Having had a good look around Vindolanda, we had to finish the day with a look at Hadrian’s Wall itself. The nearest and best place to go was Housesteads, where there are some quite substantial remnants of a fort, an exhibition, a quite large hill to climb, and lots and lots of wall. It’s a high location with a view across mile after mile of wide open landscape. The fort must have been exposed to the worst of the Northern English winter, and can’t have been a pleasant posting for soldiers from more southerly parts of the Roman Empire.
Once again, these are all wide-angle images, in which I’ve tried to show the scale of the landscape and the wall’s place in it.