Our family visited Hadrian’s Wall during a visit to Carlisle, Cumbria, in April 1998 – and here David stands beside the Hadrian’s Wall tourist information sign.
Hadrian’s Wall was built as a Roman fortification beginning in the year 122 – spanning the width of Great Britain, from west of Carlisle across to Solway Firth on the eastern coast at the North Sea.
David and I stand on Hadrian’s Wall, which today is a ruin and only a shadow of its former glory, built by the Romans to keep out the northern ‘barbarians’ – the site today is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I cropped the previous photo of David and I standing on Hadrian’s Wall, in order to show that I was giving David a set of ‘rabbit ears’ behind him – one of the little games we always played on each other in front of the camera!
David gives me a set of ‘rabbit ears’ which was a little difficult for him to do without my noticing – yet today he towers over me and I would be the one with the challenge!
Again, I’ve cropped the previous photo to show how much we both enjoyed our game of ‘rabbit ears’ – one aspect of our best buddies relationship in which he’s called me ‘Mark’ from the very beginning.
David stands on another portion of Hadrian’s Wall – and to read more about this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Hadrian%27s_Wall
This is Carlisle Cathedral, dating from the year 1122, with a field of yellow daffodils blooming in the lawn in front of it – I’ve provided the Wikipedia link in the following picture’s caption.
This is the eastern side and stained glass window of Carlisle Cathedral, and if you visit Wikipedia you can see how beautiful the East window is from the inside: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Carlisle_Cathedral
A nice field of yellow and white daffodils bloom in the lawn in front of Carlisle Cathedral, on an overcast but otherwise fine day in Cumbria County, northern England – just south of the Scottish border.
Another view of Carlisle Cathedral with its blooms of yellow and white daffodils in Cumbria County – the home of the world-famous Lake District National Park: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Lake_District_ National_Park
I took this picture of David standing in front of a monument in Carlisle – in the background is ‘The Crown and Mitre Hotel’ – http://www.peelhotels.co.uk/ hotels/crown-and-mitre-hotel- carlisle-cumbria-england/
Even though we lived in England, the sight of red double decker buses, post boxes and phone booths always brought out the tourist smiles in us, and here David stands in front of the Carlisle ‘Visitor Centre’ with its red post box!
A view of Carlisle Castle with its perfectly manicured, green English lawn and one of the castle’s fortified entrance gates – an impressive fortress that has been involved in many battles throughout the years: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Carlisle_Castle
Another view of Carlisle Castle which dates from the year 1093, situated within the city of Carlisle, and managed by English Heritage as a significant historical site and tourist destination.
This is the hotel we stayed at during our visit to the Carlisle area and Hadrian’s Wall – I don’t recall its name or location in the general area, but it was in a rural area outside of Carlisle and offered us a very pleasant stay.
The best feature of our hotel was the lakeside view and location it had – with a sloping lawn down to the lake where we enjoyed strolls along the shoreline.
Another day and another section of Hadrian’s Wall – here David stands high above a portion of the wall pretending to be a Roman soldier giving my wife and I directions to halt.
Hadrian’s Wall was an impressive architectural accomplishment in its day by the Romans – one of two fortified lines of defense built by the Romans – the other being the Antonine Wall further to the north.
The remaining photographs mainly highlight the beautiful, natural and pristine landscape in the area of Hadrian’s Wall – in the distance behind David is a peaceful scene of sheep grazing in a lush green pasture.
In this picture the natural landscape falls away into a deep gorge with a twisting river, winding its way through pristine fields and forests in Cumbria, northern England.
David stands high above the gorge in front of a pristine landscape of lush, green fields and patches of woodland, on a typical overcast day in northern England.
This rural farm appears to be surrounded by Hadrian’s Wall not far from its front door, and I can easily imagine Dr. James Harriot of the book and TV series, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ pulling up the pea-gravel drive to treat the young lambs during lambing season.
Another beautiful and pristine Cumbrian landscape with a clearing sky, high above a portion of Hadrian’s Wall, with a forest in the distance that stretches from horizon to horizon.
David had a great time exploring the sections of Hadrian’s Wall we visited, at various designated tourist access locations along its length in beautiful Cumbria during our trip.
In its day, I’m sure that Hadrian’s Wall was quite an imposing structure, especially when manned by Roman soldiers with garrison forts dotted along its length, but as with all empires, it took a lot of the Roman Empire’s resources to man, equip and defend it against the northern tribes.
One final picture of David on Hadrian’s Wall, and hopefully this blog post will help other families plan their own excursions to beautiful and scenic Carlisle and Cumbria in northern England!