WALKING: (7-10 minutes off the Trail) Grid Ref: NY 625 659
From the East— THERE IS A BRIDGE-OUT AT POLTROSS BURN AND A DIVERSION ON THE TRAIL WHICH TAKES YOU INTO GILSLAND VILLAGE. WHILST THIS IS OPERATION NOTE: Follow the diversion into Gilsland, turn left as you come out onto the village main road, walk through the village to the “Bridge Inn”, turn right at the t-junction, pass a garage (yellow trucks) cross the River Irthing and turn left at junction B6318 BIRDOSWALD. Brookside Villa is 1st on the left over Red Beck Bridge.
Do not follow the obvious way off the Trail into Gilsland village, but rather walk on past Milecastle 48 (Poltross Burn), cross the Railway line, and onto the road by the School and the carpark. Turn right and *follow the road towards Gilsland, past the Methodist Church & Megs coffee shop. Bear left, ++past a garage (yellow trucks) cross the River Irthing and turn left B6318 BIRDOSWALD. Brookside Villa is the 1st house on the left just after crossing Red Beck. (If you do go into G ilsland, with the Village Hall on your left, walk to the “Bridge Inn”, turn right signed Birdoswald, then from ++) SEE DIVERSION ABOVE
From the West—Follow the Trail through Birdoswald, past Willowford Farm and onto the road opposite the School, turn left follow the road towards Gilsland, past the Methodist Church & Megs coffee shop. Bear left, past a garage (yellow trucks) cross the River Irthing and turn left B6318 BIRDOSWALD. Brookside Villa is the 1st house on the left just after crossing Red Beck.
DRIVING: Gilsland is on the B6318, off the A69 about midway between Brampton and Haltwhistle. Beware! There are a number of turns signposted Gilsland. Be sure to take DENTON GILSLAND 2 miles RAF SPADEADAM and a brown tourist sign for BIRDOSWALD ROMAN FORT. Cross the railway at a level crossing. At the village outskirts follow the road as it swings to the left, past a garage (no fuel/yellow trucks), cross bridge over the River Irthing. Take 1st left signed Birdoswald. Brookside Villa is the 1st house on the left. Pull onto small guest parking area just below the house. SATNAV?? Be wary it can lead you astray—our post code covers approx 1m2 !
Already on the B6318 ??? From, say, Lanercost Priory follow the road toward Gilsland – go past Birdoswald Fort, turn right at the T-juction and you will find us under a mile along the road on the right.
From the East (Housesteads, etc) follow the B6318 towards Greenhead, turn right signposted Gilsland, follow the road for 2 miles into Gilsland village, under the railway bridge, through the village, turn right at the T-juction at the Bridge Inn, past the “yellow truck” garage, over the bridge, turn left at the Y-junction and we’re on the left.
CYCLING: We are on Cycle Route 72—Coast to Coast the Roman Way—@111 miles on the B6318 just west of Gilsland Village
The AD122 Hadrian’s Wall shuttle bus….. ….is no longer subsidised by Cumbria County Council and therefore does not cross the county border! Check online for current timetable & scope. In 2016 the 185 service through Haltwhistle should link up and deliver you here. We will do whatever we can to help you see the Wall in the absence of viable public transport to and from the village.