Mortimer - Silchester Roman Town - Mortimer

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This walk passes through the quiet countryside of the Berkshire / Hampshire borders and explores the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum near Silchester. View the Roman walls, visit the amphitheatre and in July or August during the annual archaeological excavations, there are opportunities for a conducted tour of the excavations. You can also visit the 12th Century church on site, reckoned to be the 'earliest Christian settlement west of the Alps'.

There are two pubs and a takeaway en route.

England - South England - Berkshire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Play Area, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife
17/05/2017 - Harley Quilliam

Great walk! There is now only 1 stile on this walk (between WP21 and WP22), and it's an easy one! Lots of variety, rabbits, deer, sheep, umpteen varieties of cattle, and alpacas! The description at WP28 can be amended to "Continue ahead, with church ..." as there is no fence anymore. The walk appears to be about 1 mile longer than advertised, and the height gain is about 470 feet.

17/09/2015 - Walkingworld Administrator

We walked the section at waymark 11 onwards and have tried to improve the instructions as much as possible. It is tricky because the paths go straight across fields on the map but you can choose to go round the edge. Please use the OS map and maybe even get out a compass to be sure!

25/04/2014 - Elizabeth Seamon

All was fine until point 11, where the instructions do not seem to tally with what is ahead of you. We wandered into a field of sheep and the gates in the field are marked 'Private - Do Not Enter' and could not find Church Farm at all and ended up walking a much longer distance to get to the Roman ruins.

19/08/2013 - brian johnson

We noticed the slight problem at point 7 but luckily someone emerged from the houses to direct us. Our main problem came at point 11 where we went totally the wrong way and found the directions confusing at this point. We ended up on a road in the wrong place but eventually caught up with the walk at crossing the farm track. Not sure why we found it so hard. However the walk over the Silchester Roman site was tremendous and made all the previous irritations totally disappear.

06/01/2013 - Andrew Long

Unable to get beyond WM02 as footpath closed due to flooding in meadow beyond church. Station car parking charges now £3.20 per day before 10am and £1.90 at other time.

20/09/2009 - alex mcgivern

Lovely walk as they all seem to be! Just one point and I am not sure if anything can be done. We walked this last week at point 7 there is no longer a footpath sign. A less confident walker might not feel comfortable walking up the drive, but if you are brave and keep going there is a small sign once you get to the barn. There is some of work going on at the house so I am not sure what has happened to the sign.

22/10/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

With thanks to Richard Clayton this walk was updated October 2008.

09/10/2008 - Wendy Hoskin

Fabulous walk on an equally fabulous sunny Autumn day. Lots of variety and lovely views. Instructions are excellent. We had a bit of difficulty getting to waypoint 8-very clear where it was but there was no clear path across the field to it. Anyhow we managed to pick a way across (no crops were planted) in someone else's footsteps. There are also two waypoint 9s, not that it mattered!

04/07/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Rewalked and re-documented and updated in May 2008 with grateful thanks to Richard Clayton.

01/05/2006 - Anne Thomson

A lovey walk, but was difficult for us, as it had several stiles which were anything but dog friendly! We had to lift our dogs over them and they weigh around 5 and a half stone each! It would be great if contributors could state whether stiles are dog friendly.

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