Hadrian’s Wall Path 2019

Our first self-organised multi-day hike during a week of annual leave. Colleagues raised an eyebrow and suggested we have a long, hard think about what constituted a holiday.

The whole blog is below and there are relevant blog posts attached to the pin-drops in the map below.


We spent £383.93 each on the Hadrian’s Wall Path, our biggest cost was accommodation at £104 each with two nights in bunkhouses, the rest camping. That’s based on two people sharing though, if you’re hiking alone that’ll double your campsite costs.

Our next biggest expense was eating out at £80.97 each because we’re greedy bastards and we like nice food. We spent £46.79 each on other snacks and food, including those obnoxiously expensive dehydrated backpacker meals. We spent £11.60 each on booze and £3.22 on tea/coffee.

Transport cost us £43.70 each, including the bus to our second night’s campsite and back, the train back to Carlisle and the taxi back to Bowness-on-Solway.

Sightseeing: £14 each.

Car parking for the week: £25.

Souvenirs: £9.75.

You could easily do this hike way cheaper than we did.

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Days 1 and 2

I have no idea what satanic hell-beast possessed us to make us think that hiking 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Newcastle-upon-Tyne across the narrowest part of England would be any manner of relaxing, but that’s how we chose to spend a week of annual leave in September as colleagues raised an eyebrow and suggested that…

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Day 3

Day 3 : Walton to Shield on the Wall : 17.4 miles, including walking around a fort, going the wrong bloody way, and the ¾ of a mile from the trail to the campsite. Well they do say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (actually I think it’s just cereal companies…

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Day 4

Day 4 : Sheild on the Wall to just before Walwick : 14.9 miles including a stroll around a fort. One of the fun things about sleeping in a tent is that you never really know what the outside is doing because everything sounds like the apocalypse when you’re under canvas. I woke up predictably…

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Days 5 and 6

Day 5 : Walwick to Heddon on the Wall : 18.7 miles We woke up to another beautiful morning albeit a cold one. It certainly makes your nipples sit up and take notice when you’re trying to function outdoors at this time of year. We shovelled a Summit to Eat into our chops, had a…