Day out on the Northern Frontier of the Roman Wall
Don’t miss out on one of the most awe-inspiring views in the north of England, the vista from Birdoswald Roman Fort over the Irthing valley will take your breath away. You’ll be itching to venture out into the countryside beyond the Fort- rugged and unchanged for centuries.
Stand on the same ground as Roman soldiers who once patrolled and guarded the Roman empire. And be blown away by the most famous Roman frontier spanning as far as the eye can see before you. This incredible feat of Roman engineering has dominated the landscape since AD 122.
Birdoswald Fort is the most impressive remaining defences of any fort along Hadrian’s Wall today. The information boards help you trace three main gates and the watchtowers. The main east gate of the Fort is the best-preserved gate on Hadrian’s Wall.
Drive directly to the Fort via A69 and take a scenic route back to the Tranquil Otter via the Lanercost Priory. An enjoyable day out for the whole family. Be sure to have your English Heritage membership card with you to get free access to both the Fort and the Priory.
Click here to read our blog on Birdoswald Fort.
5 Fascinating Facts about Otters
Everyone loves otters. They are cute, playful and a delight to watch. Our guests often ask about them, so we thought we’d share some fascinating facts about otters.
- There are 13 separate species in the world.
- The otter we see in the UK is the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra).
- UK otters live on the coast in in freshwater rivers and lakes.
- Otters tend to live in a holt, which is normally a hole in a river or lakeside bank or in a tree root.
- The otter’s inner fur (closest to its body) has 50,000 hairs per cm2 and it is completely waterproof.
We have lots more information about Otters on our website, together with ways in which you can support the International Otter Survival Fund (ISOF). Click here to read our otter blog post.
The Solway Villages Trail | 6.2 miles | Suitable for families
The Solway Villages Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside on the Solway Plain and traces the history of ancient transport routes and the management of water courses for flour milling. You will visit both ancient woodlands and long- established settlements. Some were the product of much wealth, but others were ordinary people tried to survive in an unforgiving landscape.
The Solway Coast is designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It received this status in 1964 because of its scenic beauty and special geological, wildlife, flora, fauna and historic interest. This is a very special area, that is worth exploring. You won’t experience anything like this anywhere else.
You can download the Solway Villages Trail by clicking here.