The ‘walking season’ runs between March and October, however that offers a pretty broad window of walking, apart from 4 months of the year, deemed too miserable to enjoying this long-distance path.
Let’s start with when, if you can help it to avoid walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path – July and August.
July & August – Busy hotspots, but potentially lonely trails away from the crowds
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.