27th December – So we stand at the threshold of an important year for Roman Wall enthusiasts. 2022 marks the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s only known visit to Britain in AD122 and, importantly for him, the opportunity to inspect the ongoing works to establish his remarkable frontier.
12th November – Yesterday I took a downhill stroll from Caw Gap to Haltwhsitle with the Roman military way adjacent to the vallum and so via Pilgrim’s Gap at Milecastle 42 through Cawfields Quarry to track down Haltwhistle Burn. I was looking at part of my first planned GREEN WALK based upon the Hadrian’s WallContinue reading “Roman vallum at Cawfields”
We launch a new strand to the website, featuring linear walks using public transport. The focus for the first bespoke Ticket2Stride route is Brampton, which saw the world’s first use of card train tickets.
24th October – The town of Brampton is linked to its station on the Newcastle to Carlisle (Tyne Valley Line) by a recreational path a little over one mile long called the Dandy Line. The east/west railway being constructed in the 1840s well away from the old market centre required a connection and it wasContinue reading “Walking the Dandy Line”
23rd October – Walked from over Wetheral viaduct to Great Corby and on by Heads Nook and Faugh to Castle Carrock. Started in brilliant sunshine the day became ever more gloomy.
22nd October – Enjoyed a lovely walk from Carlisle Citadel Station to Wetheral today. Followed the River Petteril upstream to Carleton, where I passed the inviting The Nosey Cow Inn, en route to cross the M6 bound for Scotby. Continuing by a quiet green lane to Wetheral where I chatted with a quartet of moreContinue reading “Wetheral walkers”
16th October Looking forward to my next podcasting foray when I will be visiting Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast this coming Monday. The setting was a natual sheltered harbour, created by a the great sandbank formed where three rivers converged the Esk, Mite and Irt. Here the Romans established a fort as Hadrian’s Wall wasContinue reading “Glannoventa Roman Fort”
3rd October — Another day rent with rain and brilliant sunshine. Yet as the afternoon advanced I made a sortie along Hadrian’s Wall to capture the classic view eastward from Steel Rigg. White and black Galloway cattle adding to the age-old pastoral essence of a stunning view of the craggy Whin Sill escarpment.
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-excavationContinue reading “Birdoswald Roman Fort”
Quite the most majestically sited Roman structure in Britain (Britannia). Commanding a fabulous prospect of the Scafells and the wild heights at the head of Eskdale, the visitor can find not only internal structures including the headquarters building and granary but, outside the playing-card shaped fort walls, a bathhouse and a parade ground with aContinue reading “Hard Knott Roman Fort”