Bewcastle - Added to Iconic Landscapes and Ancient Sites in North West

I have just added this to the map of places to fly your drone at Drone Scene:

Land owner permission obtained.

The farm owns the land. Permission gained although TOAL easy from the roadside.


RAF Spadadam media email address is on their website.

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 18/04/2022. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

Bewcastle Roman Fort was built to the north of Hadrien’s wall.The remains of the fort are situated at the village of Bewcastle.

The fort was unusual for a Roman fort, being an irregular hexagon shape and occupied the whole of the small plateau on which it stood. It occupied an area of almost 6 acres (24,000 m2). The fort was connected to Banna (Birdoswald) by a Roman road. Sometimes known by the modern name of the Maiden Way. Two stone signalling towers have been discovered between the two forts (at Barron’s Pike and Robin Hood’s Butts), and it is believed that these were used to relay signals between the forts.

It is believed that the fort was built at about the same time as the forts on Hadrian’s Wall, and that it was originally built with turf defences and timber buildings, but with gates and headquarters of stone. An inscription indicates the fort was built by the Cohors I Dacorum. After 142, a short period of abandonment coinciding with the move into Scotland followed, and the fort was reoccupied in c.

It was later completely rebuilt in stone. There were gateways to the north, south, east and west, the west gateway being the main one. The commandant’s house (praetorium) was in the approximate centre of the hexagon, with the headquarters (principia) to the immediate north of it. A Hadrianic-style bathhouse was situated in the south-east section of the fort.

Building inscriptions found at the site indicate that detachments from at least three legions were involved in the building of the fort.

The fort was largely destroyed in 343 when Hadrian’s Wall was overrun.It was subsequently rebuilt but was finally destroyed after the barbarian invasion of 367 and was abandoned.

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First full litchi mission, learnt a lot!

Speeded up video here (it is a long one!)

Full video here (waaayyyy longer)