Hadrians Wall Path National Trail 20th Anniversary logoThe Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in May 2023.

The trail, which stretches 84 miles (135km) coast to coast across northern England from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria, has become on of England’s finest tourism experiences, attracting visitors from all over the world who are drawn to its unique historic landscape, surrounding nature and cultural heritage.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, is maintained on behalf of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail Partnership (funded by Natural England) by Northumberland National Park Authority and follows the line of the Hadrian’s Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing through some of the most iconic natural and urban landscapes in England within Northumberland and Cumbria as well as the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle.

A stretch of Hadrian's Wall in early morning mist in Northumberland National Park

Four Seasons In One Trail – Photography Exhibition at The Sill

To celebrate the trail’s 20th anniversary, a new exhibition will feature at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

The exhibition, entitled “Four seasons in One Trail” will feature photography by National Trail Ranger Gary Pickles, whose images have built up a prolific social media following and provide a unique insight to the landscape surrounding the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail throughout the seasons.

A range of prints will be available to purchase in The Sill Shop and visitors can join Gary on May 20th for a guided walk along one of the most iconic stretches of the National Trail to learn more about the work he undertakes to conserve and enhance the route for visitors every year.

Meet Gary Pickles, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail Ranger

I’ve worked as the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail Ranger for just over nine years, and it’s a job that combines my passion for history, in particular Hadrian’s Wall itself, with my love for being in the great outdoors.”

Hadrian's Wall Path Ranger Gary Pickles

It’s mind-blowing to think that a line of stone ties together hundreds of years of history, and this line of stone takes you on a journey through time. I feel lucky to be able to experience first-hand what life, archaeology and landscape was like covering 1900 years, and as I change location daily and travel the width of the country, it’s an experience I don’t think I could ever tire of. 

The best bit about my job is interacting with the thousands of people that walk the Trail every year and telling the stories of what life was like all those years ago, pointing out prominent sights and moments of history along the Wall. I think people can really grasp the past when I explain parts of its history to them, and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I’ve taught someone something new.’

Working along Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is like reading a book – every time I go somewhere, I find myself daydreaming about what life was like before.

Hadrian's Wall snakes over green hills and towards a lake. White, fluffy clouds fill the sky.

20th Anniversary Merchandise

Celebrate in style with our range of Hadrian’s Wall Path merchandise.

All profits from the sale of our Hadrian’s Wall Path products goes towards maintaining this iconic walking route.

Hadrian's Wall Path Ranger Gary Pickles modelling a 20th Anniversary Hadrian' Wall T-Shirt next to Steel Rigg

Click here to visit our online store on Teemill.

Can you help?

Maintaining the 84-mile stretch of the National Trail is a big task. We rely on donations to help our Rangers and Volunteers to keep the path clear and safe so that over 1 million visitors to Hadrian’s Wall each year can continue to enjoy it.

Donate today

A £10 donation will support the Hadrian’s Wall Path Partnership to maintain 10 metres of Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. You can make a donation here. Northumberland National Park Foundation is a Registered Charity No.1161156.

Click here to donate to the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Donate by Text

You can also make a donation to the Hadrian’s Wall Path by text message.

Text PATH to 70460 to give £10*.

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