Wall Mile 18 [HB 174–5]
The Trail takes us over the road and onto the north lip of the ditch for some 300m, recently cleared of vegetation so that it is now easier to see. Then we have a detour to negotiate, taking us to the north of Wall Houses farm. We return to the north lip of the ditch again for the next stint, which brings us to another Millennium Bridge which actually takes us over the ditch. We are then, rather spectacularly, trotting along the verge of the Military Road, traffic roaring past at 60mph (so care is advised, naturally) until we dive into the next section of fenced-off Trail which actually takes us along the bottom of the ditch (we haven’t been here for a while so it is a welcome return to this particular perspective for our mural ramblings), emerging next to the incongruously named Robin Hood pub.
We have actually overshot the location of Milecastle 18, which is on the other side of the road, some 150m back to the west, in the entrance to Vallum Farm. Gelatophiles will doubtless already know that there is a rather fine ice cream parlour located at the farm, but should you fancy indulging, you will have to back-track along the verge and negotiate crossing the road once more.
Milecastle 18 (East Wallhouses) [HB 174; haiku]
It goes without saying that there is nothing to see at Milecastle 18 (East Wallhouses), but excavation in 1931 showed it to be of the long axis type. The Handbook speculates that differences in construction suggest it was started by one legion but finished by another; perhaps they had all gone off for ice creams.