|Looking back toward Housesteads along Hadrian's Wall|
|The walk I chose (with my one afternoon there before a mad dash to York) was the 7.5 mile "Once Brewed, Roman Vindolanda and Housesteads'" walk, evaluated as "strenuous." The main reason for going with this walk is that it allowed me to see two of the best museums along the Wall, AND it ended at my pub/inn.|
Though there wasn't any post-pint hiking like in the Lake District (the heat spell put an end to those thoughts) it was nothing short of miraculous to fall into my steak pie and pint after I finished...because while I wouldn't say it was a hard hike, there was a lot of steep ups and downs to it...
|Heading toward Vinolanda (along the Stanegate Road)|
|Vindolanda, a Roman fort south of Hadrian's Wall. At least 8 forts have been on this site -some from before the wall. The fort guarded the Stanegate Road, a Roman road that run from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth (part of the Irish Sea).|
|Vindolanda is an on-going archaeological excavation that draws people from around the world. The Vindolanda writing tablets, discovered in 1973, are fascinating hand-written (on wooden tablets)accounts of life there - mundane articles of life, like requests|
for socks and underwear, and invitations to parties.
|While Vindolanda is not actually on the wall, Housesteads Roman Fort is - and the setting is magnificent. Vindolanda has an incredible collection and museum, but for an atmospheric ambiance, Housesteads is the better choice.|
|One of the really cool things was the different ways in which the Roman forts have been used - adaptive reuse is a human condition, not a historic preservation initiative.|
|Steps leading into fort at Housesteads|
|Dramatic sky and outline of the fort at Housesteads.|
|How can you get any better than this?|