Roaming the Roman wall and way at Croy
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It took 12 years to build and was abandoned only 8 years later, join us to walk along a well preserved section of the the Vallum Antonini where early Syrian was spoken by the guards, defending the Roman strong hold of Britannia from Caledonia.
The Antonine wall is the furthest north of the Roman era bounder walls. Mostly made of turf and wood, it's remains are mostly earthworks.
We will be walking mostly on off road paths, which may be very muddy if it has rained recently, there is a short section on a road without pavement that can be busy, and another section where we walk on pavement along beside a road for 30 mins. Total distance is about 19km, which will take us about 5 hours plus breaks.
We start by walking up though Croy to Croy Hill fort then East, joining a road without pavements for a short while, then walking along a long well preserved stretch of wall, past Cumbernauld airport to Castlecarry, from here we walk west to join the coarse of Via Flavii a roman road joining the Vici of the roman Forts along the walls to farms and supply routes, form this path we cut again down to the Station car park, we can from her add on a hour walk out to Bar hill with its remaining exposed foundations and dramatic section of the wall, returning back to the station via a section of the Military Way.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
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
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
Bring lunch and snacks