Wall Mile 75

Wall Mile 75 [HB 358]

We may now continue a pleasant walk along the side of the road towards Drumburgh. Alternatively, you may choose to enjoy a slightly more elevated vantage point by walking on top of the levee (thereby avoiding the traffic on the road which ranges from the sedate to the lunatic), although rumour has it that ‘birders’ (as they like to be known) fear that that can disturb the local bird population, and you do have to dodge the odd low-hanging branch on the attendant hawthorn trees, but it is up to you.

Wall Mile 75 and Drumburgh from the air

Wall Mile 75 and Drumburgh from the air

Approaching Drumburgh, the old railway is to our left (the site of the station hardstanding can still be made out beyond the levee) and off in the marshes to the right is a giant concrete arrow, a hint for confused pilots from the days when the Solway Firth was a military range. Finally, the land begins to rise as we approach the drumlinoid containing Drumburgh fort and, closer, the site of Milecastle 76.

Milecastle 76 (Drumburgh) [HB 358; haiku]

The possible location of Milecastle 76

The possible location of Milecastle 76

The position of the milecastle has been tentatively located, perched on the eastern edge of the drumlinoid, between the fort and the line of the old railway, but there is – of course – nothing to see now.

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