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I was lucky that Sarah and Lindsay suggested that they would drive Virginia and myself to Hadrian's Wall. Chuck at Hadrian's Wall!

I had forgotten the wall is actually in England so we got to go to two countries instead of just Scotland, even if only for a day!

The weather was great, for the first week in Scotland it was very cool and damp and cloudy. The second week in Glasgow, the sun came out and it was terrific weather.

We drove on the M8 freeway and then on small winding roads to get to the museum and the actual ruins.

Of course there were the usual things to buy but the gin they sold was not very good as it was made without the usual ingredients!

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A History of Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium), also called the Roman Wall, Picts' Wall, or Vallum Hadriani in Latin, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, immediately north of which were the lands of the northern Ancient Britons, including the Picts.

It had a stone base and a stone wall. There were milecastles with two turrets in between. There was a fort about every five Roman miles. From north to south, the wall comprised a ditch, wall, military way and vallum, another ditch with adjoining mounds. It is thought the milecastles were staffed with static garrisons, whereas the forts had fighting garrisons of infantry and cavalry. In addition to the wall's defensive military role, its gates may have been customs posts.

A significant portion of the wall still stands and can be followed on foot along the adjoining Hadrian's Wall Path. The largest Roman artefact anywhere, it runs a total of 73 miles (117.5 kilometres) in northern England. Regarded as a British cultural icon, Hadrian's Wall is one of Britain's major ancient tourist attractions. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. In comparison, the Antonine wall, thought by some to be based on Hadrian's wall (the Gillam hypothesis), was not declared a World Heritage site until 2008.

It is a common misconception that Hadrian's Wall marks the boundary between England and Scotland. In fact Hadrian's Wall lies entirely within England and has never formed the Anglo-Scottish border. While it is less than 0.6 miles (1.0 km) south of the border with Scotland in the west at Bowness-on-Solway, in the east it is as much as 68 miles (109 km) away.

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 Hadrian's Wall

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Lots to see while driving from Glasgow to Hadrian's Wall, just beyond the border of Scotland

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The wall followed the tops of the highest hills, what a construction job!

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The last photo shows the height of the wall when built, over 15 feet tall!

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Our hosts, Sarah with her aunt, Virginia. Sarah, Virginia and Lindsay. Lindsay comtemplating the wall!

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