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Walk the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s wall, beginning in the market town of Brampton, and continuing to historic Corbridge Roman Town. Visit world famous forts and museums: Vindolanda, Birdoswald, Housesteads, & Chesters. Admire the architectural splendor of Aydon castle, Thirlwall castle and Lanercost Priory. Spot the famous Robin Hood’s Tree at Sycamore Gap. Travel through the centuries walking along Hadrian’s Wall, the best-known frontier in the Roman Empire.
Centre of Britain Hotel, Haltwhistle - 6nts
This is a centre-based holiday located in the town of Haltwhistle.
The Centre of Britain Hotel is Haltwhistle’s most historic building. The oldest part of the hotel was a Border Reivers' Pele Tower, dating from the 15th century. Later it became a Manor House, excise office and a coaching inn. Rooms include: Tea and coffee making facilities, TV and radio, hairdryer, safe, direct dial telephone. Drying and washing facilities are available.
The hotel manager, Christine’s welcome, enthusiasm and knowledge of the local area will heighten your enjoyment of this holiday. The hotel usually organises a Roman Banquet, where a Roman soldier is invited along to talk to you about life in the Roman army.
Check in at the hotel is available from 3pm and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check in at the hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Brampton to Gilsand
Our starting point is the historic market town of Brampton, the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. Leaving the town we follow a footpath through open fields, which leads us towards the evocative setting of Lanercost Priory, built in 1166 with red sandstone taken from Hadrian's Wall. Soon after leaving the priory we have our first meeting with the Wall from where we can look back over our route so far. We follow the course of Hadrian's Wall, passing various Turrets and Signal Towers before we reach the 2,000-year old Birdoswald Roman Fort, once home to over 1,000 soldiers. The visitor centre here provides a good introduction to the history of Hadrian's Wall. Descending to the River Irthing, we have the opportunity to explore the Roman remains at Willowford, one of the most photographed sections of the Wall, before arriving in the historic village of Gilsland. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent
Day 3: Gilsland to Once Brewed
From Gilsland our route becomes more dramatic, as a craggy landscape rises ahead. We briefly cross the intersection with the Pennine Way before we reach the impressive ruins of Thirlwall Castle. The castle was built in the 14th century by John Thirlwall to protect his family from the violent cross border raids between England and Scotland. On leaving the castle the walking becomes more rugged as we cross a splendid section of wild and invigorating countryside, which includes Cawfield Crags and Milecastle 41. The location of the Milecastle commands superb views over a wide expanse of countryside. As well as a superb stretch of walking, this section of the Wall is particularly impressive - an unbeatable combination. Crossing Windshields Crags we reach the trig point at 345 metres, the highest point on the entire Wall. 10 miles (16km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent
Day 4: Once Brewed Circuit
Today’s circular walk gives us the opportunity to visit Housesteads, the most complete Roman fort in Britain, and Vindolanda, a Roman town with its own fort. Leaving Once Brewed we climb along Steel Rigg, a stunning section of the walk with many rises and falls. We have magnificent views over Crag Lough, and as we look behind we can see the Wall snaking into the distance, following the high ground to take advantage of the natural defences of this dramatic landscape. A little further on we can see the famous sycamore tree used in film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves', starring Kevin Costner. 7.5 miles (12km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent. We have ample opportunity to explore the impressive site of Housesteads Roman Fort, the extent of which spans five acres. At Vindolanda, we can also explore the relaxing gardens.
Day 5: Housesteads to Chollerford
Leaving Housesteads we follow an attractive stretch of footpath along the Wall where woods perch on the rocky slopes of Sewingshields Crag. We can admire the great views of the Wall zigzagging ahead of us, before we pass a white cairn and Sewingshields Turret. Here we descend to follow a long line of roadside Wall, passing the site of the fort Brocolitia and the remains of the Temple of Mithras en route. Entering the Northumberland National Park an excellent stretch of walking provides stunning views of open countryside. Towards the end of our day we reach Chester's Fort, which was originally the grounds of a country house, home to John Clayton the man responsible for the initiation and restoration of the wall around 1832. The museum here displays his finds at various sites along the Wall and is a memorial to his efforts. 10 miles (16km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent
Day 6: Chollerford to Corbridge, via Aydon Castle
At Chollerford we cross a fine bridge, built in 1775 following the great flood of 1771, which demolished its predecessor. The Roman ditch is unmistakable and very deep on this stretch and we are surrounded by calls of the skylark, lapwing and curlew. Passing though a thick forest we emerge to a different world of arable farmland and enjoy pleasant walking through fields. The Wall stretches in a straight-line head of us, aligned along the Dere Street Roman Road from Corbridge. At the Onnum Roman Fort we bid our final farewells to the Wall and walk south to the peaceful village of Halton and its ruined castle. From here we continue to Aydon Castle, one of the finest surviving examples of a medieval manor house in England and the setting for the film 'Ivanhoe'. We have the opportunity to explore this delightful castle before following a bridleway to the finish of our Hadrian's Way holiday at Corbridge Roman Town. 9.5 miles (15km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent
Day 7: Departure Day
Admission to Hadrian’s Wall visitor attractions (admission fees are not included in the holiday price)
Hadrian’s Wall Path features several fantastic visitor attractions, which are highlights of this holiday. These are not included in the holiday price as the admission charges vary for concessions and National Trust and English Heritage members who can benefit from free or discounted entry at certain sites. If you wish to visit all the sites, have no memberships and cannot benefit from any concessions you should allow approximately £45 (standard adult tickets). The visitor attractions are mostly operated by English Heritage (including Housesteads Fort, which is owned by the National Trust). Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum are independently operated by Vindolanda Charitable Trust.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
Our hotel is located only ½ a mile from Haltwhistle railway station. The hotel can collect you on request from the station, but please ensure that you give the hotel a call the day before your arrival to arrange this free service.
For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950. For National Rail enquiries from overseas call +44 (0)20 7278 5240.
It is possible to leave your car in the Centre of Britain Hotel car park for the duration of the holiday. The hotel is located in the centre of Haltwhistle, on the main street.
There are a number of low-cost flights from around the UK, to Newcastle (from where you can travel on by metro and train to Haltwhistle). If you are flying from overseas there are international flights to Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport.
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- 6 nights' Full Board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays' Trails guide
- All transport on walking days
- Transfers to and from Haltwhistle station on request from Centre of Britain Hotel
Prices are per person
- Single room: £147 (complete holiday)
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person