Hadrian’s Wall – Northumberland National Park
Hadrian’s Wall Path has a very popular ‘Passport’ scheme. It is a great deal of fun but it also has a serious conservation message. This is because the Passport season runs only between 1st May and 31st October each year when World Heritage Site’s soils are drier and less vulnerable to wear and tear. For full details of the scheme follow the Passport link from the Trail website’s home page www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall
For conservation reasons, large running events, especially in winter, are not encouraged. However, with the likelihood of fewer than 100 competitors, most of whom by the time they reach Hadrian’s Wall will be walking anyway, the event as currently conceived is not considered likely to have a significant impact on the archaeology of the World Heritage Site.
Runners should in any case follow the same conservation advice as walkers. They should avoid running in already eroded sections of path, especially on the steep slopes where some of the existing worn lines cross sensitive archaeology.