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 available to fully enjoy it.

Hadrian's Wall Path Signpost

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. This tour 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.

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 26.5 miles (42.5 km)
  • Ascent 2536 ft (773 m)
  • High point 1076 ft (328 m)
  • Ascent per km 18 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Chollerford/Lanercost
  • Grade
  • Easy  
  • Season
  • 2nd January to 24th December

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Holiday options

• Hadrian's Wall Path
• Hadrian's Wall Highlight Short Break


  • 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: Easy

Chollerford

19 km (12 miles)

Once Brewed

23 km (14.5 miles)

Lanercost

More Information

Tour code: R-HWPSB

Price £250 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: £32 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £25 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 major city and international airports are Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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).

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 the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Lanercost to Brampton rail station. From there catch the train to Hexham, where a bus/taxi will be required to Chollerford.
Consider spending an extra night at Chollerford if you wish to explore Cilurnum (Chesters) Roman fort and study the Clayton Collection at Chesters Museum.

The hamlet of Once Brewed is a good choice for a rest day if you want to fully explore the Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads.

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