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The Cumbria Coast

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As an alternative to a rainy Saturday in Lakeland, I decided to take a look at what the Cumbrian coast had to offer in the way of Roman remains. I wasn't disappointed.

 

I started with Milefortlet 21. This is one of (actual, the twenty-first of) a series of defesive structures that continue down the coast from Bowness on Solway (which is close to the point where the wall stops/starts). It's the only Milefortlet to have been fully excavated. The walls (turf cheeks with sand core) have been reinstated to a height of about a metre, the ditch has been reinstated, and the internal walls have been marked out. A word of warning if you'd like to visit, though: it is no longer accesible from the car park just below. You know have to park at the picnic site at the junction of the coast road with the Croscanonby Road. There is a field gate close to that junction (but no signs), from which a good path runs the 250m or so along the cliff edge to the Milefortlet. Also note that the adjacent salt pans are not Roman.

 

Next, it was on to Maryport, and the fort of Alauna. Adjacent to the site is The Senhouse Roman Museum,

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thanks for sharing your report, very interesting indeed, any pics you have to share?

 

p.s. Cumbria being right now in the news with those killings, hope all is well with you and your family

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thanks for sharing your report, very interesting indeed, any pics you have to share?

 

p.s. Cumbria being right now in the news with those killings, hope all is well with you and your family

 

Sorry about the delay - been up on Hadrian's Wall, and scandalously, not all hotels have wi-fi nowadays. What's wrong with the world?

 

Anyway, fortunately I only heard about the shootings in Cumbria after I did this post. I missed it all by a day. Sobering!

 

Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me (for reasons I won't go into here), but Geograph came to the rescue.

 

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/10547

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1059500

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1697092

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1335579

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It is. 

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