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A handy guidebook for anyone planning to walk Hadrians Wall Path. This 84-mile National Trail route typically takes a week to walk, and is described in both directions. A World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall runs as close as possible to the course of the wall, on its route between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend in Newcastle.
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Hadrian's Wall has been a marvel of the ancient world since the first stone was laid in 122AD. Built to define the farthest extreme of the known world, it stretches 84 miles from coast to coast, Wallsend on the North Sea to the western shores of Bowness-on-Solway. This guidebook follows the entire route from both directions, mixing route descriptions and practicalities with historical detail to breathe life back into this Roman ruin.
Walking this historic route became possible when the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail opened in 2003. The wall winds like a ribbon over moorland and crags, past blue lakes and blankets of woodland. The possibilities of walking this route; past Roman forts and medieval churches, through hamlets and the urban sprawl of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, ensures the walker is treated to endless variety and interest along the way.
The trail typically takes about a week, and this guide is filled with information on the many sights along the route. Included too is practical advice on accommodation, transport to the start and finish points as well as the author's own sketches, panoramas and maps to guide you.
After the first publication of this book in 2004 the route distances were slightly revised, and the new distances appear in the Route Summary table at the back of the first reprint (2006).
The distances that appear at the start of each section of the route in the 2006 book, however, are no longer correct and should read as follows:
|1/32||Wallsend – Walker Riverside Park||26||2.5||4.0|
|2/31||Walker Riverside Park – Elswick||33||4.3||6.9|
|3/30||Elswick – Denton Dene||45||2.2||3.5|
|4/29||Denton Dene – Newburn||50||2.6||4.2|
|5/28||Newburn – Heddon-on-the-Wall||54||3.4||5.4|
|6/27||Heddon-on-the-Wall – Harlow Hill||60||4.1||6.6|
|7/26||Harlow Hill – Woodhouses Road-End||65||2.4||3.8|
|8/25||Woodhouses Road-End – Halton Shields||69||1.8||2.9|
|9/24||Halton Shields – The Portgate||72||1.8||2.9|
|10/23||The Portgate – Heavenfield||79||3.4||5.4|
|11/22||Heavenfield – Chollerford||85||2.4||3.8|
|12/21||Chollerford – Tower Tye||90||2.2||3.5|
|13/20||Tower Tye – Carrawburgh||98||2.2||3.5|
|14/19||Carrawburgh – Sewingshields Farm||104||3.4||5.4|
|15/18||Sewingshields Farm – Houseteads||110||2.0||3.2|
|16/17||Houseteads – Steel Rigg||114||3.1||5.0|
|17/16||Steel Rigg – Cawfields Quarry||128||2.6||4.2|
|18/15||Cawfields Quarry – Walltown Crags||134||3.4||5.4|
|19/14||Walltown Crags – Gilsland||141||2.7||4.3|
|20/13||Gilsland – Birdoswald||151||1.0||1.6|
|21/12||Birdoswald – Banks||156||3.1||5.0|
|22/11||Banks – Walton||164||3.5||5.6|
|23/10||Walton – Newton||170||2.2||3.5|
|24/9||Newton – Oldwall||174||1.6||2.6|
|25/8||Oldwall – Crosby-on-Eden||177||3.1||5.0|
|26/7||Crosby-on-Eden – Eden Bridge||181||4.2||6.7|
|27/6||Eden Bridge – Grinsdale||187||3.4||5.4|
|28/5||Grinsdale – Beaumont||197||1.7||2.7|
|29/4||Beaumont – Dykesfield||203||2.7||4.3|
|30/3||Dykesfield – Drumburgh||210||2.7||4.3|
|31/2||Drumburgh – Port Carlisle||216||2.9||4.6|
|32/1||Port Carlisle – Bowness-on-Solway||222||1.0||1.6|
The error has been corrected in subsequent reprints of the guide.
|Hadrian’s Wall: Inspired and Inspiring|
|Building the Wall|
|A World Heritage Site|
|Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail|
|Hadrian’s Wall Path Association|
|Hadrian’s Wall Trust|
|Using this Guide|
|Planning a Coast-to-Coast Walk|
|Walking the Trail Piecemeal|
|Getting to the Start|
|1/32 Wallsend – Walker Riverside Park|
|2/31 Walker Riverside Park – Elswick|
|3/30 Elswick – Denton Dene|
|4/29 Denton Dene – Newburn|
|5/28 Newburn – Heddon-on-the-Wall|
|6/27 Heddon-on-the-Wall – Harlow Hill|
|7/26 Harlow Hill – Moorhouses Road-End|
|8/25 Moorhouses Road-End – Halton Shields|
|9/24 Halton Shields – The Portgate|
|10/23 The Portgate – Heavenfield|
|11/22 Heavenfield – Chollerford|
|12/21 Chollerford – Tower Tye|
|13/20 Tower Tye – Carrawburgh|
|14/19 Carrawburgh – Sewingshields Farm|
|15/18 Sewingshields Farm – Housesteads|
|16/17 Housesteads – Steel Rigg|
|17/16 Steel Rigg – Cawfields Quarry|
|18/15 Cawfields Quarry – Walltown Crags|
|19/14 Walltown Crags – Gilsland|
|20/13 Gilsland – Birdoswald|
|21/12 Birdoswald – Banks|
|22/11 Banks – Walton|
|23/10 Walton – Newtown|
|24/9 Newtown – Oldwall|
|25/8 Oldwall – Crosby-on-Eden|
|26/7 Crosby-on-Eden – Eden Bridge|
|27/6 Eden Bridge – Grinsdale|
|28/5 Grinsdale – Beaumont|
|29/4 Beaumont – Dykesfield|
|30/3 Dykesfield – Drumburgh|
|31/2 Drumburgh – Port Carlisle|
|32/1 Port Carlisle – Bowness-on-Solway|
|Appendix 1: Bibliography|
|Appendix 2: Further Information|
|Appendix 3: Route Summary|
|Appendix 4: Contact Details|
|Appendix 5: Scenic Guide to the Hadrian’s Wall Bus|