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.
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.
Out for a drive on a dull day and ended up at Symonds Yat in Gloucestershire, England.
Now it has been some years since visiting here and I seem to remember it was more uneven back then. Today there are smooth paths to take you to a small ‘refreshment hut’ just down from the major viewpoint.
An elevated wooden bridge across the road leads to the main viewing area. There are some uneven surfaces off the path and on the lower viewpoint. These are quite slippery when wet and despite being careful I had a near miss resulting in a nice woman getting ready to catch me (thank you). I recovered my balance on my own fortunately, but it is nice to know help was there if needed. Perhaps I’m showing my age more than I thought 🙂
Now I have passed this sign I don’t know how many times, but this time it was different. This time I was going to explore. I had a camera with me as always. The bag, hat and whip were sadly at home. (Indiana Jones reference for those that didn’t get it)