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Hadrian’s Wall Walk Difficulty

Any long distance walk should be assumed to be ‘difficult’, at least compared to a normal day on the hill. Why? Well because day 1-3 may be simple, however, the following days will be harder simply because your legs will wear as the days go by.

My advice to clients who want to walk their first long distance walk is to reduce your average milage to guage how hard, or easy you find long distance walking. It generally requries a different level of fitness to day walks, and that boils down to recovery time.

That being said, anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path. It’s not an easy walk, with some hard hilly sections, particularly as you get to the main section of the wall.

As for terain, the majority of the walk involves well worn, footpaths and grass. The only place where you will feel the strain of Tarmac (goodness I dislike walking on Tarmac)

Consider the extra distance to accommodations

Don’t forget, not all accommodations are based immediately on the trail. When picking an itinerary which quotes a 12-mile day, for example, add an extra mile onto that for getting to your accommodation. Now obviously not every accommodation is a mile from the trail, but this thinking will allow you to prepare for the distances involved.

Consider rain, wind and other generally ‘British’ weather conditions

That includes sunshine.

Seriously, perfect walking conditions are rare. If we are not having a heat wave in the summer, its raining, or windy. All of which make walking harder. Bring plenty of water on hot days plus sunscreen and light clothing.

As for rainy days, make sure you are adequately prepared with waterproofs and good quality walking boots.

Ok, let’s talk walking styles

There’s a few different ways you can walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

1. The Slow Travel Way

This is by far my favourate way to walk any trail. It involves taking your time  

That includes sunshine.

 

 

Seriously, perfect walking conditions are rare. If we are not having a heat wave in the summer, its raining, or windy. All of which make walking harder. Bring plenty of water on hot days plus sunscreen and light clothing.

 

 

As for rainy days, make sure you are adequately prepared with waterproofs and good quality walking boots.

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