One of the three most popular trials in the country, Hadrian's Wall National Trail provides a quality challenge for runners, yet is still suitable for the less-experienced.

Hadrian's Wall Path Signpost

The route follows the line of World Heritage-listed Hadrian's Wall wherever possible, including big views, big climbs and fascinating historical ruins.

Long sections of the Wall, built in AD 122 by Emperor Hadrian, remain intact. You can run right beside them, racing in the footsteps of Roman legionaries.

We also offer the Hadrian's Wall Path as a walking holiday, for those looking to enjoy this trail at a gentler pace. Click here to find out more.

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Map of the Hadrian's Wall Path

Route facts

  • Length 84 miles (134 km)
  • Ascent 6204 ft (1891 m)
  • High point 1132 ft (345 m)
  • Ascent per km 14 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Wallsend/Bowness-on-Solway
  • Grade
  • Easy to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • 2nd January to 24th December

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  • The World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall

    The World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall.

  • Carlisle Castle in the English county of Cumbria

    Carlisle Castle in the English county of Cumbria.

  • Views near Portgate, taken by Gary Gimbel

    Views near Portgate, taken by Gary Gimbel.

Trail profile

Hadrian's Wall Path Profile

Itineraries

3 nights
2 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Wallsend

68 km (42.5 miles)

Once Brewed

66 km (41 miles)

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: R-HWP1

Price £255 per person

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4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Challenging

Wallsend

47 km (29.5 miles)

Chollerford

43 km (27 miles)

Lanercost

44 km (27.5 miles)

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: R-HWP2

Price £335 per person

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5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Moderate

Wallsend

33.5 km (21 miles)

East Wallhouses

33.5 km (21 miles)

Once Brewed

29 km (18 miles)

Newtown

38 km (24 miles)

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: R-HWP3

Price £390 per person

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6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Moderate

Wallsend

24 km (15 miles)

Heddon-on-the-Wall

25 km (15.5 miles)

Chollerford

32 km (20 miles)

Gilsland

30 km (19 miles)

Carlisle

23 km (14.5 miles)

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: R-HWP4

Price £460 per person

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7 nights
6 days running

Grade: Easy

Wallsend

24 km (15 miles)

Heddon-on-the-Wall

25 km (15.5 miles)

Chollerford

19 km (12 miles)

Once Brewed

21 km (13 miles)

Lanercost

21 km (13 miles)

Carlisle

23 km (14.5 miles)

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: R-HWP5

Price £535 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £27 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £22 per person / per night

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

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Once Brewed): £55 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • 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.

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.

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.
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.

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.

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