Hadrian's Wall is a 73-mile (118-kilometer) stone-and-earthen structure in northern England that was constructed under the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the year 122 as a defensive mechanism against the people occupying what is today Scotland. Snaking west to east, the wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes Roman forts; milecastles, or small fortlets; temples and archaeological sites [source: Visit Northumberland]. What better place to set up camp for the winter?
Some of the best-preserved, most striking portions of Hadrian's Wall lie in Northumberland, and there are plenty of campsites in the area -- and near the wall -- that make a great vacation spot. Not only is this part of the country scenic, with green, rolling hills, but you have easy access to Hadrian's Wall, which includes a National Trail Path offering innumerable hiking options. At the small, secluded Hadrian's Wall Camping and Caravan Site, campers have access to a centrally heated bunk barn with a common room and cooking facilities if the weather gets a bit testy. If you wish to walk the wall, the owners will also arrange transportation to and from wherever you intend to strike out [source: Hadrian's Wall Camping]. At Roman Wall Lodges, you can sleep in tents you rent on-site, or rent a cozy cabin instead. Hadrian's Wall is just 400 yards (366 meters) away [source: Roman Wall Lodges].