Hadrian’s Wall stood as the northern edge of the Roman Empire for hundreds of years. For the next thousand years it functioned as a quarry. Surrendering it’s stones to Cathedrals, Castles and farms.
Amazingly, there is still some wall left. More than enough to give you a feel for the place. So much wall is left that people routinely hike the length of it (about 70 miles). It is the biggest attraction in this part of the world.
As mentioned in the last entry this is a difficult climate. The latitude means the summer days are long but the reality is that many of the long days are filled with wind and rain.
No sunflowers here. This is a land of rivers, relics and sheep. The Scots certainly don’t like the idea but it is easy to understand why Hadrian thought this was as far north as he wanted to go. And for rugged beauty you can’t beat it.
Welcome to the north of England.