Reconstructing Roman Britain at Arbeia Roman Fort

Reconstructing Roman Britain at Arbeia Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort stands on a hilltop at the mouth of the River Tyne, looking across the river to Segedunum, the end of Hadrian’s Wall. Although Arbeia was not itself on the Wall it was part of the overall defences of the northern frontier of the Roman empire. So it...

The Long History of Birdoswald Roman Fort

The Long History of Birdoswald Roman Fort

In some ways I found Birdoswald Roman Fort the most interesting of the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. Although the remains are less extensive than those of better known sites like Housesteads or Chesters, there are other reasons to visit. Like the fact that it is set in the...

App Review: GPSmyCity

App Review: GPSmyCity

I always enjoy exploring cities on foot. So I was pleased to get the chance to review a city walks app, GPSmyCity. This is a collection of apps for IOS and Android featuring walks in almost 500 cities across the world, and I was about to road test the app for London....

In Search of the Stone Circles of Cumbria

In Search of the Stone Circles of Cumbria

It was one of those lucky mistakes. We’d got tangled up in the one way system through Keswick and ended up on the wrong road. We were about to turn back when I spotted a sign for Castlerigg Stone Circle. A stone circle? In Cumbria? We had to change our plans and go...

The Hilton Maze: More Questions Than Answers

The Hilton Maze: More Questions Than Answers

At first sight it is similar to any other English turf maze. But the labyrinth at Hilton, in Cambridgeshire, has one or two unusual features. Not only do we know the exact date on which it was cut, but that date is in the 17th century, rather than the more usual...

Being Amazed by the Saffron Walden Maze

Being Amazed by the Saffron Walden Maze

Last week I wrote about my fascination with old walls. Now I’m turning to another of my obsessions: medieval turf mazes. I’ve been on a quest to visit all of the eight remaining English turf mazes, and I’ve managed to tick three off the list in the last month. The...

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