Find out about the 15 National Trails providing over 4000km of well-managed paths which offer walking, riding and cycling experiences through some of the finest countryside in England and Wales, officially designated by Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency).
Location: North England - Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyneside.
Length:: 135km (84miles).
Average number of days to complete:: 7.
Users:: Walkers only in Cumbria & Northumberland. Within Tyneside 19 km - (14% of the total route) is shared with cyclists on an urban cycleway.
Highest point:: Whinshields Crags 345m (1130 ft).
Start point: Segedenum Roman Fort at Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
Finish point: The Banks Promenade, Bowness-on-Solway village on the west coast
Landscape:: A riverside route along the Tyne gives way to predominantly arable farmland above Tynedale. This opens out to the rough grazing upland section dominated by the Whin Sill escarpment. It then gradually descends to the richer pastures of Cumbria and finally the open salt marsh of the Solway Estuary.
Highlights: Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads, Birdoswald, River Tyne bridges, Whin Sill escarpment; well preserved Roman masonry and earthworks, Solway salt marshes.
Famous Associations: Emperor Hadrian, George and Robert Stephenson; novelist Sir Walter Scott; singer Sting; footballer Alan Shearer.
Trail Officer's favourite part: Segedunum Roman Fort because of its presentation; Walltown section of Wall, one of the best preserved sections but the least known; Birdoswald Roman Fort with its expansive views; Solway estuary because of its bird interest.
Nearest Towns: Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Carlisle are the main towns on the route. Hexham is 7 km (5 miles); Haltwhistle 5 km (3 miles); Brampton 6.5 km (5 miles).
Access: Newcastle-upon-Tyne is 3 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train, Carlisle is 4.5 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train. The Hadrianís Wall bus serves the above plus Corbridge, Hexham, Greenhead, Gilsland and Brampton. Segedenum can be reached by metro from Newcastle (10 minutes from Central Station). Bus services operate from Carlisle to Bowness-on Solway (take 40 minutes).
Information available: National Trail Guide - Aurum Press; Hadrian's Wall Path Harvey Map (entire route on one map); The Essential Companion to Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail (pocket-size guidebook); Walking in Hadrian's Wall Country booklet, Forts and Attractions leaflet, Mini Guide (accommodation for walkers and cyclists); public transport leaflet (including Hadrian's Wall Bus AD 122) from Hadrian's Wall Information Line - Tel 00 44 (0) 1434 609700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.hadrians-wall.org . See Publications section on www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall website.
Trail Team contact information:: David McGlade, The Hadrian's Wall Trust, East Peterel Field, Dipton Mill Road, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 2JT. Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1434 609700 .Email: email@example.com