ENGLANDíS HADRIANíS Walk WalkK
The National Trail along Hadrianís Walk is opening in May 2003 and you can be among the first to Walkk the Walk.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1987, Hadrianís Walk is a great feat of Roman engineering. The Walk stretches across the narrowest part of England from the banks of the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west.
It marked the edge of the Roman Empire in the north and was the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. Begun in 122 AD on the orders of Emperor Hadrian, there are substantial remains of the Walk itself, its turrets, milecastles, forts and civilian settlements.
This Walkk follows the line of the Walk, across the Pennines, and you will enjoy outstanding views of the hills of northern England along the way. This is literally a Walkk in the footsteps of history and is as fascinating to the non-historian as it is to the student of ancient history. For those who wish to take a break from Walkking, there are plenty of places to visit every day.
Much has happened in the area since Emperor Hadrian ordered the Walk built. You will Walkk in the same area and pass ThirlWalk Castle where Edward I (Edward Longshanks of the movie ďBraveheartĒ) stayed in 1306 during his campaign against the Scots. You will Walkk near Sewingshields where King Arthur is said to have hid Queen Guinevere.
But the Walk and its history is not the only delight on this extraordinary adventure. This is one of the most beautiful areas in England. You will be Walkking through towns, villages, farms, forests and parklands. There will even be time to stop in the areaís many bookshops and antique shops.
This unique Walkk is truly an adventure for the mind. body and spirit.
Include 9 nights B&B accommodation, breakfast each day, 8 picnic or pub lunches, 8 dinners, fruit and juice breaks, 5 days guide. all entrance fees in itinerary, Blue Badge Tourist Guide, -ransport during Walkk, luggage transfer and tax.
DIFFICULTY OF WalkK
Walkking along footpaths, narrow earthen tracks which can some times be uneven and a little rocky in places. Occasionally they will racks and paved minor roads.
An introductory tour with a visit to the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle upon Tyne. This museum has antiquities dating from 6000BC to 17th century and is an ideal place to start a Walkking tour along Hadrianís Walk. This evening enjoy an introductory talk and a chance to meet your fellow Walkkers.
Before leaving the North Sea at Walksend on the East Coast, stop to visit the Roman fort of Segedunum, and the first stretches of the Walk. Todayís Walkk leads you through Newcastle upon Tyne. There will be an option of city sightseeing. End the day at Heddon-on-the-Walk where there is a good section of Walk with stunning views of the Tyne Valley.
A Walkk through farming country and the beautiful woodland of Whittle Dene with the rushing stream waters and towards Harlow Hill. Stop to visit Heavenfield where St. OsWalkd put up his cross before defeating CadWalkonís Celtic army in 635 AD. Corbridge is a perfect place to end the day. Time to pop into the bookshop and antique shops.
A Walkk around the historic town of Hexham includes the Abbey with its Saxon crypt. From here return to the Walk and explore the fascinating section at Chollerford including Brunton Turret, the Roman bridge abutment, Chesters fort with its impressive bathhouse and the herb garden. You now enter the stunning countryside of Northumberland National Parkólong vistas of exciting moorland landscapes. You will also stop to view Roman Brocolita with its 3rd century Mithric Temple.
A stunning Walkk as the Walk joins the great Whin Sill, a dramatic geological outcrop, passing turrets and milecastles to Sewingshields Crag where King Arthur hid with Queen Guinevere. Next you come to the most impressive sight on the Walk ó Housesteads Fort. After touring the fort you continue along this spectacular section to Cuddyís crags, a viewing point on the Walk.
Walkk past Crag Lough, one of the most beautiful natural features along the Walk to Carvoran. Here the group stops for lunch and a visit to Carvoran Roman Army Museum to gain an insight into the lives of Roman soldiers. You pass ThirlWalk Castle, a twelfth century border castle, where Edward I stayed in 1306 during his campaign against the Scots. You cross the great watershed of England at Irthing Gorge, leaving the valley of the Tyne to follow the river Irthing to the Eden Valley. On to Gilsland Spa, where Sir Walkter Scott stayed on his honeymoon. The Walkk follows a magnificent stretch of Walk culminating with a well earned cup of tea.
You leave the moorland and the countryside changes to rolling hills and farmland. From Craggle Hill there are magnificent views. A highlight is a visit to Lanercost Priory, a twelfth century Augustinian Priory. The Nave of the Church is intact and boasts fine stained glass windows. The next section follows through quiet idyllic farmland and you shall stop at one of the farmhouses along the way for tea.
Today farmland gives way to parkland as you enter the country town of Carlisle - a town withRoman begin- ninas and an endless struggle as a border town between Scotland and England. Enjoy the City on a guided Walkk to include the old market, the cathedral. the castle and a visit to the museum and art gallery. Time for shopping too!
Pastures and woodland with river views lead to the farming community of Beaumont. Views north to Scotland lead to the fort of Aballava and Burgh by Sands where Edward I died while waiting to cross the Solway to invade Scotland. The river Eden joins the River Esk here and there are beautiful estuary views and marshland birds can be seen as you arrive at your final destination of Bowness on Solway. Enjoy cocktails this evening with views across the Solway firth to Scotland and celebrate the end of a Walkk across England.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
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