Hadrians Wall Path guidebook to walk the 84 mile 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 1:25,000 OS map booklet included.



Year-round walking, although the useful bus service only operates during the summer months.


Bowness-on-Solway, Carlisle, Haltwhistle, Chollerford, Corbridge and Newcastle all make good centres.


Easy walking. But adequate fitness for a multi-day trek is required for the entire length.
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The central section of Housesteads and Vindolanda between Chollerford and Haltwistle.
14 Sep 2015
22 Aug 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Hadrian’s Wall: inspired and inspiring
    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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    March 2018

    Accommodation pg 219 stage 2

    YHA Carlisle is closed - suggested alternative

    Carlisle City Hostel
    36 Abbey Street, Carlisle CA3 8TX
    Tel 07914 720 821 info@carlislecityhostel.com

  • Reviews

    The ONLY book/map combination you will need to walk the wall! - Amazon

    "Fully deserved 5-star rating. Comprehensively contained is everything needed to plan and complete the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and this publication is unlikely to be bettered." - Amazon

    "A welcome innovation by Cicerone"

    Irish Mountain Log

    "This new long distance guidebook series from Cicerone has a unique selling point: each copy comes with a pocket-sized booklet providing 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey mapping for the whole of the route it covers. Guidebooks have of course included map sections in the past, but the difference here is that if you stick to the route outlined in each book you shouldn't need to carry an extra map with you. So for those of you who like saving weight (and money for that matter) on your long distance adventures, then this could be the ideal navigation tool....

    The guidebooks are impeccably researched and written by Cicerone's expert pool of outdoor authors...

    Our only criticism is that they haven't been doing it for years!"

    Oli Reed, Trail Magazine

    "Leads you along the Roman wall with authority and style, offering both practical walking advice and informative and sometimes amusing historical background information... The ultimate guide to walking the wall."

    Walk, The Ramblers' magazine

    A must-have map and guidebook package for walking Hadrian's Wall Path - Amazon

    As usual this guidebook has been produced to the high standard that you expect from Cicerone, but for this book they’ve done something very exciting with regards to the mapping of the route. Route directions are given for both directions, (more details are provided for walking from west to east), and inside the guidebook the route descriptions have full page 1:100,000 Ordnance Survey mapping dotted through the book giving an overview of the route.

    Now here’s the interesting part, neatly inserted in the back of the book (it’s tucked into the pvc sleeve) is a separate 1,25;000 Ordnance Survey map booklet of the entire route. The route is clearly marked on the map with a red line, and can be used for walking the route in either direction. Measuring approx. 10.6 wide x 16.6cm high and 54 pages long the map booklet can easily be kept in a jacket pocket so that you can quickly check the route when needed. It is so much more user friendly than a traditional map…especially on a windy day.

    The route descriptions in the book link up with the route map booklet, but there are probably sections of the route where the map booklet alone would be sufficient. All the way through the book, and in appendices in the back is lots of useful information, from the history of the Wall, accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport. There are a handy couple of pages that describe walking links to the path from nearby railway stations – great if you are just walking a section of Hadrian’s Wall.

    I can highly recommend this map and guidebook combo – it’s great value too.

    The guidebook is a great asset to any walker and helps you pass important historical sites. It also has a map booklet containing all that is needed for the walk.
    Read more here, from the Burnley Express.

    I have read a couple of other books by the same publisher and they were fantastic so I didn't expect another one to be as good. Whether it's the publisher - Cicerone - or the individual authors but, yet again, this book completely captivated me.

    Overall there is an impressive amount of information squeezed into this little book and the price is a bargain.


    "This book is more than just a walking guide, it is a rich source of information on sites of interest along the route.

    But what really makes it for me is a compact booklet at the back showing the whole route on 1:25,000 scale maps in a clear PVC sleeve. Not only innovative but quite brilliant"

    Read the full review at the Westmorland Gazette.

    "An invaluable guide for completing the Hadrian's Wall Path" Amazon reviewer

    I've just picked up the new Cicerone Hadrian's Wall Path guide by Mark Richards and I was so impressed that it is guiding west to east that I bought it straight away! I guided the trail in late September W to E and found it very difficult to turn all of the daily information backwards in my head!! I am also pleased to see that there is the option to extend the Hadrian's Wall experience by starting at Maryport and finishing at South Shields. So far I am very impressed with the guide book - just about to start "Hadrian's Coast" ! Going east was definitely a good idea for us as we definitely had our backs to the rain one day - most people were going the other way and walking straight into it!

    From Walltogether.

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Mark Richards

In 1980 Mark Richards began his three-part guide to the Peak District for Cicerone Press, and in 1987, with Chris Wright, wrote a guide to walking around the former county of Westmorland. He now lives in Cumbria and, after 14 years' dedicated research, has completed his series of Lakeland Fellranger guides covering the entire region. He has also written a guide to Hadrian's Wall.

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