Hardknott Roman Fort, Eskdale

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Hardknott Roman Fort is an archeological site, the remains of the Roman fort Mediobogdum, located on the western side of the Hardknott Pass in the English county of Cumbria. The fort was built between 120 and 138 on a rocky spur, and was initially garrisoned by a detachment of the Cohors IV Delmatarum from the Dalmatian coast (in modern Croatia). It was abandoned around a decade later, then reoccupied circa 200 and remained in use for much of the next two centuries.
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  • It feels steeper to walk up Hardknott than it does when driving! There are a few trails that diverge from the road but it’s not as if it’s busy, and you can see cars coming from far away. One you...  more »
  • Access to the fort is easy from the road but walking boots needed as it's quite wet. On a nice day the view would be great but it was wet when we visited. How much you enjoy and how long you spend...  more »
  • We parked at the bottom (there's a car park just past the cattle grid at the bottom of the pass) and walked up a fairly short but steep path up through the bracken. Well defined walls and structures with several information plaques. Beautiful views back down the valley to the sea.
  • Incredible drive over pass... O e in three gradient. Only room for one car.. God forbid if you meet another car in the opposite direction.. One of you has to reverse downhill to find a spot wide enough to pass safely
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