At the end of June, the Royal British Legion’s Advice and Information Officer for Swindon, Isobel Thompson will be leaving Swindon to head North, to walk Hadrian’s Wall.
Isobel will be walking the Wall with her sister, Ruth, and both will be raising funds for the Legion while doing so.
Hadrian’s Wall walk runs for 84 miles, from Bowness in Solway in the West to the appropriately named Walls End, in Newcastle, following the course of Hadrian’s Wall across the challenging yet beautiful Northumberland countryside.
Hadrian’s Wall defined the North West frontier of the Roman Empire. Originally 73 miles long, it had 80 mile castles, with two turrets between each one. 17 forts were positioned along its length, with a defensive earthwork ditch, the Vallum, lying just to the South of the Wall.
Built on the orders of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and visited by him in 122 AD, Hadrian’s Wall was in use for approximately 300 years, garrisoned by thousands of Roman Auxiliary troops. So it seems appropriate for Isobel and Ruth to be raising funds to support today’s military personnel, their families and veterans, by walking a route which their Roman predecessors would have known very well.
Many a Roman hobnailed boot has already squelched through the Northumbrian landscape, and Isobel and Ruth will be adding a few more footprints as they go.
Isobel said: “I’m looking forward to the walk, but am a bit nervous about it, as it’s years since I have walked so far. I’ll be taking plenty of muscle rub and blister plasters with me, so hopefully will come back to Wiltshire in one piece, if somewhat sore!”
Starting the walk on Thursday 30 June in Bowness in Solway, they are hoping to finish at Wall’s End, Newcastle, the following Thursday 7 July.
If anyone would like to sponsor Isobel, please either email her at IThompson@britishlegion.org.uk, or visit her just giving page at: