“The Hadrian’s Wall Path is probably on the bucket list of many a hiker. It’s simply iconic, not just because of the wall that’s been built across the country, but because so much of it is in-tact. All the while the wall endures the local countryside, which is simply beautiful. Oh, and how can I forget the vast array of incredible places to stay, regardless of your budget. This really is a walking heaven if there ever was one”
The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, although being up there as one of the most popular walking routes in the UK also manages to be surprisingly quiet. If walking from East to West you will start from the city of the port city of Newcastle, famous for its industrial past, and now a thriving commercial hub in the North. Bars, cafes and accommodation aplenty.
A far cry from the landscapes which will be underfoot in a few days time. As you work your way through the cities, walking along the River Tyne, you will leave its banks before working your way up to higher ground, and towards the Old Military Road. This old Roman road will start to slowly take you towards the central features of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, from Chollerford to Carlisle.
The middle section defines the walk itself with amble opportunities for sightseeing, simply sublime views, and of course an excellent choice of places to eat, drink and rest your head.
The historic city of Carlisle will make a great stopping point for some, but others who want to enjoy the entirety of the walk will move towards Bowness-on-Solway at the end of the walk. This quaint little Cumbrian village sits overlooking a Nature Reserve, and its peaceful atmosphere is a distinct contrast to the busy start of your walk.
Hadrian’s Wall Path 7 Day, 8 Night Itinerary
1st Night – Arrive in Newcastle
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 on if you want to start from the Coast, or the beginning of the wall at Wallsend
Stay in Oaktree Lodge, Whitley Bay
2nd Night – Walk from Newcastle to Heddon on the Wall
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
3rd Night – Walk from Heddon on the Wall to 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
4th Night – Walk from Chollerford to Once Brewed
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
5th Night – Walking from Once Brewed to Gilsland
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
6th Night – Walking from Gilsland to Lanercost
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
7th Night – Walking from Lanercost to Carlisle
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
8th Night – Walking from Carlisle to Bowness on Solway
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
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