Everything to Know About Walking Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall. Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

If you’re the type who enjoys backpacking trips that last longer than a couple of nights but shorter than multiple months, you’ll probably be interested in hearing about Hadrian’s Wall, a long-distance footpath in the North of England that runs for 84 miles from the east to the west coast of the country.

Constructed by Emperor Hadrian in the second century AD, Hadrian’s Wall Path is the only coast-to-coast trail that follows a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only some of the Wall is still visible above ground, but there are numerous museums along the route that can provide a glimpse into ancient English life.

As you walk this path, which takes from five to ten days to complete, you’ll pass through rolling fields and big cities alike. Best of all, it’s one of the most accessible backpacking trails, with a clearly marked route. In short, if you’re reasonably fit, you should have no problem walking Hadrian’s Wall path.

To avoid the path being too muddy and difficult to walk in, it’s recommended to walk between May and October, with the most popular time for hikers to take on Hadrian’s Wall being July and August.