BOB HIND follows the footprint of Hadrian’s Wall by bus, starting from Carlisle

Service 93 at the Anthorn terminus.

This route is almost 2,000 years old. It has been travelled by Romans, English Kings and is probably one of the most visited natural sites in Britain. The building of Hadrian’s Wall began in AD122 in a line from modern day Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east, 73 miles to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. It was built, according to a Roman biographer, to ‘put many things to right and was the first to build a wall 80 (Roman) miles long from sea to sea to separate the barbarians from the Romans’.

Whilst little remains of the wall, the path is well trodden by hikers and walkers who can follow in the footsteps of Roman Legionnaires. Travelling by bus is a way to appreciate the landscape, the scenery and the history in relative comfort. Which is why I am boarding the Stagecoach-operated 93A in Carlisle bus station on a beautifully sunny, but cool autumn morning.

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