Hadrian’s Wall Path: A summary https://wp.me/p93xVa-H
Stage 1: Wallsend – Heddon-on-the-Wall (**) https://wp.me/p93xVa-R
Departing from Wallsend, the path follows the river Tyne and you pass through Newcastle. After a while the road leads from a suburban park to an old rail bed and onto Heddon-on-the-Wall and the first bit of wall.
Stage 2: Heddon-on-the-wall – East Wallhouses (**) https://wp.me/p93xVa-13
Short stage through meadows and fields. One can see the site of a fort (Vindovala) with some hungry sheep, a small church, built with Hadrian’s wall building materials and a reservoir fit for bird watchers. In East Wallhouses lies the ‘famous’ Robin Hood Inn.
Stage 3: East Wallhouses – Chollerford (***) https://wp.me/p93xVa-1e
The first part passes a vallum, an earthen construction that was placed near the wall, as an extra barrier and to clearly mark the military area on the Roman side. After that you can visit a small village with a little church and two impressive parts of the wall. In Chollerford you can also visit Chesters fort, including a Roman bathhouse.
Stage 4: Chollerford – Once Brewed (*****) https://wp.me/p93xVa-1C
Undoubtedly the most breath-taking (literally and figuratively) stage of the entire trail. You start in Chollerford and the landscape increasingly goes up and down. After a Roman temple, dedicated to the deity Mithras, you have the wall as a companion the entire time. Wonderful landscape, a tiring walk, but well worth it.
Stage 5: Once Brewed – Gilsland (***) https://wp.me/p6mTIY-1Y
The wall remains a companion du route for the first part of the day. Youleave Northumberland, with its rugged crags and enter Cumbria, which offer hilly fields and meadows. You also get to enjoy a castle ruin.
Stage 6: Gilsland – Newtown (**) https://wp.me/p93xVa-1V
Today we get the last pieces of the wall, as well as other historical highlighs. There’s a milecastle that lies on the slope of a hill, Birdoswald fort and Lanercost Priory, a splendid ruin that once welcomed Edward I and Robert the Bruce. Lots of fields and meadows, cows and sheep.
Stage 7: Newtown – Carlisle (*) https://wp.me/p93xVa-29
The path follows the Eden river, passes a small village and ends up in Carlisle, a city offering both Roman and industrial history.
Stage 8: Carlisle – Bowness-on-Solway (****) https://wp.me/p93xVa-2i
We follow the Eden for a bit longer, passing by some small villages along the way. There’s also a stretch of 5 kilometres where one has to look out for tidal floods. The heavy wind and the rising tide resulted in a fast pace. Eventually Hadrian’s Wall Path ends in Bowness-on-Solway, looking out over the Solway Firth.