From Heddon the path moves further into open countryside and joins the Military Road or the B6318 if you prefer its more modern but much less interesting name. The Military Road is often thought of as a Roman road, (even by locals), due to its straightness. However, the term ‘Military’ comes from the fact that it was constructed by Hanoverian forces in 1746 to supress the Jacobites, (led by Bonnie Prince Charlie), after their uprising the previous year.
The Military Road runs close to the Wall from Heddon all the way to Greenhead, a distance of some 30 miles and is generally thought of as one of the single most damaging operations to the Wall in recorded history. This is due to large amounts of material from the Wall, (mostly limestone and sandstone), being taken and used for hardcore in the construction of the road.
3 miles to the west of Heddon you’ll pass the turn off to Albemarle Barracks. The barracks were built on the site of the former RAF Ouston, a Second World War airfield, from which flew a variety of aircraft including Hurricanes and Spitfires. Albemarle is currently the home of the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery whose self-propelled guns can occasionally be seen on the Military Road.