This adventure is one of our "challenge" hiking tours designed for the serious hiker.  It is a 10 night/11-day tour with six days dedicated to hiking the entire length of Hadrian's Wall. The hiking averages around 12 to 16 miles a day.  There will be time dedicated for sightseeing, museum tours and enjoying the local culture. There is an option to add an additional six miles of hiking for anyone wishing to hike not only the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall but also across England from the North Sea to the Irish Sea.  This tour can be customized for your pre-formed group.  Please contact us for more information!


THE HADRIAN’S WALL CHALLENGE: 
TREKKING THE EDGE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN NORTHERN ENGLAND

Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle, Brampton, Carlisle, and Edinburgh
This escorted 10-night adventure tour of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Wall and surrounding sites offers “Adventurers” a unique blend of archeologically-rich hiking, museums, forts and castles, onsite study of ancient ruins, expert lecturers, sightseeing and the allure of British shopping, attractions and culture.  Hadrian’s Wall, the main focus of the adventure, was an imposing stone fortification that divided Roman Britain between present-day northern England and Scotland. Constructed under the direction of Emperor Hadrian in 122 A.D., the wall stretched for 84 miles - of which you’ll hike in its entirety - and marked the edge of the Roman Empire for 300 years.  The ruins of numerous forts, mile castles, turrets, and earthworks bring this major feat of Roman engineering to life. Tour features include upscale accommodations at historic hotels and inns, luxury coach travel, a limit of 14 guests per tour with an expert subject matter Tour Leader. This adventure is ideal for anyone with an active outdoor lifestyle, hikers, and adventurers; historians, students, and enthusiasts of the Roman Empire; museum lovers and anyone who enjoys the enchantment of the United Kingdom’s countryside and vibrant cities.  (Activity Level:  Difficult)

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE:

DAY 1 – Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Tour of Edinburgh Castle and group dinner
Overnight in Edinburgh: Meals – D
 
DAY 2 – Depart for Newcastle, England with tour of Jedburgh Abbey
Overnight in Newcastle
Meals – B, L
 
DAY 3 – Tour of Newcastle, Segedunum Roman Fort, and Great North Museum
Overnight Newcastle
Meals – B, L, D
 
DAY 4 – Trek from Segedunum Roman Fort to Heddon-on-the-Wall – 15 miles
Overnight in Newcastle
Meals – B, L
 
DAY 5 – Trek from Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford – 15 miles
Overnight in Newcastle
Meals – B, L
 
DAY 6 – Trek from Chollerford to Cawfields Quarry – 15 miles
Overnight in Brampton
Meals – B, L, D, Reception
 
DAY 7 – Trek from Cawfields Quarry to Lanercost – 12 miles
Overnight in Brampton
Meals – B, D
 
DAY 8 – Trek from Lanercost to Carlisle – 13 miles
Overnight in Carlisle              
Meals – B, L, D
 
DAY 9 – Trek from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway – 14 miles
Overnight in Carlisle
Meals – B, L, D
 
DAY 10 – Transport to Carlisle Castle and Edinburgh
Overnight in Edinburgh
Meals – B
 
DAY 11 – Conclusion of Adventure Tour and Departure
Meals – B

Hiking in Northern England
Historic Hiking Adventures Upscale Accomodations
Sightseeing after the day's hike


SAMPLE ITINERARY:

Please contact us for more information on putting together this great tour for your pre-formed group!

DAY 1 - Arrive in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle       
Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome to Scotland!  After checking into the hotel, take some time to rest from your travels or visit Edinburgh Castle at your own leisure (your castle tickets are provided in advance of your arrival).  With its medieval Old Town, elegant Georgian New Town, gardens and neoclassical buildings, Edinburgh is a remarkable combination of old and new.  You will have the day free to explore the city’s many sites including the National Gallery which first opened to the public in 1859 and whose collection includes European masterpieces and Scottish works.  Be certain to return to the hotel in time for a group dinner where you will meet your Adventure Escort and fellow Adventurers.  Meals: D

DAY 2 - Jedburgh Abbey and Newcastle
Newcastle, England 

Following a group breakfast, a luxury touring coach will transport you and your fellow Adventurers to Newcastle via a scenic countryside route with a visit to the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.  Founded in the 12th century and in close proximity to the English border, Jedburgh Abbey was frequently targeted by invading armies.  After stopping for lunch at an authentic pub, you will check into the historic 4-Star Vermont Hotel that will serve as your base for the next four nights.  Take some time to relax or visit the city’s numerous sites and shopping venues.  Meals: B, L

DAY 3 - Tour of Newcastle, Segedunum Roman Fort and Great North Museum
Newcastle, England 

Following a group breakfast with a local tour guide, take in a familiarization tour of Newcastle – a city that grew atop the site of a Roman settlement – en route to the Roman Fort and Museum of Segedunum.  This location marks the starting point of Hadrian’s Wall in the aptly named town of Wallsend.  The tour continues with a visit to the Great North Museum whose collection includes carved and inscribed stones from Hadrian’s Wall and its outpost forts.  Located in the museum is the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle Upon Tyne, a historical society founded in 1813, where a private tour of their impressive collection awaits.  A walking tour back to the hotel will include a stop for lunch and ample time for shopping in the quaint shops of Newcastle.  Later in the afternoon, enjoy private tours of the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas and the Black Gate & Castle Keep – the medieval fortification built on the site of the fortress which gave the City of Newcastle its name.  Tonight’s special dinner includes notable guests from both the Cathedral and Castle Keep and a presentation from a prominent expert of the Roman Army.  Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4 - Trek from Segedunum Roman Fort to Heddon-on-the-Wall – 15 miles
Newcastle, England 

From the hotel, you will be transported back to Segedunum where the hiking segment of your adventure begins.  The paved riverfront footpath with views of former shipping yards, the River Tyne, and Newcastle’s many impressive bridges makes this the adventure’s easiest hiking segment.  After leaving Newcastle’s contemporary Quayside riverfront area, the path leads to countryside vistas and the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.  Return to Newcastle for an evening free to shop, explore and have dinner at one of the city’s many diverse dining establishments.  Meals: B, L 

Hadrian's Wall
Hiking Hadrian's Wall Path
Roman ruins in North England

DAY 5 - Trek from Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford – 15 miles
Newcastle, England 

Upon transport back to Heddon-on-the-Wall, the path mainly follows the military road that was built over the wall itself and along the vallum, the Roman ditch line created as an extra measure of defense from invading barbarians.   Immediately prior to reaching the village of Chollerford, you will cross over River Tyne North on a stone bridge constructed in 1785. Return to Newcastle for an evening free to shop, explore and have dinner at one of the city’s many diverse dining establishments.  Meals: B, L

DAY 6 - Trek from Chollerford to Cawfields Quarry – 15 miles 
Brampton, England 

Upon bidding farewell to Newcastle, we will return to Chollerford for a tour of Chester Fort & Museum with ruins that include a bathhouse, barracks, the commander’s residence, inscribed artifacts and where 500 Roman cavalry soldiers were stationed for 300 years.  The path continues along numerous wall segments and past Housesteads Roman Fort.  Set high on a dramatic escarpment on a ridge, Housesteads marks the beginning of breathtaking views along the tour’s most challenging, yet beautiful, path.  At Cawfields Quarry, you will be transported for the evening to the charming Abbey Bridge Inn where a reception and dinner await to celebrate the halfway point of Hadrian’s Wall.  Meals: B, L, D, Reception

DAY 7 - Trek from Cawfields Quarry to Lanercost – 12 miles 
Brampton, England 

Prior to resuming the day’s hike, you will be transported to the ruins of Vindolanda, a Roman fort predating Hadrian’s Wall. Here you will explore Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago and marvel at the world famous Vindolanda writing tablets and the largest collection of Roman Empire-era leather anywhere including shoes of all sizes, purses and archer's gear.  Proceeding along the path and the ruins of the wall’s turrets, the path sets out for Birdoswald Roman Fort and the longest continuous remaining stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.  The day concludes at the Abbey Bridge Inn. Meals: B, D

DAY 8 - Trek from Lanercost to Carlisle – 13 miles 
Carlisle, England 

After a tour of the Roman Army Museum, your adventure resumes along a softly undulating countryside path to the city of Carlisle.  This section of the trek offers river views and rural England’s agricultural economy.  Upon reaching the city, which was settled by the Romans to supply the forts along Hadrian’s Wall, you will be transported to the Crown Hotel – a quaint country lodge in the nearby village of Wetheral. Meals: B, L, D

Hiking along Hadrian's Wall Path
Fish and Chips
First day of hiking

DAY 9 – Trek from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway – 14 miles
Carlisle, England 

The final segment of the hike continues through the countryside with landmarks such as St. Michael’s church and the monument to England’s King Edward I, “The Hammer of the Scots,” who died nearby in 1307.   A pavilion on Solway Firth of the Irish Sea marks the end of the Hadrian’s Wall hike and a celebratory dinner awaits at the Crown Hotel.  
Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 – Transport to Carlisle Castle and to Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland 

Before heading back to Edinburg, a visit of the 900-year-old Carlisle Castle awaits.  Built on the site of a Roman fort, its purpose (not unlike Hadrian’s Wall a millennium early) was to protect the area from northern invaders (this time the Scots).  The castle was a center of conflict for over 700 years and Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned within the castle in 1567.  Upon departing Carlisle and your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be transported to either your hotel to resume exploring the city on your own or continue on for an optional self-guided tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia which served the British monarchy from 1954 until 1997.  Meals: B

DAY 11 – Conclusion of Adventure Tour and Departure
After breakfast, the adventure concludes upon your departure to Edinburgh airport, the railway station or to the many other great destinations of Scotland and the United Kingdom!  Meals: B

TOUR PRICE:

The cost of the tour is $3600 per person, based on double occupancy

The price of the tour includes:

  • 11-day/10-night tour, 6 days of hiking
  • Accommodations for 10 nights in upscale hotels and inns
  • 22 meals included
  • Tour transportation via luxury coach
  • Door to door luggage transfers for every stop on tour
  • Tour escorted and led by Matt Durfee

Note: All itineraries are subject to change and require a minimum of 8 guests with a maximum of 14 guests.l