Roman Road, Fairmile Road

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Course of Roman road from the air, Fairmile Road near Sedbergh MYD33151 (c) YDNPA 2023

Course of Roman road from the air, Fairmile Road near Sedbergh MYD33151 (c) YDNPA, 2023

A well-preserved section of Roman road on an embankment can be seen where it deviates from the course of the modern road (Fairmile Road) in the far north west of the National Park. It was part of the road that ran from Ribchester fort to Tebay, itself part of a major north-south route between the Roman towns and military bases at Chester and Carlisle. A small excavation across the road took place in 1962. It was found to have substantial stone foundations and the remains of a layer of closely packed stones forming the well-cambered surface. There were no ditches alongside it.


Macadam, E M L (1964) ‘A section of the Roman road south of Low Borrow bridge, Westmorland’ TCWAAS. Vol 64 pp76-80


Entering Sedbergh from west on A684 take left turn beside Dalesman pub into Howgill Lane. Continue along this road for about 5 miles. Just past Eel Gill, the embanked Roman road detours to the right of the modern road for about 400 metres.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Sedbergh. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 874 for Cumbria information.


Viewable from roadside.