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Jun 7, 2011 - Hadrian's Wall

We wanted to see the Hadrian's (Roman) Wall. We assumed that the Wall was not to far from the present English-Scottish border. The best examples were only 50-60 miles away, so we decided to try to get there before the sites closed for the day. We would have to backtrack and head south into England a bit, but we were too close to pass it up. Hadrian's Wall was a stone wall built by the Romans across Britannia in the 2nd Century to keep the Picts and Scots out. The wall stretched 80 Roman miles (72 modern miles or 120 km) from coast to coast....

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Jul 17, 2009 - Caesar's Wall

The day presented itself very badly. It was cold, about 100C and the rain was horizontal and the sun had stayed in bed. I don’t blame it. You would really have to wonder why any Caesar in his right mind (there was the occasional one) would want to build a wall across Britain, together with a fortified gate every Roman mile or so garrisoned by 32 legionnaires. I guess though that Hadrian, like his predecessors and the many empire builders that followed him, just wanted to stake out his claim. That claim did not include the barbarian Picts...

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Jul 16, 2009 - The Tale of the Black Bull

Once upon a time not so long ago, a travelling couple was wandering through the ancient frontier of Roman Britain whilst the sky slowly turned to a thousand shades of grey. Seeking shelter and a cosy bed for the night as the bleak heavens released their load of moisture, our intrepid travellers sought refuge in the tiny village of Haltwhistle. Having secured their lodging, the beamy faced maid directed the thirsty travellers to a wee inn tucked away in a tiny lane behind the edifice of the large block building housing the Bengali Takeaway...

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Sep 5, 2008 - Hadrians Wall

We stayed in a little place called Haltwhistle near Hadrian’s Wall, who’s claim to fame is the it is the central point of Britain. Like most of the villages we have encountered it is entirely charming. On the way we stopped at Hexham which is a very old fortress town. We had a look at the Hexham Abbey which dates back as far as the 7th century – pretty bloody awesome! The stone chair in the photo is Saxon. The weather at the moment is terrible – rain and windy, There is flooding in Wales. Luckily we are not due there for another couple of...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Hadrian's Wall

We went back in time by visiting Hadrian's wall, a wall built by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian,in about 120AD to keep those from the north out. It marks pretty closely the English/Scottish border. This was the border of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately we had terrible weather so didn't get a chance to explore as much as we had planned, but we visited an old Roman Fort that is currently being excavated, and where wooden tablets have been found of similar thickness to a postcard, of letters that people wrote to each other. One letter was of a...

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Aug 17, 2007 - Back on the bike again...

The ride out of Carlisle was deceptively mild. Nice and flat and a beautiful sunny day to be riding through farmland. That is until we hit the hills. Suddenly, it was like I was pedalling backwards and very soon, I was off the bike and walking. Two years with no activity and my muscles didn't know what hit them. By Brampton, which was the halfway mark, I didn't think I could make it much further, especially as it had gone 6 o'clock. So despite it being just the first day and only having riding 20 odd kms, we went investigating trains and...

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