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  • Address: Eskdale, England

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Hardknott Roman Fort Tours

Built under Hadrian's rule in the second century, Hardknott Roman Fort (initially named Mediobogdum by the Romans) is a must-do for history buffs who find themselves in the English Lake District. More than just a simple amass of old stones, the archaeological remains are 374 feet (114 meters) long and well-marked, allowing visitors to clearly identify the ancient headquarters building, the commandant’s house and the bath house. The parade ground site still lies beside the fort and is now considered to be the finest surviving example in the Western Empire.

Thanks to its remote location high in the mountains of the Lake District, Hardknott Roman Fort boasts breathtaking panoramas of the national park. On clear days, the view stretches all the way to the Isle of Man and the Irish Sea. What used to be one of the loneliest outposts in the Roman Empire overlooks the River Esk in both upper and lower Eskdale. It was initially built to protect the busy and strategic Hardknott Pass, which was the main link between the coastal fort at Ravenglass and the Roman garrisons at Ambleside and Kendal.

Practical Info

The fort is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park. It can be visited from Liverpool and Manchester by car in two hours via the M6, the A591 and the A593. Visitors should be aware that Hardknott Pass is frequently referred to as one of the most-challenging and steepest drives in the UK, with a gradient of almost 20 degrees and several hairpin bends.

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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick, Keswick, null
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

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Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day High Mountain Passes tour from Keswick. Traveling in small ...  Read more

Location: Keswick, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.54
The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere, Windermere, Day Trips
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

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Discover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to go hiking!  Enjoy this minibus tour of the national park’s high mountain ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Hadrian's Wall and Hardknott Roman Fort, Keswick, Day Trips
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Hadrian's Wall and Hardknott Roman Fort

A private tour not to be missed, visiting some of the most rugged and beautiful sights in Roman Britain. Hardknott Fort on the famous mountain pass that ...  Read more

Location: Keswick, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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