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Roman Wall

Roman Wall

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Forts ....

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Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

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The Roman Wall


Hadrian’s Wall – at the northern edge of the Roman Empire.

A photo of Cawfield's Crags on the Roman Wall on the outskirts of Hexham in NorthumberlandThe mighty Roman Empire stretched from northern Africa, across to the Middle East, from the western Iberian Peninsula, across central Europe to the far northern reaches of Britannia – effectively covering the then known world.

A photo of a tree next to the Roman Wall near HexhamBut here in Britain the Roman military machine came face-to-face with the barbarian tribes of what is now Scotland.

Although the Romans had conquered the whole of Britain, their focus was diverted to modern day Romania.

Many Roman soldiers in northern Britain were dispatched there to deal with a rebellion, leaving an under-resourced land.

A photo of someone walking alongside the Roman Wall near Hexham in NorthumberlandIn AD122 the Emperor Hadrian decided to draw a line from the Tyne to the Solway, creating a frontier. This border allowed the Romans control of north-south population movement, trade routes, and the tribal hordes. That new border was Hadrian’s Wall.

The Wall was a massive engineering feat, stretching 80 (Roman) miles from sea to sea and, in places, reaching 6m in height. In addition to stone there were ditches and military installations such as milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts. It took 3 Legions (roughly 15,000 men) only 6 years to build it all.

People cycling near the Roman Wall near Hexham in NorthumberlandHadrian’s successor Antonius Pius abandoned the Wall and built a new frontier 80 miles to the north – the Antonine Wall. But a single generation later Hadrian’s Wall was reinstated as the northern frontier.

Subsequent Emperors over the centuries saw the Wall as the centre of tensions and conflict between the Empire and their northern enemies – the Caledonians, the Picts, the Scots and others - until AD400 when the Romans left Britain.

A photo of the AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus near Hexham in NorthumberlandToday Hadrian’s Wall is Britain’s greatest Roman monument and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’, together with the Antonine Wall and the Upper German Raetian Limes.

Here, the World Heritage Site stretches 150 miles, incorporating not just the Wall but the Roman sites found down the Cumbrian coast to Ravenglass.

Once a busy, noisy, multi-cultural military zone, Hadrian’s Wall today is a far more tranquil place. Here you can experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating Roman history, walking and cycling opportunities aplenty and abundant nature and wildlife.

AD122 - The Hadrian's Wall Bus
Perhaps the most relaxing way to travel along the central and most interesting section of the Roman Wall is the AD122 Hadrian's Wall bus. it departs Hexham (Bus station and railway station) from April to September and drops off and picks up at all the principal visitor attractions. Perfect for planning days out from Hexham. Phone Traveline 0871 200 2233 or visit the Hadrian's Wall Bus website.

There’s so much more to Hadrian’s Wall Country than you might expect.

Find more about the Roman Wall here.

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