These days we take travel for granted. Cars buses, trains and aeroplanes allow us to cross the country and the globe with ease.
We travel for many reasons - military, business, social - but also purely for the love of travel itself.
It was not always so . . .
The Great Age of Coaching in Britain represents the high point in road transport before it was brought to a sudden end in the 1840s by the invention of the railways.
But even without railways, road travel was about to change as engines replaced horse power for the first time in human history.
This section looks at roads and how they have changed over millennia and will set the Great Age of Coaching in perspective against the panoply of time.