The Lake District is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations – but few see just how much the conquering Roman army made their mark on the stunning landscape. The romans had reached the Lake District by 100 AD. While in southern England the Romans built roads, villas and settlements, in the north, including the Lake District, was at the frontier of the Roman Empire. Here, the Romans needed military bases, so soldiers built roads, forts and temporary camps to protect the borders and supply routes.
Tony followes the steps taken by the Roman legions, by walking from Penrith to Ambleside in the Lake District then onto Ravenglass. On the way he sees the history of 300 years of occupation including buildings and lead mines
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