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Willowford Bridge

Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge Abutment

nr Gilsland, Cumberland

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600 metres east of Birdoswald Roman Fort past Milecastle 49 , Harrow's Scar Milecastle, is the remains of a bridge (Willowford bridge) this carried the wall over the River Irthing. These remains can now be reached by a footbridge. Over time the river has moved, leaving the east abutment of the bridge high and dry, while little if anything remains of the western side. The remains now are a very modified version of the original.

Over time the Romans built three bridges on this site.


close up from the air

There is a  914 metre (2,999 feet) stretch of Wall, including two turrets and impressive bridge remains beside the River Irthing one of three foundation sets on this site of bridges.

From over Birdoswald Roman Fort
notice also
Milecastle 49  Harrow's Scar, before the wood on the left

Looking west, we see the line of wall ending at the bridge

Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham used with permission. Previously on www.visitcumbria.com

Photo over the river by Mike Quinn

Photo by Oliver Dixon

Photo by Mike Quinn

Turret 48B at NY623664 Photo by Les Hull

Turret 48A Grid ref NY628663, near Gilsland. Photo by Les Hull

Location: Willowford Bridge, nr Gilsland, Cumbria

Grid Reference: NY622664 Ceremonial County: Cumberland

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap   Google 

Getting there: a path from Birdoswald Roman Fort and over a foot bridge

Access: I think this is available at any time as you don't need to go through Birdoswald Roman Fort to have access to the wall path.
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Nearby Locations: Birdoswald Roman Fort Milecastle 49  Harrow's Scar
Other Location Pages: Hadrian's Wall Route Guide

Other Relevant Pages:  Roman Frontiers     Hadrian's Wall  

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By: Keith Park   Section: Roman Key:
Page Ref: willowford_bridge Topic: Roman Britain Last Updated: 05/2010


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