Follow 2,000 years of history

You’ll love walking Hadrian’s Wall

It’s not often you have an opportunity to walk coast to coast across northern England accompanied by the world’s largest Roman artefact. UNESCO world heritage listed Hadrian’s Wall was built 2,000 ago by the Emperor Hadrian and 15,000 Roman soldiers. The wall stretches for 135km from vibrant post-industrial Newcastle upon Tyne, across a pastiche of green rolling hills and open moorland to the remote beauty and bird-lovers haven of the Solway Firth.

Hadrian’s Wall is both a history buff and hikers dream – even better if you’re both! Enjoy the enormous variety of landscapes including sheep-dotted fields, forests, pastures and quaint English villages. For every Roman mile walked (approximately 2km) you’ll find the excavated remains of milecastle forts and turrets; enroute there are numerous other forts, barracks and settlements as well as the wall itself.

Step back to Roman Britain times as you follow the wall through the dramatic windswept ridges and crags of Northumberland National Park. Take in the best-preserved sections of the wall then discover historic Carlisle with its 900-year old medieval castle before your final steps lead you to the Solway Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the end of your Hadrian’s Wall journey back through time.

THE RAW TRAVEL DIFFERENCE.

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COSY INNS & COUNTRY COTTAGES

Walking Hadrian’s Wall path with us means staying in lovely English guesthouses and historic pubs that provide a warm welcome and good comfort at the end of your walking day. The accommodation is an enjoyable part of this trip and we have chosen places with quintessential English character.

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PACK FREE & LOCAL SUPPORT

You will have daily luggage transfers so you can walk with just a daypack. You will be supported by our own UK based staff should you need any emergency assistance or help during your trip. This leaves you free to focus on enjoying your walk, knowing your luggage will be waiting for you each night and help is at hand.

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FLEXIBLE, TAILORED TRIPS

RAW Travel offers an unmatched level of flexibility to deliver the trip you want. We listen to you and tailor your trip to fit the timeframe and distances you prefer. We know from experience this incredible walk is an adventure that works best if it’s adapted to your ability. Let’s work together to create your perfect Hadrian’s Wall walk!

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Follow Ancient Roman Ruins

Walk the dramatic windswept landscapes of Northumberland National Park. Take in the best-preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall and medieval Carlisle with its 900-year old castle before your final steps to the Solway Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Exploring Kumano Kodo, Japan.

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Old stone trails

Follow the original stone pathways as you weave through the mountainous Kii Peninsula on Japan’s ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. You’ll be walking on sections of the original 1000-year-old-trail and following in the footsteps of former Emperors and countless pilgrims.

Yunomine Onsen

For centuries pilgrims have purified themselves after hiking the Kumano Kodo, and you can do the same in the numerous hot spring baths in this mountain village. This ancient onsen site built right on top of a steaming river is the perfect place to relieve sore muscles after your day’s walk.

Kumano Hongu Taisha

An impressive long staircase leads to the sacred grounds of this grand shrine, located on a ridge and surrounded by giant cedar and cypress trees. The shrine located in the town of Kumano Hongu is constructed entirely of natural materials, representing the core belief in the sacred and restorative power of nature.

Kumano Nachi Taisha

This atmospheric temple complex at the finish of the Kumano Kodo route also boasts the tallest waterfall in Japan. The striking red Pagodas and mountainous backdrop provides breathtaking views and a fitting climax to your Kumano walk.

Shingu

This small seaside city sits at the mouth of the Kumano river and boasts one of the three sacred temples of the Kumano Sanzan. There are shrines in the city and on the hillside and you can discover the city’s fascinating history and culture on foot or bicycle.

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Please note that August – September is also the peak of Typhoon season in Japan with a potential risk of disruption to travel plans during these events.

KUMANO KODO DESTINATION GUIDE.

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Why are we your Kumano Kodo experts?

  • RAW Travel has sent more people to the Kumano Kodo than any other operator and we have a dedicated team who deal with just the Kumano Kodo and Nakasendo hiking trails.
  • We have great knowledge and experience of the Kumano Kodo and our staff travel out each year to update their first-hand knowledge.
  • We also have own Japanese staff on the ground to smooth the way and help with any difficulties you may encounter.
  • Preparation is key to enjoying this walk – we run free Kumano Kodo information nights and training walks to help our clients prepare properly.

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