(7-10 minutes off the Trail) Grid Ref: NY 625 659
From the East—
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 Gilsland, with the Village Hall on your left, walk to the “Bridge Inn”, turn right signed Birdoswald, then from ++)
From the West—
Follow the Trail through Birdoswald, past Willowford Farm and onto the road opposite the School, turn left and follow from * above
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—our post code covers approx 1m2 ! ! !
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. We will do whatever we can to help you see the Wall in the absence of public transport to and from the village.