Anyone walked Hadrians Wall

#1
I want to walk the central section of Hadrian's Wall next month; has anyone done this, and can you recommend pub B&B's?

I'm expecting to be out by Friday lunchtime, back to bosom of loving family by late Sunday, so maybe doing 50 miles, two nights, with suitable lunches along the way if I wander past a decent pub.

Thanks.
 
#2
Many, many and thrice many years since I did it. There is lots to see on route, the camps have lots of history, but there is still nothing like striding the walls and breathing in the air.
However if you want beer/sarnies then you are generally best making a small detour on occasion, like at Greenhead. Or at night leave the wall and head for a village.

Best of luck, you should really enjoy it.
 
#3
Yes, whole wall once then returned 3 months later and re-walked the mid section. Adored it and hanker for doing it all over again :D

The mid section, being remote, has limited accommodation that doesn't require going too far off track. When I returned I stayed HERE which I highly recommend - gorgeous farmhouse accommodation north side of the wall with fabulous views of the wall and most importantly walkable from the wall path. It's pretty much centre of the wall route at Steel Rigg/Twice Brewed. The pub there, Twice Brewed Inn, just south of the wall is great and I believe that offers accommodation too. The farmhouse owners will also drop off/pick you up virtually anywhere along the wall if you wish to use them as a base.

The Hadrian Hotel (it's actually a pub) at Wall, near Chollerton,01434 681232, is also walkable from the route, I've stayed there too. From there to the Steel Rigg Farmhouse is, from memory, approx. 15 miles.

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You'll love it!
 
#5
wheel said:
Doing it weekend 22-26th August. I will let you know how it goes.
I'm hoping to be there 19-22nd September, if my mate can come (I spend enough time on my own as it is). Going to walk W-E, as I'm assuming that the equinox gales will be blowing that weekend!
 

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#6
I walked it many times, but the armour used to chafe, then the Legion was withdrawn!

However, I have walked it twice, many years ago. I used to stay at a hostel in Acomb, but have no idea if it is still there. I camped most of the time, but since this really was many years ago, even before The Beatles, I probably can't help. But good luck to anyone who does walk it, beautiful countryside, wonderful people and God's own country.

And, as an afterthought, if anyone does go to Acomb, there used to be a pub, halfway up the high Street that was brilliant.
 
#7
Walked it a few times. Tremendous - especially in really bad weather. Can recommend the pub at Wall. Allow time for some of the museums and info sites - it is far more than just a walk. There is lots of free info stuff about if you put Hardrians Wall into Google
 
#8
OldRedCap said:
Walked it a few times. Tremendous - especially in really bad weather. Can recommend the pub at Wall. Allow time for some of the museums and info sites - it is far more than just a walk. There is lots of free info stuff about if you put Hardrians Wall into Google
That sounds like good advice. I'm still planning walking trips for a 'head down, arse up' speed of march, rather than gentle amble with mates.

The quantity of info on the net is what prompted me to start this thread, there's just so much of it.
 
#9
angular said:
OldRedCap said:
Walked it a few times. Tremendous - especially in really bad weather. Can recommend the pub at Wall. Allow time for some of the museums and info sites - it is far more than just a walk. There is lots of free info stuff about if you put Hardrians Wall into Google
That sounds like good advice. I'm still planning walking trips for a 'head down, arse up' speed of march, rather than gentle amble with mates.

The quantity of info on the net is what prompted me to start this thread, there's just so much of it.
You can't just beast yourself along the route, you MUST allow time just to stop and look and breathe, it really is incredible in some parts, merely very bonny along the rest. If you stop off for a pint and sarnie and lunch and get one of the good local brews, allow for an extra replen to slow you down a bit.

You will enjoy.
That is not an order, it is a prediction.
 
#10
old_fat_and_hairy said:
I walked it many times, but the armour used to chafe, then the Legion was withdrawn!
WALT ALERT!!!!

There were no legions stationed on the wall at any time in its history....it was manned by auxillaries! :p :D

I've outed you! :wink:
 
#11
Dwarf said:
You can't just beast yourself along the route, you MUST allow time just to stop and look and breathe...
Agreed, hence why I returned 3 months later for a proper look as the first time was a continual beasting from end to end. The mid section is excellent for both a beasting and a gander, but not simultaneously. Walking in both directions affords you a surprisingly different experience too.
 
#12
Done it a few times, I live in Newcastle so it would be rude not too really.

I would recommend doing it in the winter time, the scenery is quite stunning (great photo op) with a bit of frost and snow on the ground.
 
#14
Nope, it is still there, nobody's taken it.
 
#15
Dwarf said:
Nope, it is still there, nobody's taken it.
You say that like you've been there to check. Can I trust you on that, oh Senyor Catalan??
 
#16
Mr_Deputy said:
Wheel has been taken prisoner by the People's Front of Carlisle or so I heard.
Are you the PFC, Fek off where the Popular Peoples Front of Carlise - thats the PFC over there - SPLITTER!!!
 
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#17
.Dolly said:
gorgeous farmhouse accommodation north side of the wall with fabulous views of the wall and most importantly walkable from the wall path. It's pretty much centre of the wall route at Steel Rigg/Twice Brewed. The pub there, Twice Brewed Inn, just south of the wall is great
Ah, I took a fair bit of tread off my liver there. Happy, happy days.
 
#18
angular said:
Dwarf said:
Nope, it is still there, nobody's taken it.
You say that like you've been there to check. Can I trust you on that, oh Senyor Catalan??
Si por suposat.
Wor kid lives in the area, he reckons it was still there last time he looked, last week.
I also checked it out on google satellite just now to be absolutely sure. Though as my Plt Sergeant used to hit me about the head whenever I so much as glanced at a map or air photo maybe you will just have to trust my brother.
 
#19
Did it this weekend, from the Roman Army Museum to Chesters.

Trained it to Haltwhistle, then walked to the Wall. Most of it's been nicked, but there's still plenty to see.

Took too much gear, but then I always do that. Loads of people on the Wall, even bints with handbags.

Stayed at Twice Brewed, not the height of luxury (bring your own soap, and don't share a room with a pi$$ed-up Irishman who snores), but the beer's terrific.

Then visited Vindolanda, back to the Wall and on to the Hadrian Hotel at Wall. TG the Irishman had his own room that night. Chesters was worth seeing, but the rest of the walk is pretty much a stroll in the country next to a ditch, and I can do that in Suffolk, so we got Hexham and got the train home.
 

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