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Monday, 7 November 2011

Walking Hadrian’s Wall

Our first view of the Wall


Blackcarts turret

In July and August this year as part of our trip to the UK we visited Hadrian’s Wall and associated sites and museums. We stayed at a nice B&B just out of Haltwhistle and the owners were very welcoming and friendly - http://www.themountbb.co.uk/aboutus.htm. Haltwhistle was a convenient base with a car and we were able to get all our supplies there, and fed and watered at the Black Bull pub. For guides we had Guy de la Bédoyère’s Hadrian's Wall: History and Guide and for track notes, the not entirely reliable, Lonely Planet’s Walking in Britain.


As we had only limited time we opted for a day walk along one of the more interesting sections of the wall which turned out to be from Cholleford to Caw Gap, a distance of about 22km. We didn’t have a very detailed map when we did the walk, but subsequently bought the Harvey’s National Trail Hadrian’s Wall Path map, which I highly recommend. We left our car at Chollerford near Chesters and just made the last bus heading back there from Once Brewed. This map gives you a bit of an idea - http://www.celtic-trails.com/celtic/hadrian/maps/hadriansmap.pdf . These photos are from our walk and fortunately the weather was really nice on the day.


We also spent three days looking at a number of sites including: Tullie House Museum's Roman Frontier Gallery, Carlisle Castle, Chesters Fort and Museum, Housteads, Vindolanda, Roman Army Museum, Birdoswald and Lanercost Priory. Visiting Hadrian’s Wall and the fantastic forts and museums there was definitely a highlight of our trip and something I’d recommend to anyone visiting the area.



Abandoned blocks at Limestone Corner


Carrawburgh Mithraeum (Brocolitia)


Close up of the altars (originals in Newcastle)


Looking back along the Wall to Sewingshields Woods

Approaching Housteads Fort


Looking west with Crag Lough and Highshield Crags in the distance

Looking west again with Sycamore Gap in the middle


Climber on Highshield Crags

Sycamore Gap

Milecastle 39 (Castle Nick) looking west

4 comments:

  1. Great photos. Looks very interesting and an awesome area to vist.

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  2. Thanks Rodger, it's pretty amazing to see the Wall and all of these forts!

    Cheers
    Mike

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  3. Excellent photos!!!! I'd like to visit the wall one day.

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  4. Thanks Ray. It's definitely worth a visit!

    Mike

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