I couldn’t let the chance to title a post Mediobogdum pass me by; Mediobogdum Is the Roman name for the Hardknott hill fort on the Hardknott Pass in the Lake District, you can read all about it here, it was built between AD120 and AD138 (how do they know that eh?) They knew how to build wall in those days.
I suspect you must have had to draw the Roman equivalent of a very short straw to get posted here, as it has to be, even by hill fort standards the bleakest and most isolated. If you came from a land of wine, olives and hot sunny days, you’d have been in for a bit of a shock to find yourself on sentry duty up here ( and would immediately recognise the need for a longer tunic and some warm socks to wear with your sandals.) The fort did have hot baths, I imagine they would be very welcome,
there are some good photos on this site that give a better sense of the scale and isolation than my photos do, like this photo
The Hardknott pass is an exciting drive, it looks fairly benign from this angle but at the head of the valley it is very steep, narrow and single track ( it was easier driving to be in the Landrover and be able to stick it in low ratio gears.) Good photos here, (I like the night shot especially.)
We had to wait in a traffic queue, it’s hard to imagine that, looking at this photo I know, but a driver had got in a bit of a pickle on the steepest part when she’d stalled the car the handbrake didn’t hold properly and the car had ended up skewed across the road, she panicked and the car full of kids had started to cry. Another driver had to go and drive the car out for her, not a day out she or the kids will forget in a hurry.
This blog will go to the seaside tomorrow, wrap up warm.