Gask Ridge Walk - Lower Ridge: Jerome Blanes' Route

1st and 2nd of September 2018 I walked the Gask Ridge Walk - Lower Ridge. 
Pictures on my Twitter page https://twitter.com/trajectroman.

I was hoping this would proof to be a great long distance route. 
Sadly the 2 stretches of highway that need to be followed without any alternatives, killed the idea. The detour via Dubheads in order to get back to Roman road was also quite demotivating. To cut a long story short: You can walk this route, but I would suggest to do it in 3 days rather than 2. Sunny weather would make it a lot more enjoyable too, especially on the long stretches of nothingness. Bring a lot of water as sometimes there are no shops, no houses. Be prepared to be shocked by walking along 2 stretches of highway. 

My suggestion is to rather do the car trip which i added to the map. It takes you to the 3 locations with actual visible Romans remains: 

1) Ardoch Fort in Braco
2) Kaims Fortlet just East from Braco
3) The Roman Road between Kirkton and Gask: With Kirkhill Watchtower, Muir o'Fauld Watchtower and Gask House Watchtower.


Dark Blue Line: Driving Trip Route visiting 3 visible remains.
Blue Line: The route I walked.
Purple lines: Alternative route or Additional route
Yellow line: Roman Road.
Green line: Running between the upper forts: Suggested intended defence line
Light Orange logos: Little or No remains: Important Locations and Watchtowers, Camps, Forts
Dark Orange logos: Visible remains:         Important Locations and Watchtowers, Camps, Forts
Red Caution Logo !: Traffic situations and places of danger that need extra caution.
Blue objects: Non related information and locations like food and unrelated museums
Green objects: Camping sites and Hotels


Roman Frontier Netherlands: Jerome Blanes' Route

I've got this hike (Roman Frontier Netherlands) planned for 19 t/m 26 April 2019.
At the moment I'm preparing a digital map with all the available info I can find. After my hike I'll update it with all my findings during the trip. As usual it'll be available online.
I got myself the Limes route book that was published recently in The Netherlands and downloaded some local GPS maps they have scattered around. Although I applaud the effort, sadly I found that it's yet another route looking for green areas instead of Roman history. There are too many unnecessary detours that waste precious time that could be used for checking out Roman locations and Museums. But no worries, I will fix the problem:

Below is the map I am working on. It is a work in progress and constantly updated. All featured texts will be changed. Ignore the blue non-related and food logos, they are just for me and will be removed.

Red line: Netherlands Frontier Route.
Purple lines: Alternative route or Additional route
Red objects: Visible remains of walls, ditches, canals.
Light Orange logos: Little or No remains: Important Locations and Castellos, Villas and Boats
Dark Orange logos: Visible remains:         Important Locations and Castellos, Villas and Boats
Loudspeaker logos: Places where virtual reality apps are available with views of Roman life
Red Caution Logo !: Traffic situations and places of danger that need extra caution.
Blue objects: Non related information and locations like food and unrelated museums
Green objects: Camping sites and Hotels

Hadrian´s Wall: Jerome Blanes´ Route

Hadrian´s Wall: Jerome Blanes´ modified Route
Before I walked Hadrian´s Wall I had already decided to stay with the wall as much as possible. This meant not following the Hadrian´s Wall Path all the way down to the river. I am very glad I didn´t! I would have missed 5 important remains of the wall including a Roman Temple, a ditch crossing with stone built gate and several stretches of wall. All this between Newcastle and Heddon. The Hadrian´s Wall Path includes other unnecessary detours. Along the route there are several signs missing and all sorts of confusing situations caused by trying to follow nature instead of the wall and its history. Therefore I decided after I created the Antonine Wall Route, that I would create a modified Hadrian´s Wall Route as well. And also simply to be followed with a smartphone in your hand.
Modifications and Features:
- Showing all the Forts, Fortlets and Turrents along the Wall as well as all temporary camps in the area. When indicated in dark orange there are remains to be seen. When indicated light orange there are little or no remains. Knowing their location will however make your long distance hike more enjoyable.
- Direct route from Wallsend/Segedunum through Newcastle to Westgate Road following the wall.
- Avoiding the long detour along the river´s former industrial spots and all the way to Heddon.
- Alternative route to stay with the wall between Carlisle and Carlisle Airport, avoiding the detour.
- Additional Routes there where signage is unclear or missing. Follow the additional line!
- Additional Walk Route from/to Arbeia (South Shields - Wallsend Newcastle)
- Additional Walk Route along the coast from/to Bowness Mile Fortlet 5 (Cardurnock - Bowness)
- Additional Car Roundtrip Museum and Forts (incl the amazing Vinovium Fort Museum Binchester)
- Additional Car Roundtrip Museum and Forts (incl the amazing Mediobogdum Hardknott Fort)

Blue line: Hadrian´s Wall Route. Sometimes not exactly in the right place.
Secondary Blue lines: Additional route indication where signage is unclear or missing.
Purple lines: Alternative route or Additional route
Green objects: Visible remains of The Wall and ditch.
Light Orange logos: Little or No remains: Important Locations and Locations Forts and Fortlets
Dark Orange logos: Visible remains:         Important Locations and Locations Forts and Fortlets
Red Caution Logo !: Traffic situations and places of danger that need extra caution.

Use the Google maps app on your smartphone to open the following map:
Jerome Blanes´ modified Hadrian´s Wall Walk:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1txP4d86CoLX0zgklVNY_TajVTcdxypVc&usp=sharing



Antonine Wall: Jerome Blanes´ Route


https://www.cafepress.co.uk/capitalp.296045849
Antonine Wall Achievers sow-on Patch
Jerome Blanes´ full Antonine Wall Walk
Unlike the route of Hadrian´s Wall in England, The Antonine Wall has no signage that is connecting the full route. There are signs, but only to some of the remains and only from local main roads. I have solved this problem for you by creating a full route map.
The entire route is as green as a green pepper. So don´t worry about the views, they are all there! It is an amazing journey! And you can get yourself an achievers sow-on patch afterwards!
Features:

- Intended to stay as close to the wall location as possible.
- No unnecessary detours.
- Includes locations of temporary and marching camps
- Additional walk to/from Cramond Fort (Carriden Bo´ness - Cramond)
- Additional walk to/from Bishopton Fort (Old Kilpatrick - Bishopton)
- Additional walk to Camelon Fort location.
- Additional walk to the Stenhouse Roman dome temple location. Also known as Arthur's Oon.
- Additional drive to Hunterian Museum and Bothwellhaugh Fort.
- Additional drive to National Museum of Scotland and replica Roman dome temple.

Red line: The Antonine Wall
Blue line: Walking route paved
Green line: Walking route unpaved or path
Purple line: Alternative route or Additional route
Green objects: Visible remains of The Antonine Wall and/or Ditch
Light Orange logos: Little or No remains: Important Locations and Locations Forts and Fortlets
Dark Orange logos: Visible remains:         Important Locations and Locations Forts and Fortlets
Red Caution Logo !: Traffic situations that need extra caution.

Use the Google maps app on your smartphone to open the following map:
Jerome Blanes´ full Antonine Wall Walk: