Whitby Abbey was pretty stunning. You can read about it here.
|MB almost dwarfing the abbey - yeah right ...|
|Stick firmly in hand 😏|
|You can still see the intricacy of the stone work even after all the weathering of the last 5 centuries.|
|Now that looks spooky ...|
That night, after a day of heading towards the west, we stayed at a Britstop site - in the carpark behind the Dyvels Inn at Corbridge. Once we had parked up in the far corner of the pub carpark, we had a walk around before dinner.
|One of those lovely bridges with angled pieces originally for pedestrians to get out of the way of coaches, I think.|
|I was impressed that, even though the stones underneath had been removed, the top of the wall remained intact!|
|In the dining room of the pub was this photo|
|And beside it was this 👍👏💚|
|Custard must not be wasted! We had shared a piece of ginger cake with the custard served in a jug - I could not possibly leave any custard in it!|
Housesteads is a Roman fort built straddling Hadrian's Wall. You can read about it here When we lived in Church Enstone we made a couple of visits to Chedworth, the site of a Roman villa. Some of the information was common to both sites, but the fort was far more extensive. Definitely worth a visit.
|Northumbria has beautiful expansive views|
|The fort's well|
|Who are these people? They keep showing up!|
|Hadrian's Wall stretching into the distance from the north east corner of the fort. This is not the full height of the wall - apparently both the fort and the wall had stone blocks removed for local building - stone walls, buildings etc.|
|An outer wall of the fort. It was built on a fairly substantial slope, and had expansive views - the full 360 deg.|
|I was interested that the pillars at the fort appeared to be built of large cylinders of stone whereas those at Whitby Abbey were of smaller circular blocks - different stone, different geological areas.|
|Pediments in situ|
Overall the Housesteads Roman Fort is a very impressive place to be and it has been really well curated by English Heritage. There were a couple of school groups there at the same time as us, and their guide (dressed as a Roam legionary) impressed them by showing them the latrines - and having them stand on the toilet surrounds without telling them what they were first ... 👍😜