IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ROMANS: HADRIAN'S WALL
We jump back to Roman times as we travel part of the path traced by Hadrian’s Wall, of which we visit some forts and settlements dating back to two thousand years ago.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of the Tyne valley
- Hadrian's Wall
- Chesters Roman fort
- Cawfields fort
- Stops for photos
What we will do
- We go on a relaxing sightseeing tour on the gentle Pennine Hills along the river Tyne headed West.
- Hadrian’s Wall - the imposing fortification begun by the Romans in 122 AD and marked the border of the Empire protecting it from barbarians. A significant portion of the wall still stands, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
- Following the path along the ancient fortification, we reach the Chesters Roman Fort (or Cilurnum), one of the best-preserved along the vallum. Surrounded by woods and meadows and overlooking a river, it was used by the Roman cavalry. We can see the remains of a bridge, parts of the gatehouse and a spa.
- We continue our excursion and make a short stop at Cawfields fort, perfect example of the so-called milecastles built at regular intervals of approximately one and a half kilometres along the vallum with in between two watchtowers 500 metres from each other.
- We make a few stops for photos (weather permitting) to better appreciate the grandeur of this construction and admire the fabulous scenery stretching to the entire Tyne valley.
What you need to know
- A steep dirt road leads to the Cawfields fort.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or wheelchair users.