Hadrian's Wall Path

A walking holiday alongside the whole of the world-famous Hadrian's Wall from coast to coast.

5 to 11 nights
84 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £400 per person

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About this route

The Hadrian's Wall Path features on the bucket list of almost every walking enthusiast. Our full-length Hadrian’s Wall Path holidays enjoy both the vibrancy of Newcastle and the slow, calm terrain near Bowness-on-Solway, ideal for birdwatchers.

The walk passes countless historic waypoints, such as Segedunum, Chesters, and Vindolanda Roman Forts, while staying close to the famous wall from the west coast all the way across England to the east coast. This walk is well-known across the world, and once you've walked it for yourself, it is easy to see why.

This route can also be walked in the opposite direction if preferred. Select the ‘Reverse tours’ option when choosing your itinerary.
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© Contours Walking Holidays Hadrian's Wall Path map
Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway
84 miles (134 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following Hadrian’s Wall for days of immersive walking through Roman History.

Admiring far-reaching views of the Wall from Wallsend, Cawfields, Walltown Crags and Gilsland.

Enjoying the open wilderness of the Northumbrian countryside, as well as the fine cakes and tea in the friendly towns along the way.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
HWP0 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 5 nights, 4 days walking Strenuous£400
HWP1 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£480
HWP2 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£560
HWP3 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£640
HWP4 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£720
HWP5 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£800
HWP6 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy / Moderate£880

Hadrian's Wall Path - East to West 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that in early September thousands of athletes and spectators flock to the Great North Run in Newcastle/Gateshead. This can have an impact on availability of accommodations and on baggage transfers in the area, in particular, on Wallsend. If you are considering walking during this time, please telephone us to discuss your options.

Additionally, please note that due to limited availability of good-quality accommodation near the start of the trail, accommodation for the Wallsend stop is typically located around Newcastle. Instructions are provided to travel via the Metro to the beginning of the trail. The cost of this is not included in the cost of your tour.

Start

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

Day 1

Wallsend to East Wallhouses. 21 miles (33.5km)

Day 2

East Wallhouses to Once Brewed. 21 miles (33.5km)

Day 3

Once Brewed to Newtown. 18 miles (29km)

Day 4

Newtown to Bowness-on-Solway. 24 miles (38km)

Finish

Depart from Bowness-on-Solway 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
£32.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 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?

  • 5 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

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 and visit their fascinating museums. Vindolanda, in particular, is a popular choice with its extensive Roman remains, fascinating artefacts and active excavation between April and September (weather permitting).

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: 84 miles (134 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24 miles (38 km)
Code: HWP0 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Wallsend
End of holiday: Bowness-on-Solway

Route Profile

Hadrian's Wall Path - 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, Durham-Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Newcastle). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is at Carlisle (about 14 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Newcastle and from Bowness-on-Solway.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Newcastle.

Return to Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi/bus from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle rail station, and then catch the train to Newcastle.

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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Walking Hadrian's Wall Path with Contours Walking Holidays

Outdoor Journalist Damian Hall takes a walk from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west, traversing the breadth of the North of England along one of the most historical trails in the UK.
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Customer reviews from the Hadrian's Wall Path

“Overall an excellent holiday!”
Ms Lepage, Canada
“We had a wonderful holiday. Scenery was beautiful, lovely people, nice B&BS and guesthouses, and the weather was great.”
Mr Gundersen, Norway
“We returned from our Hadrian's Wall holiday. It was a great time. All of the accommodations worked out well. Thank you for all of your help. We've now completed 8 holidays with Contours and look forward to more.”
Mr Eisenkraft, USA
“Did this trip once before, in 2010, you’ve seriously upped your game in terms of accommodations. They were amazing this time. Perfect combination of history and scenery. Seamless luggage transfers and accommodations means we put on our boots and go. All else is taken care of.”
Dr Burke, USA
“All sections were lovely - most obvious Wall sections and forts in the mid-sections, but the section out of Newcastle has wonderful historic interest, and the views on approaching Bowness are beautiful.”
Mrs Yates, London
“One of the best things we have done on a holiday. A real sense of achievement.”
Mr Croucher, Australia
“Fabulous holiday, very well organised by yourselves. Thank you. Fantastic way marking, even where there were diversions.”
Mr Allanson, UK
“Excellent week and impeccably organised, thank you.”
Mr Buchanan, UK
“Overall everything was exceptionally well put together and organised. The baggage transfer and transfers to/from off-route accommodation made the whole holiday hassle free.”
Miss Hossain, UK
"Peek-a-Moo" by Todd Elliott (2019)
"View of the Tyne from Chollerford Bridge" by David Lusk (2019)
"Near Knag Burn Gate and Housesteads Fort" by David Lusk (2019)
"Part of the Wall in Brampton" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"Lanercost" by David McKeown (2019)
"Near Chollerford" by David McKeown (2019)
"Spectators" by David McKeown (2019)
"Footbridge at Brampton" by David McKeown (2019)
"Friendly Bull at Carrawburgh" by Duncan Pye (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Between Housesteads and Gilsland" by Rita Holze (2018)
"Enjoying a Rest" by Ian Clarke (2018)
"Iconic Gap" by Ian Clarke (2018)
"Henry Guards the Wall" by Ian Clarke (2018)
"Island Wall" by Ian Clarke (2018)
"Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle" by Linda Logan (2018)
"Hadrians Wall Planetrees" by Linda Logan (2018)
"Between Once Brewed and Chollerford" by Joann Liu (2018)
"Whitley Bay" by Joann Liu (2018)
"Planters in Bowness-on-Solway" by Joann Liu (2018)
"Sycamore Gap" by Jennifer Elkin (2017)
"The Wall" by Jennifer Elkin (2017)
"Pondering the Sheep" by Kimberly Andrews (2017)
"Highshield Crags" by Kimberley Andrews (2017)
"Walking the Wall" by Isabelle Paterson (2017)
"Hadrians Wall near Crag Lough" by Joeseph Stubbs (2017)
"Boots at the End of the Path" by Joeseph Stubbs (2017)
"Approaching Crag Lough" by Joeseph Stubbs (2017)
"Sheep Sharing the Path" by Joeseph Stubbs (2017)
"Housesteads" by Nicholas Box (2017)
"Lanercost Priory" by Nicholas Box (2017)
"Sycamore Gap" by Nicholas Box (2017)
"Walltown Crags" by Nicholas Box (2017)

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