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Roman Way

Akeman StreetThe Roman Way is a 174 mile walk, on the theme of Roman roads, using public rights of way. It follows a triangle formed by three Roman roads from Chesterton, near Bicester in Oxfordshire to Cirencester in Gloucestershire, and on to the Roman walled town of Silchester in Hampshire, returning to the Roman military fort at Alchester near the starting point.

The route follows Akeman Street as it crosses the limestone heights of the Cotswold Hills to Cirencester, then south-east following the Ermin Way across the Wiltshire Downs, through the village of Speen in Berkshire, descending to cross the River Kennet as the Romans did. The Way continues through the heathlands and pine forest north to Dorchester on Thames. From this Roman settlement the route goes directly north beside Oxford and across Otmoor, the marsh where the Romans built a bridge to reach the fort at Alchester.

The guidebook divides the Roman Way into 17 day walk sections, which provide access points. The sections are as follows:
Chesterton to Sturdy’s Castle 8.5 miles
Sturdy’s Castle to Ramsden 9 miles
Ramsden to Burford 10.7 miles
Burford to Coln St Aldwyns 10.1 miles
Coln St Aldwyns to Cirencester 11.5 miles
Cirencester to Cricklade 9.7 miles
Cricklade to South Marston 10.5 miles
South Marston to Aldbourne 11 miles
Aldbourne to East Garston 9.3 miles
East Garston to Donnington 8.7 miles
Donnington Castle to Woolhampton 9.5 miles
Woolhampton to Silchester 9.7 miles
Silchester to Bradfield 10.3 miles
Bradfield to Aston Upthorpe 11.5 miles
Aston Upthorpe to Dorchester 11.5 miles
Dorchester to Oxford 12 miles
Oxford to Alchester 10.5 miles

 

 

 

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Start: Chesterton

Grid Ref: SP 560213

End: Alchester

Grid Ref: SP 578203

Distance: 278 km

Walking Time: 17 days

Counties Traversed
Oxfordshire
Gloucestershire
Wiltshire
Berkshire
Hampshire

Explorer™ Maps
OL45; 157; 158; 159; 169; 170; 180; 191

Roman Way Guidebook

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