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The Way of Light – Taster Walk 3 (Reivers, Hadrian, Meandering Rivers and a Lively Historic Market Town)

Hadrians Wall

Visitor Type: Small groups
Visitor Needs: Escapism / adventure (night time walking)
Theme: History and Landscapes

Distance: 4-6 miles

Start: Hexham Market Place (public bus, train, car or bike)

Route: Hexham Market Place – Hallstile Bank – Tesco’s roundabout – Hexham Bridge – Bridge End – The Hermitage – A69 via footbridge – Acomb – East Wood – Heavenfield

Finish: Battle of Heavenfield site near Hadrian’s Wall

In a nutshell:   

From Reivers to Romans with a World Heritage Site as the end prize. Hexham is home to the earliest purpose-built prison in England, reflecting the lawlessness of the area when cattle and sheep rustling were commonplace. Further exploration will uncover the town’s heritage of glove-making and tanning.  

The River Tyne is England’s top salmon fishing river (ask the actor and angler Robson Green!).  The Autumn salmon run can be viewed from Hexham Bridge where the plucky fish can be seen jumping clean out of the fast-moving water to swim up the weir. Some make it first time, some take several attempts. Not many give up the struggle, so strong is the urge to reach the spawning grounds upstream. 

2022 marks the 1900th anniversary of construction starting on the immense frontier universally known as Hadrian’s Wall.  Picture the soldiers’ life on the edge of Empire whilst exploring the Emperor Hadrian’s ever-fascinating frontier using the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.            

Why not visit:

Hexham Abbey

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    The North of England
  2. Hexham Abbey


    Contact Details:

    The Parish Office
    Hexham Abbey
    NE46 3NB


    01434 602031