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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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  • After a short, sharp walk, I thought it was worth the effort. Well maintained and information dotted about. Views are incredibly, interesting place. Glad we made the effort. 
  • We had a laugh getting here and couldn't believe our bad luck to get caught in about a 20 car pile up due to a van trying to come over the National Park by following his sat nav and getting stuck roun...  read more »
  • Good bit of history to stop and take a look at, if you are passing. The drive there across Hardknott pass is challenging, but breath taking. 
  • 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.
  • Well worth a visit can really see how a fort would be like. I've been to most of the forts over the years next to Caerwent roman town south Wales. This is my favourite.
  • Great road, well worth a visit to see the fort! Take care though
  • One of the remote out posts of the roman empire, accessible from the beautiful but steep Hardknott pass. In roman times it was manned by soldiers from Dalmatia. The outline of the fort and many of the internal structures are clearly visible as are the remains of the bath house. There is some minimal vistorinan restoration to the standing walls marked by a course of slate. Beautiful and remote.
  • Worth a look if you are in the area, no facilities except a car park. But well worth a climb above to get an idea of the size of the fort and it's isolated location.
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