Hadrian’s Wall is amazing really when you think about it; the original east-west highway built thousands of years ago, and much of it still in one piece today. Yes sections are missing, but that’s because once the Romans had left the locals used the stone to build their own houses and walls. Which is quite fitting when you think about it. After all, once it had served its purpose there was no reason, along some parts of the Wall, not to put the stone to better use.
I could ramble on (if you excuse the pun) for hours and hours about Hadrian’s Wall itself, why it was so important, and why most of the myths about the Wall are simply myths, but today I’m just going to tell you about my favourite bit
Avid watchers of that 90s classic “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” will recognise the tree from the scene in the film where Robin (played by that quintessential englishman Kevin Costner… because Hollywood etc), The Moor, and some of Nottingham’s men get into a bit of a discussion and some shirt pulling.
The fact that the Tree, and Hadrian’s Wall, are hundreds of miles to the North and couldn’t possibly have been on Robin’s way home from Cuckmere Haven had obviously escaped the location scouts, but there you have it. At least the Tree and the Wall were brought to a wider audience, albeit an audience some of whom have spent years searching for it in South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire. And don’t even get me started on Robin Hood’s Bay…
Walk the Wall from end to end (and I thoroughly recommend that you do) and at some point you’ll crest a small hillock and the Tree will pop into view nestled in a teeny-tiny gap or valley, and almost certainly surrounded by other onlookers desperate for selfies. You may strike it lucky and avoid the hoards, but in any event, make visiting the Tree a thing you do once in your lifetime.
Like Vegas, or the Pyramids of Giza, or the Trevi Fountain.
(I’m kidding about the pyramids.)
To start your journey along the Wall check out our Hadrian’s Wall Walking holidays.