Emperor Hadrian's Wall

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Hadrian's Wall

I think it goes without saying that Hadrian's Wall is not one spot on the map, but rather a wall that extends along the northern border of England.  The wall was built in the early second century AD and became the northern border of the mighty Roman Empire.  Why, do you ask, did the Romans not just conquer all of England, rather than build a wall?  Well, they couldn't.  The Scots defeated the Romans time and time again, so Hadrian had a wall built to stop the attacks.  Something like the Great Wall of China, I suppose.  It turns out on an unrelated note that the Romans had no interest in Ireland, they called it Hibernia and thought it to be too cold.

I left York in the morning and headed north by train to Hexham.  There I waited for a bus that runs along the wall to the west.

Car show in Hexham
  To my benefit, there was an old car show there, and I had plenty to keep me busy until the bus arrived.  I jumped on the bus and headed west, stopping where I pleased to check out the wall and the forts.  It was cool to see and there's a lot of history here...and 73 miles of wall across England.  I'll try to document in more detail where I stopped on the bus.  You're free to walk among the Roman ruins, to stand where the Romans once did and even walk on the wall.  I did not do a tour here, but that would have helped me learn even more about the history.

I got off the bus in Carlisle to head south to Liverpool.  There was a train strike going on so I had to take a bus all the way down...it turned out to be a long, inconvenient ride with bad black and white movies playing...

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Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Car show in Hexham
Car show in Hexham
Car show in Hexham
Car show in Hexham
Car show in Hexham
Car show in Hexham
Ruins of a Roman fort at Hadrians…
Ruins of a Roman fort at Hadrian'…
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Ruins of a Roman fort at Hadrians…
Ruins of a Roman fort at Hadrian'…
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Me on Hadrians Wall
Me on Hadrian's Wall
Ruins of a Roman fort from Emperor…
Ruins of a Roman fort from Empero…
Hadrian's Wall
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