Frontiers of the Roman Empire
We visited Hadrian’s Wall as the last leg of a World Heritage themed road trip weekend to the north of England/Scotland and it did not disappoint. We started at Housestead’s Roman Fort, which combines fabulous survival of the fort buildings with an excellent little museum (with CGI reconstruction film) and some of the most stunning views to be had on the wall. We then walked to the famous (if slightly cliched) Sycamore Gap, which is a really picturesque part of the wall on a high ridge where a tree grows in a steep sided cleft in the rocks. We were really impressed by the way the wall follows the highest point in the landscape, literally running along the edge of a high cliff near Sycamore Gap. The route is not overly difficult but goes up and down very steeply on stone steps. Incredible views and wonderful archaeology.
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