Hadrian's Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is Britain's largest archeological feature and was the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire. An immense feat of labour, the building of the wall started in AD122 during the reign of emperor Hadrian and took 6 years to complete. Three Roman legions completed the task of building a 73 mile long wall with 80 milecastle fortlets with two observation turrets between each one and then larger garrison forts every five miles or so along the wall.
This 5-night self-guided walk along Hadrian's Wall, from West to East, starts at Lanercost Priory and ends in Corbridge, taking in some of the best-preserved Roman sites in the UK. We've chosen this route direction so the prevailing winds (and any inclement weather!) are always at your back and the scenery in this direction is considerably better than the other way round. You'll have the possibility of visiting some amazingly well-preserved sites including the following: the Roman forts of Birdoswald, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Chesters and Lanercost Priory. The route also passes the world-famous Sycamore Gap as well as some fabulous rolling Northumberland countryside and craggy hillsides, such as those of Walltown, Winshield and Sewingshields Crags. You finish your route in the affluent and once-bustling Roman town of Corbridge.
You'll stay in welcoming inns, guesthouses and B&B's with hearty Northumberland breakfasts to set you up for a day of exploring.
Arrive in Greenhead and overnight.
You stay at the Greenhead Hotel for 2 nights
Take a taxi to Lanercost Priory (payable locally) to discover the beauty and tranquillity of Cumbria's best-preserved Augustinian monastery with its intact triple tier arches and cloisters. Walk back to the hotel in Greenhead along Hadrian's Wall Path via Birdoswald fort and the longest remaining stretch of the wall. Overnight in Greenhead.
Follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path (and parts of the Pennine Way) to Once Brewed, passing the Walltown Crags, Cawfields Milecastle and Winshield Crags. Extend your walk to the Roman Fort and Museum at Vindolanda, constructed before Hadrian’s Wall as a garrison on the Stanegate Road – the first Roman frontier in the north. Stay in Once Brewed overnight.
You stay at the Twice Brewed Inn
Today’s walk takes you along Hadrian’s Wall Path past the famous Sycamore Gap to enjoy fabulous views of Crag Lough and the rolling Northumberland hills. Visit the Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum – one of the best-preserved Roman forts in the country and enjoy the interactive museum experience. Walk along the Sewingshields Crags and on to Chesters Fort before stopping overnight in Wall.
You will stay at The Hadrian Hotel
Follow the Hadrian’s Wall Path to visit St Oswald’s Church, then head south, away from the B-road section, towards Corbridge and Aydon Castle (closed on a Mon & Tues). This fortified 13th century English manor house is almost completely intact and has a walled orchard perfect for picnics. Continue on to affluent Corbridge to visit this once bustling Roman town and supply base. Stay in Corbridge overnight.
You will stay at The Angel Inn or similar
Depart after breakfast
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
Situated in Greenhead, 1 mile from Thirlwall Castle, The Greenhead Hotel has a number of amenities including a restaurant, a bar, a tennis court and free WiFi.
Set in the village of Once Brewed, The Twice Brewed Inn has a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. There is an onsite Brew House (brewery) producing some excellent ales named after local landmarks and Roman connections (Ale Caesar!, Sycamore Gap and Northern Frontier). There is also an observatory and a group of guides who run regular star-gazing sessions. These can be booked online in advance at an extra charge.
NEARBY:The Hadrian Hotel features two restaurants, one of which, Hjem (pronouinced 'yem'), is a fine dining restaurant with just 24 seats. This restaurant boasts a fabulous open kitchen and offers an ambitious menu of locally sourced Northumberland produce using Scandinavian cooking techniques. If you wish to eat at this restaurant, it's worth booking well in advance.
NEARBY:Dating back to 1569, The Angel of Corbridge is an historic coaching inn offering great British hearty pub grub, local real ales and roaring log fires. Set in affluent Corbridge, itself surrounded by beautiful Northumberland countryside, this inn is the perfect location for discovering Corbridge Roman garrison town with its main street, flanked by the remains of granaries, a fountain house, markets, workshops and temples.
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This 5 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
Route directions and maps
Luggage transfers between hotels
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This holiday does not include any flights or rail.