Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Walking Historic Hadrian’s Wall, Northern England

Dividing the north of England from Scotland, Hadrian's Wall stood as a line of defence against the Scot – or the Barbarians as they were known at the time during the Roman occupation of England.

The wall later served as a customs post to allow the levy of taxes on trade over the borders. Today, it is the most popular tourist attraction in the north of England, and with good reason. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, in was later included as part of the trans-national "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" collection of World Heritage Sites along with other fortifications across Germany.

The Wall has over its years attracted innumerable walkers who have tackled parts of its length or the challenge of following it from end to end. Measuring a grand 135 kilometres from end to end, the Hadrian's Wall Path takes in some of the most beautiful scenery that the English countryside has to offer.

Beautiful landscape

Starting at Wallsend near the Swan Hunter shipyard, the first part of the path runs through urban and industrial areas of Tyne and Wear. However, by the time you reach Heddon-on-the-Wall, some 20 kilometres or so later, you're in rolling open countryside. The sections through Cumbria and Northumberland take in some of the most spectacular countryside scenery that the UK has to offer.