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 car park with Banks East Turret, a two minute walk from the site. The car park is free to Members with a valid sticker. A footpath takes you from the car park to the tower across uneven turf which can become muddy.
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
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.