|Housteads Roman Fort Hadrian's Wall.|
|Housesteads Roman fort from the South. Hadrians wall is just over the ridge.|
An auxliary force of Tungrians (an ancient German tribe supplying the Roman Empire with recruits) are known to have been its garrison.
|a shallow valley below Housesteads Fort|
|The 16th century Bastle House a re-used (Roman) tower at Housesteads|
|Bastle House info plaque|
|Inside the fort looking north; The Roman Commandant's House|
|inside the fort looking northwest|
|the granary looking east|
|Hadrian's wall looking west|
|Hadrian's wall looking north east|
|info plaque in the snow!|
The Roman Mile Towers can be seen sporadically as we progressed westwards along the B6318 road, it is quite surprising how much is left after it was abandoned sixteen hundred years ago.
Further west are Vindolanda closed for the winter, The Roman army museum and even further west Birdswold's Roman Fort.
I'll write a bit on 13th-16th century 'Bastle Houses' and 'Peel' (or Pele) towers in Northumberland in a future blog post, these defences against the Reiver scourge numbered around 76 in number, though few survive today.
All the Best, Peter.