Of the Roman Empire that is! OK so I’m a few centuries out of date but hey! What’s new? So I have persuaded the family that walking Hadrians wall would be a great way to spend a holiday.
Hadrian’s wall was built across the north of England to keep out the ‘northern barbarians’. Started in AD122 with various modifications over the years. It’s about 80 miles long and stretches from coast to coast, tynemouth/Newcastle at the east, solway firth at the west.
There are lots of excavated roman ruins to look at along the way.
We aren’t walking the whole thing, just 40 miles in the middle. The weather forecast was for rain, but fortunately for us they got it wrong and we had a bright and sunny day.
We started our visit in corbridge, where we visited a museum, then started our walk in chollerford. In low lying areas, much of the wall has disappeared, the stone having been taken in years gone by to be used in local buildings, but once you get onto the hills, there are lots of sections of wall to be seen.
We walked to housesteads, and from there we got a taxi into haltwhistle where we are spending the night. I confess, that by the end my legs were sore, and I thought that I would be stiff and sore today, but actually I’m not too bad. I did ‘catch the sun’ though, despite my SPF 20 facecream, and am now sporting that very British look of bright red face and yellow wild hair!
My garmin says that we walked 14km.
The last couple of miles coming up to housesteads were a bit hilly.
Remains from the temple of Mithras
My teenage son is not entirely impressed with this as a holiday, but I think it’s a teen thing. He’s enjoyed walking in the lakes before but of course this doesn’t have the joy of reaching the peak of a mountain. However he now appreciates a good tea shoppe! Bribery with food is all that’s keeping it together!