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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 (formerly part of Cumberland).Location and nameThe fort was built on a rocky spur giving a superb view over the River Esk in both upper and lower Eskdale, and protecting Hardknott Pass. At an altitude of 800 feet, it isn't the highest fort in the Roman province of Britannia, the highest fort is Epiacum or Whitley Castle, also in Cumbria, at an altitude of 1050 feet.The ruins have been commonly known in recent times as Hardknott Fort or Hardknott Castle, but are identified from the Ravenna Cosmography as the Mediobogdum fort, situated along the road between the forts of Galava.Classical historyBuilt between about 120 and 138, the fort was abandoned during the Antonine advance into Scotland during the mid-2nd century. The fort was reoccupied around 200 and continued in use until the last years of the 4th century. During this time, an extensive vicus developed outside the fort. The Roman garrison here was a detachment of 500 cavalry of the 6th Cohort of Dalmatians from the Dalmatian coast.
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  • The road was half the adventure, one lane over the highest point of the Lake District on this original Roman road. Made us appreciate the tenacity and engineering genius of the Romans under Hadrian. V...  more »
  • Visited in Easter holiday 2017 following drive across (scary) Hardknott Pass (see my other review). Hardknott Roman Fort is one of the best preserved Roman Forts in Britain probably owing to it's remo...  more »
  • We went over both Wrynose and Hardknott from west to east. We pretty much knew what to expect and as we have a Jeep 4x4 ventured off along the passes and enjoyed the exhilarating experience. I could s...  more »
  • Open 24/7 and 365 days a year! No shop toilets kids etc so all in all recommended. Nice place for a wild camp too but don't pitch on the site of the fort itself
  • Magical place lack of facilities make this good for people to have unrestricted access to a historic site
  • It's a long, twisty drive up the pass to get here but it's well worth it. The fort is huge and the remains extensive with wonderful views over the Lake District.
  • Very good condition. Like how you can get among the ruins properly. Leads to a nice walk along the river.
  • Good to visit while driving along the extraordinary road it sits on, check road gradients before visiting!