Author’s walking book inspired by Roman Roads adventure

A NEW Year’s resolution to walk a Roman road has turned into a much-researched and loved book for one Abbots Ann resident.

In 2013, Annabel Stow made a plan to ramble along a historic path in a bid to help her poor health and discover how much an historic road could be followed.

The amateur archaeologist laid out her Ordnance Survey maps and picked out the Icknield Way which runs from Winchester to Mildenhall, in Wiltshire.

She turned to the Historic Environment Record and Alan Whitney to discover the ancient sites and monuments along the way.

The 66-year-old did not start the walk until 2014 and decided to take on the 31-mile trek in sections.

“I knew I wasn’t going to do it as one long walk and I wasn’t going to do it chronological order as well.”

But Annabel said she discovered some amazing sites and felt like she was following in the footsteps of the Romans and prehistoric people who used the route.