So this bloke Hadrian, right…comes into the north of England like he owns the place and starts putting up this long wall from one side of the coast to the other. It’s the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire and it’s called ‘The Wall’ and guess what? Now Game of Thrones has one.
We had a bit of a walk and followed the remains of the wall alongside roads, a train track, under and over bridges and through fields of bemused sheep. Despite being high summer, the air was cool once the sun started to drop so I can only imagine what it was like spending 6 winters putting up a stone wall.
Earlier in the day we visited Corbridge, the ruins of a Roman garrison town about 30 kms west of Newcastle upon Tyne. We had a wander through the streets of the city and the market place, as well as the remains of workshops, houses, temples and granaries. Once we were suitably dusty, we headed inside to check out the museum and exhibition, particularly the Corbridge Hoard – a bunch of stuff found in a leather-covered wooden chest buried by the Romans.