Yesterday we travelled along Hadrian’s Wall in the brilliantly named AD122 bus (the year the Roman emperor decreed a wall would be built to mark the frontier). The landscape was phenomenally beautiful and I wanted the bus to stop several times to take photos, especially of the poppies and stunning, golden fields. The wall is visible in many places and one guy we chatted with had walked it, in about 7 days, staying at B&Bs along the way. Windermere to Newcastle is a longish stroll but I’d love to do this in the future.
We checked out the Roman Army Museum and I was surprised that both my daughters enjoyed the award-winning 3D film for the entire 20 minutes. The investment in the museum is evident and it is very engaging. We did go to the Great North Museum the day before and the girls loved it, although very different, equally.
The next stop was to visit the oldest surviving written records found in Britain, at Vindolanda. You can read the tablets online here. Catherine, our guide was kind to the girls and knowledgeable. It is an impressive site and Lucy, very keen on being an archaeologist at the moment, is dreaming of Pompeii after this experience.
It was a longish day but we have a much better idea of the landscape ‘up North’ now and this experience will link nicely for Lucy and Sarah with their visit to Rome.