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Strand Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, near Hexham & Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland, North East England

Michael Frayne
Main Road (A69)
Bardon Mill, Hexham
NE47 7BH

Tel: 01434 344643
Mob: 07833 968655

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Walking Hadrian's Wall


Enjoy a holiday of walking and sightseeing by bus and by car

Explore Vindolanda and other
Spectacular Roman Sites
on Hadrian's Wall National Trail

Enjoy Day Trips to Kielder Water, Durham, Newcastle and Carlisle

Hadrian's Wall bus timetable

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland © Graeme Peacock

Example Holiday Itinerary

Guests, Dianna and John, recommend the following itinerary
for your stay at Strand Cottage.

Day 1. Walking : Wallsend to Heddon on the Wall

Drove to Heddon on the Wall from Strand Cottage, Parked car at Dingle Dell Tea Room/Vets just off Towne Gate Road. Then we caught the number 685 bus to Newcastle from outside Three Tuns Pub. We arrived at Newcastle Eldon Square Bus Station about 10.30. Caught Metro to Wallsend (Coast train). Walked to Segedunum to get Passport stamped and started walk back to car at Heddon on the Wall.

Day 2. Sightseeing : Vindolanda & Housesteads, Hadrian's Wall

Visited Vindolanda near Strand Cottage. Spent a good few hours there, and then went to Housesteads Roman fort, one of the high lights of Hadrian’s Wall.

Hadrian's Wall by Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland © Graeme Peacock Housesteads Roman Fort, Northumberland © Graeme Peacock

Day 3. Walking : Chollerford to Heddon on the Wall

Drove to Heddon on the Wall and parked in same car park as day one. Caught 9.27 AD 122 bus at the bus stop at corner of Towne Gate Road across the road from the The Three Tuns Pub. Arrived at Chesters Roman Fort 10.13. Walked back up to the roundabout at The George Hotel. Turned right over the bridge and picked up Hadrian’s Wall Path to walk back to Heddon.

Day 4. Sightseeing : Durham Cathedral

Drove to Durham to see Durham Cathedral. Spent a lovely day in the city there.

Day 5. Walking : Once Brewed to Chollerford

Drove to Chollerford and parked the car in a lay-by near the George Hotel, just off the roundabout. Walked down to Chesters Roman Fort to catch 10.13 AD122 bus to Once Brewed National Park Centre. Arrived at Once Brewed about 10.35. Walked up to Steel Rigg to start, then, walked back to Chollerford.

Day 6. Sightseeing : Corbridge, Northumberland

Went to Corbridge and Chesters Roman sites.

Day 7. Walking : Banks to Once Brewed.

Parked at Once Brewed National Park Centre. Caught 9.44 AD 122 bus towards Carlisle. Asked driver to stop at Banks car park. This is at turret 52A just passed Birdoswald. Passport stamped at Birdoswald on the way back to Once Brewed.

Day 8. Sightseeing : Beamish, County Durham

Went to Beamish Living History Museum for the day. Well worth the visit. Must allow whole day. Lots to see.

Durham Cathedral © Graeme PeacockBeamish Museum, County Durham © Graeme Peacock

Day 9. Walking : Carlisle to Banks

Drove to Banks car park. Caught AD 122 bus at 10.30. Have to stop the bus as it passes. Arrived at English Street, Carlisle 11.10. Walked to Sands Centre. Passport stamped in the restaurant by till before starting walk back to Banks.

Day 10. Sightseeing : Carlisle, Cumbria

Went to Carlisle Cathedral, Castle and Tullie House Museum in Cumbria. It is a very picturesque city. Much of it is pedestrianised.

Day 11. Walking : Bowness on Solway to Carlisle.

Early start to drive to Sands Centre Carlisle to park the car. Caught number 93 bus from stand E at the Bus Station in Carlisle at 9.35 to go to Bowness on Solway. Arrived at Bowness 10.15. Walked to shelter at Bowness to get Passport stamped and start walk back to Carlisle.

Kielder Water, Northumberland © Graeme PeacockTullie House, Carlisle, Northumberland © Graeme Peacock

Day 12. Sightseeing : Kielder, Northumberland

Went to Kielder Water and Forest Park. Got sandwiches etc from supermarket in Haltwhistle and had a lovely picnic on the banks of the reservoir. Masses to explore there. Didn’t have time to see it all. We will go back one day.

Day 13. Sightseeing : North Pennines, County Durham

Drove into the north Pennines, Area of natural beauty. Went to Raby Castle, High Force and Bowes Museum. Finished off the day in Barnard Castle, a lovely country town.

Had a great time but need to go home now. Definitely the way to walk the wall. Breaking it up with sightseeing in between was really enjoyable. Strand Cottage owners, Mike and Angela, do a special price for people staying more than 5 nights - so worth asking them direct. We were told that it was not available online. We had a lovely comfortable room and excellent breakfasts with a terrific choice to set us up for the day.

Dianna and John.

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