A walker on a Roman road in the high fells, High Street, Lake District

High Street Roman Road

I'll take the High Road: our project to investigate the Lake District's most famous Roman Road

In summer 2022 we are doing a hands-on project to investigate High Street, a Roman road that goes for about 20 km over the high fells between Ambleside and Brougham fort near Penrith. The highest point of the road is 828m and is named High Street after the road it sits on.

Join our investigation!

From 8 to 21 August, we'll be up on High Street doing surveys, research and excavations. You can join our volunteers and professional archaeologists, who knows what we'll uncover!

Book your free place on our archaeology days

This community archaeology project aims to uncover new information about the Roman archaeology and landscape development of the area through a programme of surveys, research and excavation. We are focusing on a small area on Bampton Common, south of Loadpot Hill.

The High Street Roman Road suffers from erosion but efforts to conserve it are hampered by a lack of precise information about its location, which was originally derived from an Ordnance Survey map annotated in the 1970s to mark the scheduled monument. Scheduled monuments are nationally important archaeological sites which are closely managed.

We are going to use some recent surveys by Historic England to see if we can locate and identify the route of the Roman road. We will be surveying, undertaking geophysical survey and excavating. The results will help us to manage and protect the site in the future.

It also provides an opportunity for the local community to investigate and find out about the Roman archaeology on the common. If you would like to join us, click on the link above and sign up for a day investigating our Roman past!

You can find out a bit more about the project in these two presenations:

High Street Open Day presentation by Eleanor Kingston - Lead Strategy Advisor on Historic Environment, Lake District National Park

High Stree Open Day presentation by Martin Railton - Archaeologist, Eden Heritage Ltd

This project is funded by:

Foundation for Common Land

Foundation for Common Land

I'll Take the High Road is just one part of a larger project run by the Foundation for Common Land.

Made possible with Heritage Fund

Heritage Fund

I'll Take the High Road and the wider project run by Foundation for Common Land are supported by the Heritage Fund.