Arrive at the town of Haltwhistle in Northumberland - a town which claims
to be at the geographic centre of Britain, equidistant from the
sea as measured along the principal points of the compass.
Your hotel for the week is 5-10 minutes walk from Haltwhistle railway
station (on the Newcastle–Carlisle, Tyne Valley Line).
Pick up by arrangement from train arrivals, and for those driving to
the accommodation there is also a car park at the Hotel.
This evening there is the opportunity to meet everyone with a
welcome meeting followed by our welcome dinner.
A short transfer this morning puts you on the start of our walk
along the national trail that is the Hadrian's Wall Path. Today's walk is one of gentle rise and fall with from the small market town of Brampton to the village of Gilsland - a spa village
nestling on the banks of the Irthing.
We visit the evocative Lanercost Priory along the way - not on Hadrian’s Wall, but built with
stone which was taken from the Wall. We also stop at the wonderful
Birdoswald Fort (which once housed over 1,000 Roman soldiers) and see the visitor centre here before finishing your day with a video presentation.
Today's walk becomes more dramatic as you enter the Northumberland National Park and you start to climb up from Gilsland. Today's section
includes some of the most popular and visited parts of the Wall Trail, as the wall follows the natural lie of the land and abuts
the top of crags looking over into Scotland. Passing Thirwall Castle's ruins we head up to the beautiful Walltown and Cawfield
Crags before heading across the moors on our way to Steel Rigg.
We start with a visit to the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre at Once Brewed, then walk the most dramatic
section of Hadrian’s Wall - from Steel Rigg, across the rugged outcrop of Whin Sill, passing by Sycamore Gap (well
featured in the Kevin Costner film “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”) to the Roman fort at Housesteads.
Then finally across country
to Vindolanda Roman town where archaeologists may be watched excavating the site. After dinner you can enjoy a “Hadrian’s Challenge” quiz.
Starting at Housesteads today we pass by the highest point of Hadrian’s Wall and then continue to walk on by King Arthur’s Cave to
visit the site of Brocolitia roman fort and the Temple of Mithras. We then descend to the town of Chollerford where we can visit
Chesters Fort - the best preserved Roman Cavalry Fort in Britain with its famous Roman bathhouses.
From Chollerford, today's walk is over easier terrain as we continue on the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Passing Heavenfield where King
Oswald (604 -642) raised a large wooden cross before the Battle of Heavenfield (AD 635), we continue down to Medieval Aydon Castle
and then on to Corstopitum - the old Roman town of Corbridge. That evening we have our “Pride of the North” dinner.
Our final day of the tour brings us up to date with a cross section of Haltwhistle history, including Broomhouse Common Bronze Age
settlement, the Border Reivers’ strongholds of Bellister Castle and Featherstone Castle (with its remains of WWII POW camp), the legacy of
the Industrial Revolution at Lambley viaduct.
During our walking today we enjoy panoramic views over miles of the route of Hadrian’s Wall and beyond to the
Scottish Border. Our last evening meal is a Roman themed banquet.
The tour is completed following breakfast.
Transfers to Haltwhistle rail station can be arranged upon request.
We offer a number of different start dates for our Hadrian's Wall and Centre of Britain escorted walking holiday throughout the year. To see the current
available start dates please check out the latest schedule which also has our up-to-date prices.
- 7 nights en-suite accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in our wonderful partner hotel The Centre of Britain, Haltwhistle.
- Meals consisting of a full breakfast each day, with a packed lunch and a three course meal each evening. Drinks are not
- 6 days of walking and detailed commentary with our expert Guide.
- Any necessary transport or luggage transfers on walking days.
- Transfers to and from Haltwhistle railway station on request.
- The tour price does not include entry fees to any museums or English Heritage properties.
Single supplement -
Single occupancy supplement is £175.
For more information on Hadrian's Wall visit the English Heritage
website at www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Further information on the Hadrian's Wall Path itself can be
found at the National Trails site www.nationaltrail.co.uk/HadriansWall.
The Hadrian's Wall Tourism Partnership is also a good source
of information. You can visit this at www.hadrians-wall.org.
Flight schedules and information on Newcastle
For information on trains to Newcastle and Carlisle, visit the National