Hadrian's Hike Challenge Walk

Hadrian's Wall

Supporting the Fire Fighters Charity and Marie Curie

Originating in 1987, the Hadrian's Hike challenge walk has been well supported for many years.

Every year we strive to offer a competitive course which is updated on an annual basis. There are two distances to choose from - 12 miles or 21 miles.

Hadrian's Hike 2018 - Saturday 7 July

Starting and finishing at Twice Brewed, Northumberland National Park

The walk took in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions, Border Reivers and Jacobite Rebels in this scenic south east corner of Northumberland.

Check out the photo gallery for a few images from this year's challenge, including a surprise special guest who was on a cycling holiday in the area!

Around 60 walkers took part, all of whom received a commemorative polo shirt, certificate and refreshments along the route. 

Hadrian's Hike Saturday 8 July 2017

Last year’s event saw a field consisting of 33 Long distance walkers taking on the 21-mile route and 47 short distance walkers tackling the 12-mile route.

Both routes started and finished at the Twice Brewed Inn.

With two separate routes 'in play' on the day the short distance route took walkers south to Bardon Mill and checkpoint 1 via Vindolanda Roman Fort and then on to Ridley Hall area before heading North across Thorngrafton Common back up to Hadrians’ Wall and joining it at checkpoint 5 located up on the Wall at Housteads Roman Fort.

The long distance walk took competitors south to Vindolanda Roman Fort, then east over Thorngrafton Common to checkpoint 2 at Cubstock; then from there on to Newbrough and checkpoint 3. From there they would head North to Mithraeum Roman Fort, checkpoint 4 and join Hadrian's Wall where they would continue west to Housteads Roman Fort to checkpoint 5.

From checkpoint 5 both routes would then head back to the Twice Brewed Inn following the Wall to Steel Rigg where the competitors would drop down to the finish line.

Having had a week of rainy days leading up to the date of the event it was no surprise that on the day those taking part would be 'dogged' by the usual inclement weather.

For those who regularly attend this event their wry grin and shrug of the shoulders was a sign that they’d seen this all before and would not be put off from enjoying the day.

These are some of the thank you's that have been received from previous Hikes.


Ex-CFO Tom Capeling TWFRS, for permitting the event to be held

ACO John Baines TWFRS, for his continued support in the organising of the event

AM Phil Clark TWFRS, for his attendance at the event on behalf of the ELT

Sports and Social section TWFRS, for their administration duties and making my job easy

Our Sponsors:

  • Sainsbury’s, Riverside Rd, Sunderland for their kind donation of food and drink for the event checkpoints

  • The Great Outdoors, Shiremoor.

  •  Twinnings

  • Morrisons, Whitley Bay.

  • Walk Outdoors, Whitley Bay for their kind donation of raffle prizes and discounted goods.


Event Partners:

  •  The Twice Brewed Inn for allowing us the use of their facilities and providing the end meal

  • Raynet for their continued Comms support


Event Committee and Staff on the day:

Base Team.
Peter and Jan Louth
Chris Maddox (Medic)
Simon Tulley.

Checkpoint Marshalls 

Arnie Coulthard         Ch 2 + 4
Dave Fleming            Ch 2 + 4
Sam Lee                  Ch 3

Steve Graham          Ch 3
Jim Sabiston            Ch 1 + 5
Mick Fell                 Ch 1 + 5                                                               

Sweepers - Long Walk

Steve Clark
Graham Smith
Stu Franlkin

Sweepers - Short Walk

Bruce Gormley
Bill Dunne

Vehicle Support

Steve Barnett
Dave Wilson
Ray Walker

and finally but most importantly…

To you the competitors, without your continued support and enthusiasm we would not be able to hold the event or have such a great fun day, so to all our old friends and new thank you and we look forward to seeing you again next year. 

Steve Barnett TWFRS. 


Look out for the photos we took on the day here on our website and if you have any that you’d like to share we’d love to see them. 

Photo Gallery

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Entry fee: £14 per person.

Please make cheques payable to TWFRS Sports and Social Club and send to: 

Peter Stronach
Service Headquarters
Nissan Way
Barmston Mere

Cheques must be received before acceptance is posted.  Your route card and other details will be sent via email.

Please note: no dogs and no unaccompanied walkers under 16

If you plan to walk as a group, please ask each member of your group to complete an application form individually. Late entrants can still apply up to the day of the Hike however, there is no guarantee of entry. 

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12 miles or 21miles

Application instructions:
  • The entry form is for a Single entrant only. If entering more than one person separate forms must be submitted. If using one email address for several entrants all correspondence for each entrant will be sent to that address
  • Complete your required form on-line and return
  • Post your cheque to the address below. If you are sending a cheque for more than one person please ensure that you include their names as well
  • On receipt of the cheque the acknowledgement pack(s) will be sent to the email address you have provided

Competitors who complete the walk will receive:
  • A Hadrian’s Hike T Shirt (state the size you require on the application form). Note that if your application/ cheque arrives after the closing date it cannot be guaranteed that you will receive a T Shirt.
  • A certificate of the time you take to complete the event
  • Soup and a bun

Please note
  • No unaccompanied walkers under 16 years
  • No dogs allowed