Sunday 28 August 2011

Lanercost and Hadrian's Wall - A Week in Cumbria - Day 2.

A bit of an explore around the area was called for today, so after a walk around High Stand Wood, we set off towards the North Pennines.
Lakes, High Stand Woods, Cumbria

Our first stop was the Lanercost Priory, where we spent a couple of happy hours exploring the ruins. Angie, from English Heritage, was full of helpful information about the priory, as well as doing a very good job of selling the local mead.
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

We moved on to Hadrians Wall, first stopping at Birdsowald Roman Fort, near Brampton.

River Irthing from Birdsowald Roman Fort, near Brampton

It was time for lunch, so we were hopeful that the Fort's tea room/cafe was covered, as the weather had taken a turn for the worse, cold, windy and raining. No such luck. There were picnic table's outside in the courtyard, but were receiving the full force of the rain.

We asked if there was any alternative to these picnic tables, and were invited to sit in a little alcove just between the souvenir shop and the tea room. Well done English Heritage. Soup, sandwiches, cake and coffee were duly purchased, but not the Roman Soldier mask.

Centurion Freddie
at Birsowald Roman Fort

Amazing what you see in the North Pennines

We continued our tour along Hadrians Wall, before returning to the campsite for tea.

Sunset from High Stand Wood, Cumbria

We had an evening walk around High Stand Woods again and were rewarded by another glorious sunset.

Sunset from Englethwaite Hall, near Carlisle

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