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||Walking with Boudicca
from South Central Indiana, US
| Posted 24-01-2009 at 14:00  |
Coldrum submitted this article on walking the sites associated with Boudicca
I was about to embark on the first in a sequence of journeys tracing routes taken by some of the most famous and not-so-famous figures in the history of these islands.
Determined to immerse myself in our past, and to break away from my sedentary lifestyle, I was going to recreate some of these great journeys that have shaped our island story. On foot.
On this particular walk I would be following in the footsteps of Boudicca who, in AD60, led a rebellion against the Roman overlords, marching on Colchester, London and what is now St Albans, laying waste to each in turn.
I had a good 25 miles ahead of me that day, much farther than I'd ever walked before, but I had a sense of bravado.
I mean, it's only walking. How hard can it be?
I set off with a determined stride and within an hour-and-a-half was strolling into the village of Caistor St Edmund, where I would take up the trail of my historic fellow-traveller.
We know very little about Boudicca. We don't even know whether her name really was Boudicca, or where she lived.
But we do know that she came as close as anyone to driving the Romans out of Britain, fired by vengeance, injustice and the cruellest sense of grievance induced in any mother from any period in history.
'She was very tall in build,' wrote the Roman historian Cassius Dio, 'most terrifying in her demeanour, the glint in her eye most fierce. A great mound of red hair fell to her waist, around her neck was a large golden torc and she wore a tunic of many colours upon which a cloak was fastened with a brooch.'
She was, he added, 'possessed of a greater intelligence than is usually found in women'.
Boudicca was the wife of Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, a wealthy tribe whose lands covered most of what is now Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire at the time of the Roman conquest.
Archaeological finds of fine clothing and jewellery suggest they were big on ostentatious displays of opulence, just as in centuries from now East Anglian archaeologists might turn up hoop earrings, sovereign rings and thick gold chains.
Prasutagus was a client king, permitted to retain his status as long as he didn't resist Roman rule.
Around AD60 he died suddenly and the trouble began. In his will he left half his estate to his two daughters and the other half to the Emperor Nero. When this news reached Catus Decianus, the Roman procurator of Britain, he was furious.
As far as Catus was concerned, the Iceni lands were not Prasutagus's to bequeath to anyone other than the Roman Empire.
He overreacted to a quite unbelievable degree, sending soldiers into the Iceni lands to pillage the property of their nobles.
For the late king's family, things were to get much, much worse. Catus had Boudicca, queen of the Iceni, flogged while her daughters were raped in front of her by Roman soldiers.
The resentment that had festered against Roman rule for the best part of two decades exploded into angry rebellion.
Under Boudicca's leadership, the Iceni and their neighbours would set off for the Roman capital at Camulodunum, modern Colchester, for an orgy of destruction and murder.
We don't know from where Boudicca's army set out, so I had chosen the village of Caistor St Edmund, close to the main route to Camulodunum.
Most of the road along which Boudicca would have passed is now the A12, but on the map there was a stretch marked 'Roman road' running parallel to the main thoroughfare for a good distance just south of Ipswich.
Once I was through the suburbs I passed beneath the A12 through a foot tunnel and emerged on the old road. This had once been the main road south from Ipswich, but nothing came up here any more. Some plastic bags whipped around in circles in the wind. It was quiet; I was all alone.
For the first time, I felt like I was peeking through the curtains of time. This was the very same route as Boudicca and her army would have taken.
The trundling carts passed along here. The Iceni, grimly determined and driven by vengeance, would have walked with Boudicca at their head, a vast procession of men, women, children and horses spread wide across the road and beyond into the fields, knowing that with every step, they were closer to justice, or at least their version of it.
Walking in their footsteps, I could feel the butterflies in my stomach, the feeling that every step was into the unknown.
That evening, as I soaked in a hot bath at a Colchester hostelry, I reflected on what Boudicca and her cohorts did to the Roman capital when they reached it.
Camulodunum had all the trappings of a major Roman town - a senate building, shops, a theatre and a temple dedicated to the late Emperor Claudius, conqueror of Britain.
For a capital, Camulodunum was curiously lax in its defences.
It was home to hundreds of army veterans who, having completed their 25 years of military service, were given plots of land.
Most of the Roman military forces in Britain were engaged in a concerted attempt to wipe out the druids on Anglesey. Hence Camulodunum had at best a skeleton defence force.
When news of Boudicca's travelling hordes reached the town, the locals pressed Catus Decianus, the man responsible for triggering the uprising, to provide military assistance.
He mustered barely 200 troops then hitched up his toga and hotfooted it to Gaul before Boudicca could get hold of him.
Boudicca's forces approached Colchester meeting no opposition. Nevertheless, they fell upon the place in a storm of aggression and destruction. Property was looted and burned to the ground. The soldiers would have provided only token resistance to the thousands of screaming, blue-painted warriors descending on the town. Nothing and no one would have been spared.
Those who remained barricaded themselves inside the Temple of Claudius, until the Britons scaled the walls and began to dismantle the roof, dropping on to the survivors and killing them where they stood.
It's likely that Boudicca's forces would have hung around Camulodunum for a couple of days, celebrating, praying and dividing up the loot, before heading south to the port of Londinium.
Londinium was a lesser focus of Roman power, but economically important to the occupying people. The Roman road from Colchester to Chelmsford and thence to the outskirts of London is again the A12, so I struck out on a parallel path and was delighted to find, at one stage, that I was crossing Boadicea Way.
I passed through Chelmsford, eventually arriving on the outskirts of Brentwood. After days in the countryside, I'd hit suburbia. Huge mock Tudor mansions lined the road.
Suddenly I had my breath taken away. I crested a hill while looking at the map, and when I looked up there, before me, was the London skyline with its familiar NatWest Tower, Gherkin and St Paul's Cathedral. Boudicca would have come over this hill - albeit to witness a very different skyline.
Londinium was a fairly new settlement of 30,000 inhabitants. Goods and slaves were exported here, while imports were unloaded in what would have been a lively, noisy place. It would have been distinctly muted that day, though, as Suetonius Paulinus, the commander of the Roman forces, had arrived with his cavalry.
He had two options. The first: to assemble as many soldiers as he could to defend the town. However, he'd heard about the devastation of Camulodunum and knew that the Britons would be arriving in even greater numbers.
The alternative was to evacuate Londinium, leave it to the mercy of the Iceni and their allies, and muster a large Roman force to meet them at full strength somewhere down the road. He chose the latter option.
Londinium was doomed. I followed the route of the old Roman road through Romford and Ilford and on beyond Stratford. When Boudicca's forces arrived, Londinium would have been almost deserted.
Cassius Dio describes what the rebels did to the locals who were left. The city's most distinguished women were hung up naked, their breasts cut off and sewn into their mouths, before being impaled on stakes.
When the Thames was running red with blood, the rebels torched London. Many people were burnt alive. Boudicca's rebellion had no political cause at its heart: this was sheer, visceral vengeance. Once Londinium had been ransacked, the rebels made for the road to Verulamium, a major seat of the wealthy Catuvellauni tribe, now St Albans.
The Romans had routed Watling Street, a major thoroughfare, through Verulamium. It was an obvious target. The road is the A5, starting at the bottom of London's Edgware Road, and it's fairly certain that Boudicca would have joined it where it met the road from Camulodunum. It's a spot now occupied by Marble Arch, where I found myself early one blustery morning.
It was about 20 miles to St Albans, a journey that would have taken Boudicca and her cumbersome caravan two days, if not more. I was aiming to do it in one.
The coffee shops and sandwich bars soon gave way to a procession of Turkish and Arabic emporia. I passed within a hefty six of Lord's cricket ground and then, at Maida Vale, the spot where the headmaster Philip Lawrence was killed in 1995. On through Cricklewood and its synagogues, Wembley Stadium to my left.
By six o'clock that evening, I was in St Albans. The next morning I headed to Verulamium Park, the site of the old town sacked by Boudicca. It was a peaceful morning, the sun glinting off the damp grass.
By the time Boudicca arrived, Verulamium was deserted. The locals had legged it, taking everything of value with them. The wind direction made it harder to burn down the town.
The destruction was still extensive, but there was a sense that the fun was going out of all this looting and burning. The sacking of Verulamium would prove to be the Boudiccan revolt's last success.
I made my way to the edge of town. My step was slowing tangibly, too, as my first historical journey was coming to an end. This is where I would leave Boudicca; where the historical trail goes cold.
The inevitable big battle between Boudicca's mob and the Roman army did take place, but nobody can say for sure where it was. Mancetter, near Atherstone in Warwickshire, seems the most likely location.
Either way, the Britons were defeated and Boudicca was never heard of again. Many surmise that she chose to take her own life by drinking poison rather than suffer the ignominy of being taken to Rome and paraded through the streets. Nothing is known of what became of her daughters.
There was a groundless rumour in Victorian times that Boudicca is buried beneath Platform 8 at King's Cross Station in London, while in 2006 Birmingham archaeologists claimed they'd found her grave in King's Norton, next to McDonald's.
I stood for a while, looking along Watling Street, picturing a noble, charismatic queen standing proud on her chariot at the head of her warriors, their carts rumbling along the track, heading towards her destiny.
For more, see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1112246/Walking-Boudicca-We-follow-historic-journey--Essex-underpass-McDonalds.html
[ This message was edited by: bat400 on 2009-01-24 14:09 ]
from Oldham, Lancashire
| Posted 04-02-2009 at 10:47  |
Coldrum via Bat400 wrote, in part...........
"""Most of the Roman military forces in Britain were engaged in a concerted attempt to wipe out the druids on Anglesey. Hence Camulodunum had at best a skeleton defence force."""
It's accepted wisdom that this action against the druids ended centuries of traditional religion in England and Wales, and that all the knowledge the druids possessed died with them.
Wouldn't the knowledge be preserved among the Gaels of Ireland? And maybe in Scotland? At least until christianity arrived?
from The New Forest
| Posted 04-02-2009 at 11:29  |
Adze-head will come
across a sea craze-headed
hollow-headed his cloak
bent-headed his staff.
He will sing maledictions
his dish (judgement-giving) in the back (western) corner of his house,
all his people answering
"Only one, only one" (bilingual pun on "Amen")
From Mythical Ireland.
from Randolph County, West Virginia
| Posted 24-03-2009 at 13:05  |
This was an intruiging account by bat400, as I too am fascinated by the story of Boudicca, and somewhat surprised that they haven't as yet discovered the site of her last battle with Roman forces. I would think that with all of the metal detectorists that are combing the fields of Britain that it should be easier to claim or disprove where that site actually was. Or maybe I'm just thinking about the two sites in Germany, one where the Romans were soundly defeated by Germanic tribes, and the other where the Romans prevailed quite some time afterwards.
Also since we have superior technology to detect any anomalies in the ground, we should be able to prove or disprove Boudicca's burial spot, especially if it's at the railroad platform site, at least it will be one site less to speculate on. One other consideration regarding Boudicca's daughters, is the real possibility that they were taken to Ireland, to live out the rest of their lives.
from South Central Indiana, US
| Posted 11-05-2009 at 03:17  |
Coldrum sends another article on Walking with Boadicea:
Dixe Wills unravels the myth of East Anglia's warrior queen as he follows in the footsteps of her rebel army.
Everything we know about Boadicea is wrong. Those knives coming out of the side of her chariot wheels? A romantic fiction. That she lies buried under platform 10 of King's Cross station? An urban myth. Worse still, it turns out she's not even called Boadicea - that was a mistranscription by some careless mediaeval scribe.
"However, you can be pretty sure that Boudica walked right where we're standing now."
When curator John Davies made this outlandish assertion, I happened to be in the Boudica Gallery of Norwich Castle Museum standing by a horde of exquisite golden jewellery from Boudica's time, and a recreation of a Boudica-style chariot (you can take it for a virtual ride through Norfolk). This made his claim seem just a little too much like wishful thinking.
"Well," he began patiently, "we're in Norwich Castle, which is built on the site of a fort held by the Iceni. Boudica, as leader of the Iceni, would have visited all her forts from time to time. Thus, you can be pretty sure she's been here before us."
Nearly 2,000 years before us, in fact, more than enough time for her trail to have gone cold. Or so you might think. However, thanks to the writings left us by Roman historian Tacitus (and a bit of work from South Norfolk Council), for the next three days, I would be walking Boudica's Way. In doing so, I would trace the first 40 miles marched by the warrior queen's army at the beginning of the greatest rebellion ever staged by Britons against Roman rule. My southward route to Diss, on the Suffolk border, would roughly follow the Pye Road which, in AD60, was a newly constructed super highway - evidence, in their defence, that the Romans did indeed do something for us.
Once out of Norwich, I encountered only the occasional slope. I trekked past the site of a woodhenge (think Stonehenge only wooden) before gentle farmland brought me to Caistor, otherwise known as Venta Icenorum - The Market of the Iceni.
We have Wing Commander Insall to thank for the discovery of Caistor. Flying above the area in 1928, he noticed that markings in the wheat fields below appeared to show a pattern of streets alongside the River Tas. When his photographs were studied, a whole town was revealed.
Archaeologist Will Bowden took me for a tour around the walls. "People living here would certainly have joined Boudica's army as it passed by," he said, his arm sweeping out to point down the main street. "It was something of a Wild West town though - lots of fancy facades on the buildings but go inside and it would be wattle and daub."
A magnificent ghostly barn owl swooped around the trees, a reminder that dusk was drawing on and that I should make my way to Stoke Holy Cross and the cosy lodgings at the 17th-century Salamanca Farm a two-minute walk from the Wildebeest Arms.
In picturesque Pulham Market the path runs right by the door of The Old Bakery, a sumptuous Tudor breadmaker's-turned-B&B. Here I pulled off my muddy boots and took ease by a log fire at the end of the second day. I had explored a ruined church hidden in a coppice, strolled down ancient sunken tracks, and visited a hill fort already deserted and silent when Boudica had swept past it.
At Diss the trail ended, as it had conveniently begun, at a railway station. Some 1,947 years before us, Boudica and her army had stormed on further south, sacking and burning the then capital Camulodunum (Colchester). She then did much the same for Londinium (London) and Verulamium (St Albans) before finally crashing to defeat at the hands of the Roman general Suetonius somewhere in the Midlands (no one is quite sure where). Rather than fall into enemy hands she took poison and was buried along with her knife-studded chariot under platform 10 of King's Cross station.
Er, no, hang on a minute
Boudica's Way Walking guide £3.50 from Diss and Norwich TICs; +44 (0)1379 650523 & +44 (0)1603 213999. For downloadable leaflet, and information on area accommodation and pubs, see the article below.
For more, see : http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/apr/23/uk-walking-holidays-history
from Randolph County, West Virginia
| Posted 11-06-2009 at 10:03  |
I hope someone with enough knowledge can settle this question, The tribal name ICENI- as many have pronounced as "eye- sayn-ee" seems to be in contrast to the Celtic use of the "C" as a "K" sound- thus it than should be pronounced as "ih-kan-ee" or "ickney"- like some prefer the use of "Boudica" i.e bow-dikkah, to the latinised form "Boudicea" again using the "s" sound instead of the "K'. So which is "correct" ? AND WHY ????
from South Central Indiana, US
| Posted 09-02-2011 at 04:00  |
Can Computerised Terrain Analysis Find Boudica's Last Battlefield?
We have few details of the native response to the Roman invasion of Britain in AD43, but one episode entered folklore: the rebellion of an East Anglian queen. Steve Kaye thinks he knows how to narrow down the search for the elusive site of Boudica's last stand.
Boudica, the rebellious queen of the Iceni, lost her final confrontation with Roman power in AD6061 or 6162. She had previously destroyed the towns of Colchester, London and St Albans, and possibly Silchester, but the site of the concluding battle though much debated is not known. Our understanding of events comes from accounts written by Roman historians Tacitus and Cassius Dio, and archaeological evidence for destructive burning. What I am to describe here began with the thought that interesting insights into the battle's location might be gained by combining the techniques of modern terrain analysis with Tacitus's description of the battle site.
As Tacitus describes it, Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman governor in Britain who commanded the second, ninth, 14th and 20th legions, was waging a successful attack on Anglesey when he was interrupted by news of a revolt. The Iceni, an East Anglian tribe led by Boudica, had been driven to revenge by Roman treachery.
The Iceni were joined by others, who together destroyed Colchester (Camulodunum). The cohorts of the ninth legion, led by their commander Petilius Cerialis, marched from their fort (probably at Longthorpe near Peterborough) to assist the besieged colony, but were met at an unknown location by the already victorious Britons. The Roman infantry were destroyed and Cerialis retreated, with his surviving cavalry, back to the fort.
News of the destruction of the ninth might have reached Suetonius as he marched towards London with 10,000 armed men of the 14th and 20th legions. He was without half of his combat strength. The 14th and 20th legions arrived at London, where Suetonius decided to abandon the proto-city, and marched his men and any civilians who could keep up away from the Britons. London was destroyed. A similar fate befell St Albans (Verulamium) to the north. The horde of Britons followed the retreating Romans who were forced to turn and offer battle. The Roman legionaries, auxiliaries and cavalrymen were victorious, supposedly killing nearly 80,000 Britons for the loss of 400 of their own men. Boudica perished, either from taking poison (Tacitus) or illness (Dio).
One of the wonders of the internet is the availability of free data and software that enable even amateurs to contribute to research. To investigate Boudica's story, I have used Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data at 90m resolution, and the System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses (SAGA). The SRTM data were loaded to SAGA and used to calculate, and display, a multitude of terrain features such as rivers, slopes and gradients, ridges, the concavity or convexity of slopes, aspect and, particularly important for this study, plains. The resulting terrain model was interrogated either visually or via mathematical means. Supporting information such as towns, forts and roads were also loaded to SAGA. Next the terrain analysis model was matched to Tacitus's account.
So Suetonius gathered the 14th legion and detachments of the 20th, together with the nearest available auxiliaries in all around 10,000 armed men and prepared to join battle without delay. He chose a position in a defile [faux] with a wood [silva] behind him. He established there could be no enemy except at his front, where there was an open plain [aperta planities] with no fear of ambush. Then he drew up his regular troops in close array [frequens ordinibus], with the light-armed auxiliaries at the flanks and the cavalry massed on the wings. By contrast, unprecedented numbers of British troops and followers paraded wildly everywhere. Their confidence was such that they brought their partners to witness the victory, installing them in carts at the extreme border of the field [campus].
The key topographical elements are the defile and plain, which suggest the location is similar to that found at escarpments where lower, relatively flat ground abuts ground that rises sharply and is commonly wooded even today. Within the face of escarpments are often found narrow passes cut by rivers, streams or periglacial action. Tacitus limits the plain's extent by placing the British wagons on the "extreme border". The width of the defile can be estimated from the Roman "close array" (approximately 0.51m per legionary). Hence, although the precise number of legionaries is not known, an estimated defile width of 7501250m seems reasonable.
Although Tacitus's description allows for little misunderstanding in its gross form, that is a defile facing an open plain, an extremely complex algorithm would be required to search the digital terrain model for such features. Therefore the terrain model was visually examined to find possible battle sites with the following criteria:
a defile approximately 1km wide set within an elevated feature. The defile's sides must rise at least 30m above the bottom and have a steep slope (generally over 8°), and must extend at least 1.5km in both directions to discourage mass flanking movements by the Britons.
an adjacent, lower elevation, plain (less than 4° of slope) or extensive flat area with gentle slopes, at least 1km across to accommodate the British horde and wagons
a gentle, positive slope (less than 5°) between the Britons and Romans
a river or stream, sufficient to water 10,000 men and 1,000 horses and capable of protection by the Roman force
the site must not be easily flanked, for example by an adjacent road or valley
the Roman army must be able to march radially from London by road to reach the site.
I selected few sites west of the Fosse Way, as there is no evidence for destruction of forts or towns on or beyond that road, for example at Cirencester. These criteria were not rigid: often one was given precedence over another. My initial visual selection identified 263 sites far fewer than the thousands often supposed.
The 263 sites are mostly at the margins of the chalk and limestone regions. Few are located in the lowland regions except where deep incisions by rivers have created the required profile. There are only one or two sites within the Iceni and Trinovantes tribal areas of eastern England. Further examination of events may help localise the battle site to a smaller area.
We may imagine that Suetonius's strategy was to use his four legions to contain the Boudican rebels by marching his 14th and 20th legions down Watling Street towards London, while the ninth held the ground to his north as the second, marching from Exeter, formed the southern pincer. As we have read, the ninth was destroyed and the second did not arrive. Suetonius's strategy had failed and he marched on to London. St Albans may have been burned by the rebel group that destroyed the ninth and then followed Suetonius south. Relative strengths had been reversed: Suetonius was now alone with two legions facing the Boudican rebels who must destroy Suetonius's army or lose the revolt.
Tacitus states that Suetonius reached London, and left but he does not say where he went. Some investigators suggest he rode with cavalry to London without his legions, and then galloped back up Watling Street before giving battle. This militarily improbable, and improper, action would have been mentioned by Tacitus: he does not explicitly state that the legions were with Suetonius in London, because that was to be expected. To return north along Watling Street, with supply depots depleted and Britons raiding, was not a sensible option.
To march east, towards the rebel heartland, is the most dangerous course, one that has the highest probability of total destruction. Additionally, Tacitus states that civilians were accepted into the army, something that a commander would not allow if he intended battle, nor do civilians voluntarily head towards a battle zone they flee in the opposite direction.
Suetonius could have headed south across the London bridges but, for a host of strategic and tactical reasons, he probably chose the west road, the Portway, towards Silchester and the "most loyal" client king of the Atrebates, Cogidubnus. The Portway is also the shortest and quickest route to the western military zone and the second legion. Boudica and the rebel horde followed.
Terrain analysis identifies three possible battle sites along the Portway before Silchester but they are tactically poor for the Romans. Michael Fulford (University of Reading) has found evidence for extensive burning and infilled wells at Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum). Some time between AD60 and 80, he has said, "the settlement is completely wiped out", and rebuilding on a new plan and alignment begins in AD70. Fulford suggests that Silchester might have been destroyed by Boudica. If he is right and the Boudican rebels reached the town, then the battle site is likely to be further west.
Suetonius might have taken Ermine Street out of Silchester heading either west, towards Mildenhall, or north-northwest, towards Cirencester and Gloucester. Not only is this road more easily-traversed than other roads out of Silchester, but it also keeps his force within the territory of the Atrebates and their numerous hillforts north of the river Kennet in the White Horse hills.
Suetonius's strategy, since leaving London, had probably been to march west towards the Roman military zone and join with the second legion, but he now realised that the strategy had failed. He must turn and fight.
Tacitus says that Suetonius chose a battle site where the enemy were only to his front, suggesting he quickly outpaced the following horde, reached his previously chosen defile and prepared for battle. In essence, Suetonius used his superior education, military training and combat experience to select a battle site whose favourable attributes were concealed from Boudica. But where?
Less than one day's march from Silchester, the Kennet river valley and surrounding hills have a number of possible battle sites identified by the terrain analysis which seem very favourable but then again, so does the site at Tidmarsh just south of the Goring Gap! Only archaeological finds will solve the riddle of Boudica's last stand.
Thnaks to coldrum for the link. Find more of Steve Kaye's article: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba114/feat3.shtml.
[ This message was edited by: bat400 on 2011-02-09 04:01 ]
from South Central Indiana, US
| Posted 13-02-2011 at 06:04  |
New signage for Boudicca Way
Plans to revitalise a forgotten footpath are set to receive a boost in the new year with the introduction of new signage.
The Boudicca Way, which runs from Norwich to the Norfolk-Suffolk border at Diss, was first established 10 years ago, but failed to take off.
Now the 38-mile route is set to become clearer for walkers with the introduction of dozens of new signposts to make it easier for tourists to follow.
Over the next two months, 48 new finger signs and 28 waymarker signs will be installed along the route, which is currently only achievable for experienced walkers equipped with a map. The project comes after the walkway was granted £50,000 earlier this year from the Waveney Local Action Group, funded by the Rural Development Programme for England.
B&B owner Steve Falvey, of Pulham Market, who is coordinating the initiative, said the aim was to make the path less confusing for tourists and for the Boudicca Way to become a well-established Norfolk route like the Angles Way, Weavers Way and Wherrymans Way.
If you are an experienced walker and have a map, you are fine, but if you want to go for a stroll and follow waymarkers it would be a bit of a job at the moment. This is about making it easier for people to follow the route. The new Boudicca Way finger posts and waymarkers are nice and fresh and easy to follow, he said. The footpath, named after the Iceni warrior queen of East Anglia, runs between Norwich and Diss railway stations, passing through the villages of Caistor St Edmund, Shotesham, Tasburgh, Pulham Market and Scole.
Mr Falvey added that a new website will be launched by the end of February and about 30 local businesses have already joined a Boudicca Way network to boost tourism in 2011.
In the big scheme of long distance walks, it is relatively short, which is quite nice because it is achievable for the normal person in two to three days. The green tourism element will also be a fairly significant part of the market, he said.
Mr Falvey added that there were plans to get involved in geocaching.
It is early days, but it is going really well and there has been a really positive response. We are keen to establish a network of businesses and it is not just about tourist businesses, he said.
For more information, visit http://www.boudiccaway.co.uk, call 07817 098784 or email email@example.com.
Thanks to coldrum for the link. http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/new_signage_for_boudicca_way_1_756956
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