056031 This morning, I commenced Day 3 of my hike along Hadrian’s Wall.

During the morning I experienced very heavy rain and was grateful for my full waterproof kit and heavy leather boots, especially as the trail was waterlogged and muddy for most of the way. Fortunately, the rain eased around lunchtime and thereafter I benefited from sunshine and blue skies.

During the course of the hike the masonry remains improved from short stretches to continuous wall, especially after Housesteads (going west). As usual, I was in awe at the sheer scale of the project, not least the very extensive on either side of the Wall called the Vallum.

Along the path I encountered sheep, cattle, pheasants, migrating geese and many examples of fungi which thrive in the damp conditions. I even encountered the occasional flower still in bloom.

The day started at Humshaugh from where I connected with the B6318 to Walwick from where I connected with the official path.

I encountered the first section of masonry at Black Carts Turret and then went on past Limestone Corner to Brocolita Fort (unexcavated) and the nearby Mithraic Temple.

Next, I continued west, entering Northumberland National Park, past a milecastle and turrets to Sewingshields Crags. From here I ventured on to Housesteads Fort, one of the most popular sites on the Wall, where I paused for refreshment.

Next, I tracked well preserved (restored) sections of the Wall along Housesteads Crags, Holbank Crags, past a mile-castle, Craig Lough, Highshield Crags, another mile-castle, Sycamore Gap and Peel Crags to my destination for the night of lodgings near Vindolanda Fort.

(Regret images quality below par due to technical probs with WordPress.)

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