New year Hadrian’s Wall walk

Coming out of Gilsland there is a section of Hadrian’s Wall that was built as “narrow wall” (eight Roman feet wide) on top of “broad wall” (ten Roman feet wide).  As the narrow wall is later in date, this indicates that the foundations were built first and the main wall was built afterwards.

Hadrian's Wall at Gilsland

Further on there is a milecastle.

Milecastle at Gilsland

The wings of the milecastle that join into the wall are also built as broad wall and are stepped in to meet the inner face of the narrow wall.  This indicates that the mile castles were built independently and before the main wall.

Milecastle at Gilsland

Further down there is the remains of a bridge abutment. This was significantly modified twice throughout its life as it was presumably damaged by by the river.  To relieve pressure on the structure sluices were put into the wall on the first rebuilding.

Roman bridge relief sluice at Gilsland

As these seemingly didn’t prove sufficient they were widened when it was modified for the second time.

Roman bridge relief sluice at Gilsland

Gunnerside Gill

Gunnerside Gill

Gunnerside Gill

Sir Francis Mine office ruins, Gunnerside Gill

Gunnerside Gill looking North

Gunnerside Gill looking North

Bunton Workings, Gunnerside Gill

Blakethwaite Force, Gunnerside Gill

Blakethwaite Smelt Mill, Gunnerside Gill

Bunton Workings, Gunnerside Gill

Gunnerside Gill

Swaledale looking East towards Gunnerside

Swaledale looking West at Low Oxnop Farm

Pint of My Generation at the King's Head, Gunnerside

Gammon, egg, black pudding, chips and a pint of best at the King's Head, Gunnerside

Pennine Wander

Hawes from the North

Hardraw force

Hardraw force

Hardraw force

Picnic lunch

Hardraw Beck

Hawes from the North

Helix and Kelpies

Helix Park
Duncan Kelpie
Duncan and Barrie Kelpies
Duncan Kelpie

New year walk

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