Pike Hill Signal Tower

Tower in Hexham

Pike Hill Tower On Hadrians Wall
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Mike Quinn

Pike Hill Signal Tower was one of, a number of signal towers, that were built on high ground overlooking the Roman Stanegate road, the Roman road between Corbridge and Carlisle, in northern Britannia during the early 2nd century. The watchtowers were built on high ground with commanding views, and used for signalling to the Stanegate forts and other towers.

Here at Pike Hill was one of these early signal towers. Later incorporated into Hadrian’s Wall, the tower commands magnificent views.

It was excavated in 1931 which showed that it was about 20 feet square in plan with exceptionally deep foundations that suggest that it was once very tall.

Its remains, a 2-metre (6 ft 7 in) long fragment of the south-east wall, lie south of a modern road which destroyed a lot of the tower. The tower is located between Turret 51B and Turret 52A with the fort of Banna located to the east.

The Pike Hill Signal Tower appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Hexham!

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Visiting Pike Hill Signal Tower


Open any reasonable time during daylight hours.


£2 parking charge applies to non-members

Address: Pike Hill, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2BX
Duration: 20 minutes

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