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 £240 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 walked in the opposite direction if preferred. Select the ‘Reverse tours’ option when choosing your itinerary.
Standard
Interactive
Hadrian's Wall Short Break map
Chollerford to Lanercost
27 miles (43 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding£240
HWPSB2 From Chollerford to Lanercost 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate£315

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

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

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

Day 1

Chollerford to Once Brewed. 12 miles (19.5km)

Day 2

Once Brewed to Lanercost. 14.5 miles (23km)

Finish

Depart from Lanercost 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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£27.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£22.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 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)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 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: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chollerford
End of holiday: Lanercost

Route Profile

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

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you in your holiday 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. Unfortunately no buses run from Lanercost; therefore a taxi may be required.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station 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

“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
“Well planned and good pace for the walk.”
Dr Susmel, USA
“Very well organised and nice weather! Wanted to carry on at the end of the 3 days.”
Mrs Elkin, UK
“No favourite part. It was all fantastic, and something I will always remember.”
Mr Davis, Australia
“It was amazing, from beginning to end! I enjoyed it thoroughly.”
Ms Blanco, Canada
“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

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