So we drove off to Housesteads Roman Fort. The weather was on the edge of rain as we walked up to the fort from the road. There was light rain as we were walking around the fort itself (so we could imagine ourselves has horrified Legionnaires thinking: “and this is their summer!”), but it had stopped again by the time we were walking back down.
|Housesteads fort, at the top of the hill, as seen from near the road|
|Housesteads fort, from within|
|I expect underfloor heating was very welcome|
|Keilder water, and the end of the Keilder dam. It's raining, but not that heavily.|
Apparently, while we’d been having a lovely time, most of the rest of the country was flooding. Rivers were bursting their banks. The East Coast rail line was flooded and closed. The A1 was closed between junctions 49 and 60. And the waters were still rising! We looked at each other. “Let’s not go to Alnwick today.”
Instead, we headed “straight” back to York, via a dryer, less closed, route.
|(left) our planned route from Keilder water, back to York via Alnwick: |
the red oval shows the extent of the A1 closure.
(right) our actual route back to York: no roads closed, but a bit splooshy in places
We arrived back safe and dry at around 7pm.