Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path you are stepping back in time, following in the footsteps of the 2nd century Roman legionnaires who, on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian, built a 73-mile, coast-to-coast barrier across England to defend against the advancing Picts and Scots.
Walking Hadrian’s Wall you have to bear in mind that every footstep counts. Almost everywhere you pass is archeologically important; earthworks and masonry may be visible but they may well lie buried alongside the path.
Completed in AD122, it took the soldiers of the 2nd and 6th legions just over a decade to build Hadrian’s Wall. Their astonishing achievement remains the largest ancient monument in northern Europe, and a Roman World Heritage Site.
Hadrian’s Wall is a World Heritage Site and it offers 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape. Carving its way through the rugged beauty of the Northumbrian countryside – from Wallsend, on the River Tyne, in the east to Bowness on the Solway Firth, in the west – enjoy the challenge of hiking from the East Coast to the West Coast of England.
The National Trail runs a passport season between May and October each year where walkers can use their Summer Passport to collect the seven stamps from stamping stations to prove that they have walked the Trail. Stamps can be collected in one go or collected over a period of time. There’s an exclusive Completion Badge & Certificate when you’ve collected all seven stamps.
The best place to start the Hadrian’s Wall walk is Newcastle, where you can stay at one of Thistle hotels – The County.