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5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

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5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

Hi All!

I should like to walk Hadrians wall for 5 days, 4 nights, with a max of 15 miles per day.

Has anyone any ideas of start places, places to stay, etc

Have no idea what so ever, so any advice would be welcome

thanks

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1. Re: 5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

www.hadrians-wall.org

Usually the walk is East to West but some people do the reverse.

There's lots of information on line if you google Hadrian's Wall Walking you should get lots of suggestions.

For companies who will transport your luggage each day to await your arrival at your next destination google Hadrian's Wall luggage transfer.

If you prefer there companies who will make all your arrangements for you.

I have just found this link which gives quite alot of information and could be quite useful.

www.sherpavan.com/accomm_booking/maps.asp…

Edited: 12 September 2011, 08:52
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2. Re: 5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

The Hadrian’s Wall path is a National Trail and is 85 miles long. I think it would be pushing it to try to complete it in 5 days. Fifteen miles per day is quite ambitious unless you are very fit. The central sections particularly are quite steep in places so progress can be slow. It would be better to allow 7 days.

There’s plenty of information to help with planning a trip on nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall/index.asp…

To do the east to west route the starting point is Wallsend. The direction is against the prevailing wind but it makes for a more pleasant finish at Bowness. Most guide books are also written in this direction.

It depends whether your aim is to complete the walk in the shortest possible time or whether you would rather take it at a more leisurely pace and just do part of it. Do you also want to spend time exploring the forts and museums along the way? If so it will reduce the time available for walking. It would be a shame to visit the Wall without visiting some of these to learn about its history. Bear in mind that they are only open between approx. 10am and 6pm so you need to schedule your walk accordingly.

It would be a good idea to get a guide book to do some planning. There are some excellent guides available that break down the route into manageable stages. Things to decide are how to travel and where to stay. Do you want to move on to different accommodation each day or would you want to pick a base and travel from there to your starting point and back each day? If you want to keep moving on you will need to arrange luggage transfers unless you will be bringing your own transport. There are a number of companies that offer this service (see link on above website). It’s also quite feasible to base yourself in one place (or two) and use public transport to get to and from the start and finish of your walk. The AD122 bus is very useful. Its operating hours are limited though so doing it that way you will need to plan a route with walking times that fit in with the bus timetable. Newcastle, Hexham, Haltwhistle and Carlisle have plenty of accommodation. Heddon on the Wall, Chollerford, Once Brewed and Bowness should also have accommodation along the route. Where to start and where to stay depends on what you want to do and how far you plan to walk. Other things to research are places to eat and where there are toilets. Some parts are quite remote and these aren’t so readily available, though you will come across the odd refreshment station with an honesty box.

If you just want to concentrate on the more interesting parts then I would suggest the remoter central area and miss out the bits through Newcastle and between Carlisle and Bowness. Housesteads to Walltown is a good plan for the middle day, then base other days around that. Housesteads Fort is worth visiting, as is the fort and museum at Vindolanda (though it isn’t actually on the Wall). At Walltown is the Roman Army Museum. Other places to go include Segedunum at Wallsend, Chesters Fort, and Tullie House at Carlisle.

It's a great experience. Have a good trip!

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3. Re: 5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

At the risk of upsetting a lot of people I would recommend the central section as the key part of a visit to the Wall. Basically if concentrate between Lanercost in the west and say Chollerford in the east you will cover the most dramatic sections of the wall as well as the main "on the wall" museums. Unless you have decided that you definitely want to walk the whole wall then the key locations are probably

Vindolanda and Housesteads - These are the two main "on the wall" sites.

Birdoswald and Chesters are also worth a visit.

Then the "rocky section" around Steelrigg and over to Housesteads to include the Robin Hood tree ( used in a Kevin Costner film of the same name).

A little further afield and Tulley house museum in Carlisle is worth a visit.

There are also locations in Maryport and South Shields ( either end of the wall).

For research in advance of the trip try

Alastair Moffat's book "The Wall"

plus the links given in the other replies

Good luck

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4. Re: 5 days 4 nights at Hadrians Wall

Thanks for all your help - given me plenty to think about!

I've visited the websites recommended and found them most useful.

Thanks again - watch out for the reviews!!!

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