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Welcome to Walking Hadrian's Wall. The online guidebook to the National Trail along Hadrian's Wall
One of England’s many long distance paths is that of Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. This is considered one of the nationally recognized paths, for length, and it runs 135 kilometers in length. It became a National Trail in 2003, and it is the fifteenth overall. The reason why it is named as such, is because it’s close in proximity to the remains of the famed Hadrian’s Wall. This dates back to the Roman Empire, and was built around the north of the country. It is a major site that is recognized as part of a World Heritage Site, and one that has a great deal of history that dates back centuries. Walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail starts at Wallsend, which is located on the east coast of England, and then heads to Bowness-on-Solway. It can take walkers an average of 6 to 7 days to walk, depending on several factors.
This walk gets a lot of attention, as it is easy to get to from Newcastle and Carlisle, through the UK railway network. It is a location that attracts many people of all backgrounds due to the historical context, and the National Trail significance. The path is relatively an easy one, and while there is a high point that goes upwards of 345 meters, with some muddy areas. While this is a well traversed and popular trail, it should be noted that it’s not as “touristy” as some others, which can make it hadr to purchase certain things throughout.
Part of the charm of walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the fact that the remnants of the Roman wall are visible at some points. That can be noted in the section of the path between Chollerford and Walton, which has a great deal of the remaining wall in sight. The path also has a great deal of Roman forts along the way. Aside from remnants of the wall, many look at the countryside, the green, hills, and openness as something to behold with great views. There’s even a museum to look at in Birdoswald, and if you want to take a detour, one can change paths at Greenhead, as it connects with the Pennine Way trail.
The official start of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is at Wallsend and it goes about 24 kilometers to move forward, and it literally tarts through the Swan Hunter shipyard. There is a well known Roman Fort nearby, but many walkers choose to move along to the path and keep going. This will take walkers through urban areas, not necessarily a lot of nature, but it’s just the starting point as things get a lot more open through the six stages of this trail. Over time, walkers will see a mix of small villages, forts, and of course the remnants of the Roman wall that dates back so many years into the past. The highest point of this path is at Whinshields Crags, and is 345 meters, but the rest of the path is reasonable in terms of height.
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