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#49518 - 04/08/09 03:08 AM Fixed Base Walking
OzSenior Offline
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Registered: 03/08/09
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Having done the Cumbria Way, the Coast to Coast and the West Highland Way, we are now considering walking Hadrian's Wall. Given that we can no longer walk long distances (beyond 15 kms per day) we were wondering whether it would be possible to base yourself in Newcastle for five days and using the base go out and walk a portion of the path each day. At an appropriate time we would then move to Carlisle and repeat for the balance of the walk. Does anyone have any views?

#49533 - 04/08/09 11:51 AM Re: Fixed Base Walking [Re: OzSenior]
rogere Offline
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Registered: 15/12/04
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It is probably feasible, but you may find the bus/train doesn't go that close to the actual route so you will have to add a few miles at the beginning or end of the day (unless you have oodles of cash and use taxis everywhere!!). This link has a lot of useful stuff:

There is even a Hadrians wall country bus in the Trail News tab

#49552 - 04/08/09 04:19 PM Re: Fixed Base Walking [Re: OzSenior]
Stottie Offline
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Registered: 21/02/07
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Loc: Derbyshire, England
The bus from Newcastle to just west of Haltwhistle would do the job for you, but you might prefer to find a more rural base west of Newcastle, somewhere near a local rail station, then you've got the option of buses and trains between Carlisle and Newcastle.
The bus goes right to Vindolanda too, well worth nosing around while you're in the area.
Carlisle is a good place to stay. I was forced to rest up there a couple of months ago with ligament strain, and I'd be happy to go back.

#49748 - 06/08/09 06:15 AM Re: Fixed Base Walking [Re: Stottie]
OzSenior Offline
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Thanks for the information. We have a bus timetable and will now have to do some study. Maybe Haltwhistle may be a good base.

#49750 - 06/08/09 06:51 AM Re: Fixed Base Walking [Re: OzSenior]
Gregg Offline
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Loc: Cotati, CA, USA
You could use Hexham for the eastern part of the walk and Haltwhistle for the western end. Hexham is the eastern terminus of the Hadrian's Wall bus and is also
on the rail line.


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