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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  • After an exhilarating drive up the mist enshrouded pass, we arrived on the heights and paused to visit the well preserved Roman fort. Incredible to think of that legion of men, sons of sunshine and sa...  more »
  • We walked up from the Boot side of the Hardknott Pass with our Cocker Spaniel. It was a steep climb but on a beautiful sunny day it was worth it. The fort is worth seeing and the views are spectacular...  more »
  • Drove up Hardknott Pass and stopped to walk around fort. Amazing to see built in such an extreme place. Beautiful fresh air and views. Boys loved seeing the sheep roaming. ❤  more »
  • The entire area is just stunningly​ beautiful, remote and surrounded by rugged terrain. The Roman fort is one of the best I've visited. It is well preserved, has a good amount of information points and it is a gem of a find! Definitely worth a visit....
  • Amazing place to visit. Pure history. No charge to park or visit. Not easy to reach if you not a brave driver. You will need brakes you can trust and an engine that can pull you up a steep hill or two. Well worth it when you get there.
  • Amazing roman fort .the romans built the most amazing roads.the location would probably have been one of the most remote in the empire.
  • To think it's been there for close on 2 thousand years it's well worth a visit
  • Incredibly interesting. I recommend a visit.

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