May 16, 2011
Monday morning we left after touring Traquair House and headed towards Melrose. We wanted to see the abbey but somehow didn't locate it. I think we were in the parking lot for it and still missed it! We headed down the road we thought it was on, but it led out of town. We just continued and stopped at Jedburgh Abbey instead. We only had time to see one abbey anyway.
Unfortunately I ended up dropping my camera bag at the restroom outside the abbey and broke my walk-around lens. So now we only had one walk-around lens, a couple of telephotos and a ultra wide zoom. We traded back and forth and worked out fine.
The sun came out while we were at Jedburgh Abbey and so we were able to get some pictures with blue sky. We were the only ones there for most of our visit.
Continuing on, we arrived at the Scotland/England border before we knew it. I would have like to stop but it came on so quick that we ended up driving past.
Our destination was Hadrian's Wall. We stopped at Chester's Fort which is one of the mile forts the Romans built along the Wall. It was windy but the sun came out while we were there. There are quite a few buildings that have been uncovered, although only the lower part of the walls.
Farther down the road we turned south towards Vindoland, which had been a large fort and town too, I think. It is a mile south of the Wall. By now, the wind had really picked up, the sun had left and it started to rain. It was also pretty cold. Our fingers were freezing. We would have like to stay longer but it was actually quite miserable.
There were a lot of archeologists uncovering a new part of Vindolanda.
Back at the information centre at the end of the road, I went in to ask where the best place to view the actual Wall was located. She said to just go straight north about a mile. So we did. There was a parking lot, then you had to walk across a field and you would see it.
We went in the rain and it was still miserable. So we just took some quick photos and then left. It was disappointing since we really would have liked to explore a bit more. The photos turned out better than we expected.
I was wearing 2 coats and a fleece!
We headed toward Penrith, England and our B&B which was located just outside in a small village called Greystoke. The B&B is a Folly built on the grounds of Greystoke Castle and was a nice place. But we could'nt locate it at first. It was supposed to be near the Boot and Shoe Pub which we found no problem, so I went in there to ask directions. (Our B&B hostess had made reservations for us at this pub for dinner.) A man came out and showed us that the Castle grounds were right across the street, so we headed there. You can't see the castle from the street, just a gate.
Our room was nice with windows facing to directions, and we had use of a sitting room on the same floor (3rd floor).
At 6:30, we headed back to the pub for our dinner. IT was a nice pub. I had a pasta casserole and Mike had Cumberland sausage. £21.25
It was still raining so when we got back to our B&B, we just stayed in. Mike was starting to flag from all the driving as well.
We actually missed a lot of evening walks because of bad weather. Oh, well.