Wall Mile 28

Wall Mile 28 [HB 210–11]

Having admired the milecastle, we can now move on, heading briefly northwards and then east to circumnavigate a small plantation. Next we cross a road and the Trail rejoins the Wall once we enter the field. We are now closer to the Military Road than the wall and ditch, but no matter. The very fact that we are walking between the 18th-century road and Hadrian’s Wall reminds us that not all of the wall was destroyed by the road being placed on top of it. Continuing into the next field we then come up against a major diversion which sends us to the north, across the line of the wall and ditch (at a point where a modern quarry has removed them) and then along the northern rim of the ditch for a while, before being sent off even further to the north-east (by a route which seems to change each time you walk it and is seldom clearly signposted) before we stumble onto the minor lane that leads us back to Walwick and the course of the Wall.

Crossing the ditch east of Milecastle 29

Crossing the ditch east of Milecastle 29

As we pass through the hamlet, we can admire the rather aggressive notices warning walkers against using the farm buildings as lavatories (and of course begging the question of why appropriate facilities have still not been provided if there is a demonstrable demand). Finally we are back at the Military Road and the line of the Wall, which we rejoin by walking a few metres downhill to the bend, placing us near the site of Milecastle 28.

Milecastle 28 (Walwick) [HB 210; haiku]

Milecastle 28 (extreme left) and Wall Mile 28

Milecastle 28 (extreme left) and Wall Mile 28

Milecastle 28 (Walwick) was a long-axis milecastle on the other side of the road, but there is, you will be unsurprised to learn, now nothing to see.

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