The best time of year to walk Hadrian’s Wall Path

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The Best Time of Year to Walk Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Hadrian’s Wall path is a 135km long National Trail. The Trail follows the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the best-preserved Roman frontier in the world. In this short article we will look at the Best Time of Year to Walk Hadrian’s Wall Path.

You’ll get the chance to explore 2000 years of history across the border between Scotland and England. Along the way you will enjoy Roman castles, turrets and forts. All while taking in the breathtaking scenery, blustery heights, deep green valleys and even modern busy cities.

But when is the best time of year to walk hadrian's wall path?

We generally recommend walking the path between April and June, and in September and October. At these times of the year, the weather is generally mild, with limited risk of very hot or wet days. During these months the ground is more likely to be dry and walking conditions are safe. Moreover any risk of erosion and damage to the underlying archaeology is reduced considerably.

Accommodation along the Hadrian’s Wall Path is open, bus services and other transport links are running regularly, and access is good.

Avoiding busy school holidays in August also means that there are less likely to be large crowds, or sold-out hotels and inns.

Whenever you decide to walk Hadrian’s wall trail, note that weather is sure to be unpredictable, and plan for the worst.

Find out more, and book your trip at BookMyTrail, or contact us today to talk about your options.

Lets look at when to NOT walk the path (if avoidable)

Let’s start with when, if you can help it to avoid walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path – July and August.

Often the months of July and August are hot, and the attractions along the path are filled with eager families taking time off for the school holidays.

Accommodations are full, and sure there’s a lot going on but you may not get the peace and quiet you hoped for. That being said, if you are younger and wanting to walk the path as part of a break from college or university, staying in hostels this time may be perfect for you.

However, for the independent walker, looking for some calm away from the crowds avoid during these months.

May – Almost perfect, but a few bank holidays

May also tends to be a busier month, with a few bank holidays however the weather is often good in May, with the spring bloom fading, and the summer flowers beginning to show. The bank holidays do however make booking accommodation tricky if your booking late in the year

June & September – Less families, more walkers

June is often much quieter, and outside the holiday season, while September is again, the other side of the summer holidays. Both months tend to be busier with fellow walkers, yet quieter with the general public enjoying the long-distance route.

March, April & October – Quiet trails, but be careful of the weather

March, April, and October are the quieter months, however, the weather tends to be either glorious sunshine, or flooding the locality. Be warned, either is possible so don’t be disheartened if you find yourself walking 7 days in the rain. It does sometimes snow in March too.

But Whatever Your Choice...

British weather is tempremental. Sure, we get great summers here, but we can also get two weeks of rain in the middle of June. Prepare for the worst, and enjoy the best. Happy Hiking!

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