Wall Mile 61

Wall Mile 61 [HB 336–7]

The line of the Wall is now closely followed by the continuation of Birky Lane, the curtain wall lying just to the north of the road itself.

Lane on line of the Wall

Lane on line of the Wall

Just over half way along this stretch, the course of the ditch becomes apparent to the left and then, soon after, we rejoin the course of the National Trail, which comes stomping up from Low Crosby, where it has briefly followed the course of the Stanegate out of the village before crossing the busy A689 by means of a bridge shared with (but, on either side, segregated from) a farm track. At the point of the reunion, immediately to our south, a series of temporary camps are known from aerial photography, possibly labour camps associated with the construction of the Wall, although they may equally be associated with the passage of troops along the Stanegate. Continue eastwards, enjoying the easy walking provided by the leafy lane, making for the site of Milecastle 61 (Wall Head).

Milecastle 61 (Wall Head) [HB 336; haiku]

Looking towards the site of Milecastle 61

Looking towards the site of Milecastle 61

For some curious reason, the position of Milecastle 61 is not marked on the 2010 edition of the English Heritage map of the Wall, but we can be reasonably certain it lies slightly east of Wall Head farm and, indeed, geophysical survey has identified its likely position.

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