deambulatio in silvis
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Calleva Atrebatum was once an Iron Age settlement of the Atrebates tribe, but it is more famous for its Roman ruined town which has been extensively excavated by Reading University, with many of the finds hosted in the Reading town museum. On dry summers the outline of the network of buildings shows through the farmers' crop inside the square kilometre enclosure of the still-standing town walls. LOur walk will visit the ruin, and even walk on the walls, though first will visit the nearby amphitheatre and explore the surrounding landscape.
Our walk will be mainly be on field-boundary footpaths (which can occasionally become very muddy) and tracks through the Pamber Forest (have been known to be quite deep in places), but hopefully it will have dried out a little by then. The landscape is gently undulating with no steep hills, but pretty views across North Hampshire, and the occasional sight of Basingstoke.
Well behaved dogs (and owners) are welcome on the walk, but we will be passing through some fields containing livestock - if you have an questions get in touch by message (I don't always see the comments).
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring sufficient food and drink for the walk. There is no pub stop planned on the walk and no where on route to buy food and drink. We will have regular breaks and a picnic lunch.