The village of Silchester is at the very north of Hampshire just below Mortimer West End at the border with Berkshire. Silchester’s name derives from the nearby Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. A large Roman town, some 2000 years old, was built on the site of an Iron Age town, Calleva. The town walls and Roman amphitheatre are some of the best in Britain, which you can see for yourself on the walk.
From Silchester Roman Town car park, the footpath starts by the information pillars. Follow the path and take first stile on the right. Go straight across two fields and three stiles. Turn right along track, through gate and continue to road. Cross road and follow path diagonally to your left. Turn left, then right and follow footpath past the memorial to the village hall. Cross over to the Calleva Arms and turn first left into Dukes Ride. After 15m take footpath on right, pass the houses on your left and continue until you reach a gate. Go through gate and follow the white-topped waymarkers across the common, along gravel track turning left along the boundary fence until you reach the second wooden five bar and single gate. Turn left by information board, along the Pamber Forest bridleway, continue through gate down the slope and over a bridge. Keep following path past a logging shed and through a gate. Go diagonally right crossing Little London Road.
Go over stile opposite, through woodland keeping to the left and take the right fork. Follow field boundary around to the right, until you meet road hedge, where you have to turn left onto Frog Lane. Here turn left, onto Ash Lane then at road junction turn left to get onto road, and take first footpath on right. Go over stile and bridge, then after 10m turn left and over a stile. Continue along this path until the gate where you turn right along the road. Take first road on your left, then after 15m, turn left through gate into the water meadow. Follow hedge on left side until the bridge. Cross over, turning right along the stream then go through gate and onto the stile and follow footpath to edge of the field. Turn left and follow fence to the stile in the far corner. Go through kissing gate and continue straight up the track. At the bend, go straight across field, to the trees (towards lookout post).
Here turn right for 15m, then left through the small wood. Go straight across field towards the Church and onto road. Turn right and visit St Mary’s Church if you wish. Continue up the road to the Roman amphitheatre. On leaving, turn right along road, until you are able to turn left through two gates and then right along the top of the wall to a kissing gate. Once through the gate, follow path to your right back to the car park.
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