The three-mile stretch of Hadrian's Wall that survives west of Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria tells us much about how the Wall worked and developed. The remains here include Leahill and Piper Sike turrets, which were built in stone in the early 2nd century AD. Originally there were two such turrets to every Roman mile along Hadrian's Wall, each manned by a few soldiers watching over the frontier. The Wall in this sector was first built of turf, but was later replaced in stone, incorporating these turrets.
Before You Go
Access: Please be aware that the turrets are directly on the roadside.
Parking: There is a free car park available at Banks East Turret, a 15 minute walk away. Please take care when walking along the road from the car park to the sites.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
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Plan a Great Day Out
Birdoswold Roman Fort is just a five minute drive from Lea Hill and Piper Sike turrets and is a great stopping point along the trail. Discover the extensive remains of the Roman Fort and visit the exhibition. The tearoom also serves delicious home-made scones for summer afternoons or warming soup for wintery days. Why not base you and your group at Birdoswald Farmhouse, our accommodation for groups on Hadrian's Wall.