Hadrian’s Wall Path
Max transport gap > 30km
A 146km walk between Bowness-on-Solway and Segedunum (Wallsend).
The route follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall. Public transport connections (32 locations, 2 matrices) are available throughout (with a few gaps which will challenge some walkers): shorter sections may be achieved by walking in and out, using stations and main-road bus stops. Carlisle is the most likely candidate for a single base station, with Hexham a clear choice for the inland majority of the route — the part east of Carlisle.
Carlisle is the hub for walking the section to the west of the city: you will need to work with the bus timetable in mind, for the service is relatively sparse (taxis may fill the gap: have some phone numbers handy). At the eastern end, from Heddon-on-the-Wall and points east, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is the clear focal point for public transport.
It is in the middle section (possibly using Hexham as the local hub) that walkers need to have an eye to walk-in and walk-out options, to and from the railway stations on the Tyne Valley Line or the buses which run parallel to the line. Taking up such options will inevitably lengthen the total distance by a fair fraction: off-route minimisation will need strong legs or a booked taxi in these parts.
There is no shortage of written material on Hadrian’s Wall Path. You would expect us to recommend our own guide, but there are others which merit your consideration: after all, one view is seldom sufficient. Probably the best runners-up are Anthony Burton’s guide for Aurum and Andrew McCluggage for Knife Edge. All of these books use proper Ordnance Survey 1:25000 mapping — so much better than spidery hand-drawn maps which will struggle with Hadrian’s weather.
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