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We have signed up for a 23 mile trek along Hadrian's Wall in aid of the Alzheimer's Society from Broccolitia Roman Fort to Lanercost Priory.
"Level: Tough As we walk we can admire ancient monuments, beautiful scenery and the skill of the Roman engineers who built this famous landmark. This challenge should not be underestimated as it will take at least 12 hours for the majority of walkers."
We have been doing a lot of weekend walks the last couple of months to get the legs and lungs in shape for the walk which they describe as ""extremely tough one-day event over hilly landscapes".
Facts about Hadrian's Wall
- We will be walking roughly 23 miles on the day but the entire wall stretches more than 73 miles in total
- The wall and most of its defenses were built between roughly 122 and 128 AD. Its purpose was to mark the northern extent of the Roman Empire, which then covered much of Europe
- The Romans also built 16 forts along the length of the wall, the remains of which can be seen today. Each one could house 800 soldiers and had its own prison, hospital, bakery and stables
- The emperor, Hadrian, after whom the wall is named, wanted to make sure the soldiers stationed on Hadrian’s Wall were happy. He personally met with the troops and encouraged practice drills
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