Hadrian's Wall: Guided Walks

Peter Carney guides various walks around Hadrian's Wall

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December 11, 2017, 6:43 pm
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Suggested Walks/Tour

Your guide:
Peter Carney, happily married with 3 children, I’ve been living and working in this area all my life and having been a teacher have spent a great deal of it inspiring and enthusing people about History. I have conducted many tours along various parts of the Wall and not only am I fascinated by what’s happened here but I love the countryside it happened in. I will help you put the 1000 years of Roman civilisation into perspective using the edge of their empire as a prism. I’ve worked out two different walks along the wall to try and suit everyone.

The All Day Walk/Tour is a fairly serious trek up and down the undulating Whin Sill that the Wall snakes along. We travel West to East with the prevailing wind behind us but it can be wet in a British summer much as it would have been 2000 years ago since the climate is reasonably similar now compared to how it would have been then (according to dendrochronology) and unless we are having a warm dry spell, waterproofs and good boots are recommended. Meet at the Roman Army Museum. It is roughly 7 miles long.

The Easy/Family Walk/Tour misses out the first stretch as well as the climb up to Winshields and is really the most iconic section of the Wall. This is more relaxed and family friendly and would probably be the most be suitable as school outing. It is about 2 miles to Housesteads fort then around 1.5 miles downhill to Vindolanda (and even this last bit could be missed out with transport to Vindolanda instead). On a sunny day and with your personal guide to both places this really is a good way to experience the Roman Frontier. Meet at Steel Rigg car park.

Finally there is the Roman Fort Tour This doesn’t involve involve much walking at all and will take in some of the main sites in this central section of the Wall from Birdoswald Fort in the West to Corbridge Roman town in the East. The tour will go to places most tourists go to but will also visit places many tourists miss and given that your guide lives here I can take you to places that interest you in particular that may or may not be Roman.

Near Cawfield Crags

Near Cawfield Crags


Looking toward Crag Lough

Looking toward Crag Lough