For around three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant frontier spanning
almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years,
it’s as astounding today for its sheer vision as it is for its engineering.
Milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts punctuate a diverse landscape
that provides a dramatic backdrop.
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 Aluana with the rest of the Frontier and Hadrian's Wall. 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 was the location of the Roman fort Maia and guarded the approach from the Solway. The village is built on the site of the fort and Roman stones can be seen in the local buildings, including the Norman church of St. Michael.More on St Michael's & other Solway churches here.
The Trail, starts (or ends) at Bowness on Solway. It’s a long-distance footpath with 84 miles (135km) of glorious walking that includes stunning coastlines, rugged moorland, rolling fields and the dynamic cities of Carlisle and Newcastle. Between May and October, you can collect stamps for a passport to record your journey along the wall.More on Hadrian's Wall Trail here.
Milefortlet 21, just before the village of Allonby is now the only element of Hadrian's coastal defences on the northwest frontier, and thus of the Roman Empire, to have been wholly excavated. The site consists of a viewing platform over the exposed excavation and also has fine views out to sea. Milecastles both provided passageway and housed the Roman soldiers who protected the frontier and actually constructed the defences:More on Milefortlet 21 here.
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