Places to Visit

These are some of the places you can visit on our tours:-

lacock scene from Cranford

Lacock

Lacock is on our tours because apart from being close by it is a fascinating example of a medieval village. Almost wholly owned by the National Trust it is exceptionally well-preserved which is why it has been used as the set for many films and TV including Pride & Prejudice, Cranford, Harry Potter.
I t has a superb Tithe Barn and a little gaol with stone roof so prisoners couldn't escape. There are a number of pubs serving excellent food and a traditional bakery. Lacock Abbey, owned by the National Trust, was the home of the Fox-Talbot family and William is often called the 'father' of English photography. A photography museum is sited in the barn adjacent to the Abbey.

Roman Baths

Bath

Bath is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Its elegant Georgian crescents lace the hills looking down on the Abbey. It's fabulous. Great Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, is one of very few bridges in the world to be lined with tiny shops. The Kennet & Avon Canal, restored in the 1970s, allows cyclists access, avoiding the hills that surround the City. The Canal passes through lovely countryside and over 2 aqueducts.
Of course the crowning glory are the Roman Baths seen here. In the modern Aquae Spa you can bathe in the hot spring waters yourself - marvellous after a bit of cycling!

Stonehenge by day

Stonehenge


Still no-one really knows why our neolithic ancestors spent huge amounts of time and effort over many generations to construct this monument. The stones are only part of a much larger series of earthworks. We have a splendid, if slightly rugged, route to the site which helps to combat the commercial feel of the current visitors centre. It crosses the Cursus and puts the Stones in the context of the surrounding countryside.
Avebury

Avebury

Much less well known than Stonehenge but much more accessible and arguably offering a more spiritual experience is Avebury. The stones are to be found half in and half out of a pretty hamlet. Close by is the mysterious Silbury Hill - the tallest prehistoric human-made mound in Europe and also the West Kennet Long Barrow - a neolithic grave. Playfully our ancestors in the late 1700s or so carved out large figures of horses on the Wiltshire chalk and you can see various including the Cherhill White Horse.