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Built around 122 AD at the command of Emperor Hadrian with the purpose of keeping out marauding invaders from the north, the wall stretched from the Tyne to the Solway Firth. The Romans built milecastles along the length of it which were used as gates, depots and barracks. Observation towers were also built between the milecastles. This wall, which was changed a bit over the years, was in use until the Roman soldiers left around 411 AD.
Much of the wall has crumbled away and disappeared but there are sections that still stand and the British government is trying to reconstruct areas so that you will be able to hike the full length of the wall in coming years.
We started our hike from Once Brewed and hiked along to Housesteads, a Roman fort, then continued on a circular route which took us to Vindolanda, another Roman fort, and then back to Once Brewed where the car was parked. It's approximately an 8 mile hike. There are different hikes available, just buy some maps and decide which one you'd like to do.
This picture is me at the remains of one of the milecastles. It was a tad windy that day ;-)
Directions: We started at Once Brewed, follow the footpath signs and use a map.
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