Step back in time
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. But don’t worry - if 84 miles sounds too long for you, then there are plenty of shorter routes available for people of all abilities so everyone can enjoy this 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 iconic Sycamore Gap with the sycamore tree Kevin Costner climbed in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, while a hike to Housesteads Roman fort ensures stunning scenery passing forests and lakes and extensive roman remains when you reach Housesteads Roman Fort.
Chesters Roman Fort is one of the most northern outposts of the Roman Empire and the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain. From Chesters Roman Fort enjoy an easy 2.5 mile circular walk through the village of Humshaugh.
Put your best foot forward on the inspirational Hadrian’s Wall walking routes. These will take you up close to the Wall and include lesser-known stretches of Britain’s top Roman monument.
The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre has a car park perfect for starting a circular walk along past Housesteads and then Vindolanda, a haven for roman archaeology. Return to The Sill after your walk, browse the visitor centre and enjoy refreshments in the café. Alternatively you can park in Steel Rigg car park picking up the circular route from there.
Whilst walking Hadrian's Wall it's worth making sure you have time to visit the roman forts in the central section of the wall. These include Housesteads Fort, Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town and Vindolanda plus numerous turrets and milecastles. For wet weather or rest days visit the Roman Army Museum and immerse yourself in the life of a Roman soldier, learning about roman Britain and emperor Hadrian.
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.