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Trail Facts

Total distance: 84 miles (134 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Code: R-HWP4

Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Wallsend
End of holiday: Bowness-on-Solway


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Wallsend where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Wallsend to Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 miles (24km)

Day 3: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 4: Chollerford to Gilsland. 20 miles (32km)

Day 5: Gilsland to Carlisle. 19 miles (30km)

Day 6: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 7: Depart from Bowness-on-Solway after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


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.

Many people like to have an extra night?s stay in Carlisle, the largest city in England with a thriving community and fascinating history. Visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous 'licking stones'. As well as these and all of the usual amenities, Carlisle is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining and getting pampered at a health centre in preparation for the remainder of your run.

Bowness-on-Solway is another popular choice for an extra day and a perfect setting in which to celebrate the completion of your holiday. This little seaside village lies within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a wealth of gorgeous scenery to discover. Bird spotters will also enjoy the wide variety of birdlife that often makes their home among the sands, including oystercatchers, lapwings, redshanks and turnstones. Take a refreshing paddle in the sea and enjoy a well-earned day of recovery and relaxation at the end of your run.


What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airport is Newcastle. Take the metro from Newcastle Airport to Wallsend.

Rail

There is a railway station close to the start of the trail (Wallsend) at Newscastle. From Newcastle Station, walk or taxi to the Metro Station, from where you can travel to Wallsend. The nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is Carlisle. Take a taxi or a bus from Bowness-on-Solway to get to the station.

From London - There is a frequent rail service between London Kings Cross and Newcastle. From Bowness-on-Solway, a bus or taxi can be taken to Carlisle Railway Station, followed by a train to London Kings Cross.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to Wallsend by public transport is to take a taxi or a bus to Carlisle Railway Station and then take the train to Newcastle. Finally, take the metro to Wallsend.

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