Silchester - Saturday 9th August
short walk around the Roman town of Silchester and a visit to the
excavations Open Day. Silchester is the meeting point for five Roman
roads, including the 'Devil's Highway' which runs through Berkshire from
London and Staines, and roads from Alchester, Cirencester, Salisbury
Meet at 11.00am in the
Silchester Car Park, Grid Ref SU636629. Approaching Mortimer from the
east, fork left opposite the recreation ground. After approx one mile
turn left, signed Silchester with a brown sign. At a T junction turn
left and the car park is shortly on the right. Bring drinks and a
packed lunch. The path is not particularly muddy but walking shoes are
recommended, and suitable clothing as there is very little shelter.
Toilets are to be found at the car park and in the church. Please note
that Silchester village is some distance from the Roman Town.
walk will circumnavigate the town and visit the 12th century church of
St Mary the Virgin. Weather permitting, lunch will be taken in the
Amphitheatre before completing the walk round the walls. As an optional
extra for those who wish to learn more, the Reading University
excavations will be open to visitors, and tours of the site, displays,
and demonstrations of archaeological techniques will be available. This
is the last year of the excavations in Insula IX.