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Title: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on October 30, 2014, 09:26:48 pm
Is there any reason why there is no forum for the Hadrian's Wall Path. I am contemplating taking this on in 2015 and would like to see what other people have done and where they have stayed.

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Jacquetta on November 25, 2014, 01:14:11 pm
We've had serious problems with forums over the years, Buggiba, and were spending ridiculous amounts of time and effort put into monitoring for spam posts and distinguishing fake would-be forum member registrations. As a result, about a year ago we discontinued new member registration, although anybody who actually wants to register can email me (info AT and I’ll register them.

Likewise I'll make a new board for Hadrian's Wall Path if anybody has anything to say, and move relevant posts to it. But so far I have the impression that people are more willing to post on social media than on our forums. Nevertheless, there's a lot of important content on these forums and it give us somewhere to post route updates, such as you'll find here about the Dales Way (,5522.0.html).

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on February 28, 2015, 01:11:49 pm
I am in the process of reserving accommodation for this walk in May this year. Sadly I have had it confirmed that the Bluebell Camping Barn at High Crosby was closed down in 2014. Choice now whether to have a shorter first day and stay in Carlisle or add another 5 miles and head for Sandysike Bunkhouse. Not surprisingly, perhaps, I have elected for the latter option :).

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on February 28, 2015, 05:00:06 pm
Further to my last entry I am also advised that the Chapel Side camping barn in Port Carlisle is no more than a barn with no bunks etc. Fortunately there is a bunkhouse in Bowness-on-Solway.

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on March 06, 2015, 02:01:52 pm
My last entry is erroneous. The Chapel Side Barn may not be suitable but there is a camping barn at Kirkland House, near to Port Carlisle, which should suit our needs perfectly. Car parking for the duration of our walk too.

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on March 14, 2015, 10:23:39 pm
 After much work the plans for our walk along the HWP are now complete. Together with my son-in-law I intend to drive up to Port Carlisle on Saturday 16th May 2015 and spend overnight in the bunk-barn at Kirkland House in Port Carlisle. Whilst here we intend to walk to and from the start of the walk at Bowness-on-Solway before setting out the following day to cover the 23-mile amble to Sandysike Bunkhouse. Monday 18th May sees us with a 'short' 11-miler to Greenhead Hostel, prior to a longer 16 miles the following day to the bunk-barn at Greencarts farm. The penultimate day, Wednesday 20th May (my birthday) sees us take on the 19 miles to the bunkhouse at Houghton North Farm at Heddon-on-the Wall, just leaving us to cover the final 14 miles to Wallsend-on-Tyne on the Thursday, before catching the bus back to Port Carlisle and the long drive home. We intend using the Walkers Bag-Carrying service for the entirety of our trek so only having to carry what we need on a daily basis. Having sleeping bags in our main luggage also greatly reduces prices at the planned overnight stops. Only hoping now for some decent weather in mid May.

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Jacquetta on March 21, 2015, 04:24:37 pm
Great to see your plans have evolved, however I don't envy you the 23-mile day!

Have any of your bunkhouses and barns got websites? If so please add them in, or email them and I'll make your links hotlinks to them, so helping anybody who wants to follow this budget itinerary.

Thanks again for sharing

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on March 28, 2015, 10:35:56 pm
I thought you would comment on the 23-mile day ;D. An early rise and first-light start should see us finished by about 4pm. At least most of the first day is flat :). It also gives us the advantage of an 'easy' second day when the terrain gets a little hillier.  

Greenhead Hotel and hostel has a website, as does Greencarts Farm and Houghton North Farm. No joy with the others I'm afraid. I will report my findings upon my return and may include a real ale listing of my travels. All of the people I have spoken to during my preparations for this walk have been incredibly friendly.

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Jacquetta on March 29, 2015, 08:07:09 am
Thanks for that, Buggiba. The links are Greenhead Hotel (, Greencarts Farm ( and  Houghton North Farm (

Links are easy, but we're looking forward to seeing your real ale guide - once you've drunk your way along the route! :D

Title: Re: Hadrian's Wall Path.
Post by: Buggiba on April 01, 2015, 11:08:14 am
Plans already made to call at the Highland Laddie at Glasson en route prior to commencement. GBG listed so this is a 'must visit'.

Title: All Hail Emperor Hadrian
Post by: Buggiba on May 28, 2015, 01:51:03 pm
Finally the day arrived, Saturday 16th May 2015 and, together with my son-in-law, I set off for Port Carlisle, where our first night's accommodation was arranged. We duly arrived at Kirkland House about 7pm to be shown the camping barn, which was, in effect, a room with a large wooden stage. No bunks or beds or mattresses. The other facilities were good, however, and the owner quickly offered to provide blankets to soften our slumbers. We then set off to walk the 1.5 miles to Bowness-on-Solway and back, to negate the need to do this the following morning. A pleasant evening stroll to the start/finish of the Hadrian's wall Path. The official start/finish is at a 'bus shelter-like' building off the main road.

Sunday 17th May 2015. Up at 5am with a 24-mile hike in front of us. Walking at 6.05. Some intermittent showers and sunny spells greeted our long walk along the coast road to Burgh. A diversion followed as a result of a landslip so we enjoyed more road walking around Kirkandrews-on-Eden. After a pleasant river walk around Carlisle, passing the castle, we stopped for a break at Crosby where a warm welcome for Hadrian's Wall Walkers was assured. It seemed like a long last 6 miles to Sandysike Farm where we found an excellent bunkhouse with a real fire and comfy beds. An early night followed :).

Monday 18th May 2015. A lie-in today till 7am as we only had 11 miles to walk :D. Set off at 8.30am in rain :(. A climb up to Banks and then a straightforward amble, in heavy showers, to our overnight accommodation at Greenhead. An excellent hotel and hostel.

Tuesday 19th May 2015. This was it. A 16-mile walk over the highest ground of the entire path. Up at 5am and walking at 6. Still raining. Early climb over Walltown Crags and then an almighty prolonged hail shower as we ascended Winshield Crags. Thank god the wind was behind us ;D. Another hail shower after our lunch stop at Housesteads as we scaled Sewingshields Crags. Lots of walkers coming towards us walking in to these showers amazed that we were doing it the other way. Hated telling them that they were walking in to a thunderstorm that was slowly following us :o. We arrived at our overnight stop at Greencarts Farm just before the heavens opened. My sympathies to those still out walking. The lady owner here pleasingly offered to drive us to the local pub and back so that we could obtain an evening meal. Graciously accepted.

Wednesday 20th May 2015. What a difference a day makes. Up at 5am and walking at 6.15. No waterproofs today as the weather is set fair. A steep climb out of Chollerford over St Oswald's Hill and then pretty level, following the road most of the way to Heddon-on-the-Wall. 19 miles finished by 2pm. The last bit was tedious with loads of ladder stiles.

Thursday 21st May 2015. Last day, only 15 miles, and either downhill or level. Not as easy as it sounds >:(. Up at 5am once more and walking by 5.45 ???. Quickly on to the Wylam Waggonway and then riverside into Newcastle. Flat but hard-going and tedious. Still 5 miles left as we exit Newcastle and little to stimulate conversation or interest. Coming on to rain again. Arrived at Segedunum Museum about 1130 am. No start/finish marker here, other than the museum and viewing platform :(. Nevertheless 86 miles completed with no blisters.

Overview: The first and last days are mostly flat and could be boring. The way-marking is excellent overall. The hardest portion of the Path is, undoubtedly, the climbs up, over and down the crags. Some steep and slippery sections too. Anyone taking on this hike should certainly consider doing it west to east. I must have been told 20+ times by walkers coming from the Newcastle direction that 'we had the weather behind us'. I told them that I had planned it this way. It would appear that a lot of the 'organised' tours do start from Newcastle.