Wall Mile 57

Wall Mile 57 [HB 335]

We follow the road along until we reach the main road from Brampton to Longtown at Newtown and we are obliged to cross it with the utmost caution. Once over, we follow the signs that take us on an unusual journey right into a farmyard, then rapidly left then right behind a low wall, and then left again, depositing us rather unexpectedly into somebody’s garden, through which the Trail passes. Veg looks good! Onward and we are once more in open countryside, the merest hint of a depression to the left indicating the line of the ditch.

Water in the ditch

Water in the ditch

Before us is the stables at Heads Wood, usually guarded by rather magnificent horse in the paddock we have to cross. To the right, at the edge of an escarpment, is a set of stone-flagged steps leading down to the flood plain of the Cam Beck. As we pass down these, the ditch is to our left and we can see the hedgerow betraying the line of the wall in front of us. The Trail leads us around the north side of Beck Farm, built out of red sandstone, mostly salvaged from the curtain wall, and finally round to cross the stream which gives the farm its name, then on to the next farm, with the ditch now to our right and the hedge within it.

Beck Farm

Beck Farm

Looking to our right, beyond the hedge, we can see the woodland covering the south side of the Cam Beck valley, cloaking the site of Castlesteads fort above it. Passing on, through the farmyard of Cambeckhill, we arrive at the presumed site of Milecastle 57 (Cambeckhill).

The hedge is now in the ditch

The hedge is now in the ditch

Milecastle 57 (Cambeckhill) [HB 334–5; haiku]

In common with so many of the western milecastles, nothing of this one has been found, but by distance it should be beneath the farm buildings.

CGHad

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