On our last day with the Willmer’s, we hiked and toured Hadrian’s Wall. This 73 mile wall in England defended the northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain for over 250 years! It was begun in 122 A.D. and completed in 6 years. There was a fort about every 5 miles. A significant portion still stands and can be followed on foot along the adjoining path. It is the largest Roman artifact in the world and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. It follows the Scottish border irregularly, ranging from 1 to 110 kilometers away from the actual border of Scotland.
We had lunch and toured the Lanercost Priory grounds, the fort and Monastery.
Lanercost was built as a house of prayer with stones from Hadrian’s Wall. Its history is recorded on the storyboards along its North Aisle Wall, and is still used for worship and witnessing, as well as a venue for concerts.
Above, this view from the inner sanctuary window shows the ruined choir and transepts.
After our goodbyes, we drove to Edinburgh!!