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14-17 October 2017

As you know, Matthew likes to give himself a biennial challenge to complete in support of his chosen local charity, Taunton Opportunities Group (TOG).

From 14th-17th October 2017, he followed in the steps of Roman Emperor Hadrian and walked the Hadrian’s Wall long distance path, built in 2nd Century AD.

The National Trail stretches for 84 miles from coast to coast across Northern England from Wallsend in Newcastle, to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.

Matthew’s goal was to raise a target sponsorship of £1,000

The Itinerary


Friday 13th October – Arrival day. 

Check into 1st nights’ accommodation at the ‘Cumbria Park Hotel’ in Carlisle.

Saturday 14th October

Official start of the walk at Bowness on Solway then walk about 25 miles(40km) through Carlisle to the tiny Hamlet of Newtown; just to the north West of Brampton but just a few metres off the Hadrian’s Wall route. Overnight at Orchard house B&B.

Sunday 15th October

Walk approximately 25 miles (40km) from Newburn to the tiny hamlet of Grindon a few miles past Housesteads Fort but again pretty much on the Hadrian’s Wall route itself. Overnight at the Old Repeater Station B&B.

Monday 16th October

A big day! Walk approximately 27 miles (43km) from Grindon to the village of Newburn on the outskirts of Newcastle.  Overnight at Keelmans Lodge B&B.

Tuesday 17th October – Departure day

The final days walk started from our accommodation and was a mostly flat 12 mile stretch partly alongside the River Tyne through the suburbs and central Quayside of Newcastle before ending at Segedunum Roman Fort where the ‘Wall’ officially ends.


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Matthew & the team at Citadel