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Hadrian's Wall Path: Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway

by: Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan

UPDATES

Updated information

Thank you to the readers who sent in the following updates in particular Ken, Rich & Sophie Eames, John Nichols, Ingrid Strobl, Kornelie Oostlander-Vos, Cathy Rooke, Keith Frayn, Michael Scarlatos and his wife and their 11 year old son, David Twine and Murray Turner, Pam & Stephen Turner, Keith Dunbar, Rick and Mel Toyer, Tom Anderson, Unni Oberhofer, Jared Bond, John Hersey.

 

The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.

Updates relating to the 5th edition

June 2017

p48  Local transport   A 1-day AD122 Rover ticket is now £12.50/9.50/6.50/26 for adult/child/student or senior/family. A 3-day ticket costs £25/13/19/52; a 7-day ticket is also available. The ticket entitles holders to a 10% discount at Chesters, Housestead, Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum.

              The AD122 Rover Ticket + is now called a Hadrian’s Frontier Ticket.

 

Newcastle

p82  Transport The Network One Day Rover now costs £7.20.

p83 Tourist information  The Virgin information desk in Central Station has maps of Newcastle and general info about the city and public transport services.

p90 Where to eat and drink  City Centre  Riley’s Fish Shack is now Barrio Comida (www.barriocomida.com; Wed-Sat noon-3pm & 5.30-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm). The menu includes: tortilla chips with guacamole (£6) and a selection of tacos from £2.75, and tostadas from £4.50. You can’t buy a drink here without buying something to eat (licence restrictions). It is a great place for a quick meal.

p95   Gateshead Millenium Bridge  It is worth being in the area to see the bridge tilting (Mon 2pm, Tue and Thur noon, Wed 10.35am & noon, Fri noon & 10.10pm, Sat noon, 7.35pm & 10.15pm, Sun noon, 4.35pm & 7.35pm).

 

pp96-8 Arbeia  Descend to King St – it only becomes Ocean Road after the crossroads. Asda is now Morrisons and the roundabout only seemed to be a crossroads. On Baring St you only see the sign for Vespasian St (and the other Roman named places) when you get to the top of the hill.

 

pp96-7 The West Road

• The 39 & 40 buses go from Stand J; there is no label saying J but it is next to Stand H, which is signed!

• The sign re the college is not very large and only says Westgate College. Soccer World on the right-hand side is a better locator for where to get off. We didn’t notice the TV mast but it could still be there.

• Re the Denton Hall Turret stop, if you sit on the left-hand side in the bus you will see the sign showing the A1 intersection. When you get off the bus walk back to the remains.

 

p103  Segudunum  There is now a Roman Centurion statue (Sentius Tectonicus) in front of the main building at Segedenum, by the car park. You can walk down and go through a gate to join the HW path rather than having to go round the road route.

 

Map 1, p105  There are some public toilets on the opposite side from the metro by the roundabout shown on the map.

•  The Ship Inn was demolished in 2013 and some archeologists have found it was on the actual site of the Roman baths; these have now been excavated and some mosaic tiling put down. It is worth the short walk to go and see the site.

 

Map 8, p117  Dingle Dell Tearooms is great for a celebratory cup of tea and cake and the end of the first day, but it isn’t clear how to access it on the map. You need to take the path between the road you have just walked along and the children’s nursery; in effect doubling back.

 

Map 11, p123  We felt the path on the far side of the map, when it crosses the road, should be moved further along. We reckoned we walked along the road for about 80 metres before turning off.

 

Wall p142  The AD122 bus also stops here, by The Hadrian Hotel.

 

Map 16, p143

Chesters  It seems the passport stamping box is permanently fixed outside now; it is on the wall on the right-hand side as you face the entrance to Chesters from the road.

• There is a container with water so walkers can have a drink or refill their bottles as you turn right off the road by Walwick; contributions are appreciated and go to Tynedale Hospice at Home.

 

Haltwhistle, pp167-9

Where to eat and drink: The Fort is now Red Fort – it has recently been taken over by new people but the phone number is the same. The food (Indian and Bangladeshi) was very good but the service was a bit slow. Black Bull Inn now only serves food in the evening on Tuesday to Saturday. The only option at the Centre of Britain is the three-course menu; if you don’t want one course you can substitute it with a drink or coffee. Manor House Inn doesn’t do food now; however, they have a dining area where you can eat a takeaway from one of the takeaways in town as long as you have a drink from the bar.

 

Map 28, p175  There is a temporary diversion in Gilsland due to ‘no bridge crossing being available’. The diversion is well signed but (if walking west) you turn right when joining the road by waypoint 071 and then turn left at the junction and follow the road round passing a Cumbria sign and then House of Meg; you rejoin the official route where it leaves the road.

 

Birdoswald p178  The museum here is closed for renovation till Easter 2018 but the site itself is open and also the café and shop. The passport stamping box is outside; it is straight ahead as you walk up from Milecastle 49 (see Map 29).

 

Banks, p180  We used Brampton Cars (tel 016977-3386) for a taxi to Brampton (about £10). It seems the standard picking up point is the green where the post box and phone are. There is a bench by those so it is a convenient place to rest while waiting. Another taxi company is Air Bus 2000 (tel 016977-3735).

 

Crosby-on-Eden (Low Crosby), p189 and p191The Stag Inn (tel 01228-573210; food Wed-Sat noon-2pm & 6-8pm, Sun noon-3pm, bar Tue-Sun 11am-11pm) has reopened. We only had a drink there but the menu seems to be standard pub food (stag burger £8.90, fish & chips £10.95).

 

Map 38, p195  There is now a temporary diversion as you approach Carlisle ‘due to bridge damage’ and ‘safety concerns’ for the Iron Bridge, though the sign called it Memorial Bridge; it is being checked for 21 days from 12th June, then may also be closed for another 21 days and if not resolved by then will stay closed for about six months. The diversion is clearly shown and means following the path on the north side of the river round to Eden Bridge Garden and then go across Eden Bridge.

 

Carlisle, p198 Transport: Stagecoach 93/93A bus service operates a circular route: the 93A goes to Anthorn via Moorhouse and then returns to Carlisle via Bowness-on-Solway, the 93 service goes direct to Bowness, so is slightly quicker. So, if you are happy to walk (Mon-Sat) from Bowness back to Carlisle you can take the 93A at 9.10am and get to Bowness around an hour later. If you want to walk from Carlisle to Bowness and you manage to reach Bowness by 13.37 you can take the 93 bus back to Carlisle via Anthorn, or with a more relaxed day take the 17.14 back via Anthorn. The fare is £6.20.

 

p216   Wallsend Guest House Tearoom is now only open 2-5pm (Easter to October daily)

 

May 2017

p142 Wall. Airbnb in the village offers 2 bedrooms. Over the past three years they have hosted many walkers, in particular people hiking solo, who have really appreciated their stay here. The walkers baggage transfer service is available here. The Hadrian's Wall bus AD122 stop is 3 mins away. www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/913551.

p160 Once Brewed. One walker wrote to us "Twice Brewed Inn - was full (even so early in the season) but Andrew also owns the Red Lion at Newbrough and is willing to pick you up from Twice Brewed and take you there. We enjoyed this inn very much - great food and rooms."

p175 Map 28 Gilsland.  There is a temporary diversion here due to construction work. It is signed.

p192 Map 36 Crosby-on-Eden.  Temporary diversion in place in consequence of flooding in 2015 whilst repairs in progress.

p195 Map 38 Rickerby.  Near the folly in field someone has built a replica Hadrian's Wall in their garden!

Updates relating to the 4th edition

31 October 2016

p173 Map 28 Gilsland - p178 Map 29 Birdoswald. Temporary closure of Hadrian’s Wall Path by Cumbria County Council for works commencing Monday 31st October duration expected to be about 3 weeks. During this time you might want to consider hiring a local taxi firm to transport you between these points. Suggestions: Airbus 2000 (Brampton) 016977 3735 Diamond Private Hire (Haltwhistle) 0759 764 1222.

June 2016
Feedback from a walker as follows:

Winter flooding. Three posted detours near Carlisle as a result of flooding but only one was found necessary by this walker.

p88 Wallsend. Hadrian Lodge Hotel has closed.

p188 Crosby-on-Eden. The Stag Inn seems closed.
p184 Walton. Great public restroom next to Walton Tea Room.
p 129 Chesters.  The bridge path gate was chained & locked shut.
p124  St Oswalds Tea Room looks like is no more.

September 2015

p120. East Wallhouses. Robin Hood Inn is now open.

 

August 2015

From 3 Norwegians around 60 who sent in the following updates and said "Thanks for a fantastic Guidebook. Everything we needed for our walk we could find there. We walked Hadrians Wall 5 days from Newcastle to Carlisle from 7. to 12. July this Year. Already in January we booked B & B."

p112, Wylam.  Wormald House, Wylam. The first night, very friendly and nice family. They took us to a Pub called Winships with very tasty, good Food. The Breakfast was very rich.Lunch in Errington Arms was a good proposal.
 
p130, Humshaugh. Second night in Orchard View, large, nice rooms, good Breakfast and Sandwiches (not white Bread!) The Village was very idyllic and a good Atmosphere in the Pub.
 
p160 Once Brewed. Third night in Twice Brewed Inn. Very lively Atmosphere in the Pub and a nice Backyard. Much Car traffic at day time, but quiet in the Night. Also good Sandwiches.
 
p180 Banks. The fourth night in Quarryside, very cosy. They had ordered a table for us, and took
us to a nice Pub where we had good food. Good Breakfast, but the Sandwiches had white, soft Bread which we Norwegians don't like very much.
 
p196 Carlise. Fifth night in Cartref. Large room on the top floor and very good Breakfast, and service.

July 2015

p186, Newtown.  Orchard House Bed and Breakfast situated on Hadrian's Wall Path in the village of Newtown, Cumbria, newly opened.  Evening meals available by prior arrangement. Tel: 016977 42637. www.orchardhousebednb.co.uk

 

June 2015

p184, Walton. The Reading Room Cafe at Walton, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ.

Tel: 07867868763. Situated just 300m off the path.  From June 1st 2015 open seven days a week, 10.00 till 4.30 (opening hours to be reviewed at end of September). Serves teas, coffees,  cakes, traybakes, cold drinks, snacks, light lunches. Everything is home made.They will refill water bottles for walkers and toilet facilities are available during opening hours. Free internet connection and provides taxi numbers for several local companies.  If a large groups of walkers are planning to come, please contact in advance to give a little warning. email:TheReadingRoomatWalton@outlook.com

 

20 May 2015

p185, near Brampton. The Salutation Inn, Irthington, which is not in the book but is just a little off the path after Brampton was closed on Sunday 17 May for food and is closing down. 

 

17 July 2014

Cumbria County Council Public Transport confirmed that Telford will stop operating the 185 bus service from the end of August but that Arriva will take it over (using the same number) though the frequency will be reduced - probably it will only go to Carlisle once a day.

 

The updates relate to the 3rd edition

4 November 2013

p107 Heddon-on-the-Wall. Hadrian Way B&B 2 Close Lea, Heddon-on-the-Wall NE15 0D. Tel: 01661 853 175.

 

26 September 2013

p177 Map 32.  Walton. The Centurion Inn is stil closed.

p77 Newcastle.  No Youth Hostel now but you can get cheap rooms at Premier Inn on the Quay. It's worth checking online well in advance and looking for deals. Two readers report paying £19 each for a monday (breakfast extra).

p196 Map 40. Grinsdale. West View Campsite has closed. It's worth checking for campsites in the Camping and Caravanning Guide of GB as sites seem to close and open.

 

16 July 2013

p 127  Map 13B The road that crosses just N of Dilston is the A695.

p 128 Corbridge. Halton Red House Farm B&B, Corbridge NE45 5QA. Tel: 01434 672 209

p 193 Map 39  On the W side, where it shows a road coming up to, but not crossing, the river, there's now a busy, brand new road bridge: not sure what road number, as it's still shown as 'Under Construction' on my latest OS map.

p 201 Map 43 Tiny point: the 'House' shown under 'Embankment swings north ...' is to the W of where the embankment swings N.

 

1 July 2013

p 160. Haltwhistle.  Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle NE49 9NW. Offers Caravan, Camping, Wigwam Site & Cafe Bar. www.herdinghillfarm.co.uk Tel 01434 320175

 

June 2013

p 189, Map. Carlisle. Marlborough House B&B, 2 Marlborough Gardens, Stanwix, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 9NW. Tel 01228 512174.   www.marlborough-house.co.uk, and

No 1 Guest House, 1 Etterby Street,Stanwix,Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 9JB. Tel 01228 547285.  www.carlislebandb.co.uk

 

 

October 2012

p196  Burgh by Sands  The post office is not in use. The Greyhound Inn is not open from Mondays till Thursdays.

 

17 September 2012

p178  Walton  Sandysike bunkhouse  The price of accommodation has increased from £10 to £12 per person per night. The friendly welcome and hot dinner however were fab.

 

August 2012

p167  Gilsland  The shop has closed but there is a mobile PO in the village hall 3 mornings a week, with tea /coffee & biscuits also served.

 

Between Chesters and Walton. Walkers didn't find any shops between these places. 
Gibbs Hill bunkhouse  Mrs Gibson will sell you ingredients for a cereal & toast breakfast (£6), but not other supplies.
For the middle section of the path the only pubs close to the trail were in Once Brewed, Greenhead & one remaining in Gilsland.


p158  Cawfields Quarry There is a van, at the picnic site opposite, selling hot & cold drinks / soup and home-made cakes. Joanne is there 
10am to 3pm, Wed to Sunday, "unless weather is of biblical proportions"!

 

21 November 2011

p171 Map 29  At the western end of the map you come out of the field onto the road and the route now goes right and left over a small new bridge rather than left and right.

p193 Map 39  On the western end of the map a large new road is under construction.

 

November 2011

p40  Taking dogs along the Hadrian's Wall Path  Stiles in Northumberland are ladder stiles with narrow rungs and there are a lot of them so you will need to carry your dog over stiles. Stiles in Cumbria tend to be gates which are easier to negotiate.   

Also taking your dog with you limits where you can stay and where you can eat and often on this walk with your dog with you you will have to eat outside. There are of course exceptions to this and there are B&Bs which take dogs but do enquire before you start the walk.   

p107  Heddon-on-the-Wall, Hadrian's Barn  Edgehill, Hillhead  An excellent B&B - a converted barn with twin beds, living room and kitchen, self-cook and serve breakfast. Tel: 07811 020018. web wwwhadriansbarn.co.uk  

p122  Chollerford/Humshaugh  Walwick Farmhouse B&B  On the road climbing up from Chesters. Magnificent position with views down the Tyne valley, superb food and dog friendly. Tel: 01434 681823. www.walwickfarmhouse.co.uk

p154  Saughy Rigg Farm, near Steel Rigg  Has a drying room, is dog friendly and offers transfers in a minibus  – call them and they will come and pick you up.

p188  Carlisle  The County Hotel takes dogs.

p206  Taxis to Carlisle  Bowness–Carlisle Metro Taxis on www.cumbria.gov.uk which gives a timetable. £6 per trip. Well worthwile.

 

31 August 2011

Lanercost  Abbey Mill B&B was our favourite stop by some distance, leading the rankings on comfort, friendliness, and breakfast.


p184  Crosby Lodge Country House Hotel continues to welcome walkers, and to serve tea and sandwiches all day in an atmosphere reminiscent of an Agatha Christie "Miss Marple" TV adaptation; we kept expecting a retired Colonel to be foully done to death in the smoking room.

Walltown  The Riverside route just East of Walltown still doesn't appear to have opened.

 

July 2011

English Heritage sites along Hadrian's Wall will only be open weekends during the winter season from 1st November 2011. For up to date information, please check the English Heritage website: www.english-heritage.org.uk

 

June 2011

p124  Chesters Fort  Dovecote B&B is located just up the hill from Chesters Fort at Lincoln Hill. The owner is Jane Bradley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

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