Roman Way

The Roman Way is a 174-mile walk that follows a triangle formed by three Roman roads.

Starting in Chesterton, near Bicester, it travels southwest along Akeman Street, through the Cotswolds and onto Cirencester in neighbouring Gloucestershire.

It then heads southeast, following the Ermin Way across the Wiltshire Downs, crossing into Berkshire before entering the Roman walled town of Silchester, Hampshire.

From here, the route heads north through heathland and pine forest to Dorchester-on-Thames before passing the RSPB nature reserve at Otmoor. It’s free to enter this vast expanse of wet meadows and reedbeds, which are home to thousands of ducks such as teals and wigeons in the winter months and are a haven for breeding wading birds including lapwings and redshanks in the summer. The Romans built a bridge at Otmoor to reach the largest of Oxfordshire’s Roman towns at Alchester, close to the Roman Way’s starting point.