Tour Hadrian's Wall Sites
This post reprises a private one-day tour of important sites connected with the 2nd century AD Hadrian's Wall in northern England.
First, we departed our lodgings in Henshaw near Vindolanda and embarked on a tour as follows:
A drive to the Roman Army Museum where we parked and then hiked east up on to a high ridge to view one of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall.
Next, we returned to the Army Museum which we visited. This was a well presented and informative experience.
Next, to the village of Gilsland which we used as a base to visit two sites: Poltross Burn Milecastle and Willowford Bridge Abutment. Latter is the eastern end of a Roman bridge which has been left stranded in a field owing to the River Irthing shifting course over the intervening 1800 years.
Next to Bewcastle, a hamlet which is home to the site of Roman (Hadrianic) fort located in a forward region about 7 miles north of the Wall. In the churchyard can be seen a 1400 year old (approx.) carved stone cross dating from the time when Northumbria was an independent kingdom during the Anglo-Saxon period. Later, a medieval castle was built on the site of the Roman fort using stone re-cycled from the fort.
Next to Birdoswald, a large and well-known fort on the line of Hadrian’s Wall. from here we took the opportunity to walk east, along the line of the Wall to visit a milecastle.
Next, we drove about four miles west to Lanercost Priory which dates from the 12th century and was constructed using building stone recycled from Hadrian’s Wall.
Finally, we drove into Carlisle and our lodgings for the night.