One of the best roads in England is the Fosse Way and it runs right through the Cotswolds.

Built by the Romans almost 2,000 years, it goes from Exeter to Lincoln and it is 230 miles long.

It is still a major road and is used by thousands of people on a daily basis as it switches from an A road to a B road to a lane or just a track.

It is living history to be enjoyed and as it goes through Cirencester it is somewhat difficult to appreciate that this was once the second largest town in Britain.

Actually in Roman times more people lived there then those who do now.

The Fosse Way is a delight to drive along, crossing motorways and through beautiful villages and towns.

In Cirencester the Fosse joins the other Roman roads Akeman Street and Ermin Way and crosses Watling Street at High Cross south of Leicester, and joins Ermine Street at Lincoln.

The word Fosse is derived from the Latin fossa, meaning ‘ditch’.

For the first few decades after the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE, the Fosse Way marked the western frontier of Roman rule in Iron Age Britain.

It is possible that the road began as a defensive ditch that was later filled in and converted into a road, or possibly a defensive ditch ran alongside the road for at least some of its length.

It is remarkable for its extremely direct route: from Lincoln to Ilchester in Somerset, a distance of 182 miles (293 km), it is never more than sic miles (10 km) from a straight line.

If you are going north or south and you’re not in a hurry then be a Roman and take your chariot along the Fosse.