Wall Mile 77

Wall Mile 77 [HB 363]

The National Trail now takes us off looking for the Vallum, which so far has been quietly shadowing us, masquerading as hedgerows and field boundaries. Head down the driveway towards the Cottage & Glendale Holiday Park; as we proceed, we are crossing the line of the ditch and then the Wall itself, with Milecastle 78 in the field to our right, before turning left along the line of the Vallum.

The line of the Vallum

The line of the Vallum

The track takes us to the village of Glasson and a decision. The Vallum heads off along the cul-de-sac to the right of the Highland Laddie pub, but the Trail now makes one of its periodic detours from the course of anything to do with the Wall, in which case we shall be turning right and following the signs for the Trail. If, on the other hand, you (mischievous person that you are) wish to be slightly wayward and see the location of Milecastle 77 (there are no remains so don’t get too excited), you will need to turn left and follow the road for 0.4km to the T-junction (crossing over the line of the dismantled railway as you go), where the Wall is directly under the road; the milecastle lies 40m to the east, under the verge (NY 256 607). Appreciate the lie of the land; note that you appear to be on another low drumlinoid and, if it is a fine day, to the east you can just about make out the higher ground of the Central Sector as the Wall climbs up towards Carvoran.

Milecastle 77 (Raven Bank) [HB 362; haiku]

Site of Milecastle 77

Site of Milecastle 77

Milecastle 77 (Raven Bank) was excavated in 1973 and (according to which version of the Handbook you read) either found or not found. This is why archaeologists are so fond of the words ‘probably’, ‘perhaps’, and ‘might’.

There now – you have seen it and can rejoin us on the comparative safety of the National Trail and its idiosyncratic wanderings across the Cumbrian countryside.

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