Edinburgh is Scotland's beautiful and historic capital city. From its world-famous castle, perched atop a volcanic rock, to its palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, and from the Georgian House to the National Museum of Scotland and every brick and cobbled alley in between - the city is a historical jewel. Hadrian's Wall marks the northern frontier of the Roman Empire and is the largest Roman monument in northern Europe. Extending 73 miles in northern England from Solway Firth to the North Sea, the massive wall with its attendent forts was constructed during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138) to protect the Roman province of Britannia from the barbarous tribes to the north. Today, the Hadrian's Wall Path follows stunning remnants of the wall from sea to sea, through the pastoral beauty of Cumbria and the breathtaking scenery of the wind-swept Northumberland moors, bookended by the cities of Carlisle and Newcastle. Come join the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) on this superb walk though history.
Our adventure begins and ends in Edinburgh, dominated by Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat. From there, we travel to the pleasant city of Carlisle, where we begin hiking up to 59 miles over 8 days, finishing in Corbridge, one of the most charming towns in Britain. Our journey finds us passing through charming countryside, quaint villages, and wide-open moors, all within a few hundred feet of the route of Hadrian's Wall, built by the Romans in AD 122. Along the way, we will marvel at the engineering triumph that is the wall and will explore ancient fortifications and museums that enhance our understanding of the wall and the Roman civilization it protected. We will also visit medieval churches, priories and castles with overnight accommodations in comfortable inns and guesthouses. Luggage forwarding is provided, so all you need to carry is a daypack. Much of our route traverses stream valleys and small hills, and the days with more challenging hills are also our days with fewer miles to hike. With abundant bus and taxi service, shorter hiking options are available most days. This trip is well within the capabilities of reasonably fit walkers and hikers.
We will be flying as a group from the US. Round-trip airfare is included in the cost.
Day 1: After overnight flight, arrive hotel in Edinburgh. Optional walking tour of Edinburgh with visits to Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat and the Royal Mile. Meet for dinner with trip preview (included).
Day 2: Continue morning explorations in Edinburgh, then afternoon train to Carlisle. After guesthouse check-in, we will explore this cheery, interesting small city highlighted by Tullie House Museum and Carlisle Castle.
Day 3: Burgh-by-Sands to Crosby-on-Eden, 11 miles. Our hiking begins! From the attractive village of Burgh-in-Sands, home of 13th century St. Michael's Church (built largely with stones from Hadrian's Wall), we pass the outskirts of Carlisle before walking beside the River Eden to the village of Crosby-on-Eden. Guesthouse accommodations in Carlisle. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 4: Crosby-on-Eden to Lanercost Priory, 8 miles. A very pleasant walk through fields, across bridges and along country roads before a short descent to wonderful Lanercost Priory, founded in 1166. We will visit the Priory on the way to our nearby guesthouse. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 5: Lanercost Priory to Greenhead, 9 miles. Today we start seeing significant portions of the wall, highlighted by a visit to the Roman fort Birdoswald. Inn accommodations. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 6: Greenhead to Haltwhistle, 7 miles. A more strenuous day of ups and downs featuring 14th century Thirlwall Castle, the Roman Army Museum, and Walltown Crags. A side trail leads us to the historic and quaint town of Haltwhistle where our inn awaits. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 7: Haltwhistle to Housesteads, 7 miles. A spectacular day with breathtaking views, spectacular walking, impressive sections of the Wall, and Housesteads, the incomparable Roman fort with ruins of granaries, baths, latrines, a hospital, and the surrounding community. Inn accommodations. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 8: Housesteads to Brocolitia, 7 miles. Another spectacular day beginning with Vindolanda, the most important historical site in Britain with thousands of artifacts depicting everyday life in Roman Britannia. Leaving Vindolanda, we return to Housesteads and pass by the Sewingshields Crags and Brocolitia Fort where a bus takes us to our local inn accommodations. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 9: Chesters to Corbridge, 7 miles. First we visit Chesters Fort, home to the Roman cavalry and the site of Roman bath ruins. We then hike to Heavenfield, site of a 7th century battle, then finally leave the Wall for a delightful walk through field and forest to the picturesque small towns of Acomb, Hexham, and Corbridge with a stop at impressive Hexham Abbey. Inn accommodations. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 10: Corbridge Roman Town, 3 miles. Before leaving Corbridge, we follow a gorgeous path along the River Tyne that leads us to Corbridge Roman Town, the nerve center of Roman operations in northern England. Returning to Corbridge, we take a train back to Edinburgh. Hotel accommodations. Meals provided: B, L.
Day 11: Return home.
Note: Daily itineraries subject to change.
- All lodging (double occupancy) and meals as stated in the itinerary. Single supplement may be added for $600 if requested.
- Round-trip airfare from Newark NJ to Edinburgh.
- All group transport in Scotland and England.
- Luggage forwarding.
- Guide services.
- Entry fees to:
- Edinburgh Castle
- Lanercost Priory
- Roman Army Museum
- Corbridge Roman Town
- Travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance
- Personal gear (see equipment list).
- Personal taxi fares.
- Private excursions.
- Meals not specified in itinerary.
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Hotel: 6 nights
Inn/Guesthouse: : 4 nights