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Hadrian's Coastal Route

124 km / 77 miles

Cumbria
A walk along the little-known western coastal Hadrianic frontier based upon the thesis that the Roman defences extended south beyond Maryport as far as Ravenglass, with its Roman Fort - Glannoventa.

Hadrian's Wall, with its clear line spanning coast to coast and World Heritage site status and its national walking trail, is inevitably a powerful public attraction, but there was a coastal frontier as well. Its northern part ran south along the Cumbrian coast from Bowness on Solway - the terminus of Hadrianís Wall - to Maryport, a formal system of watchtowers, forts and ditches topped with a palisade, constructed around 122AD. Beyond Maryport, it was considered by academics and archaeologists alike that the frontier was merely a series of forts without additional formal defence, for a stretch of coast of 35 miles to Ravenglass.

Archaeologist Clifford 'Indiana' Jones didn't agree: from surveying the landscape over twenty two years ago, he was convinced that there was a continuation of the Roman defences to Ravenglass and research by Jones and his volunteers supports this idea. Walkers are invited to see the evidence for themselves following Jones' illustrated guidebook.

The route does not adhere either to the present Hadrianic Cycle Route (Sustrans 72), leaving it to reach places cyclists cannot, or to Cumbria's coastal way, though it is often coincident with one or other. Most of the walk is on tracks and minor roads. There are good train and (between Maryport and Bowness) bus connections.

A further related route, Hadrian's Eastern Way, is being researched. From Ravenglass it goes inland across two of the toughest Lakeland passes, Hardknott (with its Roman fort - Mediobogdum) and Wrynose, now dominated by traffic, via Skelwith Fold and Pull Wyke to Ambleside with the fort of Galava nearby. Its purpose is to open up another route for walkers along a Roman road, parts of which have not been known before. But, more importantly to claim the passes back for travelers' on foot.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Easy; Cycle Route; Coastal; Heritage
Start
SD084965 - Mite viaduct, Ravenglass, Cumbria
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Finish
NY225628 - Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria
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Open Date
2008

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Gosforth Hall Inn  (bookable online)
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4 Km
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Bleng Barn  (bookable online)
5 Km
4 Km
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Westlakes Hotel  (bookable online)
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23 Km
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Springbank Farm Lodges  (bookable online)
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Seacote Park  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
37 Km
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Croft Hill Guest House  (bookable online)
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39 Km
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Chestnuts Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
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Littlebeck Warren  (bookable online)
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42 Km
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53 Km
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Solway Sunsets  (bookable online)
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63 Km
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Keswick Cottage  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
63 Km
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Row Moor Farm  (bookable online)
4 Km
66 Km
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The Old Dairy  (bookable online)
1 Km
67 Km
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Netherview Lodge  (bookable online)
2 Km
67 Km
Self-catering
Galloway Cottage  (bookable online)
2 Km
67 Km
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Midtown House  (bookable online)
3 Km
70 Km
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Crookhurst Farm & Cottages  (bookable online)
2 Km
71 Km
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< 1 Km
71 Km
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Squirrel Cottage  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
85 Km
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Westrigg  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
85 Km
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The Lindow Hall  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
124 Km
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Rose Cottage  (bookable online)
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124 Km

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123.7 Km (76.9 miles)
1,262 m (4,140 ft) ascent
103 m (338 ft)  maximum height