Approach to Willowford Bridge on Hadrian’s Wall

This evening, I am focusing on a fascinating section of Hadrian’s Wall, where nature defeated the might of the Roman Empire.

The River Irthing crosses the section of the Wall between Gilsland and Birdoswald. Here, the relentless move west of the River Irthing forced the Romans to build two successors to the original bridge and left for posterity the stranded stonework remains of an abutment which supported  the east end of the bridge and protected the river bank from erosion.

The bridge remains are found in a classic stretch of the Wall.

River Irthing, Willowford Bridge, Hadrian’s Wall

Willowford Bridge Abutment, Hadrian’s Wall

Willowford Bridge abutment on Hadrian’s Wall

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