Hadrian’s Wall Walk

Hadrian’s Wall Path was opened in 2002 and proved an immediate success with walkers from both the UK and abroad. The route follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall which was constructed by Roman emperor Hadrianus between AD120 and AD128 to protect the northern extreme of the Roman Empire.

The path crosses the country coast to coast from Wallsend, near Newcastle, through the rolling border countryside of Northumberland, continuing on to the historic city of Carlisle and finally to the flat plains of the Solway Coast. At every mile along the Wall there is a milecastle with two watchtowers in-between. Although parts of the wall have been plundered for local houses, the central section is very well preserved, as are the various forts and milecastles on the way.

Our colleague James walked along Hadrian’s Wall last year. Click here to read his story.

Our Holidays

We have a range of walking holidays along Hadrian’s Wall, from a 3 day short break on the most dramatic, central section of the wall between Humshaugh and Gilsland, to a 6-10 day walk over the entire length of the National Trail.

When choosing your route, please bear in mind that the actual distance walked on any day may sometimes vary by up to 2 miles/3 km from the quoted distances, depending on the exact location of your accommodation. The mileages shown are typical door to door distances for each day.

Which Way to Walk the Wall?
We are happy to arrange the walk in either direction. Most people walk from east to west, as described here. This is the way the official guidebook describes the route, but another guidebook offers a description in either direction. Some people prefer starting in the west, as this is the direction of the prevailing wind. However, we often get easterly winds as well, and we think it’s good to get the urban bit around Newcastle out of the way early. If you’d like to start in the west, please make a note in the comments section on the booking form.

The Whole Hadrian's Wall Path

Newcastle to Bowness on Solway 93 miles/150 km

We offer 5 holidays covering the whole route, 2 of which can be booked with dog-friendly accommodation (codes ending with a D). The longer the holiday, the shorter you have to walk each day. The most popular options are 7 and 8 days.

Code Length Average per day Price range
HW7 6 days walking (7 nights) 15 miles/24 km $1231 - $1390 Full Info Book
HW8 7 days walking (8 nights) 13 miles/21 km $1384 - $1570 Full Info Book
HW8D 7 days walking (8 nights) 13 miles/21 km $1562 - $1748 Full Info Book
HW9 8 days walking (9 nights) 11 miles/18 km $1505 - $1717 Full Info Book
HW9D 8 days walking (9 nights) 12 miles/19 km $1683 - $1895 Full Info Book
HW10 9 days walking (10 nights) 11 miles/18 km $1668 - $1907 Full Info Book
HW11 10 days walking (11 nights) 10 miles/16 km $1865 - $2130 Full Info Book

Hadrian's Wall Highlights: Corbridge to Bowness on Solway

Corbridge to Bowness on Solway 65 miles/105 km

Unless you’re really intent on walking the whole official route, this is the most pleasant option if you’re looking for a longer walk. It covers nearly the whole route without spending time in the urban areas of Newcastle, where there isn't much of the wall to be seen. Many people choose to miss out the early part of the walk and start at Corbridge. There are also 2 dog-friendly options to choose from (holiday codes ending with a D).

Code Length Average per day Price range
HWH6 5 days walking (6 nights) 13 miles/21 km $1076 - $1209 Full Info Book
HWH6D 5 days walking (6 nights) 13 miles/21 km $1255 - $1387 Full Info Book
HWH7 6 days walking (7 nights) 11 miles/18 km $1231 - $1390 Full Info Book
HWH7D 6 days walking (7 nights) 11 miles/18 km $1409 - $1568 Full Info Book
HWH8 7 days walking (8 nights) 9 miles/14 km $1384 - $1570 Full Info Book

Hadrian's Wall Highlights: Corbridge to Carlisle

Corbridge to Carlisle 52 miles/84 km

This version of the Highlights is similar to the holiday above as it misses out the urban area around Newcastle. This holiday finishes at Carlisle as there is little left of the Wall beyond here, although the Solway estuary beyond does have a peaceful charm of its own. Each of these holidays can be booked as a dog-friendly holiday. Just choose the codes ending with a D if you'd like to bring your dog with you.

Code Length Average per day Price range
HWC5 4 days walking (5 nights) 12 miles/19 km $924 - $1030 Full Info Book
HWC5D 4 days walking (5 nights) 12 miles/19 km $1102 - $1208 Full Info Book
HWC6 5 days walking (6 nights) 10 miles/16 km $1076 - $1209 Full Info Book
HWC6D 5 days walking (6 nights) 10 miles/16 km $1255 - $1387 Full Info Book
HWC7 6 days walking (7 nights) 9 miles/14 km $1231 - $1390 Full Info Book
HWC7D 6 days walking (7 nights) 9 miles/14 km $1409 - $1568 Full Info Book

Best of Hadrian's Wall: Corbridge to Brampton

Corbridge to Brampton 39 miles/63 km

The Best of Hadrian's Wall holidays are popular for those with less time, or who want to concentrate on the most dramatic central section of the walk. Here the landscape is at its most impressive and large stretches of the wall still remain. This is our longest 'Best of' route, starting in the pleasant market town of Corbridge, where there is also an extensive Roman site.

Code Length Average per day Price range
HWB5 4 days walking (5 nights) 10 miles/16 km $924 - $1030 Full Info Book

Best of Hadrian's Wall: Corbridge to Gilsland

Corbridge to Gilsland 29 miles/47 km

The best of Hadrian's Wall holidays are popular for those with less time, or who want to concentrate on the most dramatic central section of the walk. Here the landscape is at its most impressive and large stretches of the wall still remain. This holiday has the same itinerary as the Corbridge to Brampton route above, but finishes a day earlier. You can also bring your dog along; please select the code ending with a D if you would like the dog-friendly option.

Code Length Average per day Price range
HWB4A 3 days walking (4 nights) 10 miles/16 km $767 - $847 Full Info Book
HWB4AD 3 days walking (4 nights) 10 miles/16 km $841 - $921 Full Info Book

Best of Hadrian's Wall: Humshaugh to Gilsland

Humshaugh to Gilsland 26 miles/42 km

This is our shortest route, concentrating exclusively on the section where the wall is intact, and the landscapes are at their most spectacular. Days are short, leaving plenty of time to look around the numerous forts, milecastles, and other Roman remains.

Code Length Average per day Price range
HWB4B 3 days walking (4 nights) 9 miles/14 km $767 - $847 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly team. Everything went very smoothly and we had a fantastic family holiday. Can’t thank the Mickledore team enough in helping us plan our walk, the quick turn around on any questions and the very clear breakdown of costs and confirmations were gratefully received.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, October 2019
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You worked very hard to facilitate a good trip. Unfortunately you can’t control the weather!

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, September 2019
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Everything was great, bags were at every stop on time. You were great at staying in contact. Great choice of accommodation.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, July 2019
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