Carlisle to Bowness on Solway

Starting from Carlisle and finishing in Bowness On Solway the 13 mile Carlisle to Bowness on Solway section of Hadrian’s Wall Path is the last section.

The Carlisle to Bowness on Solway part of Hadrian’s Wall Path is the last 13 miles of the path if you are walking it from East to West.

You can enjoy long walks along country lanes and through country fields as well as the sights and sounds of nature, the River Eden and the Solway estuary marshes all offering peace and solitude.

Lady Lynne and myself took a trip down to the historic North of England city of Carlisle last weekend, where we walked that last 13 miles.

I have done the whole Hadrian’s Wall path myself already.

All 84 miles coast to coast from Wallsend near Newcastle to Bowness on Solway, three years ago.

I enjoyed it so much and really wanted Lynne to experience part of it and to see if she might be persuaded one day to tackle the whole thing, together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Carlisle to Bowness on Solway Start of Path.

The only thing majorly different this time around was that due to the recent terrible floods that Storm Desmond brought to Carlisle, a large part of the start of the path at Bitts park was missing.

This necessitated a longer detour through some of the city to eventually reach the path(above) which then rejoined with the original path.

Anyone reading this and considering doing this last part of the wall path should take note that this detour (if it’s still there) will add an extra 20 minutes or so onto the estimated four hours 10 minutes walk.

Carlisle to Bowness on Solway Lynne walking.

Back on the original path (above) and finally on our way . Lady Lynne started the actual Hadrian’s Wall walk as it left the outskirts of Carlisle.

We started the walk at 8am. We’d had our porridge pots in our hotel room earlier and I’d had my obligatory run to the local Starbucksย for my grande Americano.

After that we were completely fuelled up and ready for the day.

I also had my new rucksack packed full of our waterproofs (you never know) and our sandwiches for lunch!

Carlisle to Bowness on Solway steps on the path leading upwards.

We walked along the banks of the River Eden, where the original Hadrian’s Wall was built along.

At this point however there isn’t much of it left in any way at all.

The odd raised part of ground, or steps leading upwards are all that remain of the 120AD Roman built structure.

Incidentally it was built to keep the Picts, who lived in Scotland out of the Roman Empire!

Lynne Lockier walking on a track on a field on route to Bowness on Solway.

Over the years much of the wall has been taken down to make farm buildings or flattened for farmland purposes.

Nowadays, but perhaps too late in certain places, with the wall being designated a Unesco World Heritage Status that wouldn’t be so easy.

Certainly on earlier parts of the whole walk. Which I did in 5 days in 2013 there is much more of the original wall to see.

So, it’s still certainly worth doing the whole thing!

Hadrians Wall Walk. Carlisle to Bowness on Solway. Neil Lockier at a climbing stile.

The wall path is signposted all the way.

As you pass through lots of working farmland, there are plenty of styles and gates to keep the farm animals in (above).

There were also plenty of lambs to be seen – fiercely guarded by their mothers!

Carlisle to Bowness on Solway another path diversion sign with Lynne pointing at it.

On reaching about a quarter of the way there was another landslip on part of the Wall Path.

This meant another detour from the original path but through some rather attractive country lanes.

Those country lanes in question had beautiful houses (obviously I couldn’t photograph for privacy reasons) of which Lynne could see herself living there as Lady of the manner!

To be honest, neither Lynne nor I are complaining in any way at all about the detours.

The sun was out (albeit under a hazy sky) and the whole way was really quiet, where we only met walkers coming from the other direction.

The detours just made for more adventures and seeing stunning scenery which you wouldn’t normally see from a car or sitting at your desk job on a daily basis.

It was just good to be out and about enjoying the free pleasures that nature has to offer. And keeping fit and active too.

A field of cows halfway between Carlisle and Bowness on Solway.

The cows we passed seemed pretty pleased to see us (NOT!).

I suppose however, that they’re used to seeing humans wander through their fields.

One thing we did have to take care of though, is to where we where walking! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hadrians Wall Path signpost pointing to Glasson with Lynne standing underneath.

We were just a quarter of a mile from our final destination here at this signpost (above).

Another thing that is great about the Hadrian’s Wall Walk is that there are boards giving historical facts and artists pictures.

So all the way along the route and not just on the Carlisle to Bowness on Solway part you can visualise what the wall would have looked like and where it was placed in the landscape!

Lynne Lockier standing beside Bowness on Solway sign post.

So just over 4 and a half hours from starting we arrived at our destination. Bowness on Solway!

Bowness on Solway is really just a small hamlet. A pub and a few houses, nothing else.

It’s hard to believe that it really once was the end of such a huge Roman fortification, designed to protect their empire from the Scots (the Picts) whom they never manager to defeat!!

Neil Lockier enjoying a pint of beer in the Kings Arms in Bowness on Solway.

It’s perfectly possible to walk the 13 miles back to Carlisle, but we’d planned it so that we could get the 14.10 bus back. At least that’s what we’d planned.

When actually checking the bus times in the bus stop at Bowness on Solway, the bus was 13.37, not 14.10!

I must have been looking at the winter bus times when I planned this part of our trip.

Just as well I’d built in a “safety hour” or I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy that pint in the local pub (above), the Kings Arms!

So after all that, it looks as if though I may have been successful in my persuasion of Lynne to do the whole 84 mile coast to coast walk. We’ve talked through some plans to do that potentially in 2018.

So if it’s going to be 2018, then I say bring it on! Because now that means plenty of training and long walks similar to this one to prepare us for that foray!

Thanks for reading an keeping up with us in our adventures.


  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe

    DO IT LADY LYNNE! How else will you be able to claim your rightful title without traversing the land??
    I like your style. I, too, would demand my americano (mine is decaf with black coffee added) and my pint. Also, the acorn/trail sign cracks me up because of the acorn. It just looks silly.


      Ha ha brilliant Suz, so right too!

      You guys would so love the Kings Arms too. Such a nice, unspoilt by commercialism, traditional English pub. With what looked like good food on the menu too!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Haha, wonderful! I think my favorite part would have been seeing the cows <3


      Aw, ๐Ÿ™‚ Then you would have loved the calves and lambs too!

  3. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Some of the best scenes I’ve happened on were because of detours – so glad y’all made the most of those detours! And wow that is gonna be one heck of an awesome trip you and Lady Lynne will embark on in 2018! I loved all the photos you took on this trip, Neil – beautiful photographs as usual!
    Looking forward to that no bake healthy snack recipe!


      Thanks Shashi. You’re right though, the detours did provide some really interesting views. Especially because those views provided were different from the ones I had seen only three years ago.

      It sure is going to be one momentous trip in 2018! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I know I can rely on you to be following us all the way. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    84 miles?!?! Can I come third wheel it? Because that seriously sounds like an awesome adventure! And I love all those detour/off road explorations. I’ve been getting “lost” on my bike in the river valley lately and finding all sorts of new places around my city that I didn’t know existed… and I’ve been living here 31 years!


      Yep, you’re welcome to join us! 84 miles coast to coast. You would love it! (as long as you know the weather is completely unpredictable and it may actually rain for the 5 – 6 days walk ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      I’ve been thinking I’d like to take up biking again some time in the future. As you say it’s the appeal of “getting lost” and finding lots of new places. I just need to find the extra time on top of everything I do already, lol

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    We have just got back from our Greece trip and whilst it was amazing, I am looking forward to spending the summer exploring a little bit closer to home, like this. Well, as much as the baby will allow me to of course.


      That was fabulous news that I read about on your blog today Dannii, congratulations again! ๐Ÿ˜€

      This was a fabulous walk from Carlisle to Bowness on Solway, I think you guys would love it.

      Might be a few years before your new addition could join us too though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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