Spanning 73 miles from coast to coast across the neck of England, Hadrian’s Wall is truly an awe-inspiring feature of the rugged Northumberland landscape.

When built on the orders of Emperor Hadrian in AD 122, the Romans also constructed 16 forts along the Wall and it functioned as a barrier marking the northwest edge of the Roman Empire.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path runs from Bowness-on-Solway on the Cumbriancoast to Wallsend, east of Newcastle. Most people walk east to west.

By the time you clear Chollerford and Chesters Roman Fort on heading west, you will experience the best preserved stretch of the Wall.

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If you only have one day to explore Hadrian’s Wall then head for Walltown. You can park your car at Walltown Quarry Car Park. Then take the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus towards Housesteads Roman Fort and walk 15 km back, heading west.

Hadrian’s Wall Country is superb walking country so you will find numerous walks exploring this memorable countryside.

Cool Places to Explore: Holy Island of Lindisfarne | Allen Banks & Staward Gorge | Coquetdale | Wallington Hall & Garden.

Cool Places to Eat: Walwick Hall.

Cool Places to Stay: Heavenfield Cottage | Lord Crewe Arms