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Hardknott Roman Fort
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Eskdale
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“Special Experience”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

A popular destination that will be familiar to many regular visitors to The Lake District, those who have not yet visited it is strongly recommended to make the effort to visit this site of British history.

Visited April 2013
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Cumbria UK
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“You need good legs and a strong heart.”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Set high above the Eskdale Valley this is certainly a place to visit with the most wonderful views from the site. Bit of a climb up to it though. No where to park your car so walking is essential.

Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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405 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“great views!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

visited the hardknott roman fort when in the lake district - had seen some atmospheric pictures of it and really wanted to go, though was worried about the hardknott pass. as it was only a short way into the pass, we decided to chance it (weather hadn't been good, with rain and some snow in previous days). it is not actually very well sign posted, but we saw what looked like a small parking area, with a plaque/ explanation of the fort. there didn't seem to be any walking paths to the fort though, so we drove a further way down and thankfully saw the remains of the bath, so we turned back and parked where we saw the plaque and walked to the bath and climbed up to the fort that way. the weather was atrocious - rainy, cold, windy, depressing. but the ruins of the fort was worth it. the guidebook said that only some bits were originals and the rest were partial reconstructions to show where the different buildings/ walls and things were. however, the view was really worth it. it also gave you the sense of isolation those who were based there must have felt. on one side the was the eskdale valley and the other side was the crazy winding road on the rest of the hardknott pass. as we were the only ones there, it really was a special feeling being high up in the hills, on our own, amongst the remnants of history. i would definitely recommend people to make a special trip there as the sense of history is immense and the feeling you get is quite incredible. we decided not to do the rest of the hardknott pass as there have been some difficult driving in the previous days, but it seems like the views from it are amazing as well. the hardknott roman fort is well worth a visit, definitely one of the highlights of my trip!!

Visited March 2013
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Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“You need to do your own research!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is a favourite site with us, for its atmosphere and associations. It's a place of many moods, our favourite is fairly misty autumn when the local sheep (not Herdwicks) can loom as large as lions. The explanation of the site is ok - but wouldn't keep youngsters too interested, much better to look it up on the Internet or similar. The approach road is one of the steepest in England, with lots of further sites to enjoy in the Lake Disrict.

Visited November 2012
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Look at this on Google maps (aerial view) to appreciate the full size before visiting. It's amazing to see so many walls have survived, well worth a visit, hard to find though.

Visited January 2013
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