This blog is about family travel around the world without leaving the UK. We do this in a bid to be less polluting and tackle climate change while at the same time keeping a global outlook. Instead of lazing on family holidays guest poster Pete May took his family for a very long walk along Hadrian's Wall. It not only gave his family a taste of life as a Roman, it even got his young daughters walking the whole way across England (the secret is don't rush!).
|Pete and daughters Nell and Lola had different views about cows|
on the footpath at the early and late parts of the 84 mile long walk.
Hadrian’s Wall Path by Mark Richards is a comprehensive guide to the path, with full directions, maps, and information about all the towns and places to stay on the route.
|Real Roman remains. Some can even be clambered over.|
|Nearing the end - the Solway Firth.|
- At Housesteads fort there are intact communal Roman toilets, which will certainly stimulate some family lavatory humour.
- The fort at Vindolanda was unforgettable as we saw archaeologists digging up a Roman sandal and a cow’s skull used for target practice. It’s here that old Roman messages on papyrus have been found in the waste ditches referring to “Brittunculi” (wretched little Brits).
- It’s worth trying the Twice Brewed Inn too for good beer and rooms.
The fort at Birdoswald was another highlight. After going through Carlisle the walk ended with the beautiful sweeping estuary of the Solway Firth and for the adults, a well-deserved pint.
|Blog guest poster Pete May on the Hadrian's Wall path - he liked to make|
detours to wherever football was being played!