With a heritage closely connected to the sea, Maryport played an important part in Roman Britain. The natural harbour and sea defences made it a perfect location for the Roman fort known as Aluana. A series of milefortlets, turrets and Roman roads connected it with the rest of the Frontier. The Senhouse Roman Museum houses the largest collection of Roman military altar stones in Britain. Most of the collection was found in or around Maryport. Look out for special events and excavations.More on Senhouse Roman Museum here.
At the western end of Hadrian's Wall, Bowness on Solway in Roman times guarded approaches from the sea. The village is built on the site of the Roman fort. Stones from the fort can be seen in the local buildings, including the Norman church of St. Michael.More on St Michael's & other Solway churches here.
The path, starts (or ends) at Bowness on Solway. It’s a long-distance footpath with 84 miles (135km) of glorious walking. It includes stunning coastlines, rugged moorland, and rolling fields. Navigation is not difficult. The route is very clearly marked with the acorn symbol as well as way marking arrows.More on Hadrian's Wall Trail here.
Milefortlet 21, just before the village of Allonby is the only part of Hadrian's coastal defences to have been wholly excavated. The site consists of a viewing platform over the exposed excavation with fine views out to sea. Milecastles provided passageway and housed the Roman soldiers who protected the frontier and constructed the defences.More on Milefortlet 21 here.