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Exploring Hadrian's Wall

Exploring Hadrian's Wall

Exploring Hadrian's Wall Overview

Join us on an exploration of the raw beauty and richly-layered history of this most distinctive English region. Few areas so large come to be defined by a single work of man, but the Wall Country has had a special character since the Romans first set this great work in trail over field, hill, crag and river nearly two thousand years ago.

Join us on an exploration of the raw beauty and richly-layered history of this most distinctive English region. Few areas so large come to be defined by a single work of man, but the Wall Country has had a special character since the Romans first set this great work in trail over field, hill, crag and river nearly two thousand years ago. Today, we take you through a warm and welcoming countryside of ever-changing views, from bustling mediaeval market towns, through gentle farmland and craggy rocks strewn with tumbled Roman stones which give way to beautiful views of thick woods and wild loughs. This is a tour where the landscape itself inspires awe and is a character in its own right. It has drawn people from Romans through Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to mediaeval warlords, sinister Reivers and the Victorian romantics who fell in love with it and its stories.

Our encounter with the long history of this region begins as the Romans, after forty years in the north, built their mighty Wall, marching mile after mile across the neck of Britain, disregarding hills, rocks and rivers and definitively marked the land to the south as Roman. Though there is much to see and say about the military side of the wall – the physical awe, the impressiveness of Roman military power and organisation – there is also another more human tale to tell. Everywhere behind the wall, there are stories of strange gods, civilian bustle, military order and the daily lives of thousands of men, women and children. It is a Roman landscape unique in Britain for its diversity and scale.

With the end of Roman rule after some three hundred years, the ruins of the Wall became the homes of farmers, strongholds of lords, hide-outs of thieves and the building material of churchmen, but always remained a powerful reminder of what had once been. Our story continues with the Anglo-Saxons and then the stretching north of the great kingdom of England, marking the landscape with beautiful churches and gripping it with castles. Here, for centuries, England contested the land either side of the Wall with Scotland, leaving a trail of wars and raids and forging a tough, self-reliant and independent people.

In time, the border was pacified, and the hazards earlier people faced became part of the magnificent tapestry of a border history which drew people to a now-peaceful but storied and beautiful country, inspiring Scott, Kipling, Turner and William Morris, and the perfectly-placed grand home of the ingenious Lord Armstrong.

This tour offers a wealth of experiences: a remarkable landscape, a deep history, the stern traces of Roman power, the fascinating contact with individual lives carved in stone or left in the organic finds at Vindolanda, the aesthetic beauty of Cragside or Lanercost priory, the reminders of its dangerous past and the fantastic local food and drink. There is no better place to begin an exploration of England’s long history, beautiful countryside and cultural richness.
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Exploring Hadrian's Wall by PamG, 16 Jun 2021
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Hadrian’s Wall has always intrigued me being a Northerner … Covid had met it’s match - so to speak. It did not deter Peter ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by SXDave, 16 Jun 2021
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It was touch and go. Would the Covid rules let us go? Sadly, they didn't allow the international folk to come. We were thus ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Jason, 20 Nov 2019
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One week touring Harian's Wall with Peter Sommer Travels. Fabulous itinerary and excellent organisation by Peter Sommer Travels... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Dana, 28 Aug 2019
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Absolutely wonderful! Having visited Hadrian's Wall many years ago (as an archaeology student), I was delighted to see the ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Cynthia, 23 Jul 2019
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Peter Sommer Travels provided an experience that could not be bettered on this trip. The group was small enough to be very ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by James, 23 Jul 2019
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The tour included visiting important Roman British sites both on Hadrian's Wall and nearby as well as later historical sites ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Wendy USA, 14 Jul 2019
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I chose a Peter Sommer Travel tour because I’ve always been drawn to learning about archaeology and history in England. ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by wise traveler, 8 Jul 2019
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If someone had told me that climbing and sliding and crawling up and down hills and vales along the remaining stones of ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Kathleen, 25 Oct 2018
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I was drawn into and explored (on wheels and on foot) a wonderful landscape I’d seen only in books and my imagination. In ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by Bruce from Alaska, 25 Jul 2018
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The tour explores the highlights of Hadrian's Wall, how it was preserved, and other aspects of the history of the border country... read more

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Exploring Hadrian's Wall by PamG, 16 Jun 2021
Traveller rating:

Hadrian’s Wall has always intrigued me being a Northerner … Covid had met it’s match - so to speak. It did not deter Peter ... read more

Exploring Hadrian's Wall by SXDave, 16 Jun 2021
Traveller rating:

It was touch and go. Would the Covid rules let us go? Sadly, they didn't allow the international folk to come. We were thus ... read more