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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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  • If ruins are your thing, this is great! Visited on a very foggy and wet afternoon on the way from Eskdale over to Coniston via Hardknott Pass. Free, informative signage, fabulous views down over Eskda...  more »
  • We've driven this road several times but never stopped here before. I'm glad we did. It was very wet underfoot in some places leading up to the fort. There are a few signs with information and maps of...  more »
  • There are warning signs at the bottom of the pass, and if people ignore them or don't see them, they probably shoudn't be on the road. Locals do use it as it saves about 1 hour on the long way round, ...  more »
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  • 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!