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Walking Hadrian’s Wall

Mark Richards


Guidebook and integral map booklet to walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail along the Roman Wall from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend, Newcastle.

The trail typically takes a week to walk, and is suitable for beginners as well as walkers with greater experience. The route is described in both directions, and the guidebook also features extensions to Maryport on Cumbria’s far west coast and South Shields in the east. Clear step-by-step route descriptions are illustrated by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. The guidebook comes with a convenient map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps showing the full route. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack. (Note: the map booklet can also be purchased separately.) A wealth of information on the history of the Wall is included, as well as a wide range of practical information for walkers, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments.
Contents Map key Overview map Introduction Hadrian’s Wall: inspired and inspiring From national border to National Trail Preserving the heritage Taking care of the Trail Tackling a coast-to-coast walk Start and finish points Accommodation Choosing an itinerary Day-walking the Trail When to go Be prepared Maps Using this guide All about the Wall Building the Wall Divide and rule Pilfering and preservation The Wall today Hadrian’s Coast Maryport to Bowness-on-Solway Hadrian’s Wall Path Section 1 Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands Section 2 Burgh-by-Sands to Carlisle Section 3 Carlisle to Newtown Section 4 Newtown to Birdoswald Section 5 Birdoswald to Steel Rigg Section 6 Steel Rigg to Brocolitia Section 7 Brocolitia to Portgate Section 8 Portgate to Heddon-on-the-Wall Section 9 Heddon-on-the-Wall to Newcastle Quayside Section 10 Newcastle Quayside to South Shields Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Stamping stations Appendix C Accommodation section-by-section Appendix D Walking links to the Path from nearby railway stations Appendix E Bus and taxi services Appendix F Useful contacts Appendix G Further reading


Cicerone Press



Publication Date:

2015 September


paperback with outdoor cover




colour maps and photographs throughout