Friday, January 08, 2010

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall is a wall that was built by Romans almost 2000 years ago when the Roman spread. It is very close to the border between England and Scotland. It is over 70 miles long and there are several stops along the wall that you can visit. Due to the weather (as you can tell from the pictures) we only made one stop and we made it at the perfect part of the day. It was pretty cold when we arrived but when we left a front blew in along with some very cold wind. We stopped at the fort of Housesteads that at one point housed many soldiers. Of course it was mostly covered in snow but we got to climb around on the fort and look at all the views. (England lets you climb on everything--so fun!)

Here our group (our family + Jon's parents) is going up hill toward the wall and fort. The pathway was very slippery.

Papa and Isaac standing on top of the wall. You can't tell because of the snow but there is a drop off into a valley in front of them. I think it must be beautiful in the summer.
Graham had to be carried on someone's shoulders or carried to get around. He wasn't too keen on walking on the slippery pathways. Plus, he was turning in to an icicle.
Ewan, doing his favorite thing: running around in the snow and making snowballs to throw at his favorite people.
Nice shot of Isaac and I.
Jon explaining the fort and wall to the boys.

I think I'd like to go back in the summer because the view was outstanding even with seeing hills and fields covered with snow. The boys will enjoy climbing on the fort and coming up with some sort of game to play.


Janet said...

Looks like a great place to go in the summer...fascinating place and good pictures although it loooks very cold! Summer time, summer time....

Monica said...

Miriam just looked at the pics and said, "I want to be there! I want to see the castles AND the snow!"

Ditto! *hugs* all around!