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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!

Vindolanda Excavation Expansion
I am a complete and utter newbie as I haven't excavated yet but will for a week in 2011 (all things being well). Can't wait!

I have a thought. (Like Stephen Fry "I'm taking a thought for a walk")......I'm not suggesting that a three tier system be operated but perhaps, in fact, there are different types of digger or non-digger (people who may/may not have excavated/not currently excavating)"audience".

There will be diggers who come from afar who will want to make the most of their time here and rightly so. In which case a certain type of digger package can be tailored to suit them.

There is also a UK (possibly European) digger who can be around (potentially) all year for different types of activities with an associated charging structure.

There is also a very local digger, on Vindolanda's own doorstep, who would like to become involved in a variety of ways. How this is handled chargingwise - would/could be carefully thought through.

I hope I am expressing myself well enough here. My belief is that there is a great hunger for knowledge out there. The worldwide media have an obsession with dumbing everything down but when they, the media, do run "in depth" series on history/excavation etc. people (of all backgrounds, knowledge levels etc.) cannot get enough of it. Thank goodness!

Stanegate
I also wanted to mention the new book The Planning of Roman Roads and Walls in Northern Britain [Paperback] - by John Poulter (Author). Available from all good book shops!

I haven't managed to read it yet but it looks very interesting and does indeed mention the Stanegate.

It's on my Christmas list!

I also need to talk some more to Graham Stobbs, TWM archaeologist, based at Arbeia, South Shields. He did his MLitt on the Stanegate and talked to J. Poulter when the latter was doing some research for his book.

B&B Accommodation, Greenhead
Hello - I'm Hadriana otherwise known as Catherine Jarvis!

My husband, Nigel, and I co-own and run The Four Wynds Guest House, Longbyre, Greenhead. Our B&B is located just down the hill from The Roman Army Museum and is on the Hadrian's Wall Trail, the Pennine Way and Cycle Route 72. Next year, 2011, will be our fifth season open for business. We are just six miles from Vindolanda.

For a bit of background - for the past two years (2009 and 2010) - I've been involved with the Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd Guiding Programme at Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum. I'm hoping that my involvement with Vindolanda will continue for many years to come. (I've not excavated there as yet but hoping to do so during 2011.) I'm also planning to teach Minimus Latin Courses in the very near future.

We, Nigel and I, are passionate about the history (Romans, Vindolanda, Reivers, Iron Age et al), geology, geography of the region and would love to welcome you to our very comfortable B&B. We love talking about Vindolanda and hearing the inside stories of what you diggers are finding. (Our discretion comes naturally too!) We offer a 20% discount for Vindolanda volunteers staying for four nights or more.

We offer comfortable accommodation and delicious breakfasts using Organic, Fairtrade and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. All our bedrooms have small en suite bathrooms (with showers). There is a large lounge, with TV, books, DVDs etc. for your relaxation or for sitting around whilst planning your next day's activities.

We also offer lifts in our car to and from Vindolanda (and other places e.g. pick up/drop off at Haltwhistle Railway Station). The AD122 bus service runs straight through the village and there are further bus connections from Greenhead which is a ten minute walk from Longbyre. We've had many diggers staying with us and understand your requirements - muddy boots and all that comes with those! We are more than happy to recommend pubs, restaurants and walks locally and we also have a WiFi connection for all those all important updates to friends and family.

For those diggers with their own transport we have off-street car parking. We also have washing and drying facilities and we have facilities for families (e.g.cots), walkers and cyclists. We do our best to make everyone feel welcome! :)

Please contact us for further information. We are more than happy to help to plan your stay in this wonderful region - the heart of Hadrian's Wall.

Four Wynds Guest House
Nigel and Catherine Jarvis
Longbyre
Greenhead
Brampton
CA8 7HN
E-mail: info@four-wynds-guest-house.co.uk
Website: www.four-wynds-guest-house.co.uk
Tel: (01697) 747972
Mob: (0798 4992194)

3 Star Visit Britain rating