Epiacum Roman Fort

At 330m (1050ft) above sea level, Epiacum (Whitley Castle) is the highest stone-built Roman fort in Britain. It housed a garrison of about 500 men, and was probably built to control mining for lead and silver. Although we have yet to discover evidence for Roman mining in the North Pennines, archaeologists agree that it must have taken place here. The Roman road known as the Maiden Way (between the forts at Kirkby Thore, in the Eden Valley, and Carvoran, on Hadrian’s Wall) passes close by the Fort. A trail leaflet is available at the car park (1 hour, rough terrain)
Ramparts at Epiacum Roman Fort © Epiacum Heritage Ltd


Epiacum Roman Fort is in the South Tyne Valley three miles north of Alston / 3 miles south of Slaggyford. It can be accessed either from the Pennine Way which passes alongside it or from a small car parking area (honesty box donations) below the Fort on the A689.


  • Off road sections
  • Steep sections



  • Car parking