Hadrian’s Wall – questions and answers

What equipment do you need?

You will need your normal walking gear:
Boots (Can be loaned – FREE)
Waterproofs (Can be loaned – FREE)
Small Rucksack (Can be loaned – FREE)

Plus you may wish to bring a good quality pair of training shoes (or similar) as much of the route is along flat paths and tracks.

This is the only walking event that we would recommend that you wear good quality trainers rather than boots as they are much more comfortable than most walking boots

Do you need a pair of walking poles?

Not really but they do make walking easier, so if you do have a pair, bring them along.

If you suffer from weak knees poles are a great help

NOTE. Poles (Can be loaned – FREE)

Why are we going East to West?

By walking in this direction we will start at what is basically a road junction in the city centre and finish at the beach in Bowness. We feel (and hope that you agree) that it is better the have a definite “end” to the event – and you can’t get more definite than the North Atlantic blocking your path.

Do I have to be able to read a map to do this event?

No. As we have done this event many times we have very detailed “Route Plans” which we will hand out at the start of the event. This will give a turn-by-turn plan of the entire route.


The hotels are booked on a B&B basis. Each hotel has a restaurant that you may use if you want to or you may choose to go out to any of the local restaurants. There are cafes along each day’s route to stop at and take a break and have a “cup-of-tea-and-a-buttie”

Will I receive a commemorative certificate to record my achievement?

Yes. There will be a “bit-of-a-do” on the last night with the presentation.

What are the timings for each day?

Breakfast will be at 7am. The first minibus will depart for the start of the walk as soon as you have had your breakfast. The minibuses will be available at the end of each days walk to transport you straight back to a welcome hot bath at the hotel.

What are the hotel arrangements?

All rooms are twin bedded (unless you specify on the application that you wish to pay a single room supplement £35.00 per night). Rooms are en-suite.

Will the walking leader be fully qualified?


How will I know if I am walking at the right speed?

The walking leader will walk at the correct speed to complete each section of the walk so it’s a good idea to walk with them.

Will I be walking on my own?

It’s up to you. On any event that involves walking you will always find people who walk at the same pace as you do (this is an ideal opportunity to make new friends) so you may walk with them if you wish to. You may walk on your own or you are very welcome to accompany the walking leader.

Is the wall visible all the way along the route?

No. In some places the wall is still in very good condition, in others it is completely ruined. There is even a section of the route that actually goes along the top of the wall. Along the route we will be able to view some of the remaining “milecastles”, fortified gateways, Mithraea (temples to Mithras) and Housestead Fort (“Vercovicium”) which housed up to 800 legionnaires.

Oh Yes

Contrary to popular belief – and many school textbooks (?), websites and tourist information leaflets – the Wall was not built to keep out either the Scots (an Irish tribe) or the Picts (originally a tribe from Scythia – modern day Scandinavia). Construction of the Wall started in 122AD and the Picts or Painted Peoples (from the same Latin source as the English word “picture”) were not mentioned in history until 297AD and the “Scoti” were first noted as having moved from Ireland into the Argyle area around 300AD. It was, according to Aelius Spartianus, built simply as a Northern border of the Roman occupied area of “Briton” and as a defence against the “Northern Barbarians”.