The Hadrian's Wall Path follows, for most of its length, the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall - the most remarkable monument to almost four centuries of Roman rule in Britain. Julius Caesar first invaded Britain in 55 BC, but although he accepted the formal surrender of the British tribes, nothing was done to consolidate Roman authority. When Hadrian became Emperor in AD 117 it was he who decided that it was time to establish a permanent frontier.
A wall was to be built that would run from the Tyne to the Solway Firth, and because it would not be an impenetrable barrier, forts would be built at 7 mile intervals, with guard posts at 1 mile intervals and observation posts between these. There would originally have been 80 milecastles along Hadrian's Wall and an excellent example is ‘Milecastle 39’ at Steel Rigg. Quite amazing that some 2000 years later, various sections of this ancient monument have survived the ages remarkably well.
The Hadrians Wall Path continues to be one of the most popular long distance walks in Britain, and The Walking Holiday Company is proud to be one of its top holiday providers. With so many itinerary options to choose from you are sure to find exactly the pace of holiday that suits you perfectly.
The next few paragraphs will describe the Hadrians Wall Path in a little more detail. This will help you decide which way to walk the path, and hopefully inspire you to choose the right itinerary. As with all walking holidays, it is always wise to select a walking pace that you are comfortable with. You do, after all, want time to look at more than your feet!
So, the Hadrians Wall Path is 84 miles long. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. The path itself runs as close as possible to the Wall, and has proved immensely popular with walkers from both the UK and from all over the World. There is no doubt that the best way to appreciate this superb historical monument is to walk along its length, and take in the beautiful, rugged, dramatic scenery of Northumberland.
The Hadrians Wall Path can be walked from West to East OR East to West. This is a question we are often asked at The Walking Holiday Company. Which way is best? Well, it would be fair to say that most people walk from East to West, starting at Wallsend and finishing in Bowness-on-Solway. The National Trail guide book is written in this direction, and the Romans built the wall in this direction, so you are passing the Milecastles in order. However, some clients like to walk with the ‘wind at their backs’ and for them walking West to East works better. Quite often it will just come down to your travel plans, and where you are arriving from / going to. We will help with any advice we can.
Itineraries can be provided in both directions as we have guide books and mapping for both. We are happy to arrange the holiday to suit you. You can of course also choose to walk just the central section where the Wall is best preserved. From here you can also spend time at the Roman Forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads.
Whilst there are lots of Hadrians Wall Path itineraries to choose from on our Itineraries tab, should you not see what you are looking for, then just send in an email enquiry and we can create a bespoke itinerary for you. Contact us here at The Walking Holiday Company for the very best attention. Here in the office we loving nothing more than creating a superb walking holiday for you along the Hadrians Wall Path.
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