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Extra attractions in store for wall walkers

Posted 12 March 2010
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Extra attractions in store for wall walkers
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Those planning to don their walking boots and trek alongside Hadrian's Wall this weekend could be in for an unusual treat as the famous Roman barrier is illuminated.

And as well as the length of the wall being illuminated with a line of beacons, those walking in the area near the villages of Greenhead and Gilsand in the Northumberland National Park will also be able to enjoy a craft fair taking place in them the park authority has said.

This could add to the enjoyment of a walk along the route - now a national trail - over the course of a spectacular weekend, when 500 beacons placed at 250-metre intervals will illuminate the 84-mile route at dusk tomorrow (March 13th).

Starting at the eastern end where the first beacon will be lit at Segedunum Roman Fort, the fires will be ignited in succession all the way to Bowness on Solway in Cumbria.

Emperor Hadrian had the wall constructed in the year 122 as a means of controlling people movements along what was then the northern frontier of the empire.

Posted by Dan Mirza