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Hadrian's Wall Highlights

  • Where?

    UK

  • Altitude

    345m

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P3

  • Technical

    T1

  • P3 - This trip is physically tough. Frequent exercise is necessary to prepare properly for this expedition. Regular walking mixed with training at the gym to build up endurance and cardiovascular fitness is key. Expect to be able to do 8 hour days in hilly and often steep train, carrying a pack of 6-10kg in weight with the occasional extra long day.

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  • T1 - No technical skills are needed.  A good steady walking ability only is required.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQs

Overview

The ‘bay brother of the Great Wall of China’ and one of the most iconic sights of the Roman Empire, tick the Hadrian’s Wall off your UK trek’it list.

This wonderous trekking journey takes in some of the most impressive and fascinating section of the Hadrian’s Wall. Over the course of 3 days, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and legionnaires to take in the highlights of the UNESCO world heritage site as it passes through some glorious open countryside and picturesque villages.

Setting off from the small village of Crosby-on-Eden, we marvel at historical significant points along the way including the site of a long gone Roman Bridge on the edge of Gilsland.

We’ll get to see Thirlwall Castle, before our route begins to feel wilder and more remote as we head up onto the Northumberland Moors, passing milecastles, and with the wall still six feet high in places, this is the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country. There’s history and stories a plenty until we reach our finishing point in Hexham.

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Date & Prices

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.
A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.
A monthly payment plan is possible, please contact the office to chat through the options.

We currently have no scheduled dates for this expedition, however if you give the office a call on 0207 1834 360 it would be easy for us to get this up and running.

Included

  • 3 nights hostel-style accommodation (can upgrade to 3 star, twin rooms style)
  • Full board – all meals included to keep you well-fuelled and feasting on local goods
  • A range of well-fuelled snacks and water during the challenge
  • Luggage transfer throughout – you will only need to carry your day bag
  • Professional and expert challenge event organisation and management
  • Incredibly experienced RAW 360 dedicated leader, dedicated coordinator and leaders throughout
  • Pre-event support and training advice
  • Group safety equipment
  • Full public liability insurance cover
  • Cotswold Outdoor discount code
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • Additional snacks
  • Additional drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Personal spending money
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Travel to and from the start and finish of the trek
  • Any cost incurred from having to leave the challenge early

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrive into Carlisle ready for your trek

You’ll make your own way to the accommodation in Carlisle where you’ll meet your leader for the trip.

DAY 2 : Setting off from the village of Crosby-on-Eden

After an early breakfast, we’ll take a short taxi ride out to the small village of Crosby-on-Eden, where we’ll start our adventure! We can leave our overnight bags at the hotel to be transported for us.

We’ll be walking approximately 23km/14.4miles and visit Birdoswald Roman Fort and Visitor Centre and a long gone Roman Bridge near Gilsland, our home for the night.

(Estimated walking time: 6hrs / roughly 23 km/14.4 miles) (B, L, D)

DAY 3 : Thirlwall Castle

We get to marvel at Thirlwall Castle! The route begins to feel wilder and more remote as we head up onto the Northumberland Moors. Towards the end of the day’s route we pass over Winshield Crags, the highest point of the wall at 345m above sea level. Shortly after, we drop down to accommodation at The Sill Youth Hostel ready to rest and refuel.

(Estimated walking time: 5hrs / roughly 19.5 km/12.2 miles) (B, L, D)

DAY 4 : Sycamore Gap and the completion of our trek

It won’t take us long to get back to the Wall in the morning, with the first sight being ‘Sycamore Gap’ before we continue across the top of Crag Lough. With roman forts Vercovicivm, Brocolitia and Cilvrnvm along the way, we head for our finishing point of Hexham, a wonderful market town built around the 7th century Abbey.

This is where our trip must end. After saying our goodbyes, there’s a number of onwards travel options, including bus and train links into Newcastle, or back to Carlisle if you’ve left a vehicle there.

(Estimated walking time: 7hrs / roughly 27.5 km/ 17.2 miles) (B, L, D)

These are subject to minor changes depending on weather conditions, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the challenge and what you will experience and this itinerary will be followed as faithfully as possible.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Daysack

Approx. 30L capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

Dry stuffsacks

Nlon rolltop bags (or even just large plastic bags) that keep fresh clothing and other important items dry

Waterproof rucksack cover

To protect rucksack from rain

Headwear

Buff/Scarf

Essential for protection from the sun and dust

Sunglasses

Worth spending money on good UV filters.  Julbo is our preferred supplier

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Sunblock

Lip salve

Upper Body

Fleece top/jacket or Softshell

And a spare, should this get wet

Mid layer

A warm layer packed in your rucksack

And a spare, should this get wet

Waterproof jacket (Outer layer)

Gore-Tex or event seam sealed are recommended and big enough to fit over a couple of layers. This jacket will also serve as a great windproof too

Gloves

A light pair of polartec or thinsulate gloves

Base layer

or T-shirt (not cotton)

A new set for each day of the trek

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

A fresh set for each day of the trek

Waterproof overtrousers

Like the jacket, an essential piece of kit to stay dry and should also be Gore-tex or breathable, to fit over your trousers if needed

These are separate to your trekking trousers

Spare clothing

To travel in to & from the event

Change of clothing for evenings

Sleepwear & evening clothes

Feet

3-4 season walking boots

Sturdy, comfy boots with ankle support – of course, tried and tested!

Trekking socks

If your feet get wet, you’ll appreciate a dry pair on the next

Pack a fresh set for each day of the trek too

Quantity: 3

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

Filled with water to start

Toiletries

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Wash kit

Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!

Travel towel

Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Small kit bag or light bag

Overnight bag

Medications

Personal first aid kit

Your own first aid kit should contain: A basic blister kit, plasters, antiseptic, sun-protection, any personal medication, basic pain relief (paracetamol/aspirin/ibuprofen), strepsils, anti-nauseau, a personal course of antibiotics if prone to illness etc.

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Miscellaneous

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Head torch

Bring spare batteries or a spare head torch (not a handheld torch or phone)

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Snacks

Feel free to chat to us around advice on fuelling on adventures & see our FAQs for more advice around this.

Your meals will all be included and provided. Please bring any extra snacks to keep your energy levels up.

Old mobile phone

In sealed bag

Rubbish bag

Documentation

Travel insurance

Copy of own travel insurance details.  And relevant contact numbers.

We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip.  To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

FAQs

The Challenge

How fit do I need to be for this challenge?

Training and a good level of walking fitness is definitely required. As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have.

Trekking fitness is specific to trekking, but a general overall fitness is a good start.

Most training should be part of an ongoing lifestyle but if this is not the case then you should begin training 4-6 months prior to the challenge and gradually build up as suggested. Step training advice is given below. Remember to use the walking boots that you will be walking in after the first month of training to get them worn in.

What are the group sizes?

We aim for a minimum of 8 trekkers. There is no exact maximum, we are open to chatting this over. Accommodation availability will be the deciding factor on this if groups are any bigger than 12.

Accommodation

Is accommodation included?

Yes, the trek includes 3 nights hostel-style accommodation.

This can be upgraded to 3 star, twin room style if you so wish.

Do you recommend staying the nights before and after?

It’s very much a personal choice, and will also of course depend on where you’re travelling from.

Food and Water

What do I need to eat to ensure I have enough energy for the challenge?

The following is a guide of what your leader will be consuming over the duration of the trip. if you are not, then you are likely to be not taking on enough: food=energy and fluids=hydration. Cramping is a sign of dehydration and lack of salts.

Have a large meal the day before your challenge and ensure you are well hydrated i.e. no real discoloration of urine which is sign of dehydration.

On the morning of the challenge have a huge breakfast! Don’t be shy, get it down you as you’re walking not running!

Every 45-50 minutes have a snack whether it is an energy bar, flapjack, banana or a bag of crisps! If you start to feel dizzy/ weak this is a sign you’re not eating enough. Make sure you take food you enjoy eating as otherwise you will not eat enough of it. You will be burning a lot of calories and need to consume a lot to keep you fuelled.

Choose complex carbohydrates and whole foods, rather than overly sweet items. Foods like malt loaf, mixed fruit and nuts, cheese and ham, oat cakes, raw fruit bars, dark chocolate, filled wraps, mini pork pies or  sausage rolls will last well and sustain you over several hours.

Health and Safety

What happens if I fall ill, can’t keep up or there is an emergency?

Our Mountain Leaders are well trained and experienced in managing situations on the hill should they need to get outside assistance for example ‘mountain rescue’ they all carry mobile phones and also radios for communication with the minibus drivers.

The Mountain Leader will always keep the group together for maximum safety on each peak and set a sensible pace for all to achieve this challenge. However, if your struggling you must be honest with yourself and the leader and let us know.

Who will be leading the group?

We employ experienced and fully qualified RAW 360 Mountain Leaders to accompany and lead you. They are mountain first aid trained and have extensive experience, your leader will be ultimately responsible for your safety and the rest of the group. They will be carrying full safety equipment and first aid kits with them.

You advocate taking a small first aid kit, what should it contain?

We advocate a little bit of self-help on the trek. If you have a blister developing for instance then please stop, take off your boot and treat it before it becomes a problem. Your own first aid kit should contain: a basic blister kit, rehydration sachets, plasters, high factor sun-protection, your own personal medication, and some basic pain relief (aspirin and Ibuprofen). Generally the best approach to take when packing your first aid kit is to include such basic medications as if you would on a family or personal holiday.

Kit

What kit will I need on the mountain?

See the comprehensive kit list provided but remember that our seasons now are only determined by the temperature of the rain! You need clothing and equipment for all weathers.

What type of footwear should I be wearing?

The choice of walking footwear is incredibly important and should not be decided on price alone. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough so it is vital that you use a pair of strong canvas or leather boots with good ankle support, not trekking trainers. Not only the boots but the socks that you wear are also very important and it is worth investing in some good pairs of socks. Avoid cotton, trekking or good quality sports socks are advised as are a thin wicking sock to wear underneath if your prone to blisters, these are designed to draw the moisture away from your feet.

What should I carry inside my daysack?

A daysack is worn at all times during the trek. The content of this is mandatory and should include: a fleece, waterproofs, warm hat, gloves, sun hat, sunscreen, sufficient water, snacks, camera equipment, personal medication, a head torch and spare batteries and a whistle.

How much should my daysack weigh? What size does that equate to?

Your daysack should weigh no more then 3 – 4 kg (without water) and a pack of around 30L capacity should more than suffice.

It is important that this bag has an adjustable waist belt to transfer the weight of your daily load onto your hips and from here onto your legs so that your strongest muscles do most of the carrying.

The Weather

How hot or cold will it be?

The weather in the UK can be very changeable. It is not uncommon for it to change from clear blues skies to rain and fog in moments. It is important to follow the advice we give and carry the correct kit.

When is the best time of year to do this trek?

From May to September is most advisable for the best chance of pleasant weather.

We can look at October to April however there are far less daylight hours and a greater chance of worse weather.

Travel

How do we get to the start of the challenge?

You will need to organise your own transport to the accommodation in Carlisle where you will meet your leader.

Insurance

Do I need special insurance for this trek?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the challenge. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date.

Finance

How much spending money should I bring?

Depends how many snacks and drinks you want to buy on the way! If you bring most of these with you then not that much or if you want buy everything en-route then you will need a bit more!

The literate given to me was clear and comprehensive and I fully knew what to expect.  All in all the weekend was well organised, a great challenge and fun!

Pauline Jenkins, UK 3 Peaks Challenge
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