Hadrian's Wall Short Break

Hadrian's Wall Short Break

A short walking break between Chollerford and Lanercost taking in the finest parts of Hadrian's Wall.

3 to 4 nights
27 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £300 per person

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About this route

This condensed walking holiday is the perfect way to explore the Roman frontier of Hadrian's Wall even if you only have three or four days available to fully enjoy it.

Between Chesters Fort in the village of Chollerford and the ruined priory at Lanercost, this 26-mile taster break follows the most dramatic section of Hadrian’s Wall. It makes sure to include the most important archaeological digsites, as well as plenty of excellent scenery, effectively packing this walk with countless discoveries along the way.

This route can also be travelled in the opposite direction if preferred. Select the ‘Reverse tours’ option when choosing your itinerary.
© Contours Walking Holidays Hadrian's Wall Short Break map
Chollerford to Lanercost
27 miles (43 km)
1st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Filling a long weekend or midweek break with a foray into Roman history.

Visiting the often-overlooked treasures on Hadrian’s Wall Path, including the Temple of Mithras, Saxon burial cists, and medieval shielings.

Making sure not to miss Chesters, Housesteads, Vindoland and Birdoswald Roman Forts.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
HWPSB1 From Chollerford to Lanercost(L) 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding£300
HWPSB2 From Chollerford to Lanercost(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£400

Hadrian's Wall Short Break - East to West 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Chollerford where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Chollerford to Once Brewed. 12 miles (19.5km) / 1558 ft (475 m) ascent

Day 2

Once Brewed to Lanercost(L). 14.5 miles (23km) / 1096 ft (334 m) ascent


Depart from Lanercost(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Consider spending an extra night at Chollerford if you wish to explore Cilurnum (Chesters) Roman fort and study the Clayton Collection at Chesters Museum.

The hamlet of Once Brewed is a good choice for a rest day if you want to fully explore the Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 26.5 miles (42.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: HWPSB1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 1st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Chollerford
End of holiday: Lanercost(L)

Route Profile

Hadrian's Wall Short Break - East to West Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Chollerford) is at Hexham (about 6 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Lanercost) is at Brampton (about 4 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chollerford, including from Hexham. Unfortunately, no buses run from Lanercost, so a taxi will be required.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (and occasionally London St Pancras International) to Newcastle. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Chollerford.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Lanercost to Brampton rail station. From there catch the train to Hexham, where a bus/taxi will be required to Chollerford.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Hadrian's Wall Short Break

“All 3 overnights were different but all 3 hosts were excellent in terms of service, food and cleanliness. No hesitation in endorsing any of the 3 overnight stops. Good choices by you guys.”
Dr McKeown, UK
“No favourite part. It was all fantastic, and something I will always remember.”
Mr Davis, Australia
“Very well organised and nice weather! Wanted to carry on at the end of the 3 days.”
Mrs Elkin, UK
“Well planned and good pace for the walk.”
Dr Susmel, USA
“The two sections we walked were stunning and others who were walking the whole of Hadrian’s Wall said that these were by far the best sections.”
Mrs Beard, Australia
“It really was an experience from start to finish. Loved It! All details were in place - we just had to turn up, gear up and hike.”
Mrs Anderson, USA
“Everything was painless, the information provided was up to date and correct and everything was attended to promptly.”
Dr Campbell, Australia
“Apologies for the delay in recording how much we enjoyed the holiday you organised for us along Hadrian‘s wall. It was a huge success. All the accommodations were excellent. As regards the actual walk it was most enjoyable. I have no doubt that the three-day section from Lanercost to Chollerford is really the most interesting and I’m glad we focused on that. An excellent experience and we would certainly recommend Contours Walking Holidays to others and consider using it again ourselves.”
Mr Jackson, UK
“Thank you for a wonderfully well organised tour, everything run really smoothly. The info packs and explanations are great, easy to use. The accommodations were also excellent. I would recommend to others who are looking for walking holidays.”
Miss Santos, UK