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This is an informative (yet informal) description of the route of Hadrian's Wall and all the remains that can still be seen. For most of the route from east to west, it follows the Hadrian's Wall National Trail Footpath, but with an important difference: where the path veers off the line of the Wall, this account stays with it and allows you to examine the remains most other walkers do not see (and most other guidebooks do not describe). Profusely illustrated with more than 100 photographs and plans, it is the perfect archaeological companion to your walk along Hadrian's Wall, regardless of whether you take it with you on your ebook reader or smartphone, or prefer to sit in the comfort of your favourite armchair and let others experience the rain and blisters whilst you enjoy the text and pictures. Written by an archaeologist who has walked, driven, cycled, flown, illustrated, photographed, and even excavated on Hadrian's Wall, this is the second of a new series of accessible guides to 'that famous wall'.
This is an informative (yet informal) description of the route of Hadrian's Wall and all the remains that can still be seen. For most of the route from west to east, it follows the Hadrian's Wall National Trail Footpath, but with an important difference: where the path veers off the line of the Wall, this account stays with it and allows you to examine the remains most other walkers do not see (and most other guidebooks do not describe). Profusely illustrated with more than 100 photographs and plans, it is the perfect archaeological companion to your walk along Hadrian's Wall, regardless of whether you take it with you on your ebook reader or smartphone, or prefer to sit in the comfort of your favourite armchair and let others experience the rain and blisters whilst you enjoy the text and pictures.
This guide to walking Hadrian's Wall, the 84-mile route from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend, provides information on preparation, equipment and the walking route itself.
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!
"On the orders of Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, a great wall was constructed, coast to coast, across northern England. Separating the tribes in what is now Scotland from the Roman occupied area of Great Britain, this massive structure was one of the glories of the Empire. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes a path along its 84-mile length. Walking this trail to celebrate his seventieth birthday, the author shares the camaraderie of his three companions and other hikers, including a couple of dogs, who join them along the way. He struggles over the unexpectedly rugged, desolate terrain and discovers the spiritual magic of the hiking trail that clarifies the transition to his seventh decade."--Publisher's website.
The essential guidebook to walking the 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path. One of the UK's most visited National Trails, it runs the length of the Roman Wall from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend, Newcastle. Begun in AD122 and stretching from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, Hadrian's Wall was a massive feat of engineering and is the best preserved frontier from the classical Roman Empire. Today it is a World Heritage Site, with iconic scenery and fascinating archaeological remains like Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda, giving a glimpse into Roman life and power. The trail is presented here in 10 stages, with suggestions for five and eight-day itineraries. It is suitable for beginners, although a reasonable level of fitness is required if doing it as a multi-day trek. The route is described both west to east and east to west, and the guidebook also features extensions to Maryport on the far west coast of Cumbria and to South Shields on the east coast. This full-colour guidebook contains a wealth of information on the history of the Wall, and a range of practical information for walkers, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments. Clear step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. A compact booklet showing the route on a 1:25,000 scale OS map is included for added convenience.
From the Tyne to the Solway, Anton Hodge takes us on a geographical tour of the area surrounding Hadrian's Wall. During his week-long walk, there are encounters with music-loving cows, amorous and less-amorous dogs, other walkers, imaginary B&B owners, Roman soldiers, foot and mouth disease, and much more.

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