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Hadrian's Wall Path

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What is Hadrian's Wall Path?


Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile (135 Km) long National Trail stretching coast to coast across northern England, from Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast. It follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall, passing through some of the most beautiful parts of England - from rolling fields and rugged moorland to the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. You don’t have to do the Trail in one go to enjoy the best it has to offer. There are lots of circular walks based on the Trail for everyone to enjoy. 


Hadrian’s Wall Path is the only coast-to-coast Trail to follow a World Heritage Site, itself a protected landscape. No other heritage access site in the UK offers public access to such an amazing variety of archaeological remains. Archaeological highlights include the Roman Forts of Segedunum at Wallsend, Chesters, Housesteads, Birdoswald. Other notable points of interest include the River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment; s and the Solway salt marshes with their amazing wildlife. 

How long does it take to walk Hadrian's Wall Path end to end?

If you are an experienced walker then you should be able to complete the trail in 6-7 days, although you might want to allow some extra time to visit some of the Roman sites that you pass. They all have museums with interpretive displays and they also provide refreshments. 

How hard is Hadrian's Wall Path?

Anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path although it is not an easy walk. Some guidebook and magazine articles have described the Trail as "not a challenge walk" but it is more difficult than many people imagine it to be. The 23 mile (37 Km) section between Chollerford and Birdoswald is a switchback with lots of short climbs and descents; it is a bit like walking along the coast. The majority of the path has a natural grass surface; only the Newcastle, Tyneside section is tarmac.

Which direction should I walk Hadrian's Wall Path in?

When deciding which way to walk the trail you may wish to consider when you are walking and the prevailing wind - heading west from Wallsend you will be walking into it but in the summer months it is unlikely to be a concern. 

It's also worth considering whether you want to finish your walk in the city, or on the quiet Solway estuary which is a great place to reflect on your achievement. Look carefully into the transport arrangements at the end of your walk; some people find that if time is short then it is might be easier to continue on their journey home from Newcastle. 

There are guidebooks written in both directions, the Aurum guidebook is written from East (Wallsend) to West (Bowness) whilst the Rucksack Readers book is written in the opposite direction (although does contain concise directions for East to West). Both the Cicerone book and Trailblazer book contain route descriptions written in both directions.

Who can enjoy Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail?

Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail was designated and designed for walkers only. Away from the urban centres the route follows the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall, which is a Scheduled Monument. The Trail is managed to the high standards expected of National Trails with additional safeguards in place because of the archaeological value. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail covers a lot of rough and uneven ground, some of it steep, and there are also a lot of stone and timber steps to be negotiated. 

Taking your dog on Hadrian's Wall Path

Hadrian’s Wall Path is not promoted as a dog friendly Trail. Much of the Trail passes though farmland where stock may be grazing. There are stiles which dogs may need to be lifted over. We urge dog owners to respect farmers and their animals by keeping your dog on a lead when near livestock. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up .

What is the best time of year to walk on Hadrian's Wall Path?

It is best to walk Hadrian's Wall Path between May and October when the ground is normally dry, so damage is not caused to the fragile landscape. During this period accommodation is open and bus services are running. The National Trail and Hadrian's Wall itself are very popular; if you want to avoid the crowds try to avoid the main school holidays. 

Can I buy Hadrian's Wall Path merchandise?

We sell a range of Hadrian's Wall Path merchandise including enamel badges, sew on badges, mugs and other merchandise. 

Can I get a Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail completion certificate?

Our personalised Hadrian's Wall Path completion certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the trail.

Guidebooks for Hadrian's Wall Path

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Maps for Hadrian's Wall Path

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Hadrian's Wall Path Merchandise

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Map of Hadrian's Wall Path

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way