HADRIAN’S WALL IN CUMBRIA – Part 2 – Birdoswald to Carlisle

HADRIAN’S WALL IN CUMBRIA – Part 2 – Birdoswald to Carlisle – This is part 2 of of 4 posts, Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria, providing information to visitors following a route by car with walking opportunities on the way to explore. It is not following the National Walking Trail, although in some places they overlap.

HADRIAN’S WALL IN CUMBRIA – Part 1 – Gilsland to Birdoswald

HADRIAN’S WALL IN CUMBRIA – Part 1 – Gilsland to Birdoswald – This is part 1 of of 4 posts, Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria. It provides information to visitors following a route by car with walking opportunities along the way to explore. It is not following the route of the National Walking Trail, although in some […]

BORDER REIVERS & PELE TOWERS

From the 14th to the 17th Century, the border areas between England and Scotland were turbulent and lawless places and neither Country’s laws were respected. To the North of Carlisle in particular, the line of the border was not clearly defined and parts of the area became known as “The Debatable Lands”. 

BLANCHLAND – A HIDDEN GEM

I have many favourite places and locations in my areas, but the village of Blanchland on the Southern edge of Northumberland is definitely on my list. It is an absolute gem of a village – a hidden gem really.

DAFFODILS & WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

At this time of the year, March-April, as our Spring season is well underway, Easter is a wonderful time. In addition to the Religious importance, there are lots of celebrations and traditions too. As the Spring flowers such as snowdrops and crocus come to life and bring their glorious colourful displays, another flower then comes into […]

HADRIAN’S WALL – A SUMMARY

SOME BACKGROUND AND OUTLINE INFO ON HADRIAN’S WALL Britain had seen Roman invasion and occupation since AD43 and even briefly before that in the time of Julius Caesar. However, things changed from the time of Emperor Hadrian.

HADRIAN’S WALL 2022 – CELEBRATIONS!!

HOW TO BE INVOLVED: Plans are underway to celebrate 1900 years of Hadrian’s Wall throughout 2022 with the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival. It is scheduled to take place between 24th January 2022, which is Emperor Hadrian’s birthday, until the time of the Roman Festival of Saturnalia, 17-23 December 2022.

WHAT IS A UK “GEM TOWN”?

There are 51 towns/cities in the UK which have a very special designation of “Gem Town.”  and we need to go back to the 1960’s when planning considerations were not enough to save some historic town and city centres and action was needed to save them.