Hiking for traces of the Roman era

I will be walking the full length of the Roman Limes in 2018.

19-24 May 2018 - Antonine Wall - Scotland

21-28 April 2018 - Hadrian's Wall - England

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With these walks I will be crowdfunding for the Scottish Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals.
You can help raise money for this great cause by donating directly to the fundraising page: The Romans Walls for Animal Welfare (SPCA): https://www.justgiving.com/jeromeblanes1


Friday, April 20, 2018

Why walk the Roman Walls?

Having done some humble research and writing about a few 17th (18th,19th) century topics and people, I felt it was my duty to study the Classics. When you write about the Latin days, you should read their sources, so I thought. Hence I became an undergrad Classical Studies. Then I felt I needed to implement more things Classical in my life, be it in a Victorian way with expeditions, study- and field trips. So why not walk and study the Roman Limes? I forged a plan.

First on the list: Walk Hadrian's Wall and see the Roman remains
Commissioned by the Roman emperor Hadrian, at the time it marked the northern border of the Roman empire. It stretched between Wallsend in Newcastle on the East coast and Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast. The actual wall itself was 73 miles in length with 80 small Milecastles (Fortlets) and six large Forts. The Hadrian’s Wall Path however, is 84 miles (136 km) due to some small detours. The remains of the wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.