PLACES

Housesteads Fort & Hadrians Wall

21 April 2018

Hadrian’s Wall & the remains of Housesteads Fort (built AD124) are perched atop a hill enjoying the superb view of the valley below.  The view is fascinating from the car park and it’s exciting to see the ruins growing ever closer as you walk up the windy path to the visitor centre.

The wooded picnic area by the car park is where you head up to the Fort…

The ruins of Housesteads Fort visible from the lower car park and shop…

Phil making his way up the windy path to the fort & visitor centre.  I wonder if there are any lambs in the fields?

A view of the visitor centre from the shop and car park, which is situated to the left of Housesteads Fort as you look up the hill.  The trees are in bud and spring is definitely in the air, in fact it feels quite warming climbing the small hill to the top.

The visitor centre is nice and cool and we treat ourselves to a bottle of water and an ice-cream after walking up the hill.  The exhibition in the museum really brings the forthcoming attraction to life as you can see the ‘before’ images of the settlement, its overall layout and interiors, making it more meaningful and easier to understand.

The wonderful view from the fort highlights the path back down to the ‘hidden from view’ shop and car park at the bottom…

A 19th Century Well which stands outside the Fort…

Steps up past the Hospital…

Wooden Steps…

There’s plenty to see and read about the fort and its amazing history…

The footings are still in place outlining the fort’s perimeter and rooms…

Seeing people in the images gives you better perspective about the size of the granaries.  The floors rested on the stones the people are standing on, but have mostly perished or been removed…

A view of Hadrians Wall running past/through the Fort and tailing off into the distance…

The communal latrines…

Looking down to the visitor centre from the ruins…

There is so much to read and learn about Housesteads Fort and its wonderful history.  It’s well worth a visit for the setting alone, but the remains of the fort are really quite a spectacle in their own right.

Where’s your favourite place on Hadrian’s wall?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Phil 25 April 2018 at 11:05

    It really is a beautiful place, in wonderful surroundings, and it boggles the mind to think about the level of activity that used to go on there. A real jewel in the crown of our country’s history.

    • Reply Sarah Dewhirst 25 April 2018 at 11:17

      Yeah, I can’t imagine how cold it must have been in the winter, but I bet the summers were nice (in parts)…

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