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Hadrian's Wall Path Northumberland

Location: North England - Cumbria, Northumberland & Tyneside. Length: 140km (84miles).
Average number of days to complete: 7.
Users: Walkers only in Cumbria & Northumberland. Within Tyneside (19 km - 14% of the total route) is shared with cyclists on an urban cycleway.
Highest point: Whinshields Crags 345m (1130 ft).
Start point: Segedenum Roman Fort at Wallsend on Tyne.
Finish point: The RSPB reserve at Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.
Landscape: A riverside route along the Tyne gives way to predominantly arable farmland above Tynedale; this opens out to the rough grazing upland section dominated by the Whin Sill escarpment. It then gradually descends to the richer pastures of Cumbria and finally the open salt marsh of the Solway Estuary.
Highlights: Roman Forts of Segedunum (Wallsend), Chesters, Housesteads, Birdoswald; River Tyne bridges; Whin Sill escarpment; well preserved Roman masonry and earthworks; Solway salt marshes.
Famous Associations: Emperor Hadrian, George and Robert Stephenson; novelist Sir Walter Scott; singer Sting; footballer Alan Shearer.
Trail Officers favourite part: Segedunum Roman Fort because of its presentation; Walltown section of Wall, one of the best preserved sections but the least known; Birdoswald Roman Fort with its expansive views; Solway estuary because of its bird interest.
Nearest towns: Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Carlisle are the main towns on the route. Hexham is 7 km (5 miles); Haltwhistle 5 km (3 miles); Brampton 6.5 km (5 miles).
Access: Newcastle-upon-Tyne is 3 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train, Carlisle is 4.5 hours from London and 1.5 hours from Edinburgh by train. The Hadrian’s Wall bus serves the above plus Corbridge, Hexham, Greenhead, Gilsland and Brampton. Segedenum can be reached by metro from Newcastle (10 minutes from Central Station). Bus services operate from Carlisle to Bowness-on Solway (take 40 minutes).
Information available: Opens May 2003. National Trail Guide - Aurum Press - publication timed for March 2002. “Every Footstep Counts” (Code of respect for Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site) from National Trail Officer; Where to Stay Guide for walkers and the Summer Guide to Hadrian’s Wall (includes public transport information) from Hadrian’s Wall Information Line.
Contact for all information and advice: David McGlade, Countryside Agency North East Regional Office, Cross House, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 4XX.
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 191 269 1634. For leaflets described contact also the Hadrian’s Wall Information Line - Telephone 00 44 (0) 1434 322002.
Website: www.nationaltrail.co.uk

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