Dog Friendly Day Out in Northern England

Birdoswald Fort (Hadrian's Wall)

A dog friendly day out in Gilsland, Cumbria.

Northumberland National Park

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DogPeople Says : Birdoswald Roman Fort (Hadrian’s Wall)

Hamish visited on a cold April 08 day. When the wind blew it was really cold so it was easy to imagine how cold it must have been here when the Romans built and occupied the site. There is now a free car park a short walk from the site. Once on English Heritage’s site there’s a good shop / reception area with a teashop (including an area where we took tea, coffee, a cake and a sandwich with Hamish). There’s a very interesting information centre to start the tour – and the normal range of information boards around the site. There are also picnic benches and toilets. The site has a later stone farmhouse with a tower– some of its history is also explained on the boards. The ruins of this fort have not been as exposed as some others along the wall but one can still get a good impression of its scope and scale. Its location is beautiful with the deep valley of the River Irthing running on its southern side. A fenced picnic area is just outside the fort’s walls to make the best of this spot – apparently one can see the Lake District’s fells on a clear day (when we visited we could certainly see snow on Cross Fell on the north Pennines).


At the East Gate What's over there? Hamish at Birdoswald

Key Info:
OS Map 86; ref NY 615663.

Take your dog somewhere new and explore the grounds of Birdoswald Roman Fort. For those who want an introduction to Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria, or an overview of its history and appearance at one single site, Birdoswald is the place to visit. This site is ideal for dogs that need space to enjoy their walks.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Birdiswald Roman Fort. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

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