Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Ice Cream & The Wall

Hadrian's Wall has many things to offer but this is a first ... Halloween ice cream sandwiches!

Check out this Halloween ice cream video.

Mint choc chip ice cream and chocolate cookies make for a great 'spooky' Halloween treat and this one is on offer from Off The Wall, a coffee shop close to Hadrian's Wall.

If you are not walking the Wall at the moment and are staying at home for Halloween, you might want to try making your own mint choc chip ice cream to put into your favourite cookies.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Villages Along Hadrian's Wall

When most people visit Hadrian's Wall they naturally focus on reading up on the main forts that can be found along the Wall such as Vindolanda and Chesters.

Whilst this is important, they sometimes miss out on learning about the wonderful variety of villages that can be found along the Wall, such as Lanercost and Bardon Mill.

Read more about villages along Hadrian's Wall so that next time you visit one of the forts you also enjoy visiting the surrounding area. There are some wonderful tea rooms out there!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hadrian's Wall Questions and Answers

There's a lot of information on the web about Hadrian's Wall - from Wikipedia pages to blogs and more but this is the first time I've seen a Hadrian's Wall Questions and Answers.

For example, what is the story behind the Robin Hood tree? Don't know? Well, if you're a fan of movies or Kevin Costner in particular you'll be interested to know!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More Of Chesters Roman Fort On Hadrian's Wall

If you look closely at the excavated ruins at Chesters Roman Fort you will begin to appreciate not only what life was like almost 2,000 years ago in this Northern part of the Roman Empire but the skill of the builders. The stonework is incredibly precise and it's clear that much thought and hard work went into the building of the fort.

A good example is the bathhouse - the picture below is of the entrance to the bathhouse. Note the stone step worn down by countless feet over time!

This is a picture taken inside what was once the bathhouse used by Roman soldiers ...

Read more about Roman baths on Wikipedia

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hadrians Wall Accommodation

If you're a keen walker interested in Roman history, there's probably no better holiday for you than walking along Hadrian's Wall!

Most people who take a walking holiday stay in b&b accommodation as they like to walk a stretch of the Wall then stay over night, doing the same the next day and moving on. So if you decide to walk Hadrian's Wall you might want to check out bed and breakast hadrians wall.

On the other hand, you could enjoy staying in just one location such close to Hadrian's Wall such as in a self catering holiday cottage. This would enable you to get to know the area in more detail, taking walks along the Wall but also through the towns and villages in its immediate vicinity. If you choose to stay in Cumbria for example you could stay in one of numerous cottages Hadrian's Wall has to offer and visit Lanercost which has one of the most interesting medieval churches in the North of England.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Roman Hot Bath & Latrines On Hadrian's Wall

The excavated ruins of the Roman fort that once existed at Chesters along Hadrian's Wall are amongst the most fascinating you will see.

You can walk into part of what was once a Roman hot bath. The picture below shows how much of the original stone walls are still intact ...

This picture is of the latrine (communal toilets) ...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hadrian's Wall At Chesters

Hadrian's Wall has a number of definitive points under the care of English Heritage which you can visit and where you can walk around excavated ruins. These include Birdoswald, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Chesters, all of which I have visited over the years. They all have something special to offer so it's no surprise that tourists come to these sites from all corners of the globe.

Here are 2 photographs taken at Chesters Roman Fort.

More photographs to follow soon.