Now, it would be stating the obvious to say that people have been walking in Hadrian’s Wall Country for, ooh, well over 2000 years.
But just because it’s true doesn’t make it the wrong step to take. Think how much better equipped we are now – and there’s so much more to see with all the amazing stuff our ancestors left behind.
We feel we have to say something very important first. And that’s a word about our very own countryside code. Every Footstep Counts really does mean what it says. Almost everywhere you tread is archaeologically important; earthworks and masonry may be visible, but equally well may lie buried alongside the path. Obviously, don’t walk on the Wall itself – and please don’t walk in single file (like sheep!), but rather side-by-side. It all helps to preserve the site for the future.
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the World Heritage Site. 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape. And if 84 miles sounds a little daunting, then never fear. Not only is it OK not to go the whole hog, it’s positively encouraged. Circular walks and shorter trails have been devised to cater for all abilities (or just how you feel on the day) and take in many of the great sites and sights along the way. Make sure you order a copy of Walking in Hadrian’s Wall Country.
There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from, often with boot or drying rooms (essential to the post-Roman walker), and lots of companies to help with baggage transfers, group walking or indeed the whole package, if that’s what you want.