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This part of the wall is 2,000-years old, Johnson explained to his twin granddaughters as they stood by a section of Hadrians Wall in Newcastle, England on their most recent adventure. They had come to walk the 80-mile long wall that the Emperor of Rome built in AD 120 to protect Roman settlements in Southern England from the Barbarians in the north. Starting at Wallsend, they walked all the way across England exploring the remains of the wall, the castles and Roman Forts.The wall has mostly disappeared at both ends where townspeople and farmers borrowed the stones to build churches, city buildings, barns, houses and farm walls. Johnson and his granddaughters followed the British Heritage path along where the wall used to be and occasionally caught a glimpse of the actual remains of the wall. Hadrians Wall was built of limestone, 10-feet thick and 15-feet high. It took 100,000 Roman soldiers 3 or 4 years to complete the wall and it remained an effective barrier for about 300 years until the Roman Empire began to crumble. The middle section of the wall is nearly all intact as it passes through the sparsely-populated Lake District. The hikers stopped to explore the remains of the milecastle, watchtowers and bridges, and took side trips to view the excavations of the nearby Roman Forts. The granddaughters kept up a brisk pace as they climbed up and down 400-foot high hills following the wall over steep, craggy cliffs and beside picturesque lakes filled with ducks and wild swans. After 10 days of hiking, the trio arrived at Bowness-on-Solway by the Irish Sea and found the wooden shelter that marked the end of the walk. Im so proud that I finished the whole walk, granddaughter Jessica said. Im going to have my shoes bronzed!