Walking Routes

This set of walks and itineraries presents some of the best walking in Hadrian’s Wall Country. You can concentrate on the Wall itself or sample some of the hidden gems just waiting to be discovered – the choice is yours. Make a day of it by visiting some of the many historic sites and attractions along the walks and dwell awhile for refreshment at the cafés, pubs and restaurants that you will come across. Just pick the walks that suit you and enjoy yourself!

The Western Section of the wall provides some fantastic walking routes just off the main trail, offering the relatively flat terrain of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Further information and a selection of routes along the Solway Coast. Make a short trip inland to Cockermouth or Keswick and you can gain easy access to some of the best walking in the Lake District National Park.


Walking in Hadrian's Wall Country

Walking the Wall on Tyneside


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Follow Route 72 Hadrian’s Cycleway between Segedunum Roman Fort and Tynemouth Priory. Take the ferry between North and South Shields to visit Arbeia Roman Fort.

Up to 8 miles
3 – 4 hours plus visiting time

Newcastle City, Work your way around the route starting at at any poin

3 miles
1 1/2 hours plus browsing and visiting time

From Wylam walk along the Wylam Wagonway, signed for Newburn; Stephenson’s Cottage is 1/2 mile away. Re-trace your steps back to Wylam and remain on the footpath to Prudhoe.

3 1/2 miles
2 1/2 hours plus visiting time

Head across the river into Princes Street, which becomes Aydon Road. Turn left by large gates (Riversdale) and immediately right into Deadridge Lane, signed bridleway to Aydon Castle,1 1/2 miles.

6 miles
4 to 5 hours plus visiting time

From Chesters Roman Fort walk up the quiet lane and turn right to Lincoln Hill. You will arrive at a crossroads, turn right here, this part of the route will be signed for the Cycle Byway.

2 1/2 miles
1 hour walking plus time to visit attractions

Turn right out of Steel Rigg car park and in a couple of hundred yards bear right along a track signed “footpath to Hotbank 1 1/2 miles”.

3 1/2 miles
2+ hours
Strenuous (several steep slopes)

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Once Brewed, cross the B6318 (taking care) at the dog-leg junction signed for Steel Rigg.

7 1/2 miles
4 to 4 1/2 hours plus browsing time
Stenuous (several steep slopes)

From Cawfields Quarry car park walk east past the quarry lake towards Milecastle 42. With Hadrian’s Wall on your left, follow the National Trail as far as the road at Caw Gap.

1 hour
Moderate (some steep slopes)

From the ‘Centre of Britain’ sign walk through the archway opposite and into the supermarket car park. Turn right out of car park entrance uphill for 200 yards to Fairfield housing estate.

6 miles
4 to 5 hours plus browsing time
Stenuous (with some steep slopes)

Turn right out of the car park towards the village centre, passing the House of Meg tea room.

3 1/2 miles (+ optional 2 1/2 miles)
2 1/2 hours plus browsing time

From the Market Place go to High Cross Street. At the main road junction go right, cross the zebra crossing and follow the footway passing the Brampton Playhouse and up the steps onto The Moat.

4 miles
2 1/2 hours

Carlisle City's historic quarter, Start the route from any point and follow it at your leisure.

1 1/2 miles
1 hour for walk plus browsing time

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