanercost – 7 miles
Day 6: Walk from Lanercost to Carlisle – 11 miles
Day 7: Walk from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway – 15 miles
Travel: Travel from Bowness-on-Solway to Home
Hadrian’s Wall 7 day 8 night Itinerary
Staying in Newcastle city center, Wallsend, which is a few miles out of the city center or Whitley Bay are popular choices for most walkers, depending if you want to start from the Coast, or the beginning of the wall at Wallsend
Stay in Oaktree Lodge, Whitley Bay
Your 2nd night will see you located in the small village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, before you start taking on the old Military Road the following day.
Stay in Hadrian’s Barn, Chollerford
On your 3rd night you will be staying in Chollerford, a short distance from where the Battle of Heavenfield was fought in 633 or 634. The now quiet town is the perfect rest place prior to taking on the best of the Hadrian’s Wall Path.Stay in The George Hotel, Chollerford
Your 4th night will see you descend from the route at Walltown Crags to Once Brewed. Accommodation is a little sparse here, but a few options exist. Stay in The Twice Brewed Inn, Once Brewed
Gilsland will be your home for the 5th Night of your walk. This charming village is home to the Samson Inn, an excellent pub and accommodation worth your attention
Stay in The Samson Inn, Gilsland
Lanercost is a little patchy with accommodation options – most requiring transfers. I suggest the Belted WIll Inn who will always help with transfers to and from the trail.
Stay in Belted Will Inn
The walled city of Carlisle needs no introduction. Lots to see and do here, especially since this is a shorter day of walking.
Stay in Abberley House, Carlisle
With poor accommodations on the last section, and many of the best B&B’s in Bowness on Solway now closed for business I frequently accommodate my clients in Midtown Farm B&B who will assist with transfers to and from Bowness.
Stay in Midtown Farm Bed and Breakfast, Transfer to Bowness On Solway
Wrapping it all up
I’ve provided you with some helpful links to booking.com (they are an affiliate, which means If you book with them I receive a small commission). Luggage transfer can be booked separately through Hadrian’s Haul which you can find here.
If you need help booking why not check out our booking service.