Hadrian’s Wall was built in AD 122 from one side of England to the other and was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian as the frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain. It was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and is now protected by English Heritage, who describe the site as “the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain”.
Most of the wall is accessible on foot and the Hadrian’s Wall Trail, which opened in 2003, now consists of 84 miles (135 kilometers) of unbroken path, which take in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK and stretches from Bowness on The Salway Firth, in the west and Wallsend, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the east.
Along the Trail, there are numerous sites of Special Interest, a National Park and the remains of several forts. Housesteads is one the best preserved forts in the country, covering an area of five acres.
Within its walls are a number of buildings including the fort’s headquarters and commander’s house, granaries, barracks, a hospital, and latrines. Another fort, Vindolanda, lies to the south of the Wall. Here, excavations have unearthed a number of Roman documents and artefacts, including Roman boots, shoes, armour, jewellery.
Kevin Rose (73 years young!)
Craig’s father in law, is the legendary former Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood in the VFL. He was one of five brothers who played for Collingwood with the most famous being his older brother Bob Rose. Kevin’s many achievements, besides his extensive involvement in charities including of course the Robert Rose Foundation, includes being a Collingwood Premiership player in 1958, he also played in three losing grand final teams, (he doesn’t talk about those!), Coach of Fitzroy, won two Premierships with Prahran, (1970, 1973) as a player and coach and from 1996 to 1998 he was president of the Collingwood Football Club. He was recently inducted as an AFL Life Member and is a Collingwood Life Member and Collingwood Hall of Fame Inductee. He is currently the President of Heritage Golf and Country Club.
Kevin will be walking with Craig over the 135km, (he’s not wearing the roman stuff but will probably be in a Collingwood jumper!) Not a bad effort for a living legend!
Accompanying Craig & Kevin is Craig’s wife Natalie (Rose) and their two children Troy (13) and Bridgette (10).