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“Hidden roman fort worth seeing”

Hardknott Roman Fort
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US$66.34*
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Eskdale
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

To access these ruins one must go via the HardKnot pass, which is careful strenuous driving. The ruins are worth a visit, to view the grannaries, headquarters etc.

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Reviewed 5 May 2012

The white knuckle ride through the pass is probably more impressive than the fort. What would the Romans of thought about this beautiful but remote outpost of the Empire.

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Reviewed 29 April 2012

The remains of the Fort really do show the layout of the building and there are information boards describing what you can see and what it would have once looked like.
It is worth visiting because you can appreciate the great vantage point the Fort would have had - situated at the foot of the pass and with such great views on all sides. It is easy to imagine what it would have looked like - and see why it was positioned in such an elevated location.
All that remains are the exterior walls and the walls of some of the buildings and rooms within (no more than 4-6 foot in height) - the rest is up to your imagination!

There are no other facilities here - but that is not to be expected when there is no charge to enter. It is nice that the Fort blends naturally into the hillside and fells and is not noticeable from the road. To visit it requires a little effort and therefore it has not been spoilt by toilet blocks, tea shops and commercialisation!

There are no parking spaces directly next to the Fort, because it has to be approached up a steep track from the narrow pass road. There are parking spaces at the end of the pass road, at the bridge - which is only about 400 metres away down hill, but be warned - it is a steep walk back up the road to the Fort itself. It is not a place to visit for those who are not fully mobile or able to walk a few hundred metres uphill.

I'd recommend combining a visit to the Fort as part of a day's walk.
Why not try parking your car in Boot village and walking along the River Esk (flat walk) 3 and a half miles to the Fort. The only uphill section is the last 400 metres to the Fort itself. Then return along the river (you can walk on the opposite side for a different view, once you reach the first bridge) and finish your walk with lunch at the Brookhouse Inn in Boot, right next to the little railway station. This pub does a fantastic beef & beer pie, along with a very varied menu, and I'd highly recommend it.

If you are planning on driving over the Hardknott pass, I'd recommend doing so early in the morning. We drove it at 0830 on a Saturday morning and did not have to pass another car while on the pass itself. If you take it steady and don't get flustered by other drivers it's not too bad and is worth the experience - but I wouldn't attempt it in bad or wet weather, if you don't trust your brakes or clutch, or if you aren't confident!!

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

The views from its site are second to none!
The road to it is narrow but the journey up Hardknott pass is brilliant if you have good car brakes. Situated at the top of the beautiful Eskdale Valley with great walks all around this area.

Thank Kathleen H
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

Its location doesn't make it easy to get to,but when you do get therfe it rather good.Its well preserved adn you can imaging what it would be like for som roman soldier from hot climates to be stationed in such a remote spot

Thank luckett2005
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