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Wouldn’t you love to go on an adventure and find that it was more than what you expected?

Recipient of the 2016  Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Award in Adult Nonfiction.

That’s what happened to Jane V. Blanchard when she walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and what she wants to share with you in this book. Join her as she walks eighty-four miles across northern England, the sites and legends associated with this historical wall, and see if you too can journey back with her to the time of the Romans, the Brigantes (powerful Celtic British tribes), and the Picts (ferocious Celtic Scottish tribes).

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Just like in the other “Woman on Her Way” books, Hadrian’s Wall Path: Walking into History takes you along on Jane V. Blanchard’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wanderings as she explores England’s Hadrian’s Wall Path. Her heartfelt descriptions of the terrain, the culture, the challenges, and her personal growth and changes let you experience her venture on this ancient Roman frontier between England and Scotland.

Join her as she walks eighty-four miles across northern England. With more than 130 photos and illustrations, you can see the majesty of ancient Roman engineering and the beauty of the Cumbrian and Northumberland landscapes and glimpse at what Roman life was like more than 2000 years ago.  As you explore the sites and legends associated with this historical wall, perhaps you too will journey back to the time of the Romans, the Brigantes (powerful Celtic British tribes) and the Picts (ferocious Celtic Scottish tribes).

• Discover Hadrian’s Wall, what it encompasses, then and now
• Learn about the Roman life and what it was like living on Rome’s most northern frontier.
• Visualize the beauty of northern England through Jane’s vivid descriptions and more than 130 photographs and illustrations.
• Find out about the current English culture and lore.
• Understand why so many people visit sites along the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Hadrian’s Wall Path: Walking into History received the prestigious 2015 President’s Award from the Florida Authors & Publisher’s Association in the adult non-fiction category.


Hadrian’s Wall Path: Walking into History is a riveting, well-written chronicle of a hiking adventure across the English countryside. More importantly, it is what Jane Blanchard herself learns, that ‘History becomes interesting, and it is coming alive.’ Fortunately, she does this for the reader as well. I found the details to be illuminating and thought-provoking, yet simple and to the point. Some highlights of the adventure: Once Brewed, Twice Brewed; Nine Nicks of Thirlwall, King Arthur, ‘Bogle’, mizzle, and all. Highly recommended!
~ Maryann Burchell, South Bay Publishing LLC

This book was so much fun! I didn’t even know about Hadrian’s Wall Path before reading this book. But now that I have been introduced to it, I have learned that it is a scenic stroll through the ages that can be accomplished within the constraints of a working person’s vacation time allowance. Also, unlike most guidebooks, there are moments of introspection and humor, as well as a hefty helping of back-story about the various events and structures along the way. It immerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells along the path, just in case you are an arm-chair traveler like myself. Finally, this book is very well organized and it is evident that it was also well researched upon the author’s return. Whether you plan to walk the wall physically or in your mind, this book is an enjoyable and educational read.
~Elizabeth Chandler

The book is an excellent background for anyone interested in Hadrian’s Wall, and a valuable resource for anyone contemplating the same path.
~Alan W. Roddy, President of the Appalachian Trail Club of Florida (ATFC)

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