2020 London’s Roman Wall Social walk

Saturday 7th March 2020


Social walk March 2020

We started our walk from outside the main entrance of Fenchurch Street station, making our way to Tower Hill and the first sighting of the old wall.
From here we travelled North, weaving between the streets to spot remains of the wall before reaching Aldgate. Although the old gates of London are long gone, the Museum of London have placed tiles or information boards where they once stood. The display at Aldgate is one of the best. Our walk was fortunate to coincide with a exhibition of sculptures in the city and as we followed the route of the wall North towards the Barbican, several of these sculptures could be appreciated. The group spent a little time exploring the area around the Barbican where some of the best remains of the wall are seen. Onwards to the Museum of London and a break for lunch.
After lunch, it was South to the River Thames, passing places of interest such as the burial place of Dick Whittington, probably London’s most famous Lord Mayor. The river was much wider when the Romans were here, and a real find, tucked away in what is now a church-yard just off Lower Thames Street, was an original timber post from the first bridge across the river. A short stroll back to Tower Hill completed the walk.
I thank the Centurions and friends who attended the walk, George Beecham who did the reconnaissance walk with me, and Ken Livermore for providing extra notes of interest on the day.

2020 Colchester

The 2020 race was to have been held in the picturesque Lower Castle Park, Colchester using paths through the park plus a short stretch outside on the road.  Unfortunately by April it was evident that COVID-19 restrictions on travel, public gatherings and hygiene measures in force to mitigate risks to  walkers, helpers and supporters made cancelling the race the only option.  The race was being organised in conjunction with the Colchester Harriers and Colchester Events and we express our grateful thanks and appreciation to them for the help and advice they gave us up until cancellation was necessary.