: Hallin Fell after the Romans
& 8th September 2015
We hadn't intended to visit Hallin Fell when we set
off. In fact we hadn't intended to be
anywhere near. Our objective was to walk
a section of Hadrian's wall plus visiting Vindalanda and Housesteads Roman forts whilst
we were there.
It was a beautiful afternoon as we drove to Penrith, up
the hill to Alston then on to the South Tyne.
roads were bedecked with bunting and yellow bicycles as the Tour of Britain
would be passing through two days later.
I didn't take any photos but this one taken
by Michelle who runs the edenfound
website is typical.
Michelle for the use of the photo.
Rather than check in at the B&B we
went straight to Vindalanda and it is a good job we did.
The museum is excellent and we spent well
over an hour looking at the many, well displayed and explained exhibits.
fact we were the last in and the staff were anxious for us to leave as it was
However there was no need
to leave the site so we had the whole of the excavated (and
unexcavated) fort area to ourselves.
special on a beautiful evening.
After checking in at the Huntercrook
Lodge we went to the Twice Brewed
Inn for our evening meal. It was very
good but I got arrested. Preparing to leave, I walked down the room to visit the gents. As I opened the corridor door, I was apprehended by a big,
policeman. My crime? Being the uncle of a big,
strong, off-duty policeman. Ian and his pals were cycling the Hadrian's
Wall coast to coast route and were staying in that very hotel. Small world.
Breakfast next morning was excellent but the weather was
not. It was quite thick mist; cold and
damp. A revised plan was called
for. We decided to drive the length of
the wall as far as Chesters fort. This
site also has a museum but what a
Whereas Vindalanda was very
modern, this museum was itself like a museum exhibit.
The display was very much as it would have
been a hundred years ago.
The site was possibly
even larger than Vindalanda but it seemed less
The scale, however, was
impressive and the barracks and bath house particularly interesting.
she is not sat on a Roman loo!
on the seat in the changing rooms- the floor
level having risen over the years.
The mist hadn't lifted.
We drove back along the wall's military road in the hope that it would
burn off but it didn't. A
lot of miserable looking people were trudging along.
Many had no option as their belongings had been
transported to their next overnight stopping place.
However we had
no such problem and could
see that it seemed brighter to the south west.
We decided to return to the Lake District and visit Ullswater. Our stop for lunch at Pooley Bridge was a bit
of a disaster as I spilt a pint of orange juice over Margaret who was alreadyMrs Grump as the steamer times were not suited to us travelling on board to
Howtown then walking back. Or vice-versa. Fortunately
the shining sun spread its charms to her disposition and a Plan 2 evolved
which she later agreed was rather better than Plan 1.
We drove to Howtown and walked the circumference of Hallin
Some of this we had done before on
The Westmorland Way. What particularly perked
her up was seeing the steamer go by, heaving with folk sardined together and looking
jealously at us looking down at them.
could see Gowbarrow, which we had visited recently on
The circuit is only a short walk but very attractive,
just as much so on the non-lakeside of the hill.
The drive home via the back roads around Askham
and Bampton in the early evening sunshine was a bonus.
Even Shap looked
not without its attraction!
Hadrian will just have to wait until the Time Lords and The
Sun Gods present us with the right opportunity to see Housesteads
and explore what is supposed to be the finest section of wall- Steel Rigg
8th September 2015
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