Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

On Friday we explored a well-preserved section of Hadrian's wall. As said before, this was built almost 2,000 years ago, from 122 to 130 AD.

People probably have seen my blog post made on top of Hadrian's wall, but here a behind-the-scenes look at what was happening while I was posting that.

The wall seems to meander over the hills:

But you really need to be there to understand why the wall was built here. It actually goes along very steep hills and cliffs, these forming mostly a natural defence.

And from here, the wall is built straight along side the cliffs:

Every 1/3 mile there is a watch tower:

And another fort:

And so we followed the path, up and down:

And Ida made it to the top.

From here you can really see that this hill range is much higher than the low parts to the North.

Auke couldn't help but climb the quarry next to the wall:

And he made it to the top:

And then a few hours to Edinburgh. Somehow our Navman F20 made a mistake so we went pass Glasgow (oops), so we drive a bit more then we should have, but around 4pm we arrived inn Edinburgh at the Novotel. Two rooms would have been 189 pound each, but Ida had managed to get two rooms for 198 pounds. In thriftiness we can outscottish the Scottish!

On our way to Hadrian's wall

By the time of the emperor Hadrian, the Roman empire had ceased to expand. So the emperor, after visiting Brittain, ordered a wall to be build as a defence against the Picts. And built it was, between 122 and 130 AD. It's 117km long, and today you can walk the entire distance. This was our next destination. So on Thursday, after leaving London, we visited Notthingham where Dieuwe wanted to have a look, and then we drove to Greenhead, were Ida had found a barn. Getting there wasn't easy. Here the entrance, which we found after some effort:

Here some pictures we made when we left the barn, to give you an impression how you had to cross the river. Thankfully we were not more than 5 tons, else we had to drive through the water.

Note to Heit: no dents, the car is still in perfect condition :-)

And there was the barn:

Daddy had to work, so Mum and the kids went for a walk in the evening.

And came along the 12th century Thirlwall castle:

On the way home Dieuwe rescued a sheep that had become separated from its companions:

Then it was bed time. The kids were quite apprehensive when they heard they were going to sleep in a barn, but it turned out to be alright. As it will happen, they slept better in this barn then in the 4 star hotel the next night!

Finally rest for Ida. She has driven most of the time while I was working.

Writng a blog on top of Hadrian's wall

This is me writing this blog post on top of Hadrian's wall. Initially I had GPRS, but it switched to 3G soon after. Image uploads with 130Kbps!


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