Hardknott Roman Fort

For some reason I never posted Hardknott Roman Fort to the 12 Pics series so here it is.

Hardknott is a steep pass on the Western side of the Eskdale Valley in Cumbria. The Romans built the fort to protect the route Eastwards from Ravenglass  onto Ambleside and Kendal. Known to the Romans as Mediobogdum, soldiers posted here must of felt a long way from home. Spending some time looking around the ruins, you can soon appreciate how hard it must of been in winter.

Hardknott Pass

The fort is at an altitude of 800 feet. The pass continues on to a height of 1289 feet and shares the steepest road in England title with Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire. Hardknott itself  misses being the highest fort in Britain, which is Whitley Castle (Epiacum) also in Cumbria at 1050 feet.

The road up Hardknott is narrow and steep. There is not much parking and access to the fort will involve a short walk from the road.

You can find Hardknott Roman Fort in the 12 Pics series here.