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Roman Invasion of Wales: Caerwent Roman Town and Caerleon Roman Fortress
The best reserved Roman amphitheatre and the most complete Roman town walls in the whole of Britain are to be found just across the Severn Bridge from Bristol, quite close to Newport. On this trip we will explore the early Roman period in South Wales. The Romans quickly took over south eastern Britain when they arrived with 45000 soldiers in AD 43. The tribes of the land we now call Wales proved much more of a challenge. The Romans were here for the mineral wealth that lies beneath the mountains and hills of this beautiful, but demanding landscape. It took them forty years to subdue the native people and bring them under the Roman heel. In doing so they created an infrastructure of roads and forts and just a handful of key towns. Only fragments remain. Caerwent Roman Town boasts third century walls reaching to a height of nearly twenty feet. There are the remains of town houses and shops, the administrative buildings and a market, as well as a Romano-British temple. Caerleon on the River Usk is where the Second Legion Augusta made their home as they fought to subdue the people of Wales. There is a complete amphitheatre where the legion trained and was entertained, more walls, a set of barrack blocks and a magnificently displayed bathing complex. There is also one of the finest museum collections of Roman military equipment in the country, if not in the whole of Europe. This is a study day: an opportunity for more of an in-depth and detailed look at a particular historical period or key event in the story of our shared past. The day will be delivered as a ‘walking lecture’ while we tour these fine sites. There is a limit of fifteen people on this journey so there will be plenty of opportunities for asking questions. A full set of detailed notes accompanies this study day. If you would like to share lifts from Bath/Bristol or Cardiff/Newport post a message on the comment board below.

Caerwent Roman Town Visitor Car Park

Caerwent · Newport


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    My name is Steve Mynard and I lead journeys of exploration and discovery into the landscapes of our past. I set up A Walk in the Past to give me an opportunity to share my passion for walking and for history with like minded people. I have lived in the West Country for thirty-five years since moving here from Essex in 1982. During that time I have wandered all over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset as well as the Bristol and Bath area and further afield into South Wales and the Southwest Peninsular. There is just so much history around here! I really enjoy the research that goes into each of my walks.

    I am a qualified Lowland Walk Leader with Mountain Training and a qualified Outdoor First Aid Provider.

    Since we started out in October 2016 I have put on 39 events and the feedback is pretty good! People who join A Walk in the Past like a good walk with interesting people and they like learning more about the history of our region. We always stop off somewhere for refreshments.

    Our walks are between four and eight miles in length and of varying levels of challenge, but generally the term 'amble' covers most of them.

    Lift sharing is always encouraged so don't let transport be a barrier. Walkers make arrangements through the Comment Board for each event. Lifts are regularly available from Bath and Bristol.

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