England

Hiking trails: four sections of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk, England

Four sections of the Hadrian’s Wall Walk. The trails follows the wall the Romans, by order of emperor Hadrianus, build between England and Scotland (from 122 AD). Hadrianus himself build a villa in Tivoli, much better weather.
We explored the central and also most beautiful part of the trail (total length of the route is 135 km, between Newcastle and Bowness-on-Solway).The trail is recommended for people who love the combination of archaeology, learn the history and exercising outdoors. Moreover it can be arranged easy and economical thanks to the good infrastructure.
Getting there: a flight to Newcastle. You can order a van in advance to bring you to the start of your trail (we did it by OTS ( tel. +44191 3952046, 45 minutes from the airport, 85 GBP for six persons). Other forms of public transport last much longer.
Accommodation: the youth hostel in Once Brewed ( 2018: now completely renovated). You can eat in the YH or in the inn next door. For our walks we used the bus service that runs along the entire route: by bus to the daily start of the walk, walking to the daily endpoint and - if necessary - by bus back to the YH. In this way you don't have to walk with your backpack.
Maps: description of the trail and maps: a Cicerone guide; Mark Richards, Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Indication of height: up to 400m.

Day 1:  Once Brewed - Vindolanda ( Roman Fort, museum) - Once Brewed.......………. 10 km.
             By public footpath.
Day 2:  Once Brewed - Housestead’s Fort - Once Brewed.........................................……..12 km.
             By trail.
Day 3:  Once Brewed - Temple of Mithras in Carrawburgh...............................................15 km
             By bus. Walking back by the trail
Day 4: Once Brewed - Cavoran Roman army museum- Greenhead.
            By the Pennine-way......................................................................................................11km
            Back by bus...

On trail: the views are breath-taking; the historical sights are numerous (there's history every step of the way) and the trail is very well marked: clearly marked with the National Trail acorn symbol and waymark arrows.
It’s listed on the World Heritage Site.
Don’t underestimate the descents and the climbs on trail: the Romans only walked over the tops!

Once Brewed is connected to the Pennine Way Central and North.