Walk Hadrians Wall Path with a Cicerone guide

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Availability
Reprinted
Published
12 Dec 2013
ISBN
9781852843922
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
Weight
350g
Pages
256
No. Maps
32
No. Photos
126
1st Published
1 Jul 2004
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Hadrian's Wall Path

Two-way national trail description

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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.

  • Walk east-to-west or west-to-east, the guide describes both directions.
  • Filled with breathtaking photography of the journey and clear sketch maps for every stage.
  • Detail on the rich history of the area enhances every step of your journey.
  • As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire wall is preserved and protected to recognise its long cultural significance.
  • Seasons
    Year-round walking, although the useful bus service only operates during the summer months.
  • Centres
    Bowness-on-Solway, Carlisle, Haltwhistle, Chollerford, Corbridge and Newcastle all make good centres.
  • Difficulty
    Easy walking.
  • Must See
    The central section of Housesteads and Vindolanda between Chollerford and Haltwistle.

May 2006

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:
             

 Section 
 Route  Page  Miles  Km
 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.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
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
Be Prepared
Walking the Trail Piecemeal
Getting to the Start
Stage
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
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