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Hadrians Wall

Nearly 2000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall was constructed on the northern frontier of Rome’s mighty empire. Today it is a World Heritage site with the surrounding countryside forming a stunning background to some of the better preserved sections such as the forts and settlements of Birdoswald near historic Lanercost in Cumbria, Housesteads, Vindolanda and Chesters. Northumberland was the region in which Christianity was first introduced into England and, as a consequence, it has some of the finest early religious buildings in the country. At Hexham, the centre and main market town for the district, is the magnificent abbey, founded by Saint Wilfrid in AD674, once the largest church North of the Alps. This region was also the scene of bitter conflict between England and Scotland and as a consequence, for reasons of personal security, the inhabitants erected castles such as Prudhoe, fortified manor houses such as Ayton Castle and smaller “bastle houses” or fortified farmhouses which are unique to Northumberland, many of which are still to be found in this area. The area was the birthplace of George Stephenson, father of railways and the celebrated engraver, Thomas Bewick. Their former homes at Wylam and Cherryburn are now open to the public and feature exhibitions of their work. To the south of the Wall you can explore the quiet Allendale Valley with it’s Bastle houses. Or head north to Otterburn and the back of the Cheviot Hills.

Official Website : http://www.hadrians-wall.org/

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Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

Castles

Lakes

England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

Lakes

National Parks

The National Parks of England are quite diverse but all have in common one thing and that is their beauty. From the windswept reaches of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District or the ancient, peaceful tranquility of the New Forest all are worthy of a visit.

National Parks

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