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Hardknott Roman Fort (Mediobogdum), 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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  • My satnav directed me from Keswick to Eskdale along the Hardknott pass. I was unaware of this dangerous pass but once on the road there were no turning points. My small car managed the hairpin turns, ...  more »
  • To me it was a great part of history and the area is full of views. There's a pub near by. The road is narrow and very twisty, not for the light hearted. 
  • At the top of Hardknott Pass. To get there you will need to drive the Pass road - narrow, very steep, lots of blind corners, a few rises that you can't see over the top of so have to traust no cars on...  more »
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  • Stunning views, the ruins themselves are quite substantial for their age. If you're coming over the pass bring a powerful car!
  • Fantastic example of the remains of a Roman fort. Warning... The road to the fort is not for the feint hearted. Hardknott Pass, which the fort sits on the west side of, is a challenging and steep road.
  • This roman fort.on a hill in the Lake District is as impressive as it sounds. Getting there is already an experience by itself... but once you are there, it is truly amazing. Dare to enter the fortress, walk the old rooms of buildings long gone and enjoy the company of a few sheep.
  • History combined with dramatic landscape. Getting there is half the fun. Wrynose and Hardknott passes are the highlights of driving in the Lakes.
  • Boy it's a steep road.. worth seeing the ruins and the view