JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY FIVE – NORTHUMBERLAND
Day 5 in the 15x15x15 challenge and after a great night sleep next to Hadrians Wall, I was refreshed and revitalised and feeling as fit as a Roman Emperor!
I do love my history so I had been looking forward to visiting Hadrian’s Wall on this UK tour, tragically in the 36 years I have been alive this was another important piece of our great nation’s heritage that had escaped me I’m afraid to say, so I had some catching up to do and boy did I embrace it!
This place is a magnificent achievement, a fixed frontier of the Roman Empire from coast to coast, occupied by soldiers and civilians. Begun in AD 122, it took six years to complete a barrier 73 miles long, across the land from the Solway Firth to Wallsend on the River Tyne. Fortunately, I only had to try and run just over a third of it today.
I was up bright an early and was surprised how many people were also exploring the beauty of this national park. It was certainly the busiest park I had come across so far although today was the start of the bank holiday for many I guess…
Northumberland National Park is rolling hills and greenery for as far as the eye can see with iconic pieces of years gone by over every hilltop. I was fortunate enough to see forts, Roman ruins, a peace labyrinth and so much more. As with the day before I broke the task down into 4 chunks and off I went. I felt fit again and really enjoying the time on my feet today, it’s amazing what a good nights sleep in the middle of a Roman battlefield can do for you! A great day and an honour to experience this place indeed, next stop the Lake District!