Emperor Hadrian's Wall
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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.
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...