By: Blonde One
If I had a bucket list, then walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall would be on it. It’s a 73 mile walk from across the north of England. The wall was ordered to be built by the emperor Hadrian after visiting Britain in 122 AD, and took 6 years to complete. A ‘divine instruction’ imposed the empire on him and he built the wall to keep the Romans safe from Barbarians.
It was a really unexpected treat to visit the wall just north of Carlisle and visit Birdoswald Roman Fort. The remains of this fort and visitor centre is an English Heritage site and despite the horrible weather we managed to enjoy a couple of hours exploring. Walking alongside the wall and in the remains of the fort gives a fantastic sense of history as you tread in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and maybe even Hadrian himself.
Exploring the visitor centre was interesting too (although I think it was meant for children!). I sent flaming torch signals through a window, took a Centurion quiz and tried to build a bridge. I think it’s fair to say that I should stick to English teaching rather than Civil Engineering!