From the Roman Fort at Hardknott
The fort was built on a rocky spur giving a superb view over the River Esk in both upper and lower Eskdale, and protecting Hardknott Pass. The ruins have been commonly known in recent times as Hardknott Fort or Hardknott Castle, but are identified from the Ravenna Cosmography as the Mediobogdo fort (or more correctly Mediobogdum), situated along the road between the forts of Galava (Ambleside), and Glannoventa (Ravenglass).
Built between about 120 and 138, the fort was abandoned during the Antonine advance into Scotland during the mid-2nd century. The fort was reoccupied around 200 and continued in use until the last years of the 4th century.
The Lake District
March 18, 2015
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