|Sheep among the ruins of Hardknott Castle Roman fort c. 2nd century A.D. Cumbria|
While Jay and I were staying in the Lake District of Cumbria in late April, I read Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins, who wrote of her visits to various Roman sites in England and what earlier travelers had written about these sites. She expressed great pleasure in visiting the Roman fort of Hardknott Castle, the best preserved Roman remains in the north of England. None of the pamphlets or booklets in our holiday flat with in Keswick extolled this site, so I Googled it. Not far away, but the map showed a nearly uninhabited area of mountainous terrain with no more than a track winding to it. At breakfast the next morning, an older Cumbrian couple at the next table suggested we go down the coast and approach it from the other side. "Not as difficult," our acquaintance offered. But we had been given a Mercedes as a rental (Jay had wanted an automatic and it was all they had available) and we chose the more difficult route, approaching from the east.
|The going didn't look so rough at first|
|On this narrow track, it was best to pull over to allow these runners to pass.|
|Herdwick mountain sheep, brought by the Norse to Cumbria in 10th or 11th century, their DNA connected to present-day sheep in Finland|
|Photo taken from what had been the Roman parade ground above the fort.|
|Note the dressed stones. Roman soldiers had a secondary MOS as construction engineers.|
|Roman Bath at Ravenglass, Cumbria|