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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

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Getting Here

Getting Here

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Hadrian's Wall Walk

You can reach us by most methods of transport, and we look forward to welcoming you to our gorgeous part of the world.

By Rail

For those looking to visit the area by train there is a busy rail network stretching from Newcastle on the east coast to Carlisle on the west coast. Both cities link up with the main rail networks from London and Birmingham to the South and from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the North.

National Rail Enquiries

The stations at Brampton, Haltwhistle and Hexham all give access to Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding area.

 

By Bus

An hourly bus service (685) runs between Newcastle and Carlisle, stopping at many places within the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall. You can use your bus pass on this service.

You can catch the special AD 122 Hadrian's Wall bus which runs from Easter to the end of October, to all the sites along the Wall - Vindolanda, the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald. You can use your bus pass on this service.

Traveline North East and Cumbria

 

By Car

Arriving by car via the M6 or A1, exit onto the A69 trunk road which runs from Carlisle to Newcastle.

There are a mixture of pay and display and free car parks across the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall:

  • Corbridge has pay and display parking in the heart of the town as well as a large car park situated just over the bridge, with easy access to the town centre.
  • Hexham has numerous car parks, some of which are free, however, you generally need to display a parking disc. Discs cost £1 and are available in many businesses around Hexham, including the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Wentworth Carpark. The Wentworth Carpark is by far the largest carpark and is within a few minutes walk of the Market Place.
  • Haltwhistle has free parking in the town. A large public car park is situated next to Sainsbury's Supermarket, giving pedestrian access to the Market Square. There is also free parking behind the Library on Westgate, which is accessed via the Hospital drive.
  • Brampton has a mixture of free and pay and display parking within the town.
  • Most of the smaller villages in the area offer free car parking.
  • The car parks along the length of Hadrian's Wall offer a mixture of free and pay and display parking.

 

Electric Vehicles

Northumberland County Council, Cumbria County Council and Northumberland National Park Authority are currently supporting a region-wide project to install over 1000 electric vehicle charging points in the North East over the next two years. These will be installed on streets, in car parks, at residential and commercial locations and at retail and leisure facilities. There are a number within the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall area at key attractions and towns.

For more information or to register as a driver of an electric vehicle and receive a personal electronic tag for opening and using charge posts, go to charge your car.

Plan your journey with the AA Route Planner

 

By Air

The nearest big airport is Newcastle Airport and is well served by a range of airlines, including a number of low-cost operators and has a direct connection to Newcastle train station.

Newcastle Airport

However, we are also lucky to have Carlisle Lake District Airport, which connects with London Southend, Belfast City, and Dublin Airports.

Carlisle Airport

 

By Bike

What better way to visit and explore the Heat of Hadrian’s Wall then by bike? So, what are the options? 

Hadrian’s Cycleway

A 174-mile route which snakes its way along Hadrian’s Wall. It’s a cycleway that knits together existing shorter cycle routes, quiet roads and off-road tracks. Clearly signposted, the Cycleway takes you near many major Roman sites, and other attractions are just a short turn of the wheel from the main route.

The Sea to Sea (C2C) 

Travelling 137 miles between the Irish Sea and the North Sea, this route is a perfect way to get a flavour of the North of England, and in particular, Hadrian's Wall County, as it encompasses parts of the northern Lake District, the Pennines, Cumbria, Tyneside, and County Durham too.

Reivers Cycle Route

The Reivers Route opened in 1998 and is 173 miles long. It is also known as the Return C2C as it takes you from the end of the west-to-east route all the way back to the start of the C2C. 

The Pennine Cycleway

At 350 (hilly) miles, this is essentially a week’s holiday. This route goes along the backbone of England straight through Haltwhistle (perfect for the glorious central section of the Wall and its landscape).

The National Byway

The National Byway is a 3,200-mile (5,150km.) sign-posted leisure cycling route, meandering round England and parts of Scotland and Wales, passing through Hexham and the North Tyne valley.

 

On Foot

Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall. Connecting the east coast with the west coast it offers 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape.

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