S: Hadrian's Wall
BC: PictureP | Pictures by Melissa and Judith Designed with love Christmas 2011
FC: Hadrian's Wall | 2011 | Melissa and Judith Anderson's Trek across England
1: We rode our bikes across Iowa. Why not walk across England? Mid-May, 2011 Hadrian's Wall Around 80 miles 15 days
2: First Stop in-country: Carlisle then a Wild bus ride to Bowness-on-Solway. The first night spent exploring the town and our favorite stop: the church graveyard. | Solway
3: The start of the Hadrian's Wall Trail in Bowness-on-Solway Melissa scoops sand and water from the Solway Firth. | Day One walking | Can you see my fear? | Traveling with the movie star.
4: Killer Cows | Chillin' halfway | First Kissing Gate | Mugging for the camera
5: 7..5 miles Flat roads & easy trails Night at Braugh-on-Sand | First sign of the wall--the church in Braugh-on Sand was thought to have used stones from Hadrian's Wall in its construction.
6: Day Two walking | Braugh-on-Sand to Wall Hotel 12 miles | First Stile | Humpy-back Monster
7: Wool in the Wind | Yellow tights!
8: Back through Carlisle | Carlisle Castle | Hadrian
9: We are here! | Where? | Soggy end to the day on a muddy bridle trail. Stopping at Wall Hotel: AKA Fawlty Towers
10: Let the hills begin. Wall Hotel to Abby Mill Inn. Lost, Rain, Lost, Rain. Broke out the map and skirted the last hill. Arrived drenched but warmly welcomed. Ate fish pie..! Who knew it would be so good. | Day Three | walking | Resting cows/ accommodating daughter
11: Not THE Wall | Our room at Abby Mill Inn. And the garden. | Ain't she sweet?
12: Abby Mill to Gilsland "Short" day walking: 8 miles....all uphill | Day Four | walking | Lanercost Priory
13: Tallest remnant of Hadrian's Wall | Sycamore tree trail markers showed us the way. | It keeps the oxygen moving through your lungs on the uphill treks.
14: Wall, mile tower ruins, hills | Climbing | Stretching
15: Yes...a big hill. Yes, not enough training. Yes, tired. | Still smiling! | Birdoswald | ...in the rain
16: Rest day in Gilsland. Trip to Vindolanda., an amazing ruin museum. And artifacts! The Romans rebuilt their forts every eight years or so. They buried their trash under an anaerobic layer of mud, which preserved everything. 3000 shoes...only one pair. And tablets telling of everyday Roman fort life. | The Wall
17: Day Five | Walking | Gilsland to Saughy Rigg Farm, between Haltwhistle and Twice Brewed
18: Thirlwall Castlee | Very windy day. Rainy, too. Walked 3 miles to Roman Army Museum, then took the bus. Mile and a half to Saughy Rigg.. a reaver's lair. | Wind-swept day, wind-swept hair
19: Day Six | Walking | Highest altitude on the Wall
20: Saughy Rigg Farm to the town of Wall
21: Sycamore Gap; symbol of Hadrian's Wall Trail | A wall fragment? A well,? Protection for the next sycamore of Sycamore Gap?
22: TREKKING THE WALL
23: Housesteads Roman Fort
25: come true
26: Chesters Roman Fort Victorian Museum | John Clayton, estate owner of Chesters, was fascinated by Roman artifacts. He moved them to his private museum from miles around. | Cases of metal artifacts and walls of stone carvings. | Millstone: AKA a 60-year-old walking companion
27: To the town of Wall and the Hadrian Hotel
28: The town of Wall and the Hadrian Hotel: AKA Fautly Towers II | Named Wall because it is a walled-village
29: Waiting for the bus to Corbridge . | Roman Town Museum: Corstopitum | Day Seven | walking But not much walking. Took the bus to Corbridge to explore.
30: Day Eight Walking | Heddon-on-the-Wall to Newcastle | Ironsign Country House for the night | More Roman Town
31: The last visible piece of the wall. Out of the hills and the countryside into an industrial city: Newcastle. | Longest day: 13 miles
32: Tired but with a
33: Cute pub sign | The houses perched on the hill overlooking Newcastle -on-Tyne had the most beautiful gardens.
34: The last trail marker | ...or is this the last one? | If this isn't the last one, we will just say that it is. Whose going to argue?
35: Out of the beauty and into the grudge of city life. In the country, everyone greeted everyone. In Newcastle, a greeting was met with a who's-this-wacky- lady look. | From this | Made it... Newcastle's hills and the three flights of stairs required a rest before heading out to the gluten-free dinner at Newcastle College. | ...to this in one day!
36: Newcastle-on-Tyne: a beat- up industrial city. Full of immigrants | and beautiful bridges.
37: Day Eight walking | Along the river, through the old industrial riverfront factories and into the new industrial sector. From Newcastle to Wallsend. | Anyone tired?
38: Segdunum marks the end of Hadrian's Wall Trail, but Wallsend is still inland. We hopped a commuter train to Tynemouth and the North Sea. | Tynemouth Priory
39: Melissa scoops sand and water from the North Sea. | Tynemouth is a beautiful seaside resort town. | The "big dude" overlooking the harbor: AKA Admiral Hollingswood, who took over for Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar..
40: Waiting for the train to Nottingham.
41: Nottingham Castle | Robin Hood | This pub dates back to the eleventh century and was where the crusaders gathered. We came for Sunday dinner.
42: Sherwood Castle | Sherwood Forest
43: Major's Oak | Melissa's Oak
44: Totem pole: Sherwood style. | YO! Sushi
45: Regent's Park London Roses in Bloom | Heavenly
46: The Key to a successful vacation is to stop and smell the roses. OFTEN! | AND
47: End of the trip. Time to go home. Dream of a new adventure. | Some objects in this picture look shorter than they really are.