1000BC: In the thousand years before the birth of Jesus, the Celtic peoples traded widely across Europe so they clearly had major long-distance routes of some form, although what they were like is not known. The Romans invaded all of Europe and replaced everything with their own roads and buildings . . . and since the winners write history, we know plenty about Roman roads but little about what was there before the Romans arrived.
Celtic trading routes. The Roman Empire exists but hasn’t yet expanded as far as Britain
The world of long-distance coach travel.
Anecdotes written by people who actually travelled on the coaches
The coachmen, the inns, the coach proprietors - they’re all here. Come in and meet them
Britain’s roads were pretty impassable for most of our history. Coach travel was very difficult until they improved
Wheeled transport evolved over many years. Find out how coaches developed
Home Page of the Coaching Website
Sources and information about how I came to create this website