Hadrian's Wall


 Hadrian's Wall, near Walltown, Northumberland, England  (Dave Head/Shutterstock)

Hadrian's Wall, near Walltown, Northumberland, England (Dave Head/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To Hadrian's Wall?

When would a wall be a good adventure location? When it's a very long and old one, stretching from coast to coast through beautiful scenery, that's when. Just some of the things you can do along Hadrian's Wall that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Admire the largest Roman artefact anywhere in the world
  • Walk or cycle from one side of England to the other, from the Solway Firth to Tyneside
  • Visit Britain's most photographed tree

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Get some history with your adventure. Begun in 122 AD, Vallum Hadriani is the largest Roman artefact anywhere in the world. It stretches 74 miles from the Solway Firth in the west to the banks of the Tyne in the east. Can be walked, cycled or just marvelled at - there's a national trail and NCN cycle route. It is not known if anyone has walked the whole thing in a toga before celebrating with a wild night out on the Toon, but wouldn’t that be a fine thing?

 Sycamore Gap, along Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland  (  Mark Godden/Shutterstock)

Sycamore Gap, along Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland (Mark Godden/Shutterstock)

The essential journey along Hadrian's Wall is... umm... yep, along Hadrian's Wall! Conveniently, it's also a rather good national trail.   

Take a look from the air...

Getting To Hadrian's Wall, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 1 hr by car from Newcastle.

Travel times from where you are: See Hadrian's Wall on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Bradt's Northumberland guide.

Walking route guidance: Hadrian's Wall national trail.

Tourist board: Hadrian's Wall Country.

More hadrian's Wall Adventure Inspiration

We're not above a bit of learning every now and then - this from the BBC might be aimed at children but we kind of like it.

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