Welcome to the Silk Road Society (UK)!
The trade routes linking imperial Rome with remote China, known collectively as the Silk Roads, were once the greatest on earth. Many great men have undertaken travels along this intricate trade network and the Silk Roads have left an unparalleled imprint on the world's civilisations. Their history is a collection of golden tales in majestic cities and magical landscapes.
This website has spawned from a research trip I made across the Silk Road for Oxford University in 2006. Since I did a lot of research before the trip (and a little less during) I thought I'd lump it all together and share what I found. I'm constantly looking for Silk Road related items and have been involved with a number of projects since my return, including further travel so hope to update this continuously!
The Silk Road Society is run as a club for members and we encourage your active participation in its development. I hope that you, like us, will join in the Society's discussions and support the charities that are striving to ensure we remember its distinct contributions and help its peoples of today. Become a member and we will keep you informed of future events and news. Plus you can enjoy access to members-only parts of the website, including travel guides, a discussion forum and photos from countries along the ancient Silk Roads. Membership is free, so please sign up here.
BUY NOW my new book, Friendly Steppes, about my travels along the Silk Road here and get the paperback book for an amazing £12.50 (RRP £14.95).
If you fancy something more special, why not get the hardback version (just £20 (RRP £24.95))
We are pleased to announce the publication of the tenth edition of Open Central Asia Magazine
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The Silk Road Society has teamed up with Paul Wilson to help promote the route and give members the opportunity to find out more about travelling along the road itself. Paul is the author of Trailblazer's The Silk Roads - the only guide to offer in-depth advice on how to travel the whole length of the route from East to West (China to the Mediterranean) or West to East.
The guide has an RRP of £14.99 but Society members are being offered an exclusive deal: £11.99 including postage and packaging if you are in the UK; £14.99 with free postage and packaging worldwide. Paul will also be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the route or trips you have planned. Paul is currently teaching in Sydney, Australia, so to order your copy please email him on
You can also check out his website for more details (although to take advantage of teh offer you must e-mail Paul directly):
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
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