Built in AD 122 during the time of Emperor Hadrian to “separate the Romans from the Barbarians”, Hadrian’s Wall is Europe’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO world heritage site. We will stay at the extremely comfortable and welcoming Centre of Britain Inn in Haltwhistle, a traditional market town in the border county of Northumberland, which lies in the beautiful South Tyne valley. The inn has a prime location for exploring some of the most spectacular sections of the Wall as well as the beautiful Northumbrian countryside beyond. There will be milecastles, turrets, Robin Hood’s tree, fascinating Roman forts, and dramatic stretches of the Wall. We will take time to visit Vindolanda, Housteads and Birdoswold forts along the way. In the evenings we will eat together at the hotel. The nearest station is Haltwhistle, between Newcastle and Carlisle. There is a heated outdoor pool in Haltwhistle so please bring your costume!
Price includes: 4 nights full board in ensuite twin rooms; transport to walks; entrance to Vindolanda, Housteads and Birdoswald. Single ensuite room £20 per night – book early!
Itinerary (subject to change)
Saturday: Gather at hotel from 2pm onwards. Meet at 5 pm for a stroll around the town for those who have arrived and want to stretch their legs. 6 pm Meeting in the bar to order tonight’s dinner and discuss the plans for the holiday. 7 pm Dinner
Sunday: Walk from Walltown to Birdoswald. We’ll be taken by taxi to Walltown Quarry from where we’ll do a linear walk to Birdoswald. We’ll check out Thirlwall Castle en route and pass through the village of Gilsland. We’ll walk along a good stretch of the Wall and see how the river has changed its course since Roman times. There are turrets and milecastles and a welcome cafe at Birdoswald.
Monday: Circular walk Vindolanda/ Barcombe Fell/Vindolanda We’ll go by taxi to Vindolanda to start our walk. We’ll make a gentle ascent up Barcombe Fell and take in the panoramic views of the Great Whin Sill and Hadrian’s Wall with a bird’s eye view of Vindolanda fort below. When we finish the walk we can go into Vindolanda to look at the famous tablets and see how the archaeological dig is progressing.
Tuesday: Linear walk Housesteads to the Sill, Once Brewed Today our taxi will take us to Housesteads where we’ll look around the ruins of the fort before walking west along the route of Hadrian’s Wall. We’ll see Sycamore Gap and the famous “Robin Hood’s Tree” up close. Today’s walk will end at the Sill – a recently opened discovery centre . We should have time for a look around and a cup of tea before our taxi picks us up at to return us to our hotel.
Wednesday: Linear walk Cawfield Quarry to Walltown Our taxi will take us to Cawfield Quarry where we’ll walk West with distant views of the Pennines and the Lakeland fells ahead. For part of the route we’ll be walking by the Vallum – a large ditch which ran alongside the wall. We’ll end at Walltown quarry and maybe have an early lunch there by the lake. 12.30 Our taxi will return us to Haltwhistle when it will be time to say goodbye and go our separate ways.
“Loved it. The daily routes were wonderful. Would do this again” – Deb
“The guide was excellent in all respects.”
“I have enjoyed this immensely!” – Kathy