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Walk: Silchester and Calleva Atrebatum - 7.5 miles

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Distance: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Walk Speed: Leisurely (not a crawl, but not a fast march either)

This walk passes through the quiet countryside of the Berkshire / Hampshire borders and explores the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum near Silchester....

I've decided, despite the 70% probability of rain in between the sunny intervals, this walk will be going ahead as planned (different leader, different route notwithstanding)...

So, starting from Mortimer railway station car park (pay and display or limited parking on the nearby roads) we will pass by St Mary's
church Mortimer and head off across open fields onto a single-track road which follows the path of "The Devil's Highway" a Roman road, leading up to the (missing) eastern gateway of the Roman settlement.

A visit to the 12th century church of St Mary the Virgin leads us onto the path which follows the outer perimeter of the Roman town providing views of the impressive ruined walls and the surrounding countryside.
We will finish our circumnavigation with a visit to the
amphitheatre before heading back across fields and along lanes returning to St Mary's church Mortimer and the railway station.

Owing to the volume of rain on Friday and (expected) Saturday night the ground will be wet and may be flooded in places regardless of the actual weather on Sunday therefore, please ensure you have suitable
clothing and footwear for the conditions!

There is no planned refreshment/pub stop so please bring any drinks and snacks if you will require them.

If you are not coming please can you update your RSVP to
"NO" before 10am on Sunday morning as otherwise we may be waiting unnecessarily for you at the start.

If there are last minute problems or if you are running late (or lost!) my mobile number is:


I hope to see you on Sunday...


Friendly dogs welcome on the walk, but no Alsatians, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, or similar breeds please.

Meetup sub of £2 applies please

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  • Harry

    Well done with the photos Julie, a very good pastiche of the walk...

    April 29, 2014

  • Harry

    Thanks to everyone who came, saw and conquered... and thanks to the Romans without whom we wouldn't have had a wall to walk around and on!
    See you all again soon...

    April 27, 2014

  • Mo

    Hi really sorry to pull out at such a later stage but Alfie does not seem very well, very sorry, have a great walk!

    April 27, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Harry - hope you enjoy being at the front !!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it today, massive football game I cant miss.

    April 27, 2014

  • Liz

    There is a possibility this walk may be postponed if there is heavy rain on Sunday. A decision will be made late on Saturday afternoon. As I am now unable to lead the walk, Harry has kindly agreed to lead it for me.

    April 25, 2014

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