A weekend walking the 'best 40 miles' of Hadrian's Wall. Stay in a 17th century cottage in one of the quietest and most stunning spots in Northumberland, the Mohope Valley. Take in the amazing picturesque views of the history packed countryside as you ramble during the day and relax in the evenings. 

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is working with Large Outdoors to deliver this exciting challenge. Large Outdoors will provide professional guides, who have walked this route many times, and will be on hand to lead the group – so you will be in knowledgeable hands!

Event Details

  • Reg Fee: From £295 
  • Min Sponsorship: £600
  • Date: 14 – 17 October 2021
  • Time: Arrival on 14 October from 5pm, dinner served at 8pm. 
  • Duration: Three days
  • Distance: Friday (16 miles) - Saturday (15 miles) - Sunday (9miles)
  • Level: Challenge, you will need a good level of fitness to take part
  • Location: YHA Ninebanks Hostel - Hexam
  • Age restrictions: This is an over 18’s challenge

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For this challenge we’re basing ourselves at the four-star rated Ninebanks YHA which is a 17th century cottage in a secluded location with endless views across the hills. After we’ve introduced you to your fellow walking companions, there’s plenty of time to make the most of those views while chatting in the garden, no doubt with a drink in-hand, while we prepare the evening meal.


Your Large Outdoors host will serve a delicious breakfast that will be just the ticket to prepare for the day’s exertions. We then take the group to the start of the first day’s walk at Walton. From here we strike out for Steel Rigg along a 16-mile route which reaches the highest point along the Wall at 345 metres. Along the way we’ll come to the fascinating remains of the fort at Birdoswald and follow some well-preserved sections of the wall, complete with turrets. We cross the River Irthing and at Gilsand the route takes us across open moorland before we come to the final stretch that is dominated by dramatic crags, quarry ponds and panoramic views all the way to Steel Rigg.

Back at Ninebanks, and with the sun shining down on us, there will be time to soak up the rays in the garden before sitting down to an evening meal lovingly prepared by our team. The YHA’s location, well away from any light pollution, means that on a clear night there is plenty of star gazing potential so we will often step outside to make the most of those celestial moments!


Today our Large Outdoors transportation will take us back to Steel Rigg for a 15-mile stretch towards Port Gate. During the day we pass the sites that are some of the most iconic of Hadrian’s Wall, namely the forts at Housteads and Chesters and Sycamore Gap, where a solitary tree known as Robin Hood’s tree sits perfectly in a dip between two hills. Expect undulating terrain, tranquil riverside spots and wild moorland in this majestic landscape where it’s easy to conjure up images of the Romans defending their territory from the Scottish Picts. With the walk completed we return to base for a celebratory evening meal hosted by us, no doubt re-living the highlights of the day.


Today we have a gentler walk in mind, a 9-miler finishing at the lovely village of Heddon-on- the-Wall. Here, the experts say there is the best stretch of Hadrian’s Wall in a village setting, with the remains still reaching up to 6.5 feet wide in places. There also happens to be a lovely pub so it would be churlish to not enjoy a a celebratory post walk toast.

What's Included:

  • Three nights hostel accommodation
  • Three days of guided walks from experience guides
  • All transport between walks
  • Support vehicle
  • Evening meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Friday, Saturday & Sunday's walk
  • Also provided are a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages - tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

Register for the event below by paying your £245 registration fee and filling in our form.

More Information

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic participants will need to be able make their own way to and from the challenge – exact meeting points will be confirmed once we know final numbers. 

You can read Large Outdoors' COVID-19 walk procedure here which has full details of the kit you will need to bring (including a survival bag and face covering), and the rules that have been put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable day of walking. 

Booking for this event has now closed.