Wall Mile 63

Wall Mile 63 [HB 338]

 Immediately after the site of Milecastle 64, the wall is breached by the cutting of the M6 (in 1970, when it was constructed, no preliminary archaeological work was undertaken, as was so often the way back then). Continuing alongside the B6264, we soon approach the junction with the A689. Prepare yourself for some brief excitement, as the Wall ditch can be made out crossing Brunstock Park as a conveniently delineated enclosed area of rough ground running across the arable fields. We can view this (but not, note, venture onto it) from the western end (by walking a short way up the unclassified lane towards Brunstock – it can be glimpsed to the right just before we reach the first bend) or, more clearly, from the east (by walking up the western verge of the A689 north of the roundabout, the ditch appearing to the left opposite the entrance to a small lane on the right). Although the course of the Vallum is marked as extant at this point on the English Heritage map, it is not apparent on the ground as an earthwork, so don’t bother looking for it.

Line of the ditch

Line of the ditch

East of the A689, the Wall continues as a hedgeline running towards the hamlet of Walby. We cannot follow this so are forced to proceed east along the A689, still following the Military Road.

A hedgerow follows the Wall

A hedgerow follows the Wall

Milecastle 63 (Walby West) [HB 338; haiku]

Maclauchlan thought he could discern Milecastle 63 (Walby West) to the north of Wallfoot but modern resistivity survey has been unable to verify its location and the English Heritage map petulantly omits it.

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