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Hadrian's Wall experience
This walk will follow in the footsteps of the Roman Legions who built and garrisoned this far away outpost of the empire. Starting our journey at
Heddon on the Wall on the outskirts of Newcastle where there is a section of wall, we head west following the line of the wall, only a few signs remain as it is now mostly under the road, passing Harlow Hill to the Portgate. From here we pass St Oswald’s hill head and the Heavenfield battle site before descending to Brunton Turret and across the river to Chester Fort with the bath house and barracks to explore, on to Brocolitia fort with the temple to the sun god Mithras. After here the terrain changes as we start the climb to the higher section at Sewingshields Crags leading along the edge to Housesteads Fort, we spend time here and to visit Vindolanda, all the best preserved sections of wall are between here and Birdoswald Fort, including Crag Lough, Milecastle 37, Sycamore Gap [ Robin Hood’s tree ], Steel Rigg, Walltown Quarry, Thirlwall Castle, Poltross Burn and Willowford. On the approach to Birdoswald look for the symbol carved in the wall ! from here the terrain changes to gentler farmland passing Pike Hill signal tower to the hamlet of Walton, before the gradual descent past the airport to the river Eden at Crosby on Eden for the last section to finish at Carlisle Castle gates. This walking holiday allows plenty of time to explore the fascinating history and scenery of the area and to get a feel of the Roman legions who endured this edge of the empire. The walk is 60 miles and a moderate grade.
The cost of the holiday is £580.00pp 

Walking itinerary

Day 1 Meet at accommodation
Day 2 Heddon on the Wall to Port Gate
Day 3 Port Gate to Brocolithia Fort
Day 4 Brocolithia Fort to Once Brewed & visit Vindolanda
Day 5 Once Brewed to Greenhead
Day 6 Greenhead to Walton
Day 7 Walton to Carlisle Castle
Day 8 Depart for home
Isle of Wight Coastal Path
A walking holiday round the Coastal Path starting from the seaside town of Sandown we walk anti clockwise along the cliff tops to Bembridge point, easy walking with fine views, continuing round to the hovercraft & ferry port of Ryde, here we move inland to pass the 12c Quarr Abbey and the estate of Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s home, to descend into the port of Cowes, cross the estuary by the small ferry to pass the Royal Yacht Squadron where the races start. We stay on the coast over the tops to Thorness Bay where the P.L.U.T.O oil line came to the island during WW2. Here again we move inland through Newton nature reserve before gaining the coast again to Yarmouth, a fishing & ferry town, with long views across to the mainland at Lymington and the New Forest, we descend to the beach at Alum Bay for the towering coloured sandstone cliffs before visiting the Black Knight missile testing station on the Needles. fantastic views of the Needles lighthouse. We are now on the edge of the cliff tops for Tennyson Down & the monument, here we descend to Freshwater Bay before climbing again to be on the cliff top for the series of chines, coastal gullies, all along this south coast Whale Chine being the largest, fossil beach and forest, Shepherd’s Chine and the eroded theme park of Blackgang Chine are amongst the others.
Following the cliffs past St Catherine’s Point lighthouse to Ventnor with the tropical gardens & once home of Keats, over the cliff tops to visit Shanklin Chine & again the P.L.U.T.O oil line before the last section of the walk on the sea shore to Sandown. A walking holiday of 64 miles of a moderate grade.

For the week we will be staying in self catering holiday houses with twin bedded rooms and all facilities, bed linen and towels provided as is the food for breakfasts & packed lunches
The cost of the week is £580.00 with transport pick up & ferry can be included for an extra £40.00

Walking Itinerary

Day 1 Meet at accommodation
Day 2 Sandown to Ryde – 10 miles
Day 3 Ryde to Gurnard Bay – 10 miles
Day 4 Gurnard Bay to Bouldnor – 12 miles
Day 5 Bouldnor to Freshwater – 10 miles
Day 6 Freshwater to Chale – 11 miles
Day 7 Chale to Sandown – 11 miles
Day 8 Depart for home

What’s included - Bed and breakfast for 7 nights, 6 packed lunches, transport to walks, walk leader / guide

Extra’s - Evening meals, holiday insurance, transport to start and home [ the ferry can be arranged 
St Cuthbert’s Way
 This is a journey through the life and times of the 7th century St Cuthbert, through the varied scenery of the Scottish border country.
We start as St Cuthbert did at Melrose Abbey from where we head south east to cross the Eildon Hills with far reaching views, after passing the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey on the banks of the river Tweed we follow the Roman Dere Street to cross the river Teviot close to Jedburgh Abbey, turning east to pass the imposing tower of Cessford Castle the next stop is Kirk Yetholm nestling at the foot of the Cheviot Hills, the start or the end of the Pennine Way.
The wilder part of the walk takes us over the Cheviots crossing the border into England and down through the College Valley to the market town of Wooler, the way then passes St Cuthbert’s cave where the monks hid his body from the Vikings. From here we descend towards the sea to cross to Lindisfarne,Holy Island, via the Pilgrim’s route and ending as St Cuthbert did at the Abbey.

A walk of 63 miles with some steep climbs at a moderate grade.
The cost of this holiday is £590.00  Transport to and from the start can be added for £25.00

Holiday itinerary

Day 1 Meet at accommodation
Day 2 Melrose to Monteviot House
Day 3 Monteviot House to Morebattle
Day 4 Morebattle to Hethpool
Day 5 Hethpool to Wooler
Day 6 Wooler to Fenwick
Day 7 Fenwick to Lindisfarne
Day 8 Depart for home

What’s included -  Bed and breakfast for 7 nights, 6 packed lunches. transport to walks, walk leader / guide

Extra’s -  Evening meals, holiday insurance, transport to start and home 
Isle of Wight experience
This week on the Isle of Wight will explore the inside of the island with all the attractions and scenery we can fit in; giving us time to experience the contrast between the coast and the inner island.  

All the walks will be around 8 to 10 miles and will give us time to explore some of the sights such as; Carisbrooke castle, the model village, the Garlic farm, the steam railway, Quarr Abbey, Brading Roman Villa, the Needles and numerous smaller mills, museums and potteries. We will also discover some short sections of the coastal scenery giving us a feel for the diversity of the whole island.

The accommodation for the week will be in self catering houses or chalets with all facilities, food for breakfasts and packed lunches is included (evening meals are extra), all towels and bed linen is provided.
Evening meals will be taken usually after the days walk at a local hostelry, giving us the chance to sample the variety of the Island, returning to relax back at base.
 
Transport to and from the walks and walk leader is included.
*Transport pick up and ferry crossing can be added on request.

The cost for the week is from £580.00 pp
*Pick up and ferry can be added from £40.00 pp
 
Everest Base Camp
This is your chance to experience the route taken by the mountaineers of past and present Everest expeditions. We meet in Kathmandu to spend 2 nights in a hotel on a bed and breakfast basis in this very diverse city full of colour and culture with time to explore, trips can be arranged. Then it is an early morning start for the flight to the mountain airport of Lukla where we meet the rest of the Sherpa team, time to explore before the trek starts through the gate for the short walk to the first night in the village of Phakding surrounded now by mountains, following the river, which we cross often on brilliant bridges, to our first acclimatization at 3440m in the Sherpa capitol of Namche Bazar, 2 nights here with optional walk and views of Everest. Climbing to the Thyangboche Monastery at 3867m then to our next acclimatization day at Dingboche 4298m with fine views of the magnificent Ama Dablam, again an optional walk, From here we go above the tree line to Labuche at 4930m. The next day is the longest with about a 9 hour walk to ascend Kalar Pattar at 5545m the highest point on the trek and the best views of the glacier and Everest, the descent takes us to Gorak Shep, the next day is up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp, meet any expeditions there before the return to Pheriche. The next day we pass the oldest Monastery in the Khumbu before overnighting in Phortse at 3840m, on to Na sitting below the Lungsampo Glacier at 4400m. Then it is on to the Gokyo Lakes, 3 turquoise lakes at over 4000m and surrounded by mountains, from here we climb to Gokyo Kang at 5483m with outstanding view of all the highest peaks. The next 3 days are spent trekking back to Lukla through the Sherpa villages for a last meal in the mountains and time to reflect, then the early morning return flight back to Kathmandu, 3 night in the same hotel, more if you wish, one night we will arrange a meal in the famous footprint restaurant to leave your comments and reflect on the experience, you will have ample time to explore the city and guided tours can be arranged before returning you to the airport for your flight home.

Suggested holiday Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 & 3 Time to explore
Day 4 Fly to Lukla & walk to Phakding
Day 5 Phakding to Namche Bazar
Day 6 Free day
Day 7 Namche Bazar to Thyangboche
Day 8 Thyangboche to Dingboche
Day 9 Free day
Day 10 Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 11 Lobuche to Kalar Pattar & Gorak Shep
Day 12 Gorak Shep to Base Camp & Pheriche
Day 13 Pheriche to Phortse
Day 14 Phortse to Na
Day 15 Na to Gokyo
Day 16 Gokyo to Macherma
Day 17 Macherma to Sanasa
Day 18 Sanasa to Mondzo
Day 19 Mondzo to Lukla
Days 20, 21,22 Kathmandu
Day 23 Return home

The cost of the Trek is $1600  with flights from and to the UK extra

Included - Return flights Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu, bed & breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals on trek, Tea House accommodation on trek, TIMs card, Sherpa guides and porters.

Extra's - Trek insurance [ compulsory ], entrance visa [ pay at airport ], meals in Kathmandu, drinks on trek, gratuities, sightseeing in Kathmandu, return flights from home.

We are only coordinating this trek, the guides and arrangements are made by the Nepalese company. 
For more information call Mick on 07710192399 or Email  mick@outdoorsceneadventures.uk 
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