Hadrian's Wall Hike

Sunday 26 April 2015

Hadrians wall hike

Update: Registration for 2015 is now open, sign up today

What a wonderful way to support a worthy charity - ticks every box

Take on a challenging hike along the world famous Hadrian's Wall. Tackling the toughest 9-mile stretch, you won't only have a fantastic day out and leave with great memories, you'll also help us save lives.

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Hadrian's Wall Hike event information

This is your chance to walk nine miles along the famous wall at this World Heritage Site, all in the fight against heart disease. The route is tough with some brutal climbs and difficult descents along the way, we strongly recommend training for this event to make sure your prepared.  Take part on your own or get a team together to take on this rural walk with some challenging ascents. Not much of a walker? Our training guides will get you fit and ready, and we'll be with you every step of the way.

Registration and fees for 2015

Registration for 2015 is now open - places on this event are limited to 300 so book up early to avoid missing out.

Entry fees All participants (14+)
Entry fee - Sunday 26 April 2015 £25 - Sign up now

Note that children must be at least 14 years old to take part and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your sponsorship money that will help save lives.  

Take part as a team

Online registration - Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team - Online registration is quick and easy, but if you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can use this registration form (pdf).

Your entry includes

  • Route map
  • A medal for all finishers
  • A hot drink at the finish line
  • Event t-shirt
  • Medical support
  • Free car parking
  • Transport from Housesteads Visitor Centre to start location
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing your participant number and a sponsorship form. A love note showing your inspiration can be collected from the start line.
  • Water and light snacks available en route and at the finish
  • Thank you certificate 


Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. We are asking you to aim to raise £100 in sponsorship from this event.

Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 only 20% of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday, today that figure is 80% thanks to investment in research.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Coronary heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Location and transport

The meeting point for the Hadrian's Wall Hike is Housesteads Fort Visitor Centre, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, NE47 6NN. Housesteads is 6 miles north east of Haltwhistle and 34.7 miles west of Newcastle. The Ordnance Survey reference is 87:NY793 684

From the fort, hikers will be transported to Walltown Crags to begin the hike back to the finish at Houseteads Fort.

For public transport and accommodation information, visit the Northumberland Visitor site. There are numerous campsites and B&Bs near Housesteads Visitor Centre.  The closest two campsites are Hadrian’s Wall and Herding Farm.


The main event car park is at Housesteads Visitor Centre, and if needed and we will also have two overflow car parks nearby, the first just 3 miles away at Once Brewed and the second is the car park is 6 miles away at Cawfields. Shuttle buses will be running from all car parks to the start line.

On the day

There will be toilets at Walltown Crags, Cawfields, Steel Rigg (to be confirmed at Once Brewed Visitor Centre, 5 mins walk from this point) and Housesteads. Water and light snacks will be available at all of the marshal points - approximately every three miles.

Event date Sunday 26 April 2015
Registration open 8.00am - 10am
Safety briefing During registration
Event starts 8:15am until 10:30am in waves of 50
Event finishes 4:30pm

Equipment and what to wear

This hike is in a rural location and includes some tough ascents.This hike is in a rural location and includes some tough ascents. Please see the kit list for the equipment we recommend you bring, and make sure you don’t forget your waterproofs and a water bottle

Remember to Ramp up the Red to show your support for the fight against heart disease.


This is a challenging hike and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part.

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

Every Footstep Counts

Please do your bit to help the environment and help preserve this great trail. Please read the Hadrian’s Wall’s own code prior to the event as well as the Countryside Code and observe these rules during BHF Hadrian’s Wall Hike.

Keeping you safe

This event is fully marshaled for your safety, and roaming first aid support is provided. We do recommend that everyone taking part walks in groups of two or more so you can also look out for each other, plus it’s much more fun and sociable this way.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Spectators can meet participants at marshal points along the route, i.e. Cawfields and Steel Rigg.  A recommended cheering point is the finish at Housesteads Visitor Centre

Dogs are welcome to take part but must be kept on a lead at ALL times.  April is lambing season so dogs can't be allowed to run free.  And don’t forget your pooper scooper!

We're on the lookout for volunteers. From meeting and greeting to giving out medals at the finish line we'd love your help, please register with us if you'd like to volunteer.

Hadrian’s Wall History

The route you will be walking is steeped in history.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Roman’s and the building of the wall you can find out more from the Hadrian’s Wall Trust.  Did you know that it took 15 years to build the wall and 18,000 soldier’s worked on it, or that it was made using 4 million tonnes of stone? 

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the events team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email events@bhf.org.uk.

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