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National Trail AcornHadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

137 km / 85 miles
The Trail follows the line of the Wall built in the second century AD by order of Roman Emperor Hadrian as a defensive barrier that continued in use for most of the next 300 years until the Romans finally left our shores in the fifth century. The Wall included milecastles at each Roman mile, some 80 in all, as fortified gateways to control traffic of people and trade. Hadrian's Wall is recognised as a World Heritage Site, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, that includes another later Roman wall further north, the Antonine Wall, that is the basis of an Antonine Trail.

Hadrian's Wall Path provides a fine coast-to-coast walk and if completed east to west first takes the walker from urban and riverside walking on the north bank of the Tyne to farmland above Tynedale. The upland sections along the wild and dramatic escarpments of Whin Sill give way to gentler pastures of Cumbria and finally the Solway estuary and its salt marshes bring the walker to Bowness. An alternative west to east traverse has the benefits of a following wind and access to a city, Carlisle, at an early stage and certain of the guidebooks describe it.

In places the Trail runs close to roads, or on minor roads. To create the Trail footpaths were created where none currently exist in order to provide a line as close to the Wall's remains as is possible, but avoiding interference with it. There are real future concerns for this World Heritage Site and in consequence a 'User Code of Respect' was developed to include recommendations for keeping to signed paths, avoiding interference with the remains and using promoted circular walks especially in wet winter conditions. In response to the intensive use of the main trail in its most vulnerable sections, where in part it coincides for a time with the Pennine Way/E2 E-Route around Housesteads Fort, initiatives such as the Roman Ring and Moss Troopers' Trail and the provision of circular walks based on the Trail seek to spread walkers into the surrounding countryside corridor that has much to offer in scenery and interest.

The part of the Trail within the Tyneside area is known locally as Hadrian's Way. The Keelman's Way between Wylam and Bill Quay (14 miles) is a cyclist/pedestrian route to the south of the River Tyne with links to the National Trail which is north of the river.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
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Coast-to-Coast
Moorland
World Heritage Site
Heritage
Start: NZ302661 - Wallsend, Tyne and Wear View on StreetMap
Finish: NY225628 - Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2003
Web Sites: National Trails - Hadrian's Wall Path Visit Cumbria - Hadrian's Wall Path Visit Northumberland - Hadrian's Wall Walking Routes Independent Hostels UK - Hadrian's Wall Path Accommodation Walking Englishman - Hadrian's Wall Path [blog] Hadrian's Wall Path parts 1 to 4 [YouTube video] Historic UK - Hadrian's Wall Brian's Walks - Hadrian's Wall Path [blog] Bradt Travel Guides - Walking the Hadrian's Wall Path Trailplanner - Hadrian's Wall [blog] My complete Hadrian's Wall trail packing list [blog] Walking the Hadrian's Wall Trail : an in-depth guide [blog] Camino Adventures - Hadrian's Wall Path [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Hadrian's Wall Path : Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2017 )
Guidebook Hadrian's Wall Path : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Guidebook Walking Hadrian's Wall path National Trail : described west-east and east-west  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
Guidebook Hadrian's Wall : an archaeological walking guide  (History Press  - 2012 )
Guidebook Hadrian's Wall Path  (Rucksack Readers  - 2011 )
Guidebook A boot up Hadrian's Wall  (Halsgrove Press  - February 2009 )
General Interest Book Spirit of Hadrian's Wall  (Cicerone Press  - 2008 )
Guidebook Walk Hadrian's Wall: The 84 Mile Route from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend  (Challenge Publications  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Big walks of the north  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
General Interest Book On the wall with Hadrian  (Eye Books  - 2006 )
Guidebook Guide to Walking Hadrian's Wall  (Hendon Publishing Co  - 1977 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
Certificate Certificate for Hadrian's Wall Path  (Challenge Publications )
Other Hadrian's Wall Path video guide  (TV walks )
Guidebook The National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
General Interest Book Never mind the Quantocks : Stuart Maconie's favourite country walks  (David & Charles  - 2012 )
Other National Trail mug  (Trails Shop )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Trails Shop )
Other Hadrian's Wall Path hiking t-shirt  (Trails Shop )
General Interest Book The great wall of Britain : a walk along Hadrian's Wall  (Hayloft  - 2004 )

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 85, 86, 87, 88
OS Landranger Active 85, 86, 87, 88
OS Explorer 43, 314, 315, 316
OS Explorer Active 43, 314, 315, 316
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey National Trail map
Hadrian's Wall Path (Harvey Maps - 2015)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Hadrian's Wall Path Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company (an imprint of HarperCollins) - 2017)
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Hadrian's Wall Path: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2014)
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Hadrian's Wall Path (Vertebrate - 2020)
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137.3 km (85.3 miles)
1,744 m (5,722 ft) ascent
326 m (1,070 ft)  maximum height

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