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Hadrians Wall - Birdoswald, Walltown Crags

Hadrians Wall - Birdoswald, Walltown Crags

The same day we went to Long Meg and her Daughters and Castlerigg, we also popped up to Hadrians Wall.  It isn't far - within 25 miles.  We went to two locations, since Birdoswald wasn't very dramatic, and we had already been to Housesteads Roman Fort last year.

©jennifer bailey 2014 housesteads roman fort, hadrians wall

©jennifer bailey 2014 housesteads roman fort, hadrians wall

To be perfectly frank, I don't care for the Romans.  They were gargantuan liars - and scholars are only now starting to get their heads out of their butts and realize it.  But the lies are so pervasive everyone just believes them all and it frustrates me to no end.  Also they just weren't that spectacular.  They just wrote stuff down and they are nearby.  The Chinese are far more amazing but everyone loves to forget they even exist.  Nevermind the indigenous British and Irish people.  But I digress.  I'm not here to slam the Romans, we looked at their wall. 

©jennifer bailey 2015 view north from birdoswald roman fort, hadrians wall

I like Hadrians Wall for two reasons.  One, because the Picts (my people, oh yeah) were so badass that the Romans were like, "holy shit build a wall to keep them out" and two, George Martin was inspired to write about The Wall from his A Song of Ice and Fire series.  That's basically it.  Could give two figs about yawn-inducing Romans.

©jennifer bailey 2015 view south from birdoswald roman fort, hadrians wall

We got bored pretty quick - not much wall to see - and we meandered down to Walltown Crags which was so much better.

Crazy how the sky is so different to the west, all cloudy - and just look east and gorgeous blue sky.  I stood in the same spot and just turned left, then right :)

I preferred this view here at Walltown Crags - it was expansive and majestic.  I believe it's one of the highest locations of the Wall.

You cannot see the people walking down below - but they were there.  I could not make them out very well but because the wind was blowing from them to me, if lifted their voices right to us and we heard their conversations.  It was amazing.  I've never experienced anything like that before and I just sat there mesmerized by the phenomenon of... wind.  They were very far away - by those two small trees near the center of the photo but they sounded as if they were standing just a few feet away.  It was quite something :)

Neolithic Cumbria, Arthur's Round Table and Mayburgh Henge

Neolithic Cumbria, Arthur's Round Table and Mayburgh Henge

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle