When planning my Hadrian’s Wall Walk, the thing that overwhelmed me most was booking accommodation. It was hard to tell if the hotels were near the trail (a must), so I had to check distances manually on Google Maps. I was booking last minute, so a lot of hotels were already booked. Needless to say, the process was a pain. So I wanted to write a Hadrian’s Wall accommodation guide to help you find the best places to stay along your walk and hopefully, save you the headache I went through.
There’s a wide range of accommodation along Hadrian’s Wall, from youth hostels to fancy hotels, but I strongly recommend staying in B&Bs and small hotels. I stayed almost exclusively in B&Bs, and they were cozy, atmospheric, and quintessentially English. Plus, the majority served delicious food, as well a selection of local beers and ciders (I love cider.) The accommodation was one of the highlights of my walk!
Things to know before booking your Hadrian’s Wall walk accommodation:
Book your accommodation as close to the trail as possible. If you’re walking Hadrian’s Wall, it’s crucial to book accommodation near the wall. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re done for the day and realizing you have another mile to go until you reach your hotel.
Book your accommodation in advance. Hotels near Hadrian’s Wall book up quickly, so I’d recommend booking your hotels 2-3 months before your trip.
Before booking accommodation, plan out your walk. Hadrian’s Wall Path runs for 84 miles, and you can walk it as fast or slow as you like. I broke it up so I was walking a moderate distance every day — no more than 18 miles (29km). That pace worked really well for me, so I’ve included my itinerary below.
Here was my chosen route (distances are estimates):
Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle
Day 2: Newcastle City Center to Heddon-on-the-Wall, 12.5 miles (20km)
Day 3: Heddon-on-the-Wall to Chollerford, 15 miles (24km)
Day 4: Chollerford to Once Brewed, 13.5 miles (22km)
Day 5: Once Brewed to Gilsland, 10 miles (16km)
Day 6: Gilsland to Carlisle, 18 miles (29km)
Day 7: Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway, 15 miles (24km) (Note – I skipped Day 7, but included it in case you want to walk to the end of the trail.)
Hadrian’s Wall Walk accommodation guide: My top recommendations
Day 1: Newcastle
County Hotel Newcastle: ☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆
Distance from the trail: A short walk
My review: This is a great place to stay the night before you begin your walk because it’s right next to the train station. I loved the hotel’s historic building, but the room was just alright: it had a comfortable bed, but the design was kind of sterile. You can read reviews and book on Booking.com.
Other accommodation options in Newcastle:
Jurys Inn — This is a good choice because it’s also an easy walk from the train station. It offers hot and cold breakfast, so you can fuel up before your walk. You can read reviews and book on Booking.com.
Hotel Indigo Newcastle — Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city. It’s less than a five-minute walk from the Newcastle train station. You can read reviews and book on Booking.com.
Day 2: Newcastle to Heddon-on-the-Wall
Hadrian Hideout Airbnb ☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆
Distance from the trail: 30 feet away
My review: This converted garage is basic, but has everything you need: an ensuite bathroom, a hot shower, and a private garden. It can sleep up to three people, as it has a bunk bed and a sofa bed. Best of all, it’s less than 30 feet from the trail! The only downside – it got a little drafty at night (the door isn’t insulated) but the host provided heaters. Check out reviews and book on Airbnb.
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Other accommodation options in Heddon-on-the-Wall:
Day 3: Heddon-on-Wall to Chollerford
The George Hotel: ☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆
Distance from the trail: Directly on it
My review: I enjoyed my stay at The George, a historic hotel with a beautiful riverfront location. The room was a little dated, but the hotel is located directly on the path and has a restaurant and bar. Plus, it’s the only accommodation in Chollerford, so I was overjoyed when I got there and could stop walking for the day. You can get reviews and book on Booking.com.
Other accommodation options in Chollerford:
The George Hotel is the only accommodation in Chollerford that is right on the trail. If you’re willing to walk further, I’ve heard Wallwick Hall is super nice (and it has a spa!). You can get reviews and book on Booking.com.
Day 4: Once Brewed
Distance from the trail: Directly on it
My review: I loved this place! It doesn’t look like much like from the outside, but it was one of my favorite places of the trip. It had a wonderful bed, a cozy atmosphere, and a fantastic restaurant (both dinner and breakfast were excellent). They also had local beer on tap. You can get reviews and book on Booking.com.
Other accommodation options in Once Brewed:
Vallum Lodge — Vallum Lodge is a cozy cottage-style B&B with beautiful views of the Northumbrian countryside. It’s also very near the trail.
Winshields Campsite — Winshields Farm is just down the road from The Twice Brewed Inn. It offers camping and a bunkhouse, so it’s a great option if you’re on a budget.
Day 5: Gilsland
Brookside Villa B&B ☆☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆
Distance: Directly on the trail
My review: I loved this B&B! It was clean, cozy, and modern, and they served a fantastic Full English breakfast. I lingered for a long time over my coffee because I didn’t want to leave! I also loved Gilsland in general – it was my favorite town on the Hadrian’s Wall Path. You can read reviews and book on hotels.com.
Other accommodation options in Gilsland:
The Samson Inn: I had dinner (shepherd’s pie made with local lamb – amazing) at the Samson Inn. The pub is adorable (very quintessentially English), so definitely stop there for a drink even if you’re not staying the night. You can read reviews and book on booking.com.
Day 6: Carlisle
Howard Lodge: ☆☆☆ / ☆☆☆☆
Distance: Near the trail
Review: Howard Inn in is a family-run Victorian guest house. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and offered to do my laundry for a small fee. It’s located about 0.25 miles from the Carlisle City center. You can read reviews on Tripadvisor and book by contacting the hotel.
Other accommodation options in Carlisle:
Cornerways Guest House – Cornerways is a four-star B&B, set in a Grade II listed Victorian townhouse. It’s centrally located, and only a five-minute walk to central Carlisle. You can read reviews and book on booking.com.
Day 7: Carlisle (but walk to Bowness-on-Solway)
On your final day, you can walk to Bowness-on-Solway, where the original wall ended. I finished my walk in Carlisle, but you can read Nadine Walk’s summary of walking from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway here.
Tip – book your hotel in Carlisle for two nights so you can leave most of your belongings at the hotel and just carry a light daypack on your walk to Bowness. Note that Bowness has limited accommodation options so it’s probably best to stay in Carlisle.
Have you ever walked Hadrian’s Wall? What did you think of my Hadrian’s Wall accommodation guide?
(Photos: Hadrian’s Wall Hideout photo courtesy of Airbnb, the George Hotel photo courtesy of booking.com, and the Howard Lodge photo courtesy of Howard Lodge.)
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