Birdoswald Roman Fort

2nd October — Meeting up with my great friend Paul Weston from Bath University, who made a special trip up from his holiday lodgings in Ravenglass. I took him to visit the Roman Fort and survey the fabulous landscape setting. Like me Paul soaks up heritage landscapes with keen-eyed relish. We glanced at the post-excavation covers on the eastern extra-mural settlement from this last summer’s dig. Then considered the marriage of nature and classical remains, so well observed at the East Gate of the fort where an aged ash tree forms such a harmonious tonal foreground to the lichen-covered fort walls and gateway – aligned to the Hadrianic era turf wall of Hadrian’s Wall.

Published by markrichardswalking

An outdoor writer since my early twenties, with a passion for walking and linescape art, which quickly coalesed into the creation of practical guides exploring the remarkable landscapes and heritage of Britain.

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