Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall

The Hadrian’s Wall Path gets over 12,000 walkers a year completing the full trail from across the globe – If you add all those journeys up collectively that is over 1 million miles walked.

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Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall stretches 70 miles across the north of England from Cumbrian Roman coastal defences at Ravenglass to Wallsend on the east coast. Dating back as early as 112 AD, the route today encompasses archaeological sites, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude and vibrant cities. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ Frontiers of the Roman Empire together with German-Raetian Limes in Germany.

Hadrian’s Wall was built on the orders of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 122 at the northernmost limits of the Roman province of Britannia. The Wall was 80 Roman miles or 73 miles/118 km long, in parts white washed to gleam in the sun, it boasted 80 milecastles, and 17 larger forts for between 500 and 1000 men each.

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About 10% of the wall is all that is still in situ and visible today, but it’s still there. It’s now part of the houses, farms, castles (of which the North has many), churches, abbeys, cathedrals, and even is beneath the very road (the B6318) that most access the Wall from.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path gets over 12,000 walkers a year completing the full trail from across the globe – If you add all those journeys up collectively that is over 1 million miles walked.

It took nearly 3 million tons of stone, 5 to 6 years, and 15,000 Roman soldiers to build it.

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Location: England and Scotland

Country: United Kingdom

Year of Inscription: 1987

UNESCO Criteria: (ii), (iii), (iv)

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