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Day 1: Arrive Newcastle. Overnight Stay in Newcastle.

Newcastle is our chosen rendezvous point for our Hadrian's Wall walk. With its excellent road, rail and air connections, getting to and from Newcastle is easy. For those arriving by car, you will be able to leave your vehicle at your first night's accommodation in Newcastle (subject to availability). If the train is your preferred transport mode, we will be happy to collect you from the nearby station. Pickup from Newcastle Airport is an additional fee or you can take public transport. You can arrive in Newcastle at any time of the day and are on your own to see the city.

Day 2: Lanercost to Longbyre – 7.5 miles

You will meet our local representative at your hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne and he will provide you with an overview of the upcoming hike as we transfer you to Lanercost, the start of your journey along Hadrian’s Wall. Lanercost is home to the hauntingly beautiful Priory founded in 1175 by Augustinian canons. Today you will walk through beautiful countryside and along long sections of original Wall, giving you an excellent introduction to the architecture and romance of Hadrian's Wall.

You will pass Birdoswald Fort, which stands high above a bend in the River Irthing in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. Turret and milecastles can be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. With probably the best preserved defenses of any Wall fort, this was an important base for some 1,000 Roman soldiers, succeeding an earlier fort of turf and timber.

You will pass through the town of Gilsand and then gradually drop down into Longbyre, where you will be accommodated this evening in a traditional farmhouse with its welcoming hospitality and superb country breakfasts.

Day 3: Longbyre to Once Brewed – 8.5 miles

Today in the morning you will pass the Roman Army Museum. Watch the superb and award-winning 20-minute 3D Edge of Empire film which takes you on an eagle eye view along the section of Hadrian’s Wall that you are about to walk along – stunning and a definite must see!

Continuing on, you will pass the 14th century Thirlwall Castle which was built out of stone plundered from the Wall. As you continue on through Walltown Quarry and Cawfields, the walking becomes a little more challenging with a number of sharp ascents as you gradually rise up to Winshields Crags and the highest point on the Wall. As the ground starts to rise, the impressive nature of the wall starts to grow and you pass mile castle after mile castle, experiencing true Hadrian Wall Country.

This evening you will stay in a comfortable B&B not far from the Wall path, with an easy walk down to dinner at a traditional British pub.

Day 4: Circular Walk from Once Brewed - 8.5 miles

Today's walk does not take you along the Wall, but instead creates a loop through some of the most dramatic scenery of Hadrian's Wall Country. Walking directly from your accommodation this wonderful circular walk takes you on the north side of Hadrian’s Wall below the mighty crags that make up the most iconic section of the wall. You’ll experience fantastic views of Peel Crags, Sycamore Gap, Crag Lough, Hot Bank Crags, Cuddy’s Crags and Housesteads Fort before crossing back over the wall and following the waymarked path past 18th Century limekiln and Vindolanda before following the route back to your accommodation.

Day 5: Once Brewed to Brocolitia Fort – 8.5 miles

After a hearty breakfast you continue on your journey along Hadrian's Wall and quickly come to what is one of the most famous and enticing scenes of the Wall, Sycamore Gap and Crag Lough. This section of the wall has been used a number of times in films and the dramatic scenery is what you will likely remember from your journey.

On this day we also pass Housesteads, which is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and now the most popular site on the Wall. It stands high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, commanding breathtaking views. It was one of 12 permanent forts added to the new frontier by Hadrian in about AD 124. Known as "Vercovicium" ("the place of effective fighters"), it was garrisoned by a cohort of around 800 infantry (for most of its history Tungrians from Belgium), later reinforced by Germanic cavalry.

Your route takes you to Brocolitia Fort and the Temple of Mithras where you will be met by our representative and transferred back to your accommodation for the evening in Newcastle.

Day 6: Departure Day

Breakfast is included at the hotel. You are free to leave on your own schedule for your continued travels. Airport dropoff is available at an extra cost.

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