Planning to walk this next year with my brother, just wondered if any one of you out there have `walked it` and how did you find it?
I have, all of it, 6 days walking. Lovely walk but not a stroll in the park! We saw grown macho men struggling under the weight of too much stuff so you have been double warned!
Friend and I did it all using public transport and the Hadrians Wall bus AD 122.
Train to Carlisle, b&b there, bus to Solway and walk back to Carlisle 15 miles
Day 2 - Carlisle to Walton B & B 11 miles
Day 3 - Walton to Steel Rigg - this was hardest day, lots of wall and crags and up and down, superb views. We stayed at the pub at Twice Brewed for a couple of nights (the youth hostel was occupied by school children and we were not able to stay there) c17 miles
Day 4 - We got the AD122 to Chesters Fort and walked back to Steel Rigg via Housesteads where we had a good look round. 12 miles
Day 5 - Bus back to Chesters Fort/Chollerford then walked on to Heddon. 15 miles. Bus into Newcastle to yha where we stayed for two nights.
Day 6 - Bus to Heddon then walk back, mostly along R Tyne into Newcastle and on to the end at Wallsend, 15 miles.
Train home from Newcastle back to Birmingham.
That was in 2004. The local tourist info centre publishes loads of info and there is a lot on the web and several books about the walk. Most of them go from east to west, starting at Newcastle. I have done a lot of long distance walking and am strongly in favour of going from west to east if that is an option. On the one day we walked "backwards" (day 4) there was a strong westerly wind blowing in our faces which made it a lot harder. One argument I have seen is that by starting in Newcastle you get rid of the built up bit first and out into the countryside for the rest of the time but I thought that part of the walk was really interesting and I enjoyed it more than the stretch from Solway to Carlisle. Because we were able to use the local buses and stay two nights in three places this meant that on some days we did not have to carry everything which was a definite advantage. My only regret about the walk was not having enough time to look properly at the many Roman sites along the way, by the time we got there they were usually closed, one of those days I intend to go back to the area and have a good look round.
Well, I don't beleive it. Just been talking to a mate in the pub about doing this. I said I'd ask a few questions on this site.
So, no need to start a new thread. Just sit back.
Do carry on.
Well said, Paddy, and if anyone ever wanted to walk the wall with an international expert on the Roman army, just say the word
I've just seen these links to youtube off a fellrunning forum, They may be interesting to some of you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2jXqjIvRVk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW_CAdz7KQk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLP6X-vKypQ
We did the walk three years ago, it was our first long distance walk. It inspired us to keep walking and this year we would have completed the pennine way if it hadn't been for a nasty little virus that stopped us at Hadrians wall. How's that for symbolics?
Great walk, but take your time for it. I'd even suggest a day off at Once Brewed to visit Vindolanda.
E - W
W - E?
Definitely west to east, see my comments above. If you have ever done the coast to coast walk and been on the section between Keld and Reeth whilst there was a westerly gale blowing you will understand why - when I did it (west to east) I met some very tired, exhausted people coming the other way. Also, when the sun shines, which it sometimes does, you usually get more hours with it behind you which on a long distance walk can make a difference.
I met a couple of worn-out walkers with blistered hands. Yep... blistered hands!
That's what you get for carrying buckets along Hadrian's Wall to enable you to collect donations to charity from fellow walkers.
Last year I was out running on a very windy day. My route took me along a path through Lemington (about 3 miles from the end of the first day going east to west - presuming you are staying at Heddon on the Wall). I came across 2 people with full packs and stopped for a minute to chat. They were doing the full route and were knackered already to put it bluntly, due to the relentless wind and this was through the built up and potentially more sheltered areas of the walk.
As you will guess I would suggest you follow Jenny's advice west to east. If you are unlucky to have several days of strong winds it must detract from your enjoyment to some degree.
If you find a tripod up there it is mine.
How I forgot the thing I don't know?@?**?!!!
Our hands and even our feet were OK, but our lips were blistered.
So many "kissing gates"...
"I met a couple of worn-out walkers with blistered hands. Yep... blistered hands! That's what you get for carrying buckets along Hadrian's Wall to enable you to collect donations to charity from fellow walkers."
Well, if they can't take a yoke....
Har har Frum!
Of course, not all charity walkers were carrying buckets.
As Monty Python would have put it...
"Some wiv buckets... others bucketless!"
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