Hadrian’s Wall Path Guidebooks

Hadrian’s Wall Path Guidebooks and Maps

RambleFest displays the best Hadrian’s Wall guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online

Click on an image below for more information on Hadrian’s Wall Path guidebooks and maps, and the option of buying online:

The Trailblazer Hadrian’s Wall Path guidebook is an all-in-one guide to walking Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. Includes:
“* 59 large-scale walking maps, 8 town plans, 6 stage maps and 1 overview map
* Places to stay with reviews
 – campsites, hostels, B&Bs, pubs, hotels
* Places to eat with reviews – cafes, teashops, pubs, restaurants, takeways
* Attractions along the way, history
* Detailed public transport information
 showing access points on the path
* GPS Waypoints.
* Ideal for walking the complete path, and for weekend and day walks.
* 32 pages colour and extra colour mapping
 for each stage of the walk.
* The information is written onto the maps, so walking directions, tricky junctions, places to stay and eat, points of interest and waking times are all written onto the maps themselves in the places to which they apply. These are not general purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers.”
– Hadrian’s Wall Path (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)

The National Trail Hadrian’s Wall Path guidebook is:
“Comprehensive, this is the only companion you need to walk this well-loved path. Since it opened in 2003, Hadrian’s Wall Path has become one of Britain’s most popular long-distance paths. Its 84 miles are a convenient week’s walking, shadowing for the most part the historic line of Hadrian’s Wall in its spectacular progress across the superbly wild landscape of the north of England.
Starting in what used to be Tyneside’s shipbuilding heart, and joining Newcastle in the east with Carlisle in the west, it takes you via the extraordinary Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads, close to handsome towns like Hexham and Corbridge, to finish on the lonely shores of the Solway Firth with views of Scotland.”
– Hadrian’s Wall Path: National Trail Guide (National Trail Guides)

“The 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path is one of the UK’s most visited National Trails, it runs the length of the Roman Wall from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend, Newcastle. The trail is presented in 10 stages, with suggestions for five and eight-day itineraries. It is suitable for beginners, although a reasonable level of fitness is required if doing it as a multi-day trek.
* A separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps shows the full route. Clear step-by-step route descriptions in the guide are illustrated by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.~
* The route is described both west to east and east to west, and the guidebook also features extensions to Maryport on the far west coast of Cumbria and to South Shields on the east coast.
* This full-colour guidebook contains a wealth of information on the history of the Wall, and a range of practical information for walkers, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments.”
– Hadrian’s Wall Path guidebook (Cicerone Walking Guide)

Of the Hadrian’s Wall Path guidebooks, especially recommended is the Trailblazer guidebook (the first guidebook displayed): it has 1:20,000 scale hand-drawn maps and is packed with information.
The National Trail guide is not so packed with information, but it has the relevant sections of the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps.
Cicerone have really upped their game recently, and their book is well worth considering.
Your choice, but we advise buying two, as one complements the other, and the extra cost is nothing compared to the cost of the walk.

Hadrian’s Wall Path Maps

Four Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps cover the Path, but if two of the recommended Hadrian’s Wall Path Guidebooks are bought there should not be a problem with navigation. Instead of the four OS maps, we display alternative maps which cover the whole route, one of which is at a scale of 1:25,000 scale, the same as the Ordnance Survey maps.

“The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors. Hadrian’s Wall Path is a National Trail which follows the line of Hadrian’s Wall from coast-to-coast. The 84 mile (135km) path weaves through beautiful countryside, encountering historic remains of Roman forts and milecastles, splendid bridges, views from the Whin Sill escarpment and Solway salt marshes. Starting in Wallsend in Newcastle and ending in Bowness-on-Solway, the route on the map is clearly highlighted in yellow with mileage markers added to gauge distances when planning sections of the walk to enjoy. This official National Trail Map of Hadrian’s Wall Path features 38 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey 1:25000 mapping, providing complete coverage of the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The atlas includes a route planner showing distances between places and the amenities available, featuring: Information Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Public Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes (seasonal opening) and Petrol Stations. Also featured is advice on safety and security when walking and a selection of QR codes linked to useful websites, including temporary route updates from the National Trails, regional information, map reading advice and weather reports. Unlike the original OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it easy to find the required location quickly. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as the standard folded OS map.”

Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. The path is marked by name on the relevant “Explorer” maps. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online

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