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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

Best Mobile Network in Vindolanda Area?
I'm on orange and the reception if definitely patchy.

There's a consistent patch about half way between Vindolanda and Once Brewed on the Stanegate and I can usually get reception at Steel Rigg, but everything else is a moveable feast, although it has improved over the last couple of years.

Texts are usually better though and I've also found the wifi is Twicey reliable.


Collapse of wall at Pompeii
Ask Claire_M about it and she'll tell you all about the mafia's involvement. I hear vague mutterngs about where all the tourist money goes, but Claire lived over there and saw plenty of dodgy dealing. :ermm:

Week 4

Meet the Romans
She's great :D
I don't care one jot how cheesy it was, but I loved the image of her sat on the bog, swinging her legs and grinning like an 8 year old.

Week 4
Did you win? ;)

Diggers Soon To Be Redundant
There are a few pics of the molehill survey up on FriendFace


Vindolanda +
Also, the Volunteer Rangers sometimes lead guided walks, which can be quite nice if you just fancy a stroll and a bit of company, e.g.

Vindolanda +
Heading down to the North Pennines is really nice too. There's narrow-guage railway that runs from Alston and a bit further south, near Garrigill, there's Ashgill Force, where you can walk behind the waterfall :D

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Vindolanda +
Hi Tim,

our weeks are so soon too. Can't wait.

I agree about the weather. There are some places that are just miserable in the pouring rain, but there's plenty of choice, so it's never a problem even if the weather is rubbish.

I've been trying to work out how to get to High Rochester on the bus, as I'd like to visit the fort. Well, I've found how how to get there, if only I could work out how to get back! It seems to be impossible to do in a day (eyes :huh: roll).

I think I'll do a but of walking to the north of the wall, as there are some lovely spots.


Vindolanda +
Im becoming excited about my upcoming digging stint, but I am always pleased to be visiting Northumberland and going to see other things while Im in the area.

So I thought that itd be nice to find out if anyone has plans for side trips, stop-offs on the way or onward journeys while theyre in this country / in the north / on this planet* (* delete as applicable).

Clean Tools
Hi Justin,

This thread started with the question of why some people leave great clods of mud all over their tools and equipment at the end of the day, and your suggestion, whilst understandable in view of some of the twists that the thread has taken, wouldn't address that issue at all.

If everyone just cleans up after themselves, no-one need pick up a clod-filled bucket in the morning AND the tools will probably last a bit longer too.

Simples! ;)

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
Hi Mike,

I'll be digging on 16th too, so if you're doing a walk then, I'll join you, as my pal Claire_M will be digging that week. :D

Many thanks

Week 1
Brrrrr. Chilly!
Good work Chaps :D

Clean Tools
Well that's the plan them. We all make a point of promoting nice clean tools :) . That way we can avoid the muddy bucket morning moan ;)

ps. I myself have not worked with any students who are anything but really good hard working students, so I can't point the finger at them :)

Clean Tools
I know just how deflating it can be to go to the tool shed in the morning and take out a bucket that's already half full of mud! :(

Well, we could all make an effort to say out loud at the end of the day "Oh, I'd better just clean some of this mud off", look significant, and hope that our good example rubs off. :huh:

If it is students, they'll get a shock when they try to do that on a stricter site.

2012 Barcombe Hill walk
Mike, you're a star :)

I came up on one of your walks last year and, even though I've been up Barcombe Hill a number of time before, your knowledge brought a different view to the visit.

I'd encourage anyone who is digging on the dates that you've given, to make the effort (and it can be an effort after a day of lugging wheelbarrows about). It's well worth it.

I'll be there on 9th, so I'd like to join that walk.

Many thanks Mike.