Channel Islands 8: Exploring Alderney – Roman Fort and Home

Continuing my account of my holiday in the channel islands. The main feature of today’s post is Alderney’s Roman Fort.

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 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.


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:

This shot was taken from distance.

Author: Thomas

I am a founder member and currently secretary of the West Norfolk Autism Group and am autistic myself. I am a very keen photographer and almost every blog post I produce will feature some of my own photographs. I am an avidly keen cricket fan and often post about that sport.

8 thoughts on “Channel Islands 8: Exploring Alderney – Roman Fort and Home”

      1. 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.

    1. 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).

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