Hadrian's Wall

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Hadrian's Wall philverney 8/11/05 5:27 PM
Leading on from this post, I have created a ''line-polygon'' of Hadrian's Wall.

And how can I not mention the Wall's appearance in this amazing post

See wikipedia's entry

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Hadrian's Wall (in Latin: Vallum Hadriani) was a stone and turf fortification, built by the Romans across the width of Great Britain to prevent military raids by the Pictish tribes of Scotland to the north, to improve economic stability and provide peaceful conditions in the south, to define the frontier physically and to separate the unruly Selgovae tribe in the north from the Brigantes in the south and discourage them from uniting.

The name is also sometimes used jocularly as a synonym for the border between Scotland and England, although for most of its length the wall follows a line well south of the modern border – and neither Scots nor English lived in Britain at the time of the wall's construction.

The wall was the northern border of the Empire in Britain for most of the Roman Empire's rule, and also the most heavily fortified border in the Empire. In addition to its use as a military fortification, it is thought that the gates through the wall would also have served as customs posts to allow trade to be taxed.

A significant portion of the wall still exists, particularly the mid-section, and for much of its length, the wall can be followed on foot. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England, where it is often known simply as the Roman Wall. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. English Heritage describes it as "the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain".




Also notice how much of the wall route is now part of the road network - in fact virtually the whole of the B6318 follows the wall route.

Enjoy!
Cheers,
Phil, UK

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Re: Hadrian's Wall PJ23 7/1/07 7:38 AM
I tried to expand on your polygon line idea
Re: Hadrian's Wall csmith_Traveler 8/22/07 4:50 PM
Have either of you, philverney or PJ23, hiked the entire wall? My friend and I are going to do that next May. We have the official guide book, so we've been reading up on it. We're experienced hikers (North Rim to South Rim of the Grand Canyon has been our most challenging so far -- "Rim to Rim" they call it) and we know how to prepare physically, but does anyone have any advice specifically about this hike? We would like to hear from "Walkers of the Wall"! I'm very excited -- can't wait!!
Re: Hadrian's Wall danescombe 8/26/07 7:58 AM
I have walked sections of the Wall ( based around Housesteads)

The best advice i can give you comes from the Vindolanda Tablets ( ref )

Wrap up warm

Wiki link

Enjoy the walk--its a magical part of the UK

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Re: Hadrian's Wall csmith_Traveler 8/26/07 11:09 AM
Thanks for the advice, danscombe. I wouldn’t have anticipated cold weather in May!

I’ve seen Robin Birley and members of his family on TV many times. I definitely don’t want to miss viewing some of the “letters” they’ve discovered at Vindolanda.

We’re both Anglophiless, so this has been a long-time dream of ours, even before the Hadrian’s Wall Path was official. In addition to the Official Hadrian's Wall Path Guidebook and many sites on the internet, we’ve had great fun looking at THESE posts, one by philverney and another by PJ23.

It’s been a while since I’ve visited England. Some of the posts I’ve submitted on GE are in the London area, so since we’ll be in London for a while anyway, I’m planning to see THIS and THIS (at least a couple of them and her burial site) and THIS. It’ll be nice seeing them from ground level rather than from up above! It's entirely thanks to Google Earth that I'm even aware they exist.
Re: Hadrian's Wall danescombe 8/26/07 11:51 AM
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I wouldn’t have anticipated cold weather in May!




Don't bank on it . The North East is the coldest part of the UK . The warming effects of the Gulf Stream are felt the least in this area.

When the wind turns from the North or North East to come off the cold North Sea --the weather can turn very cold --very fast. I hope you have brilliant weather --but be prepared. ( thats my advise )


I am still amazed that the basic layout of the road network in Britain is still the same layout the Romans used. If you get the chance to pick up any of the original Roman Roads on your travels --then do so . You are literally walking in legions footsteps !
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Danescombe, whose real life name was Dave, joined the Google Earth Community Forum in November 2005 and quickly became a regular in the Fun & Games Forum. In August 2007, he became a moderator. Sadly, on March 4, 2009, he passed away following complications from surgery. He was 44 years old. Our entire Community mourns his loss.
Re: Hadrian's Wall csmith_Traveler 6/7/08 2:14 PM
I've just returned home to North Carolina after three weeks in the UK -- 8 days of which were spent hiking Hadrian's Wall from Newcastle to the Solway Firth. This was an adventure a friend and I had planned several years ago -- it's hard to believe it's now over!

We had wonderful experiences along the way. Not only was the walk a diverse and exciting adventure, but we met several couples whom we befriended -- one from the UK, the other from the Netherlands. It became a sort of "where will be meet them next" game -- at a rest stop along the trail, a city crosswalk, a B&B, in the middle of "nowhere"??? Walking though a city, stopping at a traffic signal, look to your left or right, and one of our new friends might be standing there!

However, most of our companions along the way were sheep -- fields and fields of sheep! Certainly nothing to fear -- they ran from us. We decided the all the "baa's and meh's" meant "run for you life -- the humans are coming!!" However, the sheep did have their own "ammunition" . . . watch where you step!!!

A great trip, a great adventure, a great country -- highly recommended!! I'm just sorry it's now over!!

(I don't have a camera, so any and all photos are in the possession of my friend. If she ever sends them to me, I'll attach them to this post.)
Re: Hadrian's Wall danescombe 6/7/08 2:39 PM
Great to hear the trip lived up to your expectations.

Its a wonderful part of the country --