The Hadrian's Wall, the longest wall in Europe


He Hadrian's Wall it is the longest wall in Europe with a length of 135 kilometers. Of Roman origin, it is a stone colossus built in what was once Britannia in order to protect itself from the Picts, a tribe located in Scotland. Despite what many people believe, this wall does not define the territorial terms of Scotland and England, but it is not close. It is located just 20 kilometers.

The Hadrian's Wall, the longest wall in Europe

Hadrian's Wall in England

The wall or wall of Adriano is raised betweenWallsend on the east coast of England up Bowness-on-solway in the West. Raised by the emperor Hadrian, it is built next to 14 forts and 80 forts, where there were mainly guard posts and the care of some of the access doors. Despite his grandeur, he was not impregnable. It was crossed several times by the Picts until it was abandoned over the years.

Hadrian's Wall Map

Nowadays part of the wall is underground or was spilled over the years to build churches, farms or other buildings, but there are still vestiges of them as well as their forts, places that are worth visiting if we are on our way to Scotland .

Hadrian's wall is not the great wall of Great Britain. Further north, in Scotland, the Antonio's wall 58 kilometers long and there is little left.

Visiting Hadrian's Wall

He Hadrian's Wall It is visited mainly by tourists who make the route between England and Scotland or vice versa. If we focus our visit exclusively on one of these regions, it is more than likely that Adriano's wall will not be included for two main reasons. The first because of the lack of days as there are better things to visit. And second and perhaps most importantly, it really doesn't attract much attention, except for its history of course. Visually it is nothing shocking and many will confuse them with a wall that separates two farms. In addition to the forts, there is little left and most of what we can observe are reconstructions.

Knowing what we are going to visit it is necessary to focus our visit to the Hadrian's wall to a very specific area. Seeing everything takes days and can get tired of its monotony. For example, we focus on the vicinity of the town of Haltwhistle, specifically in the Roman fort of Housesteads and in the part of the wall of Steel rig, perhaps the most famous point.

Housesteads Roman Fort

There are approximately 14 forts along the wall of Hadrian and Housesteads It is one of the most important. Located near Haltwhistle on the road B6318, accessed by a dirt road after leaving our vehicle in a paid parking lot.

Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads

Entry costs 7.5 pounds and enters the English Heritage. This is paid in the building next to the parking lot and from there a path leaves to the fort (10 min).

Hadrian's Wall -Housesteads

Once in the fort, there is a small museum where we can protect ourselves in case of rain and where souvenirs can be bought. From the fort we can say that there are still 4 access doors and the entire wall. This place accommodated 800 soldiers but unfortunately from the mainland it does not attract much attention. It is best to read the posters to get an idea of ​​what each building was.

Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads

Steel Rigg Trail

Steel rig It is one of the most popular routes to visit the Hadrian's Wall. Its start is not far from the fort of Housesteads, in fact you could walk between these two places. However, you usually arrive by car so you don't have to make a route of 6.5 kilometers in total (2h30 ').

Hadrian's Wall - Steel Rigg

As usual in this area, the car is left in a paid parking lot, about 4 lbs per day, ticket valid for all parkings on the wall. From the parking lot we can already see the wall and the lake Grag Lough.

The day caught us rain and wind with a really muddy parking lot. The best thing is that occasionally a sunburst appeared. The bad thing is that we were carrying two babies who did not make the route easy.

Hadrian's Wall, the longest wall in Europe - Steel Rigg

The path starts from the same parking lot and has no loss. Basically it is to take it to the wall and keep stuck to it constantly. Once we reach the mountain, the thing gets very steep and there are people who use their hands to lean on the rocks. After 20 minutes we will arrive at the fort from where you take one of the most famous snapshots of the Hadrian's wall with the lake in the background.

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How to get?

From Carlisle you take the road A69, which usually carries a lot of traffic. A few kilometers before reaching Haltwhistle, we turn off the road B6318 where we will begin to see signs about the Adrian's Wall. Continuing the road and without loss, we will reach Housesteads and other places.

When to go?

The summer months are the warmest and least rainy. Even so in this area the weather is unpredictable and it can rain at any time.

How much?

Housestead has an uncpste of 7.5 pounds plus the parking that are 4 lbs per day. Keep the parking ticket as it is valid for the rest of the car parks in the area.

Where to sleep?

If we do not want to go far, it is best to stay in Haltwhistle. We leave several options:

  • Manor House Inn: economical option but with slightly small rooms.
  • Bridge House B&B: elegant, in the heart of the English countryside and with good breakfast.
  • Blenkinsopp Castle Inn: castle-shaped hotel. Very flirty.

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