Hadrian’s Wall ‘Back in Time’ Road Trip
Peakles and I love the North East of England and we are priveledged to live very close to a World Heritage Site called Hadrian’s Wall! Hadrian’s Wall, is also called the Roman Wall, the Picts’ Wall, or Vallum Hadriani! The wall was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia (Britian) and was begun in 122 AD during the rule of emperor Hadrian.
It runs between the River Tyne starting at Wallsend (Segedunum) and the Solway Firth and you can still follow the Wall for the full 84 miles! There are Roman forts along the route, both on the Wall and on either side of the Wall too.
Peakles was very interested in visiting Hadrian’s Wall so we decided to have a mini road trip to the Temple of Mithras at Brocolitia Fort and Housesteads (Vercovicium) a fort that is part of the wall too. We packed a picnic lunch and our sun cream and headed off to find out more about the Romans!
We drove to Brocolitia which is about 26 miles west of Newcastle Upon Tyne and parked up in the little car park. We had our picnic lunch before heading off to see the Temple of Mithras. We had to walk through a field full of sheep and then past a herd of curious bullocks to get to the Temple!
Peakles thought it was quite small but she liked the stone carvings. She also liked the fact that people had left money on top of the alter. We saw coins from all around the world and we talked about who may have visited. As we were leaving we passed some German and Scandinavian tourists who were talking to each other about the fort and the Wall!
After we left Brocolitia we drove west for 5 miles to Vercovicium which is known as Housesteads Roman Fort. We climbed up a large hill until we stood where Hadrian’s Wall ran along the north end of the fort!
Peakles was interested in all the different ruins but she really liked the granary. Here you could see where the raised floor was placed on stone pillars and where the Roman dogs would be sent underneath to catch the rats who were eating the grain!
Peakles also liked looking at the remains of the Praetorium Commander’s House. She was fascinated by the underfloor heating which would be used to keep him and his family warm during the cold winter months!
Finally it was time to return home and a tired Peakles and I walked back down the huge hill to our car. It took us about an hour to drive home and Peakles fell asleep dreaming about the Romans!
We hope to continue with more of our Hadrian’s Wall Road Trip this summer!
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