There were several tour options available for Newcastle. We always enjoy taking a Princess Cruise tour with the assurance that should we run into problems of any sort with equipment failure causing a delay in our return, the ship will wait for us . We had visited Hadrian’s Wall before, between Hexham and Carlisle. We felt it was time to renew our acquaintance.
The Wall is 73 miles long and connected Wallsend on the Tyne with Bowness on Solway Firth. In most places, the rampart was 20 feet high and 10 feet thick. Portions of the original wall still exist. It is always nice to touch the stones, sit on them, think about the construction efforts….Most of the stones were removed by local persons interested in using them to build their own homes. We were told that at least 3 major castles were built with stones from the Wall. We were able to drive along the route of the original wall, visit parts of the Wall (designated as a World Heritage Site) and view the rolling hills of Northumberland.