Strike out and follow in the footsteps of Romans in Hadrian’s Wall Country. Take a hike on a long distance trail or enjoy a circular stroll linking fascinating historic sites while taking in dramatic landscapes.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the famous 84-mile long-distance footpath which follows the Wall as it snakes along ridges and crags.
If 84 miles sounds too long, then there are many shorter walks suitable for all abilities to enjoy where undulating tracks weave through picture-perfect countryside.
Walking to the top of Steel Rigg requires a little more effort, but the views from this dramatic crag are worth the climb. Pass the sycamore tree Kevin Costner climbed in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, while a hike to Housesteads passes forests and lakes.
There’s plenty of walker-friendly accommodation too. Many have boot and clothes drying facilities while several companies offer help with baggage transfers and run organised group walking trips.
Tired feet? Give them a break and hop on the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall bus which runs a regular shuttle service between many sites.
Snap up a Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and board a train on the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line. Hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond Carlisle along the Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass.
Put your best foot forward on the inspirational walks we’ve suggested below. These will take you up close to and along the Wall and include lesser-known stretches of Britain’s top Roman monument.
Below you will find details of how you can walk Hadrian’s Wall whilst helping to preserve the unique archaeology beneath your feet.
In order to minimise the risk of damage and erosion the National Trail project uses its very popular walkers’ passport scheme to influence its long-distance users towards walking the Trail during the drier months of the year. Walkers can collect their passport stamps from many the major sites of Hadrian’s Wall between the 1st May and the 31st October. You can collect your passport from the local Tourist Information Centres.
The Every Footstep Counts initiative was devised by the Trail in partnership with all of the projects and organisations associated with the World Heritage Site. It suggests tips on how visitors can help us to look after the Wall for them and future generations: