Hadrian’s Wall run

It’s ages since I ran along Hadrian’s Wall. My previous blog, supervet-sarah (so called for when I turned 50 and was categorised as a ‘supervet’ in races: soon I shall be ‘vintage’) describes several runs along Hadrian’s Wall, many for miles: from Carlisle back to Brampton for example. I have since then run from Walltown Crags home (something I must do again before too long) but generally over the past few years my local runs have been relatively short.

So when I was offered a socially-distanced lift along the wall to wherever I wanted, I accepted the offer and decided I’d run from Poltross Burn back home. This takes in some of my favourite bits of the wall, and during the 8 miles or so I stopped plenty of times for photos. Rather than write a lot, I’m going to upload the photos here and hope that you can enjoy a virtual tour of the wall as much as I enjoyed running it.

Poltross Burn milecastle. Roman soldiers would have slept in those dormitories. I wonder if they made the floor level or if it sloped and they all rolled downhill during the night?
The wall at Willowford – one of the longest stretches of continuous wall. I started a video at this point but didn’t press the right button, so there’s a gap now and no photos of the fab. Roman bridge abutments at the bottom of the hill
Wide open skies and views for miles, just past Birdoswald. I felt so free – and still had not seen a single other person
Years ago when I ran along Hadrian’s Wall a lot as training for Kielder marathon, these woods – Combcrag Woods – were boggy to say the least. A friend told me a few days later about a walk down the hill through the woods, to the river – I’ll try it out some day.

Stunning views from the top of Hare Hill, above Haytongate Farm, over to Blencathra and the Lake District fells
It won’t be long before we’ll be able to pick cherries from the park near home.

3 thoughts on “Hadrian’s Wall run

  1. Elizabeth May 21, 2020 / 8:24 pm

    I actually visited Hadrian’s Wall in 1974, dragged there by my mother who said I had to see it. We had a rip roaring fight at the site. That is the only memory I have of the place, so I was delighted to see what it really looks like!

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    • sarahjlewisbriggs May 22, 2020 / 10:02 am

      That made me laugh! Do you know which bit you went to (it’s about 60 miles in total). Just in case you’re interested in an alternative view of the Romans, it’s worth reading Terry Jones’ ‘Barbarians’ – he points out that the Celts, Greeks etc. were in some cases rather more advanced than the Romans. The Romans were good at organising themselves though, and at then nicking other people’s ideas!

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    • Elizabeth May 22, 2020 / 8:17 pm

      I really have blanked the whole ordeal out of my mind. I just remember being urged(pushed) to climb a hill and see the wall.

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