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04 August 2017 @ 08:32 pm
Hadrian's Wall, Day 3  






11 miles + a 3.5 mile detour to Vindolanda. The feet are much better, though our legs are becoming increasingly stiff. In the above B. can be seen admiring the latrines at Housesteads (particularly impressed by the rainwater sluicing mechanism) and approaching Sycamore Gap star (or so the Internet informs us) of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves though neither of us recalls the film clearly enough to be certain - I'm certainly not certain it starred in the infamous Dover to Nottingham via Hadrian's Wall scene.

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liadtbunny: RoS Sheriff & Abbotliadtbunny on August 5th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! I visited there with school. I think when we went there was a barbed wire fence and we weren't allowed to walk on the wall. Still got the pencil: used it today.

I think it's the part of the long walk to Nottingham:) And there may have been climbing up the tree.
louisedennis: Robin Hoodlouisedennis on August 7th, 2017 02:42 pm (UTC)
It was quite odd. The guide book we had was quite clear on the subject of "no climbing on the wall" apart from a short stretch near Housesteads fort and yet there weren't any actual signs that we could see on the wall itself.

Everyone agrees its definitely the bit in Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves - I just have no recollection of the tree - possibly we should rewatch the movie.
liadtbunny: RoS Sheriff & Abbotliadtbunny on August 7th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
Perhaps they expect teachers to keep control and everyone else to be responsible and not walk on it. Kevin Costner was allowed!

I haven't seen it for ages either but it's on telly often enough.

MysteriousAliWays: Ali the Dancermysteriousaliwz on August 5th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
There are some lovely photos of that tree, it has graced many a postcard and painting hereabouts!

It was indeed in Robin Hood, and gave rise to a great deal of mockery of Hollywood's somewhat dubious grasp of British geography.
louisedennis: Robin Hoodlouisedennis on August 7th, 2017 03:51 pm (UTC)
I remember clearly the very obvious placement of Hadrian's Wall somewhere in Nottinghamshire, but I've no memory of that tree at all!!!
MysteriousAliWays: Ali the Dancermysteriousaliwz on August 5th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
This is one of my favourites:
http://www.willnicholls.co.uk/p905902545
louisedennislouisedennis on August 7th, 2017 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Those are lovely.