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  Hadrians Wall
by margaretvn

The Romans started building this 117 kilometre long wall on the orders of the Emperor Hadrian to mark and also to defend the northern limits of their British province. It runs westward from Bowness on the Solway Firth to the mouth of the Tyne at Wallsend. The A69 and the B6318 give good access to all the major sites. It was abandoned in 383 when the Roman Empire crumbled. It is now owned by the National Trust. Much of the wall still remains and is really worth visiting. The fort Vindolanda has a museum with a collection of Roman writing tablets which provide details of their food, clothes and work there. Homesteads fort is the best preserved site on the wall. It also gives some beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. At Cawfields which is 3 kilometres north of Haltwhistle you have access to the highest sections of the wall.

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  • Updated May 12, 2003
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