The Roman road of the Silver Route, which linked the cities of Emerita Augusta (Merida) and Asturica Augusta (Astorga), has historically constituted the principal support of the Peninsular west . Against the self-interested actions of those, who under the protection of the spurious denomination of Silver Route, coinciding with the current A road N-630, try to usurp its identity, the organization “Association of Towns in Defence of the Silver Route" works for the recovery, respect and acknowledgement of its historical and heritage singularity, besides the promotion, help and collaboration of the small towns which form it and the commitment to the people who live there.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
According to its statutes, all the towns, rural districts and Associations, which have a relation with the road of the Silver Route and its historical uses (such as Cattle track and Way of St James) may become members.
For such purpose, they need an appropriate written request for a membership agreement, taken by the Board of Directors, in which they may express their will of incorporation and the acceptance of the Statutes.
The Registration must be requested by the presiding- Mayor of the Corporation (or the president of the Association) by means of a document addressed to the president of the Association enclosing a document of agreement of the Board. (See application form and Statutes).
THE SILVER ROUTE TODAY
The Roman roads did not all have the same type of construction, varying substantially in terms of finishing of the upper cover, which could range from a strong pavement to a layer of compacted gravel. These different types coexisted in the Silver Route, which was paved until the crossing of the river Tormes in Salamanca, changing its final cover from this point. Several hypotheses have attempted to explain these differences by the administrative divisions of the Empire, or even by the scarcity of stone materials in the area.
Either way, the truth is that the current continuation of the Roman road from Salamanca is particularly difficult, not only for the reasons stated, but because of the fact that the modern agricultural organization of the territory through land consolidation has not respected the historical roads, resulting in their virtual disappearance in many ways
Wire fences, fences, and wrought-iron gates (open or closed)
On numerous occasions the Roman road passes through private estates where, in general, the right of way has not been respected. Thus, wire fences interrupting the path are common, requiring to jump them, as the open gates that allow continuity are indeed rare. It is therefore necessary to raise awareness of both the owners and passers-by in order to devise solutions that combine both interests.
PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
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