Hadrian's Wall Walking Tour
London Travel News ( Press Release )
Cross Country International Introduces New Walking Vacation
Historic Hadrian's Wall Walk Inspires Tourists
Cross Country International (CCI), a renowned leader in worldwide equestrian and
walking vacations, has announced that it has added a new walking vacation featuring the historic
Hadrian's Wall in Great Britain to its catalogue of tours.
Great Britain: In May 2003 Great Britain's National Trust of Historic Monuments National will
open all 80 miles
of Hadrian's Wall as a National Trail, and CCI is the first company to offer a walking vacation
along the wall's complete span.
"I learned that the National Trust was studying Hadrian's Wall with the intent of someday opening
it to walking tours in the summer of 1999," said Karen Lancaster, president of CCI. "I am excited
and proud to now be able to offer 15 adventurers the opportunity to be among the first people to
actually walk the entire length of Hadrian's Wall."
More than 2,000 years ago, Roman emperor Hadrian decided to build a wall from east to west
across the narrowest part of England. An engineering feat almost unparalleled for its time, it took
six years to complete, and Hadrian's Wall has long been considered the most important monument
built by the Romans in all of Great Britain.
Originally, Hadrian's Wall stretched from the banks of the River Tyne in the east to Solway Firth
in the west. Substantial portions of the wall remain, and turrets, mile castles, forts and civilian
settlements may still be seen. Few people have ever been able to walk its entire length, however,
because no trespassing has been allowed on many of the private landholdings that contain portions
of the wall.
CCI's adventure walk will take place in June, shortly after the wall's designation as a National
Trail. Due to high demand, the company has added another 10-day walk in August, and more
weeks may be added.
"This walk is particularly exciting because there is so much to see on this adventure," Lancaster
explained. "For instance, CCI walkers will pass Thirlwall Castle where Edward I, or Edward
Longshanks of the movie "Braveheart," stayed in 1306 during his campaign against the Scots."
Lancaster also said walkers will pass near Sewingshields where King Arthur is said to have hid
Queen Guinevere, and visit the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle to see jewelry and pottery
reclaimed from areas along the wall.
Her company has lined up a knowledgeable guide, bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants, and has
put together an itinerary leading walkers through the scenic countryside, towns, villages, farms,
forests and parklands.
"While history buffs will be absolutely enthralled with this adventure, there's really something for
everyone to enjoy on this unique walk," Lancaster said. "I believe it's truly an adventure for the
mind, body and spirit."
For more information on the Hadrian's Wall Walk, contact Cross Country International walking
vacations by mail at CCI, PO Box 1170, Milbrook, NY, 12545, by calling 1-800-828-8768 or by
visiting the company's Web site at www.walkingvacations.com.