At Bewcastle there was once upon a time an unusual Roman Fort that was octagonal in shape. Bewcastle Castle was built on the site of Roman Fort around 1092 and the ruins of the medieval castle can be seen close by the church of St Cuthbert’s . We also found a broken Christian cross the 7th or early 8th century with runes on it in the churchyard and a tiny museum showing the history of the place. The cross is the tall structure in the middle of the picture. The gravestones in the first row bears the name of Nixon, maybe a relative of Richard Nixon whose ancestors came from this part of the world.
This was to us a journey of a lifetime. My husband suggested in the beginning of the 1980s that we should bike and camp along Hadrian´s wall but it never came to be. In 2017 I suggested we try the trip but this time in a rented cottage and by car. Many thanks to our son without whom this memorable journey wouldn´t have been possible. We saw all of the excavated big forts and much of the smaller remnants from Maryport in the west to Wall´s End in the east of Hadrian´s Wall.
To the memory of my husband who shared the journey along Hadrian´s wall in april 2017.