Hadrian's Wall Run

Hadrian's Wall Run

A trail running holiday along the Roman monument, from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway.

3 to 7 nights
26-84 miles
Easy to Strenuous

From £360 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

Follow Hadrian’s Wall through stunning Northumbrian countryside on this historic trail running holiday from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. The rolling hills are sure to test you and offer a serious challenge on a higher mileage itinerary, but with its clear waymarking and abundance of archaeological sites to keep you entertained, Hadrian’s Wall Path is still a great choice for the less experienced multi-day runner.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Hadrian's Wall Run
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Hadrian's Wall Run Highlights
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Hadrian's Wall Short Running Break

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Reverse tours available

This route can be walked in either direction - just tick the 'Reverse Tours' box when choosing your tour to see options travelling in the non-standard direction.

Walking tours available

We also organise walking holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

3 nights
26 miles
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £360 per person

Hadrian's Wall Short Running Break

This condensed trail running holiday is the perfect way to explore the Roman frontier of Hadrian’s Wall even if you only have a few days to spare. Between Chesters Fort in the village of Chollerford and the ruined priory at Lanercost, this short break follows the most dramatic section of Hadrian’s Wall, running in the footsteps of the Roman legionaries.

Hadrian's Wall Short Running Break takes in the most important archaeological dig sites, as well as plenty of excellent scenery, effectively packing this walk with countless discoveries within just a few days. As well as the Roman forts of Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Birdoswald, this section of the trail also boasts a range of Saxon burial cists, medieval shielings and even the Temple of Mithras, giving keen historians plenty to discover along the way.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
R-HWPSB From Chollerford(L) to Lanercost(L) 3 nights, 2 days running Easy £360

Hadrian's Wall Run Short Break - East to West 3 nights, 2 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from the end of October to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier.


Travel to Chollerford(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Chollerford(L) to Once Brewed. 12 miles (19km) / 1558 ft (475 m) ascent

Day 2

Once Brewed to Lanercost(L). 14.5 miles (23km) / 1089 ft (332 m) ascent


Depart from Lanercost(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Hadrian's Wall Short Running Break map
Chollerford to Lanercost
26 miles (42 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Foraying through Roman history on a long weekend.

Visiting the best-known Roman sites at Chesters and Housesteads, with plenty of hidden gems such as the Temple of Mithras to discover as well.

Testing your fitness against the hills and exposure of Northumberland.

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to add extra nights into your holiday to explore Hadrian's Wall and the surrounding areas more thoroughly, there are plenty of excellent destinations along the trail for you to choose from.

For runners interested in history, consider staying an extra night in Chollerford and explore the Chesters Roman Fort, a cavalry fort established in the 2nd century to guard the bridge over the North Tyne River. There are still plenty of remains to be seen here, including the ornate headquarters building, the commanding officers' residence, the barrack buildings and the military bath-house. The site also has a unique museum that contains some of the finest Roman artefacts to be found anywhere in Britain, as well as the award-winning Chesters Walled Garden that features plants that would have been common at the time of the Roman occupation of the area.

Once Brewed is another good choice for a rest day, particularly if you're looking for a quiet place in which to relax. The village is nestled in some of the most beautiful countryside along the trail and would be perfect for a gentle jog around the local area to get you warmed up for the rest of your holiday. The Twice Brewed Inn is a famous pub that also makes its home here, and is a great place to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 26 miles (42 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: R-HWPSB Grade: Easy
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Chollerford(L)
End of holiday: Lanercost(L)

Route Profile

Hadrian's Wall Run Short Break - East to West Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Chollerford) is at Hexham (about 6 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Lanercost) is at Brampton (about 4 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chollerford, including from Hexham. Unfortunately, no buses run from Lanercost, so a taxi will be required.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (and occasionally London St Pancras International) to Newcastle. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Chollerford.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Lanercost to Chollerford.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.