16 – 19 July 2018
Hadrians Wall – LRAC Tour

 Description

 

Stretching coast to coast from Newcastle to Carlisle and beyond for 80 miles and set in magnificent landscape, Hadrian’s Wall is probably the finest Roman site in Britain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The central section is the best preserved, running along high cliffs with fantastic views. Our trip is designed to take in the best of these central sites and scenery – rivers, mountains, forts and abbeys – and explore how the Wall may have worked. There is also time to relax and enjoy the sites and scenery in good company over good food.

 

 

Other Details

 Accommodation

We stay in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country in the Twice Brewed Inn in the tiny village of Once Brewed – the best placed hotel on Hadrian’s Wall.

Bed and breakfast tariff in twin-share room with private facilities. Good pub meals in Twice Brewed Inn (not included).

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186351-d672166-Reviews-or10-The_Twice_Brewed_Inn-Hexham_Northumberland_England.html#REVIEWS

http://www.twicebrewedinn.co.uk/

 

Course Cost

£299.00 inclusive of tuition, accommodation and breakfast.

 

Single Room Supplement

£75

 

Travel

Out: Cathy is planning to travel on the 10.00 train out of London King’s Cross, due in Newcastle at 12.50 and then the 13.23 train to Hexham (13.56) for the 15.13 bus to Once Brewed, due 15.44.  You can book yourself onto the same train (costs ca. £100 return – book early for cheaper fares), or meet her at Hexham station, or directly at the Once Brewed Inn (you may of course be travelling in your own car).

Back: Cathy is planning to take the 9.31 bus from Once Brewed to Hexham (10.05) and, after a spot of sight-seeing, the 14.26 train to Newcastle, due at 15.03, and then the 15.33 train to London King’s Cross, due 18.44.

 

Local Transport

Hotel transfers and local travel on the 122 Bus are at own expense but the Hadrian’s Wall bus is free to English freedom bus pass holders – at time of planning, anyway!

  

Group Size

18

 

Tutor

Cathy Mercer, MA, is an experienced teacher, lecturer and tour manager.  She has taught in London schools and for the Open University, Birkbeck College, LRAC and the WEA.   She has led numerous study tours to Italy, Holland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey and in the UK.

 

Related OU Courses

General Interest/A340 Roman Empire/A219 Introduction to the Classical World

  

Itinerary / Study Programme

 

Day 1, Monday, 16 July 2018

pm   arrival in Hexham/Once Brewed

late pm visit to Steel Rig and Milking Gap, the highest points on Hadrian’s Wall

Note : Cathy is planning to travel on the 10.00 train out of London King’s Cross, due in Newcastle at 12.50 and then the 13.23 train to Hexham (13.56) for the 15.13 bus to Once Brewed, due 15.44  

 

Day 2, Tuesday, 17 July 2018

am visit to nearby Roman fort of Vindolanda for tour of site, museum for writing tablets and extensive reconstructions of Roman buildings and Hadrian’s Wall – lunch in Vindolanda café

pm fantastic walk or bus to nearby Roman fort of Housesteads

 

Day 3, Wednesday 18 July 2018

am visit to Birdoswald Roman fort, possible birthplace of St Patrick

pm  beautiful walk to pretty village of Gilsland via several notable Wall points

 

Day 4, Thursday 19 July 2018

am  visit to Hexham and medieval Hexham Abbey

pm  departure

Note : Cathy is planning to take the 9.31 bus from Once Brewed to Hexham (10.05) and, after a spot of sight-seeing, the 14.26 train to Newcastle, due at 15.03, and then the 15.33 train to London King’s Cross, due 18.44.

 

 This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions