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.

Run from west to east for the best chance of wind assistance.

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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
  • Newcastle/Carlisle
  • Grade
  • Easy to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • All Year

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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) and 1191 m (3907 ft) ascent

Once Brewed

66 km (41 miles) and 738 m (2421 ft) ascent

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: THWP-1

Price £220 per person

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4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Challenging

Wallsend

47 km (29.5 miles) and 656 m (2152 ft) ascent

Chollerford

43 km (27 miles) and 1000 m (3281 ft) ascent

Lanercost

44 km (27.5 miles) and 273 m (896 ft) ascent

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: THWP-2

Price £290 per person

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6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Moderate

Wallsend

24 km (15 miles) and 352 m (1155 ft) ascent

Heddon-on-the-Wall

25 km (15.5 miles) and 301 m (988 ft) ascent

Chollerford

32 km (20 miles) and 826 m (2710 ft) ascent

Gilsland

30 km (19 miles) and 293 m (961 ft) ascent

Carlisle

23 km (14.5 miles) and 137 m (449 ft) ascent

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: THWP-3

Price £425 per person

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7 nights
6 days running

Grade: Easy

Wallsend

24 km (15 miles) and 352 m (1155 ft) ascent

Heddon-on-the-Wall

25 km (15.5 miles) and 301 m (988 ft) ascent

Chollerford

19 km (12 miles) and 530 m (1739 ft) ascent

Once Brewed

21 km (13 miles) and 425 m (1394 ft) ascent

Lanercost

21 km (13 miles) and 144 m (472 ft) ascent

Carlisle

23 km (14.5 miles) and 137 m (449 ft) ascent

Bowness-on-Solway

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Tour code: THWP-4

Price £485 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: £25 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £20 per person / per night

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

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 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 on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh on the east coast and Glasgow for the west coast. From the railway station in Newcastle, you can take the Metro to Wallsend.

Rail

There is a train station at the start of the trail (Newscastle) and the nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Bowness-on-Solway) is Carlisle.

From London – There is a fast and frequent rail service between London Kings Cross and Newcastle (journey of about 3 hours). From Bowness-on-Solway, a bus can be taken to Carlisle railway station (25 minutes), followed by a train to London Kings Cross (5 hours 30 minutes).

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 Newcastle by public transport is to take a taxi or a bus to Carlisle railway station and then take the train to Newcastle.
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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