Cold and windy

The river North Tyne seen from Chesters Roman Fort in Northumberland.

We are visiting Hadrian´s wall in Northumberland and Cumbria. The weather is quite cold although it is sometimes sunny but the winds are icy and cold and the temperature is mostly below 10 degrees Celsius.

The pictures are from Chesters, Corbridge, Benwell in Newcastle, Housesteads and from Steel Rigg in Northumberland and from Banks East Turret, Lanercost Priory and Bewcastle in Cumbria. Housesteads is the most popular and well known of the forts but I find most of the others more accessible and not as windy as Housestead. I noticed that they sold mittens and beanies in the museum shop at Housesteads. I recommend the other forts on the wall other than HousesteadsHouse if you are elderly or have trouble moving or are sensitive to piercing winds. But they are all worthy of seeing. I share this post with Our World Tuesday and Skywatch Friday.

The Roman fort at Chesters held 500 horses and cavalry.


The strongroom below ground at the Roman fort at Chesters.
Granary at Corbidge, Roman fort and supply center for the Roman army.
A small temple to a local deity in Benwell, Newcastle.
The remnants of a vallum crossing by Benwell in Newcastle.
The famous roman latrines at Housesteads.
Hadrian´s wall connects the Housestead fort in an unusual angle.
A small turret on Steel Rigg.
The fabled photo spot on Hadrian´s wall, The Sycamore Gap at Steel Rigg where a film starring Kevin Costner has been filmed.
Banks East Turret on Hadrian´s wall close to Birdoswald.
Lanercost Priory was built in the thirteenth century of stones picked from Hadrian´s wall.
Bewcastle Castle was built on the site of Bewcastle Roman Fort around 1092. The Roman fort was unusual as it was octagonal in shape.
In the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s church in Bewcastle there is a christian cross from the 7th or early 8th century with runes on it. The pillar is seen in the background to the right in the picture.
A beautiful sunny day in Haltwhistle on our last day here. Our landlady told me that is unusual weather as it is usually rains but the wind is unusual.

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