What are the Bus links like? - We provide details of routes and timings for the local Bus services with the 'Travel Pack' we send out, however we've included an outline of those services here.
There is a regular all-year service between Newcastle and Carlisle, that runs hourly throughout the day. This service more or less follows the route of the A69 (parallel to the line of Hadrian's Wall, but mainly to the south of it), passing through Corbridge, Hexham, Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle and Brampton, as well as the smaller villages en-route, eg Heddon-on-the-Wall, Bardon Mill and Crosby-on-Eden.
Between May and the end of October, there is a Walkers Shuttle Bus (the AD122) that generally follows the line of Hadrian's Wall, between Newcastle and Carlisle. That said, this subsidised service runs mainly between Hexham and Carlisle throughout the day, via Chesters, Housesteads, Vindolanda, Twice Brewed, Haltwhistle, Walltown, Greenhead, Gilsland, Birdoswald, Lanercost, Brampton and Crosby-on-Eden. There is only one bus a day out of Newcastle via Heddon-on-the Wall in the morning and one back again later in the day. This service does not go east of Newcastle (ie Wallsend), nor west of Carlisle (ie to Bowness-on-Solway).
There is a local Bus service between Carlisle and Bowness-on-Solway, via Burgh-by-Sands, running Monday-Saturday. There is no service on a Sunday or a Bank Holiday, however there is the possibility of a limited minibus service on these days - otherwise the only option is a taxi.
Where can I get a Hire Car? - The easiest locations to hire a vehicle are in Carlisle and Newcastle. Both of these locations are approximately a two-hour drive from Edinburgh. Newcastle is approximately a half-hour drive from Durham and a two-hour drive from York.