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Pennine Way Day 13 - Greenhead to Bellingham

Northumberland National Park

A wonderful walk through some fascinating historical landmarks

Hiking Difficult

36 km
991 m
1 km
1 day +
Low Point
106 m
High Point
340 m
Pennine Way Day 13 - Greenhead to Bellingham Map

This is a truly classic Pennine Way day and leads you along one of Britain's best known landmarks - Hadrian's Wall. The wall, built to separate the English and the Scots (or, more accurately, "Roman Britannia" and "Caledonia" to use the parlance of the time) and makes for a wonderful feature along which to walk.


The path today follows the wall for over 8 miles and they're some of the finest miles of the whole wall. We've got the entire Hadrian's Wall hike described in FATMAP, but that 6 or 7 day journey doesn't have many sections better than the part of it which you'll hike on this part of the Pennine Way. As well as the scenery, the feeling of walking through history - the Romans did build the wall after all - only adds to the ambience of the day.

Having left the wall behind you'll turn north and head through peaceful forests, farmlands and moors, all requiring a little more navigation than was necessary when following the wall. There are countless undulations on the route before you eventually hit a road. Follow this (as much fun it sounds) into Bellingham. Although small, the village has a surprising amount of amenities - you'll find a good shop and several pubs/hotels at which to stay and eat.

Tomorrow's hike into the Cheviot hills is relatively short, so you can enjoy your evening in Bellingham without worrying about getting an early start in the morning.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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