Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail
Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the World Heritage Site from England's west to east coasts.
The 84 miles between Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend on Tyneside takes in breathtaking scenary as it passes through rugged moorland, rolling fields and the cityscapes of Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne.
However, the Trail is much more than a walk through stunning landscapes. It is a walk inspired by Britain's greatest Roman monument, Hadrian's Wall.
Key Trail facts and guidance:
- The Trail is 84 miles (135km) long
- The prevailing wind is west to east, however between June and September winds are fairly light so whether you begin the walk on the Solway Coast in the west or Wallsend in the east shouldn't matter too much
- Experienced walkers can walk the Trail in about 6 days. However, for less experienced people much more time should be allowed. You should also remember to make time to visit the many attractions along Hadrian's Wall like Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Birdoswald, the Roman Army Museum, Housesteads, Chesters Roman Fort and Segedunum
- The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail is clearly marked with the National Trail acorn symbol and waymark arrows
- Help to look after Hadrian's Wall and the Trail for future generations by following the Every Footstep Counts code
Group or Charity Events
If you are organising a group or charity event, please call the Sustainable Access Team at the Hadrian's Wall Trust on +44 (0)1434 609700 for advice and guidance on designing routes to minimise wear and tear. This can also make organising group walks and other events easier and more enjoyable.
Top Tips Check List & Trail Essentials
- Book your accommodation beforehand
- Carry a cheque book - not all of the small accommodation providers accept debit or credit cards
- It is not an easy walk
- Know where you can access public transport and carry the necessary timetables
- In the interests of conserving the Path and ancient monument, the best time to walk the Trail is from May to October
- Carry your mobile phone with you
- Take food that will keep you going but will survive in a rucksack
- Take plenty of water
- Use good footwear and proper clothing
National Trail Summer Passport
As a record of your progress in walking the Trail, you can purchase the National Trail Summer Passport. There are seven stamps to collect between 1st May and 31st October at the following locations:
- The Banks Promenade (Bowness-on-Solway) - available anytime
- The Kings Arms (Bowness-on-Solway) - available during opening hours
- Sands Centre (Carlisle) - available during opening hours
- Birdoswald Roman Fort (near Gilsland) - available during opening hours
- Housesteads Roman Fort (near Bardon Mill) -available anytime
- Chesters Roman Fort (Chollerford) - available during opening hours
- Robin Hood Inn (near Whittledene Reservoir) - available anytime
- Segedunum Roman Fort (Wallsend) - available during opening hours
When you've collected all seven stamps you can purchase separately a Completion Badge and Certificate from either Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend or the King's Arms pub in Bowness-on-Solway. If that is not practicable then please note that the mail order option for buying badges and certificates has been temporarily suspended pending new arrangements that will be put in place shortly. Please check back here or on the National Trail website for the latest news.
For more information on walking the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail visit: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall
Looking after the Trail
For most of its 84 mile length the internationally popular Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail runs next to the ancient monument and in the rural sections more archaeology lies just below the trail surface.
Its position in the World Heritage Site means that management of the Trail is crucial. Each mile costs over £4000 each year to keep in the condition enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of walkers throughout the season.
Costs for some of the equipment and materials needed to keep the path in such excellent condition from year to year are:
- compost - £18 per ton
- woodchip - £12 per ton
- ironmongery fittings - from £10 each
- Ritter strips to help grass growth - £46 for 10 metres
- signs - from £12.50 each