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Walking the Wall (Hadrian's Wall)

To truly experience the scale of Wall, you need to walk it.

There’s no more glorious way to experience Hadrian’s Wall Country than by taking to the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. Voted the nation’s favourite, this peaceful route stretches from Bowness-on-Solway to metropolitan Wallsend and Newcastle.

Take a week to shadow the Wall as it cuts through the World Heritage Site. Explore Roman history and heritage en route, and take in the glorious and ever-changing landscapes as you stride along the Empire’s edge. Celebrate the Trail’s 10th Anniversary in 2013. The best time to walk the Trail is between the beginning of May and the end of October which is when a passport scheme is run – collect stamps in your passport along the way as a permanent souvenir of your adventure. It also helps the grass surface of the Trail grow, thus protecting the sensitive archaeology just beneath your feet. When walking the Trail, please abide by the Hadrian’s Wall Country Code which can be found at visithadrianswall.co.uk/things-to-do/walking/every-footstep-counts

If you’re after a shorter stroll or fancy a different way of experiencing Hadrian’s Wall Country then you’re spoilt for choice. There are over 80 circular and linear routes (that we know!) that take in both town and country and there’s something to suit every level of ability.

Whichever you choose you’ll experience wonderful wildlife, stunning vistas and some unforgettable history. Hadrian’s Wall Country is home to unique landscapes – the Northumberland National Park, and the Solway Coast and North Pennines Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To refresh you while walking, stop off at the pubs and tearooms en route, to savour food sourced locally – lamb, beef and game are particular specialities, followed by delicious deserts like sticky-toffee-pudding and a range of local chesses, all washed down with a pint from our local breweries such as Wylam, Hadrian, Allerdale and Geltsdale.