Discovering Calleva Atrebatum, 9 miles, easy/moderate

May 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am
Bramley Station
Bramley, Tadley RG26 5BX
Grant A

This 9-mile circular walk from Bramley follows the route of the Silchester Trail, including a walk along the walls of Calleva Atrebatum (originally an Iron Age settlement and later a Roman town).

Booking is required for this walk, which is limited to 30 walkers, via the form here.

Pace: medium. Ascent: 115m.

Walk details

Starting from Bramley Rail Station, we head out of the village passing through Bramley Frith wood, to pick up the Brenda Parker Way, which takes us across pleasant fields and along some quiet country lanes to Calleva Atrebatum.

Calleva Atrebatum (“Calleva of the Atrebates”) was an Iron Age settlement, as capital of the Atrebates tribe. It then became a walled town in the Roman province of Britannia at a major crossroads in the Roman roads of Britain.

We will have lunch at the remains of the Calleva Atrebatum Amphitheatre, before walking along the walls towards modern day Silchester, where we will take refershement at the Calleva Arms.

After the Calleva Arms we will pass through the outskirts of Pamber Forest, before heading back across the fields towards Bramley and then back through Bramley Frith wood towards the start point. If there is a significant wait until the next train, walkers can find refreshment at the Bramley Inn.

Travel details

By public transport

From Reading, take the 10:38 train, arriving into Bramley at 10:56.

From Oxford, take the 09:30 train and change onto the above at Reading. From Didcot Parkway, take the 09:56 train and change onto the above at Reading.

By car

There is a free car park at Jibbs Meadow, just round the corner from the station:


  • If you or someone else from your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.
  • Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.
  • It might be muddy – please wear suitable footwear.
  • Please feel free to contact the leader with queries about the walk, or if you are delayed on the day.