As far as Roman ruins go, Hadrian’s wall stands with other outposts like Jerash in Jordan as being massively far from Rome. As an ancient wonder it holds ever more appeal within its excavated ruins.
The Wall still stands strong in parts and lies ruined in others in its 87 mile stretch across the Northumberland and border counties between England and Scotland. Many visitors will visit the wall in one or two places that stand out for historic significance, while others might choose to walk the path from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.
Most tourists traveling this part of England will notice that it is wonderfully natural and the countryside serene. The best way to reach this part of the country is via bus or rental car. The main cities along the wall route where many guests stay over or tour are Carlisle, Haltwhistle, Hexham and Newcastle upon Tyne.
This route is for the serious trekkers who wish to walk the wall end to end or perhaps even for those looking to explore portions of the way between waypoints. It runs from the locations of Wallsend to Solway Firth. The terrain is hilly overall and even steep in parts, especially the middle section known as Steel Rigg.
If you wish to walk a portion of the trail and then catch a bus or train back to your vehicle or lodging the best place to do this is between Newcastle and Carlisle. The railway runs parallel to the wall between these two towns. The wall bus service AD122 runs between Hexham on the wall and Brampton, it offers connections to and from Newcastle and Carlisle as well. Bus service is daily in summer, then starting September it operates only on weekends.
The most common daytrip is from Newcastle. The best option is to get a Rover plus ticket 15 pounds sterling board the X84 at Eldon Square, connect to AD122 in Hexham. Take this to many of the museums and spots like Chesters, Housesteads and take the AD122 back to Hexham then transfer and take the X85 back to Newcastle.
Forts and Museums:
The three famous wall sections are Vindolanda, Chesters and Housesteads. There is a good museum at each one featuring the archeological finds, artifacts and even whole representations of military living quarters. The Roman Army museum is well worth seeing as well as the ruins of the Mithraic Temple at Procolita.