Below are a few pics of a Roman marching camp in North Yorkshire I visited today. There are really clear aerial pictures available on the internet of these four Roman camps circa 90AD to 130AD on google maps satellite view grid reference SE 782 893 east of the village of Cropton and 4 miles north east of the village Pickering, North Yorkshire, England.
|Aerial view of two of Cawthorns four Roman camps.|
|Info board at the site|
|the Roman camps are easily denoted by dry grass in winter|
|curved gateway or clavicula.|
|Ditch and banks still evident.|
|South facing rampart on the left of the picture|
|Rampart rounds corner|
|Eddie historically rein-acts the part of a Roman guard dog on patrol in one of the ditches of the camp|
|The camp is denoted by the dry grass area in winter|
|Rampart looking south|
|Ditch and rampart looking north|
|Wheeldale moor has a Roman road leading from this Roman camp to a possible Roman station on the coast maybe at Whitby.|
|The northern slope to the left drops a few hundred feet to the valley below|
|Wheeldale moor Roman road|
Goathland is more famous for the setting of the English T.V. period drama programme 'Heartbeat' and also its Steam Railway station was used as Hogwarts Railway station in the first Harry Potter movies. A really pleasant area, I would live there if I could afford it though it was blooming freezing that day :)
|The Roman road crossing Wheeldale moor.|
There are good pictures of this road on the internet, they have been allowed to be overgrown to protect them from erosion etc.
A comprehensive booklet detailing the 'Cawthorn Roman Camps Trail' can be obtained from the 'New Inn' at Cropton village or The tourist information centre at Pickering priced £2.30
My next post will detail 15th century frescos of men at arms and archers of the time of Edward IV and the wars of the Roses, photographed from fresco paintings on the walls of the church of St.Peter & St.Paul Pickering North Yorkshire.
Cheers for now.