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One of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, Hadrian’s Wall offers some fantastic walking through the wild north of England. The well-marked self-guided Hadrian’s Wall walk is a great way to explore this historic landscape, while daily B&B stops and baggage transfers add a dose of comfort to proceedings.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, mighty Hadrian’s Wall was once the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, behind which lurked the Pictish tribes of what is now Scotland. The mighty wall took just six years to complete, with construction proceeding westwards along high escarpments, ideal strategic locations for forts, milecastles and turrets, many of which are still visible today. The Hadrian’s Wall walk was opened in 2003 and follows the course of the ancient frontier along its length, from the vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, through the barren, sweeping landscapes of Northumberland to Cumbria and the timeless beauty of the Solway Firth.
A self-guided walk gives you the opportunity to explore this unique historical route under your own steam and at your own pace. Trips can last anything between five and 10 nights, depending on which sections of the trail you want to see and how quickly you want to do so. You’ll be supplied with a detailed map and comprehensive guidebook, and there are also plenty of museums and archaeological sites en route where you can learn more about the wall’s 2,000 year history. Then at the end of the day you can relax and enjoy some fine dining in the hand-picked bed and breakfasts, country inns and guesthouses dotted along the path – your bags will be waiting for you when you arrive. Our Hadrian's Wall Walking holiday is operated by Mac's Adventure, experts in walking in Scotland.
This really is one of Britain’s most enigmatic landscapes, a place of intimate history, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. Self-guided walks can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. If you’re interested in history but aren’t a keen walker you can opt for a “Best of Hadrian’s Wall” itinerary, taking in Housesteads Fort and Steel Rigg crags. More experienced hikers might fancy tackling the whole 135 kilometre trail, considered one of Britain’s best long-distance paths. The walking is easy and varied, and there’s ample opportunity to indulge other interests like bird-watching and photography. The clincher, though, is the accommodation, all of it carefully selected and top quality, particularly the food. Comfort, freedom and wild natural beauty – what more could you want?
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