Monday 20th September my wife and I took an afternoon window of opportunity to visit Burgh-by-Sands and Drumburgh on the now quite lost course of Hadrian’s Wall. Stones of which can be found in St Michael’s, the parish church of Burgh, set upon the Roman Fort of Aballava (place of the apple trees).
Drumburgh Castle is a hybrid bastle-cum-towerhouse from where the broad expanse of the Solway Firth may have been surveyed. There is an altar beside the grand stone steps and the near castellated top is the viewing platform (I have in the past climbed the metal internal ladder to stand on that airy perch). Opposite Lowther House, was formerly a pub betrayed in the quaint lingering text. From the village lane one can look south to the Caldbeck Fells. While I spotted a new haaf net set casually against the saltmarsh bounding hedge at the edge of the tidal Solway shore.