Hadrian's Wall Run

Hadrian's Wall Run

A trail running holiday from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway along the ancient monument of Hadrian’s Wall.

3 to 7 nights
84 miles
Easy to Strenuous

From £315 per person

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About this route

One of the three most popular trails in the country, Hadrian’s Wall National Trail provides a quality challenge for runners, yet is still suitable for the less-experienced. Well-waymarked and easy to follow, there’s always something fascinating to look at whenever you need to stop for a breather.

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.

© Contours Walking Holidays Hadrian's Wall Run map
84 miles (134 km)
1st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the ease of navigation as you focus on your run through the Northumbrian hills.

Delving into immersive Roman History as you follow Emperor Hadrian’s wall and visit Roman forts and milecastles.

Running through the open wilderness of the Northumbrian countryside, but still finding a friendly town to drop into for fine cakes and tea.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-HWP1 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 3 nights, 2 days running Strenuous£315
R-HWP2 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£405
R-HWP3 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£485
R-HWP4 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate£580
R-HWP5 From Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway 7 nights, 6 days running Easy£675

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

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that in early September thousands of athletes and spectators flock to the Great North Run in Newcastle/Gateshead. This can have an impact on availability of accommodations and on baggage transfers in the area, in particular, on Wallsend. If you are considering running during this time, please telephone us to discuss your options.

Additionally, please note that due to limited availability of good-quality accommodation near the start of the trail, accommodation for the Wallsend stop is typically located around Newcastle. Instructions are provided to travel via the Metro to the beginning of the trail. The cost of this is not included in the cost of your tour.


Travel to Wallsend where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Wallsend to Once Brewed. 42 miles (67km) / 3638 ft (1109 m) ascent

Day 2

Once Brewed to Bowness-on-Solway. 42 miles (67km) / 2057 ft (627 m) ascent


Depart from Bowness-on-Solway 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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

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.

Once Brewed is a 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.

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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 84 miles (134 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 42 miles (67 km)
Maximum daily distance: 42 miles (67 km)
Code: R-HWP1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 1st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Wallsend
End of holiday: Bowness-on-Solway

Route Profile

Hadrian's Wall Run - 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, Durham-Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Newcastle). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is at Carlisle (about 14 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Newcastle. A bus service runs from Bowness-on-Solway Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi will be required on Sundays.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station (and occasionally London St Pancras International) to Newcastle.

Return to Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle rail station, and then catch the train to Newcastle.

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.

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