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Hadrian’s Wall


The Location of the Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is located about 100 miles north
of Manchester, and runs across the counties of Cumbria and Northumberland
on what was once the England-Scotland border. It’s around a 2½
hour drive up the M6 Motorway to Junction 43 (Carlisle) and then due
east along the A69 trunk road which follows the Wall along it’s entire
length to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The author verifies it to be an easily
achievable return day trip from Manchester.

Typical Roman Soldier of Hadrians WallHadrians Wall at CawfieldsWooden Fort at Vindolanda
Typical Roman Soldier of the time; The Wall
at Cawfields and a r econstructed Wooden
Fort at Vindolanda

History of Hadrian’s Wall

The Wall was constructed, between AD 120 and 128,
coast to coast from Bowness on Solway, just west of Carlisle, to Wallsend
on the River Tyne estuary- a distance of 73 miles, (which the author
can verify, having walked the whole length of the wall in 1972). Hadrian’s
Wall is recognised as one of the most important Roman remains in the
United Kingdom, having been declared a World heritage Site.
Constructed during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, (hence its familiar
name), It survived as a formidable frontier barrier for 300 years,
until the Roman legions withdrew from Britain in 410 AD, after which
time it fell into decline.
Originally some 12 feet high and following natural fortifications
and steep escarpments on the northern side, it was subsequently pillaged
for its stones over the succeeding centuries and now is only a vestige
of its former self. Its stones can be found in many local farm buildings,
enclosures and church walls. Nevertheless, the monument is still most
impressive and well worth a trip to see it and walk at least some
of its line.
Much of this once great stark and inspiring frontier has disappeared
from view, though sufficient stretches remain to make this a fascinating
and worthwhile visit for the tourist, with extensive excavations having
taken place over recent years, with several museums and fortifications
now open to the public.

Hadrian’s Wall is now recognised as a World heritage
Site

Map of Hadrian’s Wall

Map of Hadrian's Wall
Hover-Sensitive Map
Map Copyright © John Moss, Papillon Graphics 2004

Hadrian’s Wall Tourist Information Centres (TICs)

  • WHITEHAVEN TIC
    Market Hill, Whitehaven CA28 7JG. Tel: 01946-852939.
  • CARLISLE TIC
    Visitor Centre, Greenmarket, Carlisle CA3 8JH. Tel: 01228-625600.
  • HALTWHISTLE TIC
    The Railway Station, Station Road, Haltwhistle NE49 0AH. Tel: 01434-322002.
  • HEXHAM TIC
    Wentworth car Park, Hexham NE46 1XE. Tel: 01434-652220.
  • NEWCASTLE TIC
    128 Grainger Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 5AF. Tel: 0191-277 8000
Birdoswald Roman Fort & Museum Roman Army Museum Housesteads Roman Fort Vindolanda Roman Fort, Gardens & Museum Chesters Roman Fort Corbridge Roman Site Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle

Birdoswald Roman Fort & Museum Roman Army Museum Housesteads Roman Fort Vindolanda Roman Fort, Gardens & Museum Chesters Roman Fort Corbridge Roman Site Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle


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This page last updated 25 Nov 11.