Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland National Park, England
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Hadrian's Wall, England
The occasional muddy soil should not stop you from visiting the long-distance footpath of Hadrian's Wall Path. The National Trail—a classification gained in 2003—stretches for around 135 kilometres from east to west in the north of England.
Near the footpath lies the remains of the Roman fortification, Hadrian's Wall. The wall was built under the orders of Emperor Hadrian after the Roman conquest of Britain. Despite a common belief, it has never served as the border connecting England and Scotland. Originally, the wall covered more than 112 kilometres of the northern English countryside between the River Tyne and the North Sea. Recorded as a British cultural icon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest Roman archaeological display in Britain.