Step back in time and walk along the Romans’ northern frontier
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Difficulty Level2 Two
Hadrian’s Wall runs from coast to coast across the north of England and lies within a stone’s throw of both Northumberland and the North Pennines. Substantial parts of the wall remain, as well as Roman forts and watchtowers, making this the perfect place to join a friendly group of fresh-air lovers and really get to know the area.
Join us in this vast and historic landscape as we take in two sociable walks designed to show us the best bits of Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding landscape. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the ruins, gaze over the brooding landscape around the wall, and imagine ourselves as Roman troops posted to the very limits of the empire.
- Friday 12th April – Sunday 14th April 2019
- Friday 12th July – Sunday 14th July 2019
- Friday 20th September – Sunday 22nd September 2019
In a nutshell:
- Explore the central section of Hadrian’s wall and the North Pennines over two days of easy guided walks.
- Marvel at the expansive views over Northumberland and the North Pennines, still wild and remote places today.
- Relax in our exclusive hostel with all food provided and hot drinks always available.
- Meet a friendly bunch of fellow walkers and share your passions for fresh air, weekends away and social outdoor adventure.
Your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and get you settled in with a cup of tea in the lounge. From then on it’s time to relax and meet your fellow walking companions while we prepare the evening meal.
Hadrian’s Wall is just a short drive away and the night before we’ll decide which section we’re going to explore. If it’s a big group we’ll split up, so there may be a choice of walks. Here are some possible options to give you an idea of what the walks will be like:
Houseteads and Greenlee Lough – Starting high up on the hill where the wall runs, we’ll head east following the wall itself, with immediate views over to the vast Kielder Forest. We’ll pass Sycamore Gap, and make our way along the wall to Houseteads Roman Fort. Continuing a bit further to really get a great view of the wall itself, we then leave it and head north to complete a circuit of Greenlee Lough and Swallow Crags, and this wander through moorland will really put the wall into the context of how remote it is.
Gilsland to Once Brewed – A long day out and a linear walk, we’ll start from the pretty village of Gilsland, which lies right on the route of the wall. We’ll then follow Hadrian’s Wall National Trail east, past Magnis and Aesica Roman Forts, several turrets, and a milecastle. We’ll finish at Once Brewed, with final brooding views over the lonely Crag Lough. This walk will require some car shuttling.
How many walk options are offered?
On each of our weekends we aim to offer two or more walk options each day, so you have a choice of a harder or easier day out. However, this is not always possible. On weekends where there is a small group, instead of cancelling the weekend, we will all head out on the same walk. This walk will be planned so that everyone can have a good day out, with the aim being a social group exploration of the local countryside.
Saturday afternoon onwards
When we’ve all returned to the hostel it’s time to relax as we prepare the evening meal. Perhaps grab a glass of wine and relive the day’s adventures!
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel before we head out on our morning’s activities. Today we go out for roughly 3-4 hours of walking before taking you to somewhere you can get lunch. We usually end up in an excellent local pub or cafe where we can share one last meal before the weekend’s adventures come to an end. As a special option for the Hadrian’s Wall weekend we have the following opportunity:
Sunday at Vindolanda Roman Fort
On Sunday we’re running an optional trip to Vindolanda Roman Fort, which was built before Hadrian’s Wall and then became an important command centre for the Roman Army. As well as a fascinating place to explore in its own right, it’s somewhere the archaeology is still ongoing, and new discoveries are made every year. The museum, where you can see a lot of the items that have been dug up on site, gives you a fantastic insight into life here almost 2000 years ago.
If you’d like to join this trip, please sign up on this page, where you can pre-pay the entry fee. We’ll head out on a short walk around the nearby countryside before spending the rest of the morning exploring the site. We’ll of course have lunch together before the weekend comes to an end, but you’re more than welcome to stay at Vindolanda for the afternoon!
Please note that alongside this trip there will be the usual 3-4 hour Sunday walk for the rest of the group, probably exploring the area near Alston, just down the road from the hostel.
About the Area
Running nearly 80 miles from coast to coast, the ancient fortification of Hadrian’s Wall was the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. From the modern cities of Carlisle and Newcastle, it runs in a near-straight line across the hilly interior, over the hills and moors of Northumberland and gazed down on by the mighty moors of the North Pennines. In this central section much of the wall remains, at least to a metre or so above the ground, and there are also plenty of other forts and ‘milecastles’ to be seen. Following the wall along its length is the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, and there are lots of other paths criss-crossing it, meaning the area is excellent for walkers and there are multiple options for exploration of this great piece of British history.
This 250-year-old lead miners’ house offers a special place to stay in the North Pennines close to Hadrian’s Wall. It offers four-star accommodation, en suite rooms, a great social space and a terrace with wonderful views.
We will be offering a taxi collection from Hexham train station at 7pm on the Friday night. There is a £10 charge for this and this must be booked at least 5 days before the trip, you will only ever pay £10 regardless of the numbers in the taxi. If you cannot make this time then taxis are roughly £30.
On some dates we may also offer a free collection at 3pm from Hexham train station. If this is available it will be a bookable option on the our ticket booking page.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Vegetarian or Vegan: We will always supply a vegetarian of vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked in advance. Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.
We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.
Ticket / room types:
Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel based trips.
If you make one booking for a group of people we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.
Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.
Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…
Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018