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Hadrian's Wall Highlights

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This is a guided, fully supported walk taking in the highlights of Hadrian's Wall. The route passes through some of Northern England's most beautiful scenery and enjoys some of the finest and best preserved sections of the wall.

We choose to walk it West to East to hopefully take advantage of the prevailing winds.

The walking varies from well established tracks and roads to fields and hill tracks, and is quite simply beautiful. If you haven't had the chance to see Northern England or Hadrian's Wall, this is a great way to enjoy it.

For those short on time and unable to complete the length of wall in one go, this is a great alternative, a quick fix.

trip level: ModerateDifficulty: Moderate

group sizeDuration: weekend

 

History

Approximately 1850 years ago the Roman Empire covered much of the then known world (and you thought this site was just about mountains!) It stretched from northern Britain, eastwards for 2500 miles to present day Iraq, and southwards to the Sahara desert some 1500 miles away. Hadrian's Wall, designed to keep Barbarians at bay in the most northern outpost of the Roman Empire, was the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It is now the best known frontier of the entire Roman Empire.

Emperor Hadrian (hence the name) ordered the construction of the wall in 120AD along a route from Tyne (Newcastle) to Solway (Carlisle). When eventually completed 16 years later, Hadrian's Wall ran for 80 Roman miles (73 modern miles) from Wallsend (again, hence the name) on the River Tyne to Bowness on the Solway Firth. The wall was typically 6.5m (20ft) high and about 3m (10ft) deep. Behind the wall there were two further rises on either side of a ditch to give further protection. In 1987, UNESCO awarded World Heritage Site status to Hadrian's Wall.

Right, with the history lesson now over, we get back to what we are good at - walking holidays. We provide a guided, fully supported walk across Hadrian's Wall. The route passes through some of Northern Britain's most beautiful scenery and the wall itself crosses England from one coast to the other.

Quick Facts

  • 2 days guiding by qualified walk leaders.
  • Total Distance - 25 miles.
  • Amazing scenery along the wall.
  • 2 nights twin room hotel accommodation.
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations so you don't have to worry about it!
  • Amazing scenery along the wall.
  • We run this trip between April and October.

Typical Itinerary

The trip starts on a Friday and finishes on the Sunday. At the start of your trip you will meet your guide who will go through the itinerary in more detail and let you know what to expect over the following days.

A typical itinerary may look like this:

Day Activity
Friday Arrive late afternoon/evening and transfer to your accommodation. Briefing with your trip leader in the evening. Relaxing dinner.
Saturday Transfer to the start of your walk at Walton. Walk along sections of the wall to just beyond Great Chesters Fort. Transfer back to your accommodation for some rest and relaxation.
Sunday Transfer to the start of your walk, the same place you finished the previous day. Walk along the crags to Broccolita Fort. Transfer to the train station for your onward journey home.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. Every effort is made to fit the course around your needs and abilities.

Transport

We suggest you travel by train to Carlisle on the Friday at the start of the event. We will meet you at the railway station and transfer you to your hotel in time for the evening meal and briefing session.

For your return journey you will be transferred to Newcastle railway station.

If you would prefer different arrival or departure pick up and drop off points then please contact us to discuss this.

Course Requirements

To do this trip you need to have a certain level of fitness. No previous mountaineering experience is required for this trip, however, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your day.

The average day covers about 13 miles walking and will take us between 6 and 8 hrs. If possible please try the odd training walk before you arrive.

The walk is suitable for most people. You should be able to walk several hours a day whilst carrying a small backpack.

We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking.

Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should seek professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.

Dates - 2014

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May 16-18

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Dates - 2015

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Price: £399 per person

The cost of this trip is £399 per person. A deposit of £99 per person is required with completion of your booking form. The remaining balance of £300 is then due 10 weeks prior to your departure

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation.
  • Qualified Walking Group Leaders
  • Transfers from point of arrival, usually Carlisle Train Station and point of departure, usually Newcastle Train Station.
  • Briefing, route planning and equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to fully enjoy the following days.
  • 2 nights twin room hotel accommodation with breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
  • Luggage transfers between all accommodations en route.
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders.

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