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A half-mile stretch of the Hadrian’s Wall Path leads from the edge of Gilsland village to the farm at Willowford and down to the River Irthing. You’ll find two turrets, an excellently preserved section of the wall and the remains of the abutment that supported the eastern end of the Roman bridge over the river. Interpretation panels explain exactly what it is you’re looking at.

Continue across the Irthing, on the unusual bridge airlifted into place in 1999, to visit Birdoswald Roman fort and the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall still standing.