This page is labeled, Day 11 Stirling, but we arrived here this evening so we haven’t seen much of Stirling. This was mostly a driving day.
We left Askrigg around 11:00. No matter how we try, we can’t seem to get moving any sooner than that. For one thing, when you stay at a bed and breakfast, the hosts are very chatty, and the other guests are, too. It’s a slower pace, more relaxed, and you would be rude to jump up from the table and rush out the door. That’s my excuse for lateness, and I’m sticking to it….
We had a gorgeous day for traveling. We even wore our sunglasses! There was not a bad view all day. Some of the terrain looked a lot like the foothills in Colorado.
Other than photo ops, our first real stop was Hadrian’s Wall, which was built in the first century to keep out the Barbarians. (Not sure WHICH Barbarians). It was originally 73 miles long and about 15 feet high. Now much of it has come down, and many of the stones can be seen “recycled” in homes and churches along the Wall’s path.
The portion we walked was in the Gilsland area between the River Irthing and the Birdoswald Roman Fort. We walked about 2/3 of a mile each way.
We crossed over into Scotland around 4:00 local time. The scenery didn’t change too much from Northern England, except that the stone walls because hedges again, then wooden fences. It still looked like the Colorado foothills except for the sheep.
That’s all for tonight.