Welcome to the latest installment in my series about my recent holiday in the channel islands. Today we look at the second half of Wednesday’s explorations.
THE ROMAN FORT
The Roman fort is well preserved although there is also a considerable amount of stuff there relating to the German occupation. Admission is free, and there is a detailed plan just inside. Why only one Roman fort when the Victorians deemed the island worthy of 18? The Romans controlled the English Channel in its entirety, so no hostile power could have used these any of these islands as a base from which to attack them – the main danger to Rome would have been pirates looking to base fleets there.
THE REST OF THE WALK
We now headed back on a long circuit towards Braye. We saw some more forts, and when we hit a road once again a taxi was called, four of the five of us electing to get home that way while my sister chose to keep walking. Before I share a general gallery, this is the image that now forms my desktop background:
Now for the general gallery…
Now it is time to sign off with a view of Fort Clonque:
8 thoughts on “Channel Islands 8: Exploring Alderney – Roman Fort and Home”
The fort looks great
It really does.
I appreciated the inside of the Fort too and the interpretive information.
[especially the Roman Reason – the English Channel could not have been too easy for the Romans to control!]
[even if and especially if it was far from their core business].
I often judge museums by how they educate and entertain the children.
[the centurion is a good aide-memoire/prompt].
And “Look for those orange tiles” and then you actually SEE the orange tiles.
Wondering about the cows.
Only the one on the left looks like a Guernsey or Jersey [and I think a Jersey as the brown is so … well … brown] – the other three – I wondered if they were Angus or some other black cow.
Hopefully that is not a challenge to your bovine knowledge/identification.
The paranoma is so impressive
and so is the butterfly that is your desktop background
[there are lots of butterflies flying around in Australia too].
If I were to change my desktop pattern to a theme I would go with the herringbone.
That butterfly is so beautiful.
Thank you. Apparently that species, the European Peacock Butterfly regularly appears in the channel islands by mid-March (we get them in Norfolk, where I live, as well, but later in the year).
Will go away and find out more about this Peacock Butterfly.
How much later in Norfolk? Closer to the Summer?
I think the cows are all Guernsey cattle (Alderney does not have its own unique breed these days though apparently it once did).
One might see the odd one in April with a bit of luck, but May and June are more likely.