Walk Hadrian's Wall with a Cicerone guide

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14 Sep 2015
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Hadrian's Wall Path

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to walk the 84-mile Hadrians Wall Path National Trail. Described in both directions, the main description is west to east between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend, Newcastle, with extensions to Maryport and South Shields. With extensive historical information related to this World Heritage site, and separate 1:2500 OS map booklet included.

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The essential guidebook to walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path. One of the UK's most visited National Trails, it runs the length of the Roman Wall from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend, Newcastle.

Begun in AD122 and stretching from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, Hadrian’s Wall was a massive feat of engineering and is the best preserved frontier from the classical Roman Empire. Today it is a World Heritage Site, with iconic scenery and fascinating archaeological remains like Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda, giving a glimpse into Roman life and power. The trail is presented here in 10 stages, with suggestions for five and eight-day itineraries. It is suitable for beginners, although a reasonable level of fitness is required if doing it as a multi-day trek. The route is described both west to east and east to west, and the guidebook also features extensions to Maryport on the far west coast of Cumbria and to South Shields on the east coast.

This full-colour guidebook contains a wealth of information on the history of the Wall, and a range of practical information for walkers, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments. Clear step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. A compact booklet showing the route on a 1:25,000 scale OS map is included for added convenience.

  • 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. But adequate fitness for a multi-day trek is required for the entire length.
  • Must See
    The central section of Housesteads and Vindolanda between Chollerford and Haltwistle.
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Hadrian’s Wall: inspired and inspiring
From national border to National Trail
Preserving the heritage
Taking care of the Trail
Tackling a coast-to-coast walk
Start and finish points
Choosing an itinerary
Day-walking the Trail
When to go
Be prepared
Using this guide
All about the Wall
Building the Wall
Divide and rule
Pilfering and preservation
The Wall today
Hadrian’s Coast
Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway
Hadrian’s Wall Path
Stage 1 Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands
Stage 2 Burgh-by-Sands to Carlisle
Stage 3 Carlisle to Newtown
Stage 4 Newtown to Birdoswald
Stage 5 Birdoswald to Steel Rigg
Stage 6 Steel Rigg to Brocolitia
Stage 7 Brocolitia to Portgate
Stage 8 Portgate to Heddon-on-the-Wall
Stage 9 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Newcastle Quayside
Stage 10A Newcastle Quayside to Segedunum
Stage 10B Segedunum to South Shields
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Stamping stations
Appendix C Accommodation stage-by-stage
Appendix D Walking links to the Path from nearby railway stations
Appendix E Bus and taxi services
Appendix F Useful contacts
Appendix G Further reading
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