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BROUGHAM CASTLE

Situated in a beautiful, but defensive, spot on the south bank of the river Eamont, next to the long-abandoned Roman fort of Brocavum.  Brougham Castle saw action in the wars between England and Scotland, and was captured by the Scots. But kings stayed here and it was one of the formidable Lady Anne Clifford's favourite castles - she died here in 1676. The ruins are fascinating - impressive and unusual gatehouse - plenty to explore and in spring the stonework is covered in aubrietia.  A tiny museum displays a couple of Roman grave markers - and at least one was re-used when building the castle.

Location/Address: Moor Lane
Brougham
Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2AA
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Two thousand years at Brougham Castle
Tip/Nearby: Brougham Hall is very close and Acorn Bank is just up the road.
Primary Management: English Heritage
HARDKNOTT Roman Fort

Hardknott Roman Fort was built in the 2nd century AD, probably by men of the 4th Cohort of Dalmatia, to protect the trade route across the fells to the vital port of Ravenglass. The ruins, which consist of well-marked layouts of most of the principal buildings and bath house, are in a truly dramatic spot. Access is not for the faint-hearted, whether by foot or road. If the latter, the drive through Wrynose Pass onto Hardknott is one of the best in the Lake District; also accessible from the Duddon Valley or Eskdale. The views can be fabulous.

The post code is a guide only.  You will need a map and are also advised to check the weather. If driving, ensure your car has plenty of fuel and a good clutch. The roads are very steep and single-track with passing places. Take refreshments with you and a waterproof coat, even if in a car. Allow sufficient time - especially if planning a circular route. There is very limited parking by the fort and there are no facilities whatsoever.

Location/Address: Hardknott Pass
Eskdale
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA19 1TH
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: The road to Mediobogdum
Tip/Nearby: See advice above.
Primary Management: English Heritage
RAVENGLASS Roman Bath House

Though substantial in their day, not much remains of the Roman baths at Ravenglass, but the ruins are amongst the tallest Roman structures surviving in Britain. The bath house served a nearby fort which guarded the important Roman port.

Follow a tarmac track just outside Ravenglass.

Location/Address: Ravenglass
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA18 1SR
Main Historic Period: N/A
Tip/Nearby: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Primary Management: English Heritage
PIERCEBRIDGE Roman Remains

Roman Dere Street once crossed the river Tees at the modern village of Piercebridge. The remains of the Romans' first bridge, a little downstream from the current one, can be seen; park in the car park of the George Inn and take a footpath at the far end.  Most of the Roman fort that stood here in the 3rd century is buried under the village, but a portion of the eastern edge and ditch can be seen.  Take a footpath on the northern end of the current bridge.

Location/Address: Piercebridge
County: Co Durham
Post Code: DL2 3SW
Main Historic Period: Roman
Tip/Nearby: Stanwick Iron Age fort is close by.
Primary Management: English Heritage
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