North East

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

  • Distance

    8 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 40 times

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Public footpaths, some steep climbs; can be muddy at times

  • OS grid reference


  • Calories burned


    Enough for a post-walk plate of pasta

Route Info

This 8-mile circular walk allows you to explore a section of the ancient Hadrian’s Wall, starting from Steel Rigg, Northumberland National Park. You will head west along the Wall, built in AD122, before returning north of the Wall to appreciate the stunning surroundings and impressive Whin Sill the Wall was built on.

The also route includes a visit to Housesteads Fort and the dramatic scenery of Hotbank Crags and Crag Lough. Despite containing a few tricky ascents and descents, this route along the wall provides you with a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Roman Legions.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rucksack
  • Survival bag
  • First aid kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Extra food
  • Head torch
  • Roman toga (optional)

Did you know?

Nearby monasteries contain stones taken from from Hadrian’s Wall

Route Highlight

The real highlight of this route is Hadrian’s Wall itself, one of the richest parts of the country for Roman archaeology.

Where to stop

As well as Housesteads Visitor Centre, there’s also a café, a shop and a quaint little picnic area.