Hadrian's Wall Trail
In 122 A.D. the Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered a great wall to be built separating 'Romans from Barbarians' across northern Britain at its narrowest point between the Solway Firth and the North Sea. It was extended and enhanced with impressive stone defences following natural ridge lines and with a deep ditch 'The Vallum' dug alongside it. Later much of the stonework was mortared allowing it to survive the centuries to become one of the oldest structures in the country today. The 84 mile walking path through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynmic landscapes opened in May 2003 making it a relatively new trail.
|DAY 1||Arrive Whitley Bay|
|DAY 2||Local train to Wallsend then walk to Wylam/Heddon (7hrs)|
|DAY 3||Cross the River Tyne en route to Humshaugh (7.5hrs)|
|DAY 4||Take in the views over the 'Northward Tynescape' on the route to Housesteads (Once brewed) (5.5hrs)|
|DAY 5||Continue to Walton (8hrs)|
|DAY 6||Walk to Carlisle via an old Roman road (5hrs)|
|DAY 7||Walk to Bowness on Solway and return to Carlisle by local bus (6.5hrs)|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
Overall we enjoyed the trip very much though we did find the sections through Newcastle and Carlisle just a trudge.
Sections directly along the walk were really great.