Hadrian's Wall Trekking Challenge

28 July 2017

Hadrian’s Wall Trekking Challenge is a 2-day trekking event, covering approximately 26 miles of walking over undulating hillsides. The Wall itself is a spectacular World Heritage Site, spanning sea to sea from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend, across some of the wildest and most dramatic country in England. Experience Roman life and epic history in stunning locations as we take on this trekking wonder.

Taking place on 28th -30th July 2017, join us for a truly unforgettable experience.

Fundraising £500 (challenge costs £245 inclusive of all accommodation and catering, £255 plus donation to the Hospice).  Please note that there is a £50 registration fee.


Day 1 – Arrive at Hotel in Haltwhistle

On arrival at the beautiful hotel in Haltwhistle, aiming for around 5-6pm you will be greeted by the event crew and fellow participants, giving you a chance to get to know your fellow walkers. A delicious home-cooked evening meal will then be served at 7pm followed by a briefing of the weekend’s activities and a chance to ask any questions.

Day 2 – Lanecross Priory to Windsheilds
Approximate trekking distance 24km (15 miles)

After a short coach journey from the hotel to Lanecross Priory, we begin our trek at the central section where the wall is at its most prominent. The peaceful, russet-coloured ruins of Lanercost Priory in Cumbria are all that remain of a building founded in 1166 by Henry II and inhabited by Augustinian canons. After the dissolution, it fell into disrepair until the nave was restored as a parish church in 1740. Continuing our walk through stunning scenery throughout the day in the Northumberland National Park alongside the wall and passing the remains of Roman forts on route like Birdoswald we will stop for refreshments, as well as a lunch stop near the Roman Army Museum. Trekking for 15 miles we are transported back to the hotel where a 3 course evening meal is prepared before reliving the highlights of the day. It’s then time to rest those tiresome feet and legs as we settle down for a well-earned rest and sleep for the night.

Day 3 – Windshields to Brocolitia
Approximate trekking distance 18km (11 miles)

A fuel filling breakfast awaits as we rise and prepare for our day ahead. We will be transported to our trekking start point at the wall, this time over rocky crags as we continue  along the undulating sections both alongside and on the wall for a further 11 miles to our finish at Brocolitia, a Roman Temple. Here excavations unearthed the Temple of Mithras, a third-century construction, built to worship the eponymous Roman God. Although desecrated, some walls remain alongside copies of original altars. During this final section we pass the sycamore tree in the Robin Hood film ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ and more Roman forts and temples.

Finishing the trek we take our transport back to the hotel where we have some much needed food and hot drinks before leaving for home.


For more information on how to take part, the route and all the details of the accommodation and difficulty levels just email Jo Reeves on jreeves@theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call 01789 266852.

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