3.7 of 5 (11 votes)

A walk along Hadrian's Wall - Greenhead to Housesteads

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park Northumberland starting and finishing in Northumberland, England, about 16.50km (10.25 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 148m (485ft)
Descent 38m (124ft)
Max. Elevation 310m (1017ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 186m (609ft)
Old Repeater station
Distance 16.50km
Duration ~5:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Aug 2010
The Hadrian's Wall Path offers days of wonderful walking, and the Hadrian's Wall bus service means you can tackle it in bite-sized chunks. A good spot to start is the section between Greenhead and Housesteads Roman Fort. It's a section with some of the best-preserved wall, and all set in glorious surroundings. The Once Brewed and Old Repeater Station youth hostels, both near the end, make a weekend stay easy to organise.

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Take the bus to Greenhead, just outside the National Park. The Youth Hostel is now closed, but there is plenty of B & B accommodation in the village.
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This museum is worth a visit if you have time, and especially if this is your first visit to the region. www.vindolanda.com
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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As a National Trail, the path is well signposted and easy to follow, especially along this section.
About 3.82 km (~2.37 miles) from
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The route continues to Once Brewed, a small village on the path. There is a Youth Hostel here and a visitor centre.
About 5.05 km (~3.14 miles) from
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This is one of the highlights of Hadrian's Wall, a stone fort built around 124 AD to house a Roman garrison. You have to pay to go in, but it's well worth it. The bus stops at Housesteads, so you can finish here, or keep on to the Youth Hostel at the Old Repeater station.
About 4.19 km (~2.6 miles) from
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Carry on to Grindon Youth Hostel, also known as the Old Repeater station. Next morning, it's a short walk back to the Hadrian's Wall bus.
About 2.57 km (~1.6 miles) from

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