Guardian names Hadrian’s Wall as one of 22 sustainable holiday ideas for 2022


Hadrian’s Wall is on another list of the world’s best places to visit in 2022.

The Guardian’s 22 Sustainable Vacation Ideas for 2022 listed the Roman Empire’s former northwest frontier as a must visit alongside other sustainable travel ideas for the coming year.

Other recommendations included part of cycling the 6,000 mile Iron Curtain Trail between Germany and the Black Sea, visiting ancient theaters and beaches in Greece, and exchanging the Spanish Costa del Sol for the Costa Del Morte (Coast of Death) northwest in Galicia.

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Regionally, nationally and even globally, Hadrian’s Wall garnered a lot of attention ahead of its big anniversary this year, with National Geographic announcing in November that it had made its ‘World’s Best List’ for 2022.

And Colin Galloway, deputy general manager of Vindolanda, says advertising can only be a good thing. He said: “Last year we had a pretty successful season with people coming from all over the UK but we missed our overseas visitors.

“Anything that advertises the wall is great for us, and once the tourists come here we try to get people to come and visit us in Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum. But there is so much to see! “

Vindolanda under the snow

To boost tourism in such a special year for the Wall, a program of events is due to start later this month and will run throughout the year before culminating with the Saturnalia Festival of Lights in December, where the villages along the wall will be encouraged to host their own festivities.

The Guardian’s recommendation to visit Hadrian’s Wall was made by writer Phoebe Taplin, who said: “You can walk alongside sections of the wall or follow its old course, winding over grassy hills, turrets, castles and entire Roman towns.

Roman Town of Corbridge - Hadrian's Wall (c) English Heritage
Roman town of Corbridge – Hadrian’s Wall

“There are stunning views of the Northumberland and Cumbrian landscapes from ruins like Housesteads Fort with its barracks, hospital and communal toilets.

“Fragments of ancient life here – a studded leather shoe or a bowl with a soldier’s name carved – survive in the museum.

“[Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival] is a great time to explore – I plan to take it in stages throughout the year. “

Other ideas for a sustainable vacation in England on the Guardian’s list include walking the Lake District Ullswater Road and exploring a living work of art at Cornwall’s Eden Project.

Scotland and Wales were also represented with the Isle of Eigg and the Isle of Bardsey respectively. You can read the full list here.

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