Hadrian’s Wall Path

Chollerford to Birdoswald Fort, Northumberland and Cumbria

Also in Cumbria, United Kingdom

Hiking Moderate

Distance
36 km
Ascent
835 m
Descent
934 m
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
58 m
High Point
340 m
Gradient
Hadrian’s Wall Path Map

Spanning 73 miles in northern England, this enormous wall is one of Britain’s most spectacular ancient monuments. Hadrian’s Wall was named after the Roman emperor who ordered it built (between AD 122 and 128). Its original purpose was to separate the Romans from the “barbarian” Scottish Picts.

Description

Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 84-mile path running alongside it is dotted with ancient settlements, forts and fascinating museums.

One of the best sections to walk is the 20-mile stretch between Chollerford (near Hexham station) to Birdoswald Fort (east of Carlisle). This is the highest section of the Wall, offering magnificent views of the Lake District and Pennines. Better still, it can be done over a weekend. Don’t miss the interactive History of the Wall exhibition at the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran.

Featured in the Much Better Adventures "Best Hikes In The UK: 10 Of The Most Adventurous Routes": https://www.muchbetteradventures.com/magazine/10-of-the-best-hikes-in-the-uk/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.