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On a cottage holiday spend time exploring the area around Hadrian’s Wall. The most well-known and spectacular legacy of the Roman Empire in the British Isles, Hadrian’s Wall once spanned the entire width of Britain, some seventy miles east to west along Northumberland’s border with Scotland, from Wallsend (Newcastle Upon Tyne) to Bowness on Solway. It is one of the greatest triumphs of the Roman age; Rome’s northernmost frontier, and remains a spectacular, awe-inspiring sight that draws throngs of visitors today.
The sections of remaining wall still standing tend to be foundations, but a stop at any of the three main sites in Northumberland, namely Vindolanda, Housteads and Chesters, rewards the visitor with forts, archaeological excavations, Roman ruins and some excellent and informative musuems with fascinating displays of ancient Roman artefacts which have been unearthed right there at those very sites.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path was opened in 2003, and visitors can choose to walk short sections, perhaps a day or even an afternoon’s walk, or to take on the entire journey from start to finish, upwards of eighty miles and usually best completed in the company of a guide and with the luxury of an onward baggage transportation service! Either way, with in excess of a hundred circular walks along and around Hadrian’s Wall, the casual and the more committed walker cannot fail to find something to suit, and all will enjoy uncovering the rich legacy of the Romans along this ancient frontier, marvelling at the wild, sweeping Northumberland countryside en route.
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