Hearing of a reenactment event on at the Fort of Birdoswald, known to the Romans as Banna, I headed out there with my camera. And while there, it would have been a waste not to shoot a few pics of the fort itself for you all to see.
A good way to travel along Hadrian's Wall is the 'Hadrian's Wall Bus' which stops at all the major sites between Carlisle and Newcastle. Note the Bus' number; AD122, the year in which one assumes the wall was begun.
Birdoswald is the fort closest to Carlisle, though it still takes roughly 45 minutes of journey time. On some of the buses they have guides paid for by the local tourist authorities, who'll explain things as you drive past them.
A model of Birdowald Fort in its full glory in the little museum adjoining the site.
The small museum illustrates the lives of the soldiers along the wall and some of the history of the great defensive barrier. This also includes an audiovisual display in a soundproof room.
The wellpreserved remains of the grannaries, help to highlight the importance of grain to the Roman army.
A typical curved corner of a Roman fort, resulting in what some historians call the 'playing-card-shape' of a Roman fort.
The remains of the southeastern turret to the fort.
Two gateways of the fort.
On the left: The west gate.
On the right: The south gate.
And here's the main cause for my journey to the fort that day: some of the reenactors of the Legio VIII Augusta.
For more pics of the reenactment event of that day, click on the button bellow
And naturally, one of the very stars of the place is the wall itself which snakes its way across the wild countryside of Northern England. However, at the time of this visit, the wall was still closed to visitors (due to foot and mouth disease among farming livestock).
So, thank God for zoom-lenses, or else this shot would have been impossible... :-)