Hadrian’s Wall Challenge – 6 – 13 May 2021

Have you always wanted to walk the iconic Hadrian’s Wall Path? Now’s your chance to do it for Willen Hospice.

Stretching 84 miles, from the North to the Irish Sea, this historic trail takes you back in time to the Roman Empire. Constructed in AD122, Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the wild, northern frontier, with miles of barracks, ramparts and forts.  The wall has stood the test of time and is now one of the most popular walking challenges in the UK – it even has its own passport to collect stamps along the way!

Why take part?

• You’ll be guided by walking expert, Julia Doherty from The Adventure Geek, so you can focus more on the views, and less on the maps.

• Tick off a bucket list item, and enjoy some of the most incredible landscapes in Northern England.

• Learn about our history under the Roman Empire, passing what is left of settlements, forts, and of course, Hadrian’s Wall itself.

• Raise money for a fantastic cause. You may find some days on this challenge difficult, but it’s nothing compared to what our patients are facing. Without our free, compassionate care, they would have to face that alone, but with your help we can be there for everyone who needs us. Dawn Clark, Challenges Fundraiser, will be on hand at all times to help you with your fundraising.

Hadrian's Wall

  • What's included
    • Walking with a small group of no more than 15 people
    • Accommodation and transport back and forth to the trail head each day
    • Breakfast each day
    • A very friendly, welcoming, fully qualified and experienced walk leader on the ground to guide you along the way
    • Medical support for minor medical needs (all guides carry a first aid kit and are first aid qualified)
    • A pre-walk training day with a presentation explaining the itinerary, what to expect and answering all of your questions
    • A daily guide book and full packing list
    • A Hadrian’s Wall Passport (collecting all seven stamps from the stamping stations along the way entitles you to buy the exclusive purple enamel badge and achievers’ certificate).
  • What's not included
    • Insurance (you will need your own travel insurance)
    • Evening meals.

Costs and fees

There is a registration fee of £100 payable by each person at the time of booking, then there are two fundraising options:

1) Fundraising: Pay £100 registration fee and fundraise at least £575 by 1 March 2021, and at least £525 by 6 May 2021

2) Self-funded: Pay £100 registration fee and self-fund the trip costs of £575 by 1 March 2021, and fundraise at least £525 by 6 May 2021

We’ll support you with your fundraising to help you stay motivated and on track.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Wallsend to Heddon on the Wall. 16 miles, approx. 7 hours

    Stamp: Segedumum Museum

    Our first day on the trail is going to be full of all sorts of sights as we walk alongside the River Tyne. Look out for the Millennium Bridge, plus seven other bridges along the way.

  • Day 2 - Heddon on the Wall to Chollerford. 12 miles, approx. 6 hours

    Stamp: Robin Hood Inn

    Arguable one of the best days on the trail, our second walk has lots of scenic surprises in store. Enjoy the unbeatable view from Harlow Hill, the impressive Whittledene Reservoir, and the conifers of the Stanley Plantation.

  • Day 3 - Chollerford to Once Brewed. 12 miles, approx. 5 hours

    Stamps: Chester, Housesteads

    Today we are walking right beside Hadrian’s wall, entering Northumberland National Park. We’ll pass 15 Roman forts and the Sycamore Gap, a famous tree which has had cameos in ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, and the TV series, ‘Vera’.

  • Once Brewed to Banks. 15.7 miles, approx. 6 hours

    Stamps: Birdoswald

    Today we reach the highest point of the trail, taking in the beautiful natural landscape of Northern England. We also spend most of the day in the company of the iconic wall, and more Roman Forts.

  • Day 5 - Banks to Carlisle. 13 miles, approx. 5 hours

    Stamps: Sands Centre

    Leaving the moorland behind, our views turn to agricultural landscapes and parkland. Our walk takes us along the banks of the beautiful River End, and Com Beck Bridge and Waterfall.

  • Day 6 - Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. 13 miles, approx. 5 hours

    Stamps: The Banks Promenade or The Kings Arm Pub

    Today is our final day of walking, and where we’ll get our first glimpses of the Irish Sea. The mountains of the Lake District are visible from the South, and Scotland is just across the water to the north. The estuary we’ll be walking beside is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with fantastic bird life. What better way to spend our last day.

Hadrian's Wall Covid-19 Statement

  • Covid-19 Statement

    Your health and safety is our top priority so rest assured that we are taking steps to ensure you not only have a memorable experience, but a safe one too.

    We are constantly monitoring and following Government guidelines with regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Health and safety is our top priority so we will NEVER operate a trip in an area where there is clear and present risk to our team members, whether that is due to a health outbreak, political instability, natural disasters or anything else.

    We are optimistic that this trip will operate as scheduled, however if restrictions here in the UK prevent safe travel we will look to either postpone or cancel your trip at no cost to you.

    Please note that at the time of travel there may be enhanced safety and security measures and you may need to provide a certificate of health. We are closely monitoring the situation and will inform you about any information pertinent to your travel arrangements.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on stephanie.billson@notjusttravel.com

    Rules for the walk with regards to Government guidelines:

    • We will try to adhere to a 2m rule where possible, however, a 1m social distancing will be required during the walk at all times.
    • At the beginning of the walk, we will insist that everyone uses hand sanitiser as we will be touching stiles and gates etc during the walk. (Please bring your own, but your walk leader will also have a supply).
    • Your walk leader is not allowed to carry personal possessions for you.
    • Until restrictions are lifted we are not allowed to assist each other over stiles, ditches etc unless we are from the same household, or in a social bubble.  With this in mind, you will need to be fit enough to cope with stiles etc, independently.
    • If you wish to bring any PPE, masks etc, please do.  All walk leaders will also carry sanitiser, protective gloves and a first aid kit.
    • If you are contacted through “Test and Trace” and have walked with an Adventure Geek group within the previous 48 hours, you must notify Julia Doherty from Adventure Geek and and she will pass this information on to those that have walked.

If you missed our information evening, you can see it below.

 

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