Chesters Bridge Abutment - Hadrian's Wall

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CHOLLERFORD, NORTHUMBERLAND

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If you’re really keen on the Romans and have a very powerful imagination you may like to stop briefly at Chesters Bridge. Here the few remaining stones of a bridge which carried the Roman military road across the North Tyne are testament to the enduring skills of the Empire’s military engineers. Built in ad 160 on the site of an earlier bridge which was part of Hadrian's Wall, the second bridge was demolished in ad 670 to provide stones for the construction of St Wilfred’s Church in Hexham.

Chesters Bridge Abutment - Hadrian's Wall
CHOLLERFORD

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Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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