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Birdoswald - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
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Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
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Birdoswald - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Banks Turret East - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Ravenglass Roman Bath House
Milecastle 21 - photo credit Andrew Heptinstall
Senhouse Museum - photo credit Steve Barber
Hotbank Crags - photo credit Roger Clegg

Hadrian’s Wall - the northern edge of the Roman Empire.

The mighty Roman Empire stretched across Africa, the Middle East, the Iberian Peninsula, central Europe, to the far northern reaches of Britannia, covering the then known world.

In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian decided to draw a line from the Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west, creating a frontier between the Roman Empire and the unruly northern barbarians. This allowed Rome control of north-south population movement, trade routes, and the tribal hordes. That new border was Hadrian’s Wall.

The Wall was a massive engineering feat, stretching 80 miles from sea to sea and, in places, reaching 6m in height. In addition to stone there were turf walls, ditches, milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts. Amazingly it took 3 Legions (~15,000 men) only 6 years to build.

Today Hadrian’s Wall is Britain’s greatest Roman monument and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’, together with the Antonine Wall in Scotland and the Upper Raetian Limes in Germany.

Here in Cumbria, the World Heritage Site incorporates not just the Wall and sites along it like Birdoswald Roman Fort (the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall) near Brampton, but also the Roman sites found down the Cumbrian coast. The Senhouse Roman Museum at Maryport with its unique collection of altars, defences like Milefortlet 21 at Swarthy Hill, and Ravenglass’ Roman Bath House, home to the tallest surviving remains along the Frontier, all give visitors to Western Lake District the chance to delve deeper into Roman life of this once busy, noisy, multi-cultural military zone.

Hadrian’s Wall today is a far more tranquil place. Here you can experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating Roman history, walking and cycling opportunities aplenty and abundant nature and wildlife. There’s so much more to Hadrian’s Wall Country than you might expect.

www.visithadrianswall.co.uk


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