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ROMAN HERITAGE WAY
Walker's Data


This section provides the walker with information on the following topics.
  1. Walking Distances
  2. Walking Terrain
  3. Accommodation Locations
  4. Transport Options
  5. Refreshments
  6. Walking Kit
  7. Maps
  8. Weather
  9. Communications
  10. Emergency Precautions

Walking Distances

We have identified two principal routes and the Hadrian's Wall Path. Below we detail the distances and possible alternative ways of breaking up the route. This offers options from five to seven days walking dependent on the distances wanted to walk.

Segedunun to Trimontium (Wallsend to Melrose)

Day

Start - End point

Distance (miles)

Distance (km.)

1

Wallsend to Hedden

15

24

2

Hedden to Chollerford

15.3

24.5

3

Chollerford to Housesteads

10.0

16.3

4

Housesteads to Bellingham

13.5

21.6

5

Bellingham to Byrness

14

22.4

6

Byrness to Crailinghall

16.0

25.6

7

Crailinghall to Melrose

14

22.4

Total


98

158

Alternative

1

Wallsend to Robin Hood Inn
(west of Harlow Hill)

20.3

32.5

2

Robin Hood Inn to Housesteads

20.2

32.3

3

Housesteads to Bellingham

13.5

21.6

4

Bellingham to Byrness

14

22.4

5

Byrness to Crailinghall

16

25.6

6

Crailinghall to Melrose

14

22.4

Maia to Trimontium (Bowness to Melrose)

Day

Start - End point

Distance (miles)

Distance (km.)

1

Bowness to Carlisle

15

24

2

Carlisle to Banks

15

24

3

Banks to Steel Rigg

12

19

4

Steel Rigg to Bellingham

15

24

5

Bellingham to Byrness

14

22

6

Byrness to Crailinghall

16

27

7

Crailinghall to Melrose

14

22

Total


101

162

Alternative

1

Bowness to Oldwall
(South of Laversdale)

22

35

2

Oldwall to Steel Rigg

20

32

3

Steel Rigg to Bellingham

12

22

4

Bellingham to Byrness

14

24

5

Byrness to Crailinghall

16

27

6

Crailinghall to Melrose

14

24

Segedunun to Maia (Wallsend to Bowness)

Day

Start - End point

Distance (miles)

Distance (km.)

1

Wallsend to Hedden

15

24

2

Hedden to Chollerford

15

24

3

Chollerford to Steel Rigg

12

19.2

4

Steel Rigg to Banks

12

19.2

5

Banks to Carlisle

15

22.9

6

Carlisle to Bowness

15

23.6

Total


84

135

Alternative

1

Wallsend to Harlow Hill

17

27.2

2

Harlow Hill to Brocolitia Fort

16.8

26.9

3

Brocolitia Fort to Gilsland

17

27.2

4

Gilsland to Linstock

16.2

26

5

Linstock to Bowness

17.6

28.2

It is recognised that in some of the options there will be a need to either have arranged a pick up / walk to nearest community or to use the Hadrian's Wall Bus to return to suitable accommodation.

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Walking Terrain

This has been divided into section for each of the days, and may be helpful for those who are undertaking only parts of the route.

Section

Terrain

Wallsend to Hedden-on-the-Wall

The first two thirds is on tarred walkways or footpaths. This is very level and only sometimes is there the chance to deviate off the hard surface to walk on the grass verge. It may be worth considering having a good set of lighter boots or trainers for this part of the walk. The last third is onto grass, riverside track and country lane. Dependant on weather conditions this could be muddy in some places and boots are recommended in such conditions.

Hedden-on-the-Wall to Chollerford

Starting on pavement the walk soon reaches grass paths often created from a strip of field or on occasions woodland. This is relatively easy walking but it is frequently interrupted by stile or gate. We would recommend walking boots although this section should not be muddy in general.

Chollerford to Steel Rigg

This starts with a short section on pavement before reverting to field and moorland walking. This is now on slightly higher and exposed land and you need to be prepared with weather protection and walking boots. Towards the last third of the section the ground can be rougher underfoot and there are some short steep ascents and descents where the additional steadying of a walking pool could be useful.

Bowness on Solway to Carlisle

Very level walking on a mixture of road, road verge, field and woodland ending with a section on urban footpath. There are the odd occasion when the road or road verge could be under sea water making the route impassible. This is very unusual but indicates that the grass verges can be wet underfoot. Be careful of the wide marsh areas to the north, this is not recommended for walking due to the frequent and sometimes unseen water channels.
As this is open to the Solway for more than half the length be prepared with good waterproof and wind breaking clothes.

Carlisle to Banks

Starts on tracks and parkland the section then has some limited lengths of road or pavement before heading into the rural landscape.
The way is now mainly on the edge of fields and some woodland rising gradually as the way heads east. Walking boots would be the recommended footware especially as the route progresses.

Banks to Steel Rigg

This section resumes on pathways along the edges of field but rising onto more exposed moorland fields. After Gilsand the terrain starts to change with harder walking over sections that are rougher with exposed rocks underfoot and steep ascents and descents.
Boots are essential and be prepared with good clothing as the route is now more exposed. Walking pools are for many a useful addition.

Steel Rigg to Bellingham

There is initially some continuing walking along the top of the crags with sometimes rough and rocky terrain. The section then takes to mainly moorland and forest tracks and paths before a short section of country road. Parts of the grass paths can be liable to being wet and even boggy, so boots are essential and a pool could be helpful. This section has some more variations in height especially as the way nears the end. The final 3Km are all with Bellingham in sight, taking rough ground along a parallel line to the roadway before a final short section on pavement over the bridge and into the community.

Bellingham to Byrness

This is on grass and moorland paths on what is now much more exposed countryside. Walking boots are an essential part of the equipment and good quality clothing is needed as there is no shelter readily acccessible.
One section before entering the Kielder Forest involves a very steep descent then ascent, this is a particulary wet section underfoot and can be slow and demanding. From here the section is on generally good forest paths or tracks.

Byrness to Crailinghall

This is the section with the highest and most expose areas. Starting with a forest walk that includes a very steep climb it then remains on undulating and open hills along the NW corner of the Cheviots. The paths are on grass, hill track and for about 2 Km on narrow roads. This can be wet in part and there is a section over marshy land on elevated wooden walkway. The section leaving Pennymuir can be difficult to walk due to the damage caused by quad bikes, but soon reverting back to hill fields and tracks.
The walk is generally a descent following Whitton Edge, becoming relative straight as is passes along a narrow strip of track between agricultural fields.
Only with the appropriate clothing, footwear, refreshments, and navigational equipment should this be undertaken.

Crailinghall to Melrose

This starts off on farm tracks that are very straight although undulating as the section heads to the River Teviot. These paths can be rough in parts due to farm machinary churning up the ground when wet. There then follows grass track along the side of rivers or fields before the section enters woodland adjacent to the A 68 road. There is only a short section of road before a riverside walk along a narrow track next to the Tweed. A counrty road then a climb and subsequent descent over the Eildon hills, this being sometimes muddy and slippy in wet conditions.
This is a relatively easy section with only a more strenuous end to the walk. We recommend good walking gear and the use of a walking pool on the descent from the Eildons.

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