Wall Mile 1 [HB 141]
The Fossway continues to follow the line of the Wall for some 650m after the proposed site of Milecastle 2 until we reach a roundabout at the junction with Coutts Road and West Farm Road. At this point, the modern road veers off slightly to the south, whilst the curtain wall and ditch carried straight on. We walk for another 475m and then, on our left, we see a sports field changing room at Miller’s Dene, which is located just east of the probable location of Milecastle 1 (which Maclauchlan said was 6 furlongs west of Wallsend fort). The amount by which it is set back from the road shows how much the course of the latter has diverged from that of the Wall.
The Fossway on the line of the Wall ditch
Milecastle 1 (Stott’s Pow) [HB 141; haiku]
Milecastle 1 (Stott’s Pow) has, unsurprisingly, never been confirmed, although occupation material has been found. Indeed, like Milecastle 2, it used to be placed further to the east on Ordnance Survey maps. Nevertheless, both Horsley and Maclauchlan reported seeing it here.
The site of Milecastle 1
Wall Mile 2 [HB 141–2]
It is now time to cross the main road, so follow the railings along until you reach the gap near the car repair shop and the pedestrian crossing, which takes you under the Metro bridge. Follow the pavement to the east, past the garage, and cross again to near the car park outside the fast food outlet. Now turn towards the small roundabout outside Morrison’s and then follow the pavement round to the right and you are on Shields Road and that is directly on the line of the Wall. As before, the road itself follows the ditch and the curtain wall is just behind the shop frontages. After about 500m, on the right-hand side, the shop frontages give way to an open plaza and there, for your delight, are the foundations of the curtain wall and small metal studs marking the location of yet more berm pits.
The curtain wall foundation next to Shields Road
Return to the line of Shields Road and head towards the bicycle shop at the eastern end and there turn round and look back towards Milecastle 3. The view originally looked like the etching included by Stukeley, with the ditch and remains of the curtain wall clear to see back then, along with the earthwork of the milecastle perched on the eastern rim of the Ouseburn valley.
Wall Mile 2 from the air
Now we must cross over several roads, working our way past the Shell garage, until we are on the A187, the Fossway (which the perky will deduce is the road – ‘way’ – in the ditch – ‘foss’). The pavement on the south side is as near as we can get to the line of the curtain wall, of which there is nothing to see until we reach the putative location of Milecastle 2, near the entrance to Brough Park or Newcastle Stadium.
Milecastle 2 (Walker) [HB 141; haiku]
Milecastle 2 (Walker) has never been found. Indeed, on the older Ordnance Survey maps, it was marked as being further to the east, near The Fosse pub.