Hadrian Hike Challenge Walk

The Hadrian Hike Challenge Walk is an annual charity event organised by the Walking Section of our Sports and Welfare Club.

All money raised is donated to:

  • the Fire Fighters Charity
  • the Marie Curie Hospice in memory of Crew Manager Roy Lewis
  • other charities that are nominated each year

The first Hadrian Hike was held in 1987, making it one of the oldest events organised by the service. It’s traditionally held on the first Saturday in July.

Walking routes

Participants can choose either the 12 mile short walk or the 21 mile long walk.

Both routes start and end at the Twice Brewed Inn, Northumberland National Park. They take in the best bits of scenic Northumberland, crossing the National Park, National Trust property and farmland.

There are regular checkpoints along the way.

Walkers on the Northumbrian hills

Take part

Members of the public are welcome to join our current and previous employees and their friends and family on the walk. Children under 16 can take part too, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult.

Dogs are not allowed on the walk.

Entry is open to employees from February and to all walkers from April. Register your interest by contacting Sam Lee:

Email: sam.lee@twfire.gov.uk

Telephone: 0191 444 1218

It may be possible to join on the day, but as places are limited you may be turned away.

Entry fee

It costs £15 to enter and all walkers will receive:

  • a map of the routes
  • a certificate showing their time
  • a Hadrian Hike polo shirt
  • refreshments at checkpoints along the route
  • soup and a roll at the Twice Brewed Inn

We cannot confirm your place until we receive your entry fee.


8am: Registration opens

9am: Long walkers set off

10am: Short walkers set off

Roy Lewis Team Challenge Trophy

The Roy Lewis Team Challenge Trophy is presented to the first Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) team to complete the long walk and the first TWFRS team complete the short walk.

Teams can be any size but at least 3 team members must complete the walk from start to finish.

Without Roy, the Hadrian Hike would not have continued. Roy served as a Crew Manager at Byker Community Fire Station and he played a lead role in organising the event from 1996.

Some of the money from team entry fees goes to the Marie Curie Hospice which cared for Roy and supported his family until his death in 2013.

The trophy ensures Roy will continue to be remembered for his contributions to the Hadrian Hike and as part of our Fire Family.

Crew Manager Roy Lewis during the Hadrian Hike
Crew Manager Roy Lewis

For more information and updates, visit the Hadrian Hike Challenge Walk Facebook page.