Hadrian’s Wall Challenge Trek 2021

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Hadrians Wall Challenge

  • Price: £750
  • Dates: 2021
  • Duration: 7 days

Introduction

On May 2003, Britain’s 13th National Trail, Hadrian’s Wall was opened in the border country between England and Scotland. Stretching from Bowness – On – Solway to Wallsend, this fabulous walk is 84 miles long across some of the most magnificent scenery the borders have to offer. 

The trail is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and was built in AD 122 on the orders of Emperor Hadrian. The wall marked the most northerly limits of his empire, which stretched 3000 miles across Europe. The Wall, the greatest Roman defence line ever built, is a striking example of military organization and illustrates the geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome.

In 1987 the wall was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and such are the restrictions imposed on keeping such heritage site it meant that every time a signpost, fencepost or waymark was driven into the ground an archaeologist had to be present to ensure that the structure of the wall was not compromised in anyway. It took 10 years to complete this process and open it up to the public, in comparison it took the 2nd and 6th legions of the Roman Army only 6 years to build the actual wall!. in 2005 Hadrian’s Wall became part of the transnational ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’ World Heritage Site too. 

After the Romans withdrew, the wall fell into disrepair and what was once a magnificent piece of military architecture, became a ready source of material for the locals, and many houses, churches, abbeys and indeed the Norman Castles in Carlisle and Newcastle all incorporate stones from the wall.

To ensure that the wall is there for generations to come, we will ask you not to walk on the wall itself, even if it is to get a good selfie!

Itinerary

Please note that this may be subject to change, as the walk is for 2021 and accommodation, bus travel etc. may change within this time, that we have no control over. In addition, we intend to support local facilities and business whenever we can, there are parts of the wall that are remote, and the accommodation facilities may be limited, the price of the walk reflects this. 

We would encourage you to take public transport to the start of the walk, i.e. train to Carlisle and bus to Bowness on Solway, or car share vehicles. There is some parking available at Carlisle (you can get the bus out to Bowness on Solway) but be advised that cars will be there for a week, or alternatively you could arrange between yourselves to ‘leap frog’ your cars (drive to the next accommodation and after the walk use that vehicle to go back and get the other cars from the previous night accommodation). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a shuttle service for you, we will transport your luggage though to your next nights accommodation if you need this service.

Included in the price is breakfast and snacks at the refreshment vehicle only.

The different accommodation we are staying in offers a packed lunch service for the next day, so please remember to order directly when you book in that evening. Evening meals will be either in the hotels etc. or you are free to use local pubs.

We intend to walk from west to east so that we finish our walk at Wallsend and can enjoy the facilities of Newcastle for our celebratory meal. 

Day 1 Tuesday 11th May 2021 – Bowness on Solway to Carlisle

Today we start our walk from the small shelter on the Banks Promenade that marks the start of the walk for us and follow the Solway Firth and the River Eden arriving at Carlisle to spend the night at the Travelodge. Please note there is no longer any parts of the wall remaining here, the best parts of the wall are in the central section of the walk itself. 

If you require accommodation on Monday 10th May 2021, the night before the walk please advise us and we will book this for you at additional expense.

Distance: 14 Miles

Day 2 Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Carlisle to Gilsland

After breakfast, we set out for a long day of walking. We will be staying at the Gilsland Hall Hotel which is located ½ mile from wall in Gilsland. This is one of the longest days however the refreshment vehicle will be on hand to help keep up your spirits!

Distance: 18.5 miles

Day 3 Thursday 13th May 2021 – Gilsland to Once Brewed

After breakfast we will walk to Once Brewed, where we are staying at the YHA a few hundred metres from the wall. We will arrive early enough to give you a chance to have an afternoon off walking to rest, after the 2 long previous days. There is an option to catch the bus, aptly numbered AD122 (or walk 1.5 miles) to the Vindolanda Museum – don’t forget to take your National Trust/English Heritage membership cards!

Distance: 8.5 miles

Day 4 Friday 14th May 2021 – Once Brewed to Chollerford

Again, after breakfast we will walk to Chollerford and will stay at the Georges Hotel. The hotel has a sauna and an indoor pool, so don’t forget those swimming costumes. The hotel is situated a few minutes’ walk from the wall.

Distance: 13 miles

Day 5 Saturday 15th May 2021 – Chollerford to Heddon on the Wall

Today we walk the 15 miles to Heddon on the Wall, where depending on numbers we may use a variety of different accommodation facilities in the village, only a few minutes’ walk from the wall. There is an option depending on numbers to use a 4-star hostel – the Houghton North Farm, which has a self-catering kitchen, and will provide packed lunches (additional cost). There are plenty of local pubs for an evening meal or local facilities will deliver, i.e. Chinese, Indian, Pizza etc.

Distance: 15 miles

Day 6 Sunday 16th May 2021 – Heddon on the Wall to Wallsend

We are almost there, the last day of walking! After checking out of our accommodation, we will walk to the end of the wall at the aptly named Wallsend, in Newcastle. This is the site of the Roman Fort, Segedunum. After celebrating our success, we will travel by Metro back to Newcastle city centre and stay at the Travelodge. 

Tonight, we will go out for a celebratory meal (optional and not included in the cost) and relive our memories of the wonderful walk and time spent together. 

Distance: 15 miles

Day 7 Monday 17th May 2021

After breakfast, you are free to head home. If you have left your cars at Carlisle the train station in Newcastle is a few minutes’ walk from the Travelodge, where you can catch a train back to Carlisle. 

Included

  • 6 Nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation
  • 6 days guided walking led by experienced mountain leaders (fully qualified and first aid trained)
  • Support vehicle with refreshments (drink and food)
  • Safety equipment (carried by your Leaders)

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Evening meals
  • Transport to start and from end point of challenge
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal trekking kit (trekking boots, poles, etc)