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15 of the best short walks around Hadrian's Wall, including Sycamore Gap. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


Suitable for walking in all seasons, although generally the best time is from April to October, when the ground is drier, the landscape greener and visitor facilities are open. Winter can be cold and wet, with snow and ice.


Brampton, Walton, Gilsland, Greenhead, Haltwistle, Once Brewed, Twice Brewed, Bardon Mill, Chollerford, Hexham and Corbridge


All walks have their short ups and downs. By and large, this is a non-challenging environment, though there are occasional rocky sections. Locations can feel remote but you are rarely far from a road.

Must See

Birdoswald, Sycamore Gap, the Whin Sill ridge, Housesteads, Vindolanda, Sewingshields Crags, Walltown to Great Chesters
23 Feb 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

15 of the best short walks around Hadrian's Wall for you to explore. Our guidebook comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps and clear route descriptions, perfect if you're new to walking or are looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

  • Most walks are under 3 hours in duration and from 2–7 miles (4km to 11km)
  • Easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route descriptions and lots of images
  • Includes Birdoswald, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Sewingshields Crags
  • Most routes are accessible by public transport
  • GPX files available for download


Table of Contents
Mark Richards Cicerone author RICHAR

By 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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