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River Irthing Tel: 01697 72359

Rising in the hills around Paddaburn Moor in Border Forest Park for the first 15 miles of its journey south it defines the border between Northumberland & Cumbria. After passing Butterburn Flow raised bog the river flows over the 10 metre high Crammel Linn waterfall in a sandstone gorge. At Gilsland Spa a sulphurous spring oozes out of the gorge walls. Chalybeate & petrifying springs are also characteristic of the local geology & are found on the Irthings banks. The River Irthing marked a significant transition in construction of Hadrians Wall between the limestone to the east & sandstone to the west. Hadrians Wall crossed the river on a bridge at Willowford east of Birdoswald Roman Fort. The fort is situated above a steep gorge carved by the river from the deep glacial till overlying the area. From that point its course as it turns west is lined with other Roman sites associated with the Roman Stanegate Rd & Hadrians Wall. A 914 metre 2.999 feet stretch of Wall including 2 turrets & impressive bridge remains beside the River Irthing at Willowford. Linked by a bridge to Birdoswald Roman Fort. Passing Brampton it merges with the River Gelt & soon after meets the River Eden near Warwick Bridge, just north of Wetheral. DONT FORGET TO LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND THEM
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