Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hadrian's Wall & Vindolanda

I've been in a bit of a whirlwind for the last few weeks.  Going to take me ages to get caught up but I'll post a few pictures with some of the highlights :)

We made it to Vindolanda pretty much by accident.   It is the site of an ancient Roman fort and town that is constantly being excavated mainly by supervised volunteers.  They reckon it'll take 200 years to dig the site completely.  Vindolanda is about half way along Hadrian's Wall and we picked the most perfect day to visit. 

Above is the drainage system built nearly 2000 years ago.  They had underfloor heating just like we do today.  And below are some grave markers.  Just incredible what survives.

Then we headed off to Steel Rigg on Hadrian's Wall. Can you see the wall stretching across the north of England to keep out the Picts?

Here's the 'tree in the gap' where they filmed Robin Hood with Morgan Freeman.  Not sure what he was doing all the way up here.  Must have been lost because Nottingham is south!

Here are the remains of the Roman fortifications atop the wall.  Very impressive feat considering the rugged landscape and difficult weather :)  Hope you enjoyed!!


  1. Those grave markers are particularly beautiful and interesting. Lovely pics!

  2. I couldn't believe the markers either. So ancient and lovely.