11.06.2016 - 16.06.2016
Wednesday: 16th.June '06..
Well the exciting news for the this week since I've been back from the Yorkshire Dales was, I've unexpectedly landed a few hours of voluntary work at Lytham Hall with the restoration group for the National Trust..It may only be 4 to 5 hours in the week & between my travel itinirary, but I've found another way of making new friends & getting to know the locals..
Headed north to the county of Northumberland yesterday for a couple of nights in the YHA Ninebanks & a walk or two along Hadrians Wall... Once again check-in was not till late afternoon so it gave me some time to gather my bearings in the vicinity and squeezed in a long walk along Hadrian's Wall near the historic site of the Roman Vindolanda Fort..
Almost 2000 years old the site in itself is an ongoing research & education facility, with excavations taking place throughout the year and discoveries of various Roman artefacts being found & uncovered continuously..
Thursday has been a full on day with a couple of big walks on the programme..No complaints though, as it turned out to be as expected.. Awesome & Exciting..!!!. A touch weary by the end of the day but nothing that a good local ale cannot cure.!!..The English weather once again behaved for me, though their was a cold bite to the winds coming across from the Scottish side of the wall earlier in the day..
Walking along this piece of Roman history does make you ponder about an empire that probably once covered & ruled a then known world.. Over 80 miles long & six metres in height at certain points, according to historical facts Hadrian's Wall was built by over 15,000 men in under six years & lasted for nearly three centuries.. And all that to try & keep the Scots out..!!!!
YHA Ninebanks is approximately a half an hour's drive away from the nearest point to Hadrian's Wall, though in a beautiful area with some awesome views over the valley..Situated near the site of an old 19th. century lead mine, Uniquely, the hostel too shares a major role in some amazing mining history within the area.!!!!