Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail
|Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail
|Location Map ( geo)
|Chollerford, Birdoswald, Brampton, Carlisle, Bowness-on-Solway
|81 miles (130.4 km)
|A69, A689, A596
The Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail consists of two separate sections along the route of the wall. The 'Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail' runs from Corbridge to Brampton over the Pennines. The 'Solway Coast Tourist Trail' runs from Carlisle to Maryport along the Solway Coast. Both, however, are signed with 'Hadrians Wall Tourist Trail' and/or a Roman helmet. The trail was created in 2016.
Pennines (about 34 miles)
The route begins at Corbridge, leaving 22 miles of the wall to the east of Port Gate. However, Coria was the main town that served the eastern part of the wall. For a long time it was the northernmost town in the Empire, and where the main road southwards went through. Turning off the A69, we take that road, Dere Street, which is now known as the A68. At Stagshaw Roundabout (near the site of Port Gate), we meet the Wall, and turn off Dere Street (which heads north into Scotland) to head west along the B6318, which shadows the Wall. From Walwick to Greenhead, the route is additionally inside the Northumberland National Park.
After crossing into Cumberland, the B6318 stops following the wall and so the trail takes narrow country lanes instead. At Banks, the Wall has no road next to it, so the trail heads south to Brampton, where the trail ends, and the journey west can be done by the A69 or A689.
Solway Coast (about 47 miles)
From central Carlisle, this route heads east along the B5307 before turning off that on Burgh Road. This route follows the Eden, picking up the Wall at Burgh-by-Sands. At Bowness-on-Solway, the Wall ends, having met the coast. The trail continues, however, as does the Roman border with forts along the way. The trail continues around the coast to Angerton, where it picks up the B5307 again. At Abbeytown it heads west on the B5302 to Silloth. The marshes end, and the trail can follow the coast closely now, heading south from Silloth on the B5300 to Maryport, where the trail ends on the A596 just inland from a Roman fort that marked the end of the border defences.
- Hadrians Wall Country: Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site Cumbrian Coast Tourist Trail