Following the Hadrian's Wall Path from Gilsland as it heads downhill at Willowford you can see the abutments of the Roman Bridge.
Hadrian's Wall at Willowford, the wall ends at the bridge abutments but, unlike the new bridge to the left in this picture, the Roman bridge headed straight up the cliff in front of you, an amazing feat of engineering.
The River Irthing by Willowford Bridge, great place for a picnic, and for a fossil hunt.
Once you pass this point going west you head uphill, in spring the edges of the track are lined with wild primrose.
It's a fair pull uphill and the track had quite large loose stones so you must take care.
The view east from Birdoswald towards Walltown Crags
This is almost the view you get straight out of the car park so it's a good place for anyone who can't walk far. During the season you can also visit Birdoswald Fort.
The view over the valley from the road, I am trying to show just how much difference in level there is between the two ends of the Roman Bridge, it must have been such an impressive sight joining the two parts of the bits of Hadrian's Wall that are left, from the Irthing Valley to the plateau above.