Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall was built by the Romans who started the work in AD 122. It crosses the north of England from Wallsend in the east to the Solway coast in the west. The metropolitan city of Newcastle to the county town of Carlisle.

The Wall has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site and is a popular destination for both British and International tourists. The Wall stretched for over 80 miles coast to coast and there are still good sections open to visitors. The most popular section is between Chollerford, just to the north of Hexham, and Lanercost in Cumbria. This part of the Wall follows the highest ground and you get great views, crags and tarns to explore. Here you will find the major excavation sites at Housesteads and Vindolanda.

The most famous part of the Wall is probably Sycamour gap or as it is locally known "The Robin Hood Tree". It was here that Kevin Costner came to film a short sequence at the start of his film on Robin Hood. Not exactly close to Nottingham but beautiful country all the same.

These pictures will portray some of the magic of the Wall.

First Sycamour gap itself.


Then the lovely country around Steelrig


and finally the tarn at Cawfields


This article was written by Mike Holly. Mike lives and works in the North of England. He enjoys exploring Northumberland's cottages.