with Bronwen Riley

13 to 16 June 2019

The Emperor Hadrian built the most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman Empire, and the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain.

Starting from Carlisle (Luguvalium Carvetiorum) the next four days will be spent along the Wall travelling through sweeping Border country and visiting its superb Roman sites, castles, churches and early Christian settlements, many of which owed their building materials to Hadrian’s Wall and coloured the novels of Sir Walter Scott.

From our Romantic base at 13th-century Naworth Castle, once a great stronghold of the Lord Wardens of the Marches and still in the hands of the Howard family, we will be right on the Wall and in ‘reivers’ country. We will have the exclusive use of this uncommonly comfortable castle, where Philip Howard will be our host and guide. Naworth, not open to the public, was rebuilt after a fire in 1844 by Anthony Salvin and a new interior created by the ninth Earl of Carlisle and his wife, whose circle of friends included Philip Webb, Burne-Jones, and William Morris who were regular guests and whose work may be seen also at neighbouring Lanercost and Brampton churches. The ninth earl’s granddaughter Winifred Nicholson lived and painted up here on the Wall and Jovan Nicholson will speak to us about her life up here and the influence of this landscape on her work.

Artists and writers were attracted to this spectacularly wild country but so were textile designers and foodies. Carlisle’s Linton Mill has been producing tweed for Chanel ever since Coco became a client in 1924. Enormous 22 stone pies were once despatched from the wilds of Cumberland to London. Now Dalemain Marmalade festival is world renowned and visitors flock to the historic kitchen of one of its patrons, food historian Ivan Day who will entertain us with accounts of monumental feasting in the great houses of Cumbria.

This tour will be led by writer, lecturer and editor, Bronwen Riley. Bronwen is an experienced lecturer and guide who lives near to Hadrian’s Wall and is a trustee of the Lakeland Arts Trust.

Cost per person £1050, single room supplement £432

The price includes all accommodation, transport during the tour by private coach, entries, etc, all meals and tips. Not included is travel to join the tour, personal expenses and drinks.

Visit our booking page or email Lucy for a full itinerary.