Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Gilsland, Northumberland, is about 1 mile North of the A69 from Carlisle and is a small village at the edge of the county where the River Irthing flows down from almost deserted land stretching to the Scottish border. A good section of Hadrian's Wall extends to Gilsland from the East. Part of Poltross Burn milecastle is in the railway embankment, and a stretch of wall is in a garden East of the school. There are Roman inscriptions on two altars. The Wall continues West. It was in Gilsland that Sir Walter Scott met Charlotte Carpenter, and they were married in Carlisle. Several years after their marriage, they revisited the wells of Gilsland, to spend a few days among the scenes where they had first met. Whilst they were at the spa, the invasion was signalled by beacon-flares on hilltops and Martello towers spread across England. Scott immediately set off on horseback to volunteer to fight Napoleon, and rode a hundred miles into Scotland in twenty-four hours; only to find that it was a false alarm.
Birdoswald, close to Gilsland, has the remains of a 5-acre Roman fort, comprising walls and east gateway.
Brampton, West, is a pleasant market town. The Written Rock of Gelt, a rock inscribed by a Roman standard bearer, is on the River Gelt l½ miles South of Brampton.
Bewcastle, a Roman site, is 11 miles North of Brampton and has some remains of a castle. The famous Bewcastle Cross, the only one of its kind in England, is in the churchyard. It is a shaft, dating from the late 7th century, classed as an Ancient Monument. St John the Baptist, Christ, and a “falconer” (St John the Evangelist? or Alcfrith?) are shown, with Runic inscriptions and decorations.
Nearby cities: Carlisle
Nearby towns: Brampton, Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge
Nearby villages: Banks, Bardon, Bardon Mill, Bewcastle, Castle Carrock, Coanwood, Cumwhitton, Farlam, Featherstone, Greenhead, Hayton, How, Irthington, Kershopefoot, Kirkcambeck, Knarsdale, Lambley, Shopford, Slaggyford, Thorngrafton, Upper Denton, Walton, Whitfield
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- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation