|Our first view of the Wall|
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|
|Milecastle 39 (Castle Nick) looking west|