Hike the Highest Section of Hadrian's Wall

Discover the Roman relics of Hadrian's Wall on a self-guided hike from Hexham to Carlisle. 0 days off work.

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Hike the Highest Section of Hadrian's Wall

Discover the Roman relics of Hadrian's Wall on a self-guided hike from Hexham to Carlisle. 0 days off work.

Spend two days hiking along the best-maintained relics of Hadrian’s Wall on this self-guided trip to the North Pennines. You will also be able to check out the Roman Army Museum if you need even more of a culture fix. All the logistics are taken care of, including your baggage transfer, so you just need to enjoy the spectacular scenery. This adventure from Hexham to Carlisle includes:

  • 2 days hiking along Hadrian’s Wall
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Train station transfers
  • Maps and route information
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Local emergency contact

Perfect for:
Beginners and experienced trekkers alike, who want to explore the Roman relics of the Pennines

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Hexham

On arrival at Hexham Train Station, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Chollerford or Humshaugh on Hadrian’s Wall.

Settle in and visit the local pub for your evening meal as you get ready for the hike ahead.

Day 2: Chollerford to Once Brewed

Spend your breakfast giving the route a final look over before you pack your bag for the day.

You will begin the day by taking the Hadrian’s Wall Path up onto the Great Whin Sill.

This natural feature stretches across the Pennines and makes for some spectacular walking. it also offers some of the best-preserved sections of the Wall itself.

On today’s walk, you will pass by some of the most famous landmarks of the Wall, including Housesteads Roman Fort, the balcony walk above Crag Lough, and Sycamore Gap,

Your day will end in Twice Brewed, where your bags will already be waiting at your accommodation.

Spend the evening relaxing at the guesthouse - you deserve it!

19km hiking

Day 3: Once Brewed to Birdoswald Fort

Today you reach the highest point of the Hadrian’s Wall Path at the summit of Windshields Crags.

After breakfast, continue along the Great Whin Sill accompanied with the spectacular views of the Lake District.

You will pass Chesters Fort on the way to the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, where you can spend some time checking out its interactive ‘History of the Wall’ exhibition.

From here you will hike past Thirlwall Castle, Greenhead and Gilsland, crossing the River Irthing to Birdoswald Fort where your adventure ends.

Your transfer will meet you here and take you to Carlisle for your return train.

Alternatively, if you want to stay another night in Carlisle, just let your host know in advance.

16km hiking

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a family-run guest house in Chollerford or Humshaugh. The exact accommodation for the first night is subject to availability. All of them are immaculately kept and with ensuite rooms.

The second night, you will stay in Once Brewed at the ‘Twice Brewed Inn’.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described
  • Routes & Maps

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single Occupancy (per night) Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Double Room (2 nights) £25.00

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Location

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Hadrian’s Wall sprawls almost 130km from coast-to-coast, making for a spectacular walk with phenomenal cultural heritage. With the dramatic backdrop of the Pennines, you will pass Wall Forts, milecastles, barracks and ramparts. It is a unique and must-see monument in Great British history.

Start point?
You will need to arrive at Hexham Train Station, whenever suits you. Your transfer will pick you up from here and take you to your accommodation. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point? While your end time will depend on your pace, we suggest that you book your train departing after 18:00 from Carlisle station. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
If you are coming from London, it is possible to get a train from London’s Kings Cross to Newcastle and change from here to reach Hexham.

On the way back, it is possible to get a direct train from Carlisle to London Euston.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Start point?
You will need to arrive at Hexham Train Station, whenever suits you. Your transfer will pick you up from here and take you to your accommodation. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point? While your end time will depend on your pace, we suggest that you book your train departing after 18:00 from Carlisle station. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
If you are coming from London, it is possible to get a train from London’s Kings Cross to Newcastle and change from here to reach Hexham.

On the way back, it is possible to get a direct train from Carlisle to London Eusto

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport to Hexham
  • Transport from Carlisle
  • Meal other than breakfast
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfer from Inverness airport (optional)

Self-guided trips are perfect for singles, couples and small groups who want the rewards of an independent adventure without the hassle of planning it all. Everything is organised for you, but you still have the flexibility to make it your weekend. Challenge yourself or take it easy—it’s up to you.

This trip runs with a group minimum of 2.

Unfortunately not. Since this is a self-guided trip we suggest to travel at least with one more person.

This trek is great for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The trail along Hadrian’s Wall is pretty good throughout, so an average level of fitness is required.

For breakfast, you will have a choice of full English or Continental breakfast, and for dinner, you will have a choice of delicious British meals.

Yes, absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

Your baggage will be picked up at your accommodation after 9:00 and dropped at your next accommodation by 16:30.

  • Backpack
  • Hiking gear
  • Waterproof wear
  • Walking boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

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