The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail: The Inclusive Monument

Richard Hingley

in Hadrian's Wall

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641413
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745720 | DOI:
The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail: The Inclusive Monument

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The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail opened in May 2003. This long-distance footpath from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway mainly follows the line of Hadrian's Wall. From the memorial in the Segedunum Museum, it runs for eighty-three miles until it reaches a small modern shrine at the west end of the Wall at Bowness. This chapter suggests that the Trail fulfils two fundamental roles: firstly, it serves to recreate Hadrian's Wall as a linear monument, reconnecting elements that have been broken up by development and agricultural operations over 1,600 years; and, second, it serves an inclusive function by channelling foot traffic along the line of the Wall. The chapter discusses a new and more socially inclusive role for the Wall that has come to prominence during the past two decades in academia, popular culture, and tourism. It is at the interface between the ancient past and the contemporary world that the Wall continues to play a particularly prominent role.

Keywords: Hadrian's Wall; footpath; ancient monuments; linear monument

Chapter.  9168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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