Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
An old Roman Road, Stane Street is a great way to get from the Box Hill part of Surrey, back over the M25 and into Epson without having to touch the road (apart from the odd crossing of a lane).
Challenging in the wet and pretty technical from either direction (see short, punchy, technical climbing, or, fast, rocky decent, depending on which way you ride it)
Stane Street was one of six hard-surfaced roads built by the Romans from London. It ran south-west through Ewell and south of what later became Epsom, to the military and naval supply base at Chichester. It was 56 miles long and archaeological evidence suggests the road was brought into use between 50 and 70AD.
It is not known what the Romans called the road, but the present name comes from the Old English for 'stone' (stān) and referred to the road surface. The name is first recorded as Stanstrete in 1279 according to Place-Names of Surrey (1934).
It was initially built as a military road but was later used for the transport to London of pottery (from Farnham), quern-stones (from Lodsworth), and pig iron and timber (from the Weald). Tiles from Ashtead may also have been taken on this route. The return traffic from London included oil, wine, seafood, and high class pottery such as samian ware.
September 30, 2019
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