Northumberland Walking Weekender Twice Brewed, Hadrian's Wall
With Mark Reid FRGS, author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
The Twice Brewed Inn is situated in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country, a stone’s throw from the finest stretches of this Roman Wall, a World Heritage Site. The walking in this area is superb, with so much history and heritage to see including the Roman forts of Vindolanda and Houseteads and well preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall that trace the crest of Highfield Crags, Hotbank Crags and Cawfield Crags.
The Twice Brewed Inn is a traditional country pub located (somewhat confusingly) in the hamlet of Once Brewed! The story goes that this pub brewed its beer twice to give it extra strength. The Twice Brewed Inn boasts its own brewery to this day.
Mark Reid is the author of The Inn Way… to Northumberland, and has walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path and so knows the surrounding countryside extremely well.
Walking Weekend based from: Twice Brewed Inn, Hadrian’s Wall
There will be a choice of two guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and his colleague (Mountain Leaders who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark.
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Twice Brewed Inn for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can meet your fellow walkers and choose your walk for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the crags, hills and countryside around Hadrian’s Wall with time to explore the many historical features in the area including fine examples of Roman wall, forts, roads, camps, temples and shrines. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous, moderate or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as a larger group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Twice Brewed Inn for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:30pm) – Meal at Twice Brewed Inn (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
Twice Brewed / Once Brewed facilities & accommodation
How to get to Twice Brewed / Once Brewed
Twice Brewed /Once Brewed are the same place, with the pub known as the Twice Brewed Inn and the Youth Hostel located at Once Brewed. They are right next to each other! You will find Twice Brewed / Once Brewed just south of Hadrian’s Wall and just to the north-east of Haltwhistle in Northumberland. From the A69 at Haltwhistle head north-eastwards along minor roads to join the Military Road (B6318) which will take you to Twice Brewed / Once Brewed. The nearest train station is at Haltwhistle, which is 4 miles away.
Twice Brewed / Once Brewed is a small hamlet situated along the Military Road (B6318) just to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Here you will find a pub (Twice Brewed Inn), Youth Hostel (at Once Brewed) and campsite, which are situated adjacent to each other. The Youth Hostel is located at The Sill, the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre, where you will also find Once Brewed Coffee and Bakehouse.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found here
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).