Wall Mile 77

Wall Mile 77 [HB 363]

The National Trail now takes us onto the Vallum, turning left down the lane opposite the Highland Laddie Inn, keeping the village green to our left. We leave Glasson and head westwards down this track, finally reaching a sign for the Cottage & Glendale Holiday Park after the best part of a Roman mile. The line of the Wall itself is way off to our right and largely inaccessible.

Track on the line of the Vallum

Track on the line of the Vallum

At the Holiday Park, we turn right and follow the access lane down to the main road, noting the position of Milecastle 78 in the field to our left. Finally, we cross the road carefully and pass through the kissing gate and onto the line of the abandoned railway.

Milecastle 78 (Kirkland) [HB 363; haiku]

Site of Milecastle 78

Site of Milecastle 78

MC78 was first noted by Horsley and excavated in 1934 and 2000, when it was found to be a long-axis variant. There is nothing to see, certainly not from our vantage point, but you have the satisfaction of knowing it is there, which is more than can be said for some milecastles.