One of my favourite areas has to be Hadrian's Wall. It has the lot with its history and dramatic scenery. To many people their visual image of Northumberland and the north is Hadrian's Wall snaking across the countryside. Go and see for yourself. www.hadrians-wall.orghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian's_Wall
For a map marking the main sites:http://www.aboutscotland.com/hadrian/wall.html
For those wanting to explore the wall on foot (much the best way) there is a national trail along the length of the wall. http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrians ... p?PageId=1
Unless you specifically want to walk the whole length of the wall, limit yourself to the middle section between Housesteads and Walltown. This has the best remains, the best scenery and the best walking. It is the most rewarding part of the wall for visitors. For more detailed information about walking see the thread in the Walking & Cycling section here:viewtopic.php?f=193&t=435
Further east, there is less of the wall left as it has been ‘robbed out’ and the stones used for building. Many old buildings will have Roman wall stones. Corbridge Church
has a saxon tower with a Roman arch inside.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... dge_08.jpgHexham Abbey
also has many roman stones including sculpted ones. http://www.hexhamabbey.org.uk/visits-history/flavinus/
Not Roman but equally significant is the Anglo Saxon Crypt reached by a step stair in the nave. http://www.hexhamabbey.org.uk/visits-history/crypt/Stanegate
Best access to the wall is along B6318, which roller coasters across the landscape following the line of the wall. This is a very fast road and not suitable for walking along. You get good views of the wall, the ditch to the north and the vallum to the south. It is referred to as the ‘Military Road’, but it is NOT Roman. It is one of a series of roads built by General Wade across Britain after the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, when Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, was defeated by the Army of King George. These roads were designed to let Hanoverian troops move quickly across the country if there was another invasion.
The Romans built their supply road to the south of the wall. This is called the "Stanegate" and can still be seen in places. Stanegate gave access to a series of supply forts to the south of the wall at Corbridge and Vindolanda. Both of these are worth visiting.Corbridge
is one of the less visited Roman forts with large, well preserved granaries. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/days ... ians-wall/
Corbridge itself is a charming village and, if you have time, it repays a visit. Vindolanda
was a fort on the Stanegate to the south of the wall which had a large civilian settlement outside. http://www.vindolanda.com/
This has been excavated over the last 40 years and has revealed a tremendous amount of information about the way of life. The soil is acid which means that textiles, leather and writing tablets have been preserved. Some of these can be seen in the museum, another worthwhile stop. A small section of the stone wall and the turf wall have been reconstructed on part of the site and make you realise just how impressive they must have been when built. It also illustrates the superiority of the stone wall.
The owners of Vindolanda also have a Roman Army Museum at Carvoran
. This was the site of another fort on the wall. This includes a 3D film and hands on activities for the kids. Sites along the Wall
Coming out of Newcastle, you will see small sections of wall just a few stones high that will give you a glimpse of what is to come. The two most popular sights are Chesters and Housesteads.Chesters Roman Fort
Call in to look at the remains of the bath houses. The museum is old fashioned and a collection of stones.
The remains of the bridge abutment
crossing the river are best seen from the side opposite to the fort. These are signed down a footpath from B6320http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/roman ... bridge.htmHousesteads Roman Fort
This is the place EVERYONE goes to visit, if only to see the latrines. http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org. ... 000112.jpg
It is a marvellous setting on the hillside above the South Tyne Valley. Be warned it is a steep 10 minute walk up from the car park to the fort. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/days ... ians-wall/
There is excellent walking from the fort along the wall in both directions. Most people go west following the wall through the trees to the remains of a milecastle. You can continue west over Hotbank Crags to Hotbank and views of Crag Lough to Steel Rigg. To lose the crowds, go east to the top of Sewing Shields Crags, one of the legendary burial places of King Arthur. Make sure you know what to do if he wakes ...
.Bird Oswald Roman Forthttp://www.english-heritage.org.uk/days ... ians-wall/http://www.visitcumbria.com/car/birdosw ... n-fort.htm
Strictly speaking this shouldn't be included as it is in Cumbria. However it seems logical to include it here. It is built on a splendid site high above the River Irthing. There is less to see than at Housesteads but it is worth visiting for the views. You can drop down and cross the river to see the remains of where the wall crossed the river.http://www.visitcumbria.com/car/willowford-bridge.htm
Not strictly Roman, but Lanercost Priory is also an interesting place to visit. The church is still used and the ruins are nice to wander round.http://www.visitcumbria.com/car/lanerco ... church.htmhttp://www.english-heritage.org.uk/days ... st-priory/
This is very much scratching the surface. There is a lot more to the wall than the places I've mentioned and I am sure others will have their own favourites and happy memories of the wall.