Although much of Hadrian's Wall has since disappeared, what is left is often spectacular, especially where it follows the uplands in the Northumberland National Park. The wall is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an 84-mile National Trail. It is therefore possible to follow the remains of the wall for the whole length of the way, even through the built-up areas at either end.
The best remains and the nicest scenery are found in the Northumberland National Park and in Cumbria - the central and Western parts of the route.
Bowness on Solway is a peaceful village on the Solway Firth. There is no actual Wall or forts here. The official start of Hadrian’s Wall Path is the Path Pavilion 'good luck go with you'. Today is a relatively flat walk with a few hills into Carlisle. You will pass through the village of Beaumont and follow the River Eden.
A lovely stretch of walking where the line of the wall, ditch and vallum can be clearly seen today. Walk alongside the River Edan to reach Crosby following lanes up onto the line of the Wall. Walk through woodland, cross the Cam Beck before reaching Walton. There is a short road section before heading down into Lanercost.
This walk will test your legs but is worth the strain as you have plenty of Wall on this section. You climb to its highest point over Winshields Crags and you will have excellent views over the Pennines. The way passes by the ruin of Thirlwall Castle, Magnis and Great Chesters (Roman forts).
Next it is on to Chollerford with its handsome five arched stone bridge from 1775 and pub. You follow arguably the most scenic section of the trip over Highsheild Crags and Peel Crags. The stage rollercoasters to Housesteads, with its famed fort and National Trust Museum.
Today the National Trail follows beside the roads; often along the vallum, the ditch created as a defensive feature when The Roman Wall was built. Look out for remains of Vindobala fort and the reservoirs around Welton. There is a pub at East Wallhouses. A slight deviation to Halton might be in order to admire the old keep.
Descend out of Heddon where the walk becomes pretty flat for the remainder of the day. The trail follows the walls of the ancient Roman fort of Segedunum and you finish your walk at the tourist information office in Wallsend. If you did not fancy walking today (the route is largely urban), you could use The Tyne and Wear Omnibus Co. which run a service out of Eldon Square in Newcastle to Heddon in 25 minutes, it also goes on to Hexham. Use the Metro from Hadrian Road to get back to Eldon Road.
Carlisle and Newcastle are on the main transport links. To travel to Bowness on Solway recommended catching a taxi from Carlisle as the bus route is not ideal for walkers. To transfer from Wallsend there are bus services to Newcastle. Refer to www.nationalrail.co.uk for schedules.
Hadrian's Wall Bus - Approximately follows the length of the central part of the wall each day in both directions daily. The Hadrian’s Wall Bus (AD122) is expected to run from the beginning of April to the end of September. It runs between Wallsend, Newcastle, Carlisle and Bowness-on-Solway and stopping at visitor attractions, towns and villages along the way. The AD122 bus goes via Hexham, Chesters, Housesteads, Once Brewed, Vindolanda, Twice Brewed, Haltwhistle, to the Roman Army Museum at Walltown. You can phone 01434 322002 (Not open on Sundays or Bank Holidays) for details of the service. In very severe weather conditions please also contact them or the Traveline on 0871 200 2233.