Pike Hill Signal Tower - Hadrian's Wall

Pike Hill Signal Tower - Hadrian's Wall.
A family enjoying the view from the site of Pike Hill Signal Tower.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours

Address:

Banks, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2BX

Before You Go

Pike Hill is one of the few visible elements of the Roman frontier that pre-date Hadrian's Wall. Before the Wall was built in the early 2nd century AD, the soldiers posted here communicated by signalling to the forts along Stanegate, the road that ran east to west, south of what became the Wall. Later incorporated into Hadrian's Wall, the tower commands magnificent views, which show exactly why this isolated site in Cumbria was chosen as a watch point.

Before You Go

Access: There are steps up to the remains of the tower.

Parking: The site shares a small free car park with Banks East Turret, a two minute walk from the site. A footpath takes you from the car park to the tower across uneven turf which can become muddy.

Please note, the postcodes provided are for the next nearest possible location.

Plan a Great Day Out

Pike Hill Signal Tower is part of the Birdoswald Roman Trail. This route takes you from Lanercost Priory to Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge.  You can find café and toilet facilities at either end of the trail at both Birdoswald Roman Fort and Lanercost Priory.

Stay with your group at Birdoswald Farmhouse and base yourself here to explore Pike Hill and the rest of the Birdoswald Trail.

Guidebook: Hadrian's Wall

Price: £5.00

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