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#42865 - 17/06/06 05:30 AM Hadrian's Wall Forum!
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 110
I'm very pleased to see a dedicated forum for the Hadrian's Wall Path. Thanks to the admin folks.

We're planning to walk the path next May, and have enjoyed reading the posts from those who have written about it on other threads.

Anyone walked it West to East recently?

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#42866 - 19/06/06 01:13 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
pete Offline
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Registered: 19/06/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Newcastle
Walked west to East in march over a 6 day period, camped out for 2 nights and stayed in pubs the rest. Lovely walk, was pleased that i did it from west to east as the wind was on my back for most of the way and it rained for 3 days.

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#42867 - 21/06/06 11:11 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
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Registered: 07/04/06
Posts: 128
I think more people tend to do it West to East as it's easier to get out of Newcastle then Bowness.

I remember seeing quite a few discussions about this topic last year in the "Other Walks Forum" before I set of on the walk.

The negative points about the West to East crossing were that you ended up having to walk through Byker to get to Wallsend and also you would miss out on the 'celebratory atmosphere' you find in the Kings Arms when you finish. I mean what would you do when you finish it at Segdunum? Buy a suvenier and go home?

Either way, its the middle bits that are more fun, as the Wallsend-Heddon and Carlisle-Bowness legs are really nothing more than a slog.

[This message has been edited by Onslow2 (edited 21 June 2006).]

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#42868 - 21/06/06 05:27 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
I'm now finalising the route of a new circular long distance walk which incorporates the Hadrians Wall Walk, a mostly coastal stretch from Wallsend to Robin Hoods Bay, the Coast to Coast Walk and a stretch from St Bees to Bowness, a distance of nearly 500 miles and aimed at those who don't think it's worth getting their boots on for much less than a month. If for it you do one of the established walks east to west then you do the other west to east and the main question is whether to do the walk clockwise or anticlockwise.

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#42869 - 21/06/06 07:17 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
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As I'm doing the C2C in September, all I need to do is the coastal bits and I can be a veteran of the "Lizard's Circle"

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#42870 - 22/06/06 04:56 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 110
As pete mentioned, walking the path from West to East has the added benefit of the prevailing winds at one's back. That's one of the main reasons why we'll probably walk it W to E when we walk it next year.

I agree with Onslow2, though, re the middle bits being the most interesting.

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#42871 - 22/06/06 06:32 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
Kite21 Offline
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Registered: 31/07/05
Posts: 85
Loc: Chester, UK
Lizard's Circle sounds like fun. I've nearly bagged it too.

I've done Hadrian's Wall (E to W is the best way despite the prevailing winds), the Cleveland Way (so have walked the E coast from Saltburn down to Filey) and am setting out on C2C next week.

Not too sure I'd want to do the walk between St Bees and Bowness tho'. What would be the highlights?

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#42872 - 23/06/06 11:10 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
pete Offline
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Registered: 19/06/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Newcastle
How many days are you doing it in HikeMania?

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#42873 - 24/06/06 11:20 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum!
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Pete, we're going to allow extra time to explore some of the forts & camps along the way. We'll also likely walk the extra miles between Segedunum and Arbeia to make it a full coast-to-coast walk. Our plans aren't definite yet, but I imagine we'll stretch it out to a 9-10 day walk.

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#56157 - 18/06/10 02:15 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: HikeMania]
Mac Offline
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Registered: 18/06/10
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Just a quickie to inform users of a new Hadrian's Wall Blog, http://hadrianswallforum.proboards.com. This new forum is aimed as a new resource for anyone wanting to know more info or impart any information or experiences.

Please sign up and get involved.

Thanks

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#59644 - 28/01/11 12:27 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Mac]
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Registered: 08/01/11
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Is it possible to cycle the route easily?

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#59645 - 28/01/11 12:37 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: trenchfoot]
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Registered: 29/04/05
Posts: 1285
Loc: North Yorkshire
Originally Posted By: trenchfoot
Is it possible to cycle the route easily?


There are a lot of steep ups and downs and personally I wouldn't want bikes to be ruining a good path. Sorry!

However there is a Hadrian's Cycleway which forms part of the
National Cycle Network see:-

http://www.cycle-routes.org/hadrianscycleway/
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#59684 - 31/01/11 04:42 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Harland]
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2884
Loc: West Lancs.
Near to Househeads Fort and for several miles at least, a lot of 'Wallers' use the easier track that runs below and parallel to the wall, rather than the wall path itself.
I have always found it peculiar that some walkers take a lot of trouble and time with the planning and arrangements to do a specific LDP, then go and start taking short cuts and easier options while supposedly doing it.
Dave.

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#59737 - 04/02/11 09:46 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: Slogger]
walkanddrink Offline
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Registered: 19/06/10
Posts: 119
Loc: Blackpool
Dave, sometimes pain means an easier route. I walked the wall in 2005 and had to take to the low road in parts, had a lot of pain in one of my knees and not wanting a second operation on it took the path of least resistance. Do I feel cheated, no, would I do the same thing again, yes. You are still walking the miles and it is sometimes nice to get off the beaten track and be alone for a bit.

Mick

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#59741 - 04/02/11 10:05 PM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: walkanddrink]
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 2884
Loc: West Lancs.
Yes Mick,
I understand taking the easier option if suffering from an injury, but some just seem to see at a bit of a climb on an official route and start to look for alternatives.
However I admit that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to following the laid down route to the letter when doing it for the first time. Alternatives can be explored during subsequent trips.
Of course each to their own, not saying my philosophy is better than anyone elses, just wouldn't do for me.
Dave.

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#59905 - 15/02/11 07:24 AM Re: Hadrian's Wall Forum! [Re: trenchfoot]
Oldun Offline
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Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 1750
Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
Originally Posted By: trenchfoot
Is it possible to cycle the route easily?


It is many years since I did HW so I do not know what it is like now, but at the time I would say that doing two thirds of the route on bike would have been preferable to walking along an imaginary line where the wall used to be...as well as getting out of the Newcastle end as soon as possible.

All I can remember of the walk are endless pavements and jumping out of the way of cars traveling at high speed. Until I reached the part where the wall actually begins, paths slightly inland of the main roads were waist high in stinging nettles and there was the chore of the big diversions around fenced off farmersí fields.

The memories I have of walking through the Newcastle back streets were of crunching on broken glass and slipping on used condoms.

The best part of the walk, for me, was around Vindolanden and onwards to the coast.

Based upon my previous experience, I would say that if I ever did this route again I think that I would definitely consider biking it, or using a car.

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