Willowford Bridge

Gilsland – Willowford Bridge

Location Gilsland

Grid Ref NY 623665



Since Roman time, the River Irthing has changed its course and moved westwards. The stonework here (and in the aerial picture above) is the remains of an abutment which supported the east end of a bridge carrying Hadrian’s Wall across the River Irthing, and which protected the river bank from erosion.



During the Roman period, three successive bridges were built here. An information panel shows what the first bridge carrying Hadrian’s Wall across the river may have looked like.


In 2001 a new metal bridge was built over the River Irthing, to provide a continuous route from Gilsland to Birdoswald.


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