Trek – Hadrian’s Wall
Step back in time and spend the weekend hiking along one of the UK’s most famous historic landmarks to help your local air ambulance remain operational.
Hadrian’s Wall spans 73 miles from coast to coast but you will be exploring a small section of this remarkable Roman monument and UNESCO World Heritage site on our two-day trek. The challenge route is approximately 25 miles (41km) across some of the most beautiful, rugged borderlands of England. We will follow the wall on an easterly route from Lanercost Prior to Brocolitia as it cuts through Northumberland National Park. You will spend the weekend marvelling at the remains of this incredible feat of Roman engineering within the spectacular landscape of upland Britain.
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Hadrian’s Wall Camping and Caravan Site
We will spend two nights camping at this small, friendly, family-run campsite close to Melkridge village in Northumberland. The perfect mid-way base to explore the many Roman forts, temples and ruins the region has to offer
- Unfortunately, we are unable to allow owners to bring along their dogs for the trek. However, guide dogs or disability dogs are exempt from this.
Hadrian’s Wall served as the northern frontier of the Roman Empire for 300 years having been built by 15,000 Roman soldiers over six years from 122AD. It was originally 80 Roman miles long (73 modern miles) with 80 matching ‘milecastles’ and half a dozen larger forts along the way. It spans coast to coast from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea in the east to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea in the west. Only 10 per cent of the original wall remains today after it was quarried and mined for stone to build numerous castles and churches over the years. It wasn’t until the 19th century that archaeologists and historians took interest in the remnants and efforts were made to protect it from further damage. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
What is the terrain like?
Almost all the route is on good grassy paths and some stony tracks. There are a few stretches on small tarmac roads. Some sections may be muddy. There are still some parts where the route crosses farmland on a public right of way; here the ‘path’ is a trail worn by millions of feet before yours. Be prepared for some steep inclines.
How tough is it?
The route is relatively easy and anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The 23-mile section between Chollerford and Birdoswald (which we will be trekking) is classed as the most difficult with its short climbs and descents. You need to be in good health and of good fitness with bucket-loads of determination. If you are the sort of person who can dig deep and just doesn’t give up then this is for you.
How fit do I need to be?
You should be of a good fitness level before departure to have the best chance of completing the challenge. You should have done some UK hill walking in the recent past, and be prepared to take part in some hill walking in advance of this trek to ensure you have a good level of endurance, general cardiovascular fitness and strength for this type of terrain.
Who accompanies us?
This trek is organised by Different Travel on behalf of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. You will also be accompanied by a team of support staff including, a Different Travel Company tour manager and an Essex & Herts Air Ambulance charity representative.
- 2 night’s accommodation at Hadrian’s Wall Campsite
- 2 packed lunches
- 2 evening meals
- 2 breakfasts
- Transport between the campsite and walking start/finish points
- UK walking guide
Trip Does Not Include:
- Personal expenses (such as drinks),
- Tents/camping equipment (personal tents must be provided)
- Transport to the Campsite
What’s the daily routine like?
There is a registration fee of £95 payable by each person at the time of booking and we ask you to fundraise 50% of £450 for EHAAT by Friday 2nd July 2021 and the remaining 50% by 24th October 2021. We will be there to help you every step of the way with ideas and advice on how to reach this target and support your local life-saving charity. Why not ask your employer to match fund you?
Interested but want to know more?
Please register your interest to join our Hadrian’s Wall Trek by using the link below if you would like to receive an information pack.
Book onto our Information evening taking place over ZOOM on Thursday 23rd February with representatives from Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and Different Travel where you can learn more about this fantastic trek and hear from the Charity how your support really will make a difference – register here for the information evening
Day 1 (Friday 24th September): Hadrian’s Wall Campsite arrival
You should arrive at the campsite and pitch your tent no later than 6pm, so there is time for you to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
Day 2 (Saturday 25th September): Lanercost Priory to Camp
After an early breakfast, we set off by minibus to the starting point of our walk. Walking eastwards we set off along a small road that passes through several villages before we head up a ridge that runs alongside the wall. Our first large ruin is the Birdoswald Roman Fort, high above the village of Gilsland.
We continue into the Northumberland National Park and walk alongside the most visible parts of the wall. This section over The Crags is considered the most difficult but the breath-taking views over the countryside are worth it. Tonight we will arrive back at our campsite by foot for a well-earned dinner.
Trekking distance: Approx. 15 miles (24km)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner.
Day 3 (Sunday 26th September): Camp to Brocolitia
Today we set off directly from the campsite and continue our walk east along the wall. Today you will have great views towards Wark Forest and the barren Northumberland Highlands. Using the wall as our guide we will continue over clifftops and crags over undulating paths and past several lakes. We will pass the picture-postcard Sycamore Gap, Housesteads Roman Fort before heading on to our final destination – the third-century temple ruins of Brocolitia. We will be picked up by mini-bus and return to camp to check out and head home.
Trekking distance: Approx. 10 miles (17km)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch.
If you wish to explore more of the local area, there are numerous places of interest including the Roman forts at Vindolanda and Chesters, The Roman Army Museum and Corbridge Roman town. The historic market towns of Haltwhistle and Hexham are within easy distance and thriving hubs of both Carlisle and Newcastle are a short drive away.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather, the ability of the group, and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes that occur outside of our control. In all circumstances, your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the group’s health and safety.
Different Travel’s COVID Promise:
Your health and safety is our top priority so rest assured that we are taking steps to ensure you not only have a memorable experience, but a safe one too.
We are constantly monitoring and following Government guidelines with regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Health and safety is our top priority so we will NEVER operate a trip in an area where there is clear and present risk to our team members, whether that is due to a health outbreak, political instability, natural disasters or anything else. We are optimistic that this trip will operate as scheduled, however if restrictions here in the UK prevent safe travel we will look to either postpone or cancel your trip at no cost to you.
Please note that at the time of travel there may be enhanced safety and security measures and you may need to provide a certificate of health. We are closely monitoring the situation and will inform you about any information pertinent to your travel arrangements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on [email protected].