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2020 Annual Edition<br />

TRAVEL MAGAZINE | ISSUE <strong>03</strong><br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

Don’t follow<br />

the herd.<br />

Be Curious.<br />

Be Responsible.<br />

#EscapeTheEveryday<br />

Follow the paths taken by generations of travellers through England’s idyllic countryside, quaint<br />

villages and elegant towns on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way touring route between London and Bristol


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Pictured Below: Blue Badge guide taking visitors on a tour of<br />

Bath and a lady visiting Newbury<br />

Before you start planning your next adventure along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, make sure you Know Before<br />

You Go; please plan your trip carefully, check for<br />

restrictions before you travel and book in advance<br />

where necessary. Be curious, but be responsible.<br />

DON'T FOLLOW THE HERD<br />

BE CURIOUS. BE RESPONSIBLE.<br />

WITH LOCKDOWN MEASURES being slowly<br />

and tentatively relaxed, and new safety measures<br />

introduced, we’re thrilled to see so many businesses<br />

on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way able to open their doors<br />

and welcome visitors back once more.<br />

Tourist attractions, shops, places to stay,<br />

activities and places to eat and drink are being<br />

awarded their “We’re Good To Go” mark, a signal that they have<br />

implemented Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines<br />

and have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social<br />

distancing.<br />

However, when it comes to enjoying a day out at a popular<br />

visitor attraction, or dining in your favourite restaurant, prebooking<br />

is almost always now essential. So careful planning for<br />

your journey has therefore never felt more important.<br />

We hope this updated Digital Special Edition of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way <strong>Travel</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> will be your indispensable ‘go-to’ guide for<br />

planning your next <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way adventure. Please plan your<br />

trip carefully, check for restrictions before you travel and book in<br />

advance where necessary. Be curious, but be responsible.<br />

And if you're not feeling ready to travel just yet, we<br />

hope you enjoy taking a virtual trip along the route (see our<br />

special page 12) - We look forward to welcoming you to<br />

#EscapeTheEveryday with a holiday on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

Jessica x<br />

Jessica Way<br />

Editor-in-Chief, <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way <strong>Travel</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Download your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way map:<br />

: <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/explore/maps<br />

The Chilterns<br />

North Wessex Downs<br />

Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain<br />

Bradford<br />

on Avon<br />

Trowbridge<br />

Iford Manor<br />

Gardens<br />

<strong>West</strong>bury<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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We’re proud to be the<br />

Official Airport Ambassador<br />

for the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way ® .<br />

Bristol Airport is the perfect place for you to<br />

start your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way journey. We’re just<br />

8 miles from Bristol city centre and 19 miles<br />

from the city of Bath.<br />

We’ve invested £225m in developments that<br />

have transformed the airport experience and<br />

now offer more than 120 destinations to our<br />

8.6 million loyal passengers.<br />

www.bristolairport.co.uk


CONTENTS<br />

2020 Annual | Edition <strong>03</strong><br />

Pictured<br />

left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Cycling<br />

through the<br />

forest with<br />

Swinley Bike<br />

Hub; Tea and<br />

cake from<br />

Teashop By<br />

The Canal and<br />

Bozedown<br />

Alpackers<br />

DISCOVER OUR WAY<br />

EXPLORE BY RAIL, BOAT, BIKE AND FOOT<br />

08 57<br />

THE WAY FORWARD<br />

Highlights for autumn/winter and a look at<br />

what’s new on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

15 63<br />

TAKE A VIRTUAL TRIP<br />

Whether you're looking for inspiration before<br />

your trip, or you're not feeling quite ready to travel<br />

again, then let us bring the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way to you!<br />

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ENGLAND'S PRETTIEST VILLAGES<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way has an array of adorable<br />

villages. We hope you enjoy our selection and are<br />

able to take time to visit them in your journey<br />

THE WATERWAYS<br />

From canoeing, paddleboarding and cycling<br />

along the towpath to a enjoying a traditional cream tea<br />

TRAVEL BY TRAIN<br />

With the GWR <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way Discoverer<br />

pass you can hop off at any station along the way<br />

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EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way perfectly lends itself to<br />

the outdoors lifestyle, with open spaces of stunning<br />

countryside, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,<br />

National Trails, Landscapes and Wildlife Trusts →<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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Escape the everyday,<br />

discover the extraordinary.<br />

2,000 years of history are waiting for you.<br />

Booking essential romanbaths.co.uk


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THE GREAT OUTDOORS<br />

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CAPTURING THE MOMENT<br />

Photographers are never short of inspiration<br />

for the perfect shot along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Vote<br />

for your favourite capture for your chance to win!<br />

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HIDDEN GARDENS<br />

From the world famous to the well-kept secrets,<br />

here are some gardens along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way where<br />

you won’t be able to help but stop and smell the roses<br />

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FIT FOR ROYALTY<br />

The ancient route that inspired the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way was one of King Charles I’s <strong>Great</strong> Roads, with<br />

many castles, hotels and places to visit bringing you<br />

closer to England’s royal family heritage<br />

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EXPERIENCES AFTER DARK<br />

From stargazing to light shows, there are plenty<br />

of experiences to try even when the sun goes down<br />

YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE<br />

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HOTEL STAYS<br />

Many hotels across the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way are<br />

ready to welcome back guests once more, and there’s<br />

an abundance of choice along the route<br />

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DYNAMIC CITY CULTURE<br />

As everyone else heads for the<br />

countryside, dare to be different and set your sights<br />

on an unusually quiet city break instead<br />

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TIME FOR YOU<br />

From keeping fit to taking it easy at a luxury<br />

spa, there are some excellent ways to add a wellness<br />

element to your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way journey<br />

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MY GREAT WEST WAY<br />

Three local business owners tell us what is<br />

special to them, and what they love best about living<br />

and working on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

Pictured above:<br />

Bath Street<br />

Scene<br />

PLUS DON’T<br />

MISS WHEN<br />

PLANNING<br />

YOUR<br />

JOURNEY<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

GEMS<br />

CULINARY<br />

DELIGHTS<br />

WHERE TO<br />

STAY<br />

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126<br />

134<br />

JOIN THE FUN!<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Digital editions<br />

available at:<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/<br />

digitaltravelmagazine<br />

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THE WAY FORWARD<br />

A look at some of the highlights and what’s new since<br />

lockdown restrictions were lifted on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

8-YEAR-OLD FUNDRAISING ZEBRA-LOVER, POLLY<br />

RAISES ALMOST £11K FOR NOAH’S ARK ZOO FARM’S<br />

ANIMAL SUPPORT FUND<br />

It costs £8000 a month just to feed the hundreds of animals at<br />

the zoo, and Polly Robertson, 8, wanted to help the zebra’s after<br />

she received a birthday letter from the zebra with the same name.<br />

Polly, the Zebra sent Polly, the human, a birthday letter, when she<br />

heard that the little girl was unable to visit due to lockdown.<br />

This prompted Polly to decide to walk 64 miles (a mile a day)<br />

during lockdown to ‘walk the distance’ from her house to raise<br />

£100 for Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s Animal Support Fund. Polly, who<br />

was a guest on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, spoke to the<br />

radio host about how she wanted to raise money to help feed<br />

the animals at Noah’s Ark. After her appearance on the show, her<br />

JustGiving page amount shot up to almost £11k, meaning that<br />

Polly had helped the zoo feed the animals for a whole month!<br />

› <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/plan-your-way/were-good-to-go<br />

Pictured: Noah's Ark<br />

Zoo being officially<br />

re-opened by 8 year<br />

old Polly Robertson.<br />

Look out for the new official UK “We’re<br />

Good To Go” mark to signal that a business<br />

has implemented Government and industry<br />

COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in<br />

place to maintain cleanliness and aid social<br />

distancing. Many tourist attractions, shops,<br />

places to stay, activities and places to eat and<br />

drink on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way have now been<br />

awarded the mark, with many more in the<br />

process of applying.<br />

8 <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO<br />

BE PREPARED<br />

Businesses on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

have been working hard to make sure<br />

everything is safe before opening<br />

their doors and welcoming visitors<br />

back once more. Things may look<br />

slightly different though, so please<br />

be patient as we all get used to new<br />

ways of doing things. Check for<br />

restrictions before you travel and<br />

book in advance where necessary.<br />

PLAN YOUR TRIP<br />

Did you know?<br />

The new £20 note<br />

launched in February<br />

features J.M.W. Turner<br />

- one of Britain’s most<br />

important artists.<br />

Turner designed his<br />

house in Twickenham,<br />

today a museum,<br />

and you can visit<br />

Wednesday-Sunday<br />

to enjoy the events<br />

planned in support<br />

of the new note!<br />

turnershouse.org<br />

EXPERIENCE NEW ATTRACTIONS<br />

› If you want to visit a particular<br />

attraction, you may need to pre-book<br />

a time slot (even if you are a member).<br />

Check online before you set off.<br />

› When planning your trip, check that<br />

important facilities like toilets and car<br />

parks are open before you travel.<br />

› Some of the best known beauty<br />

spots on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way are<br />

likely to be extremely popular. Don't<br />

follow the herd - get off the beaten<br />

track and discover our hidden gems to<br />

avoid the crowds.<br />

ENGLISH HERITAGE’S<br />

STONEHENGE SKYSCAPE<br />

Stonehenge Skyscape is a new virtual<br />

experience of the skies above the iconic<br />

stone circle. With the help of Skyscape,<br />

a website showing a live view, you can<br />

explore how Stonehenge related to the<br />

skies and what these celestial bodies<br />

might have meant to Neolithic people,<br />

learn about movements of the sun,<br />

moon and planets - experience a live<br />

sunrise over Stonehenge, and see the<br />

journey of the stars and the moon from<br />

within the stone circle.<br />

› english-heritage.org.uk<br />

THE INNER HALL,<br />

WINDSOR CASTLE<br />

Created in the 1820s by King George<br />

IV, Windsor Castle's Inner Hall, which<br />

has been closed for more than 150<br />

years, is now open again for visitors<br />

to use as an entrance hall, just as<br />

official visitors to the Castle once<br />

did. See the State Apartments, the<br />

world's most famous dolls' house, or<br />

pause and enjoy refreshments in the<br />

new café. For guaranteed entry while<br />

capacity is reduced, please book your<br />

ticket in advance.<br />

› rct.uk<br />

› Keep 1 metre + apart from anyone<br />

outside your household – this not<br />

only applies to walking, but running,<br />

cycling, sitting and sunbathing too.<br />

› Wear your face covering at all times<br />

when on public transport including<br />

buses, trains, taxis, and minicabs.<br />

› Make sure you have a bank card<br />

as many outlets are currently not<br />

accepting cash.<br />

› Take hand sanitiser with you – you<br />

don’t know where will be open for<br />

you to wash your hands.<br />

› Leave the car behind where possible<br />

and visit nearby attractions by<br />

walking or cycling.<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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MUST VISIT<br />

PRINCESS BEATRICE’S WEDDING<br />

DRESS DISPLAY AT WINDSOR CASTLE<br />

Visitors to Windsor Castle this autumn/winter will<br />

be able to see Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress in<br />

a special display. Designed by Sir Normal Hartnell<br />

and first worn by The Queen in the 1960s, the dress<br />

was worn by Her Royal Highness for her wedding<br />

to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020.<br />

To update a dress first worn nearly 60 years ago,<br />

Princess Beatrice made some clever alterations:<br />

sleeves were added to the straps and the fullskirted<br />

silhouette was softened to give a more<br />

contemporary, simplified shape. You’ll be able to<br />

see the dress, along with Her Royal Highness's<br />

wedding shoes, made by Valentino, and a replica<br />

bridal bouquet at the Castle until 22 November.<br />

› rct.uk/whatson<br />

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HOT HOTEL<br />

MONKEY ISLAND<br />

Monkey Island Estate lies on a<br />

picturesque island in the River<br />

Thames in the historic village of<br />

Bray, Berkshire. The island has a<br />

rich history, centuries old, and<br />

has been the haunt of monarchs,<br />

aristocrats and artists, along with<br />

writers, famous performers and<br />

Berkshire locals and now is home<br />

to one of the finest hotels in Bray<br />

- and the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Due<br />

to the ongoing situation with<br />

COVID-19, Monkey Island Estate<br />

remains temporarily closed until<br />

October 31st 2020. Please check<br />

their website for more details.<br />

› monkeyislandestate.co.uk<br />

You might also enjoy: Hotel Indigo Bath: A brand new luxury 166-bedroom boutique hotel located in the centre of Bath. The designs<br />

of the stylish guest rooms and lounges has been inspired by the area’s rich architectural beauty, ready to delight guests with a true<br />

feeling of this historic neighbourhood. Hotel Indigo Bath is accepting bookings ahead of its opening September 2020. hotelindigo.com<br />

ANNIVERSARIES AND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE ON THE GREAT WEST WAY<br />

HOBBS OF HENLEY<br />

CELEBRATES 150 YEARS!<br />

Enjoy an adventure on the<br />

Thames in 2020 with this family<br />

boating business and celebrate<br />

their 150th anniversary. To mark<br />

the occassion Hobbs of Henley<br />

have also launched their very<br />

own Gin 'Mr Hobbs'- a nod to<br />

their founding father Harry<br />

Hobbs who established their<br />

family business in 1870. So<br />

don't miss a sip or two of their<br />

cherished family tipple too!<br />

› hobbsofhenley.com<br />

900TH ANNIVERSARY<br />

OF READING ABBEY<br />

2021 is the 900th anniversary<br />

of the foundation of Reading<br />

Abbey by King Henry I in 1121.<br />

To celebrate there will be an<br />

exciting mix of arts, culture and<br />

heritage events across the town<br />

including the 2021 Reading<br />

Water Fest, taking place across<br />

the weekend of the 19th/20th<br />

June. Many of Reading's talented<br />

local arts and community<br />

groups will also be featured.<br />

› readingabbeyquarter.org.uk<br />

BRUNEL’S SS GREAT<br />

BRITAIN'S BIG YEAR!<br />

The world’s first great ocean<br />

line and the most experimental<br />

steam ship of her time, SS <strong>Great</strong><br />

Britain in Bristol, celebrates<br />

two big anniversaries in 2020;<br />

50 years since her epic salvage<br />

and homecoming; and 175 years<br />

since arriving in New York City,<br />

becoming the largest and<br />

most-efficient ship (at the time),<br />

and being greeted by crowds<br />

of New Yorkers.<br />

› ssgreatbritain.org<br />

Don't miss! We hope you<br />

will notice our new welcome<br />

town signs on your <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way journey installed<br />

in the historic market town<br />

of Hungerford, famous for<br />

its antique shops. Make<br />

time to visit and take a boat<br />

trip onboard MV Rose of<br />

Hungerford from the Wharf,<br />

stop for coffee and cake at<br />

the Tutti Pole, or join one of<br />

the expert-led walks.<br />

› hungerford.co.uk<br />

12 <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk


Pictured<br />

above:<br />

National Trust's<br />

Runnymede<br />

and Ankerwycke,<br />

near<br />

Old Windsor;<br />

Pictured right:<br />

Dyrham Park,<br />

near the village<br />

of Dyrham in<br />

South<br />

Gloucestershire<br />

THE NATIONAL TRUST ARE 'GOOD TO GO'<br />

Following lockdown restrictions being gently eased, more<br />

than 135 gardens and parklands have opened again, including<br />

Tyntesfield, Dyrham Park, Prior Park Landscape Garden, and<br />

Lacock, along with many many cafés and shops - but you’ll<br />

need to book your visit in advance, including some car parks.​<br />

2020 also marks the 125th anniversary of the National<br />

Trust and to celebrate this special birthday year, you might<br />

like to visit some of the properties and gardens along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way throughout the Thames Valley, Berkshire,<br />

Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol. Find everything you need to know<br />

about how to book and what to expect from your visit online:<br />

› <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/national-trust<br />

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Scale the rigging, clamber<br />

through the cabins and<br />

dive under the glass sea<br />

to marvel at the ship<br />

from below.<br />

For the best ticket<br />

prices, book online:<br />

ssgreatbritain.org


TAKE A VIRTUAL TRIP<br />

If you are looking for inspiration before planning your trip, or you're<br />

just not feeling quite ready to travel again, then sit back and enjoy<br />

these virtual tours - letting us bring the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way to you!<br />

Words: Samantha Rutherford<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to step aboard the<br />

stunning SS <strong>Great</strong><br />

Britain, Bristol with a<br />

virtual tour of the<br />

famous ship<br />

BRUNEL’S<br />

SS GREAT<br />

BRITAIN<br />

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THERMAE<br />

BATH<br />

SPA<br />

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CLICK HERE<br />

to take a virtual<br />

tour of the stunning<br />

rooftop spa at<br />

Thermae Bath<br />

Spa, Bath


CLICK HERE<br />

to explore inside<br />

We the Curious<br />

museum, Bristol<br />

with this fabulous<br />

virtual tour<br />

WE THE<br />

CURIOUS<br />

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WESTONBIRT<br />

ARBORETUM<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to find out all you<br />

need to know about<br />

visiting this magical<br />

tree garden in<br />

Gloucestershire<br />

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THE<br />

COTSWOLD<br />

WATER<br />

PARK<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to take to the water<br />

for sailing, stand-up<br />

paddleboarding,<br />

kayaking and<br />

water skiing!


CLICK HERE<br />

for a virtual tour of<br />

Hampton Court<br />

Palace, a Tudor<br />

treasure built to<br />

house monarchs<br />

HAMPTON<br />

COURT<br />

PALACE<br />

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22<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to discover lots of<br />

fun activities and<br />

videos and for a<br />

virtual tour of<br />

Aerospace<br />

Bristol


AEROSPACE<br />

BRISTOL<br />

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CLICK HERE<br />

to float up, up and<br />

away over Bath and<br />

the stunning<br />

surrounding<br />

countryside!<br />

BAILEY<br />

BALLOONS<br />

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READING<br />

ABBEY<br />

REVEALED<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to join over 18,000<br />

people attending the<br />

reopening festival of<br />

Reading Abbey.<br />

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CLIFTON<br />

SUSPENSION<br />

BRIDGE<br />

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CLICK HERE<br />

for virtual video<br />

tours, educational<br />

resources and<br />

creative challenges<br />

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GET ON BOARD<br />

TAKE OFF ON A SUPERSONIC<br />

FAMILY DAY OUT<br />

aerospacebristol.org<br />

Bristol Aero Collection Trust: charity no. 1010632<br />

TripAdvisor<br />

CERTIFICATE of<br />

EXCELLENCE


CLICK HERE<br />

to see the stunning<br />

interior of Bristol<br />

Cathedral with a<br />

360° virtual tour<br />

BRISTOL<br />

CATHEDRAL<br />

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WINDSOR<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to learn more about<br />

visiting the Royal<br />

Borough of Windsor<br />

and Maidenhead<br />

for a day out<br />

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O N L I N E | M O B I L E | I N - S T O R E<br />

Celebrating a special occasion<br />

on your jourey? Mark the moment with a<br />

Wylde Flower Diamond<br />

# W Y L D E M O M E N T S<br />

Q E D A<br />

n i c h o l a s w y l d e . c o m


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CLICK HERE<br />

to learn more about<br />

the Roman Baths and<br />

Pump Room with<br />

this informative<br />

virtual tour<br />

THE<br />

ROMAN<br />

BATHS<br />

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CLICK HERE<br />

to browse a worldclass<br />

collection of<br />

contemporary and<br />

historic dress at the<br />

Bath Fashion<br />

Museum<br />

BATH FASHION<br />

MUSEUM<br />

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IFORD<br />

MANOR<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to visit Iford Manor,<br />

internationally<br />

renowned gardens,<br />

with a virtual tour<br />

by the owner<br />

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CAEN HILL<br />

LOCKS<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to experience what<br />

it's like to travel<br />

through one of the<br />

locks at Caen Hill<br />

near Devizes<br />

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CASTLE<br />

COMBE<br />

CIRCUIT<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to explore the racing<br />

circuit at the <strong>West</strong><br />

Country's Home of<br />

Motorsport, Castle<br />

Combe Circuit<br />

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LONGLEAT<br />

SAFARI<br />

PARK<br />

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WITHIN EASY REACH OF<br />

THE GREAT WEST WAY<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to meet the animals<br />

with Longleat's 3<br />

part virtual safari<br />

tour narrated by<br />

Kate Humble!<br />

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WITHIN EASY REACH OF<br />

THE GREAT WEST WAY<br />

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SALISBURY<br />

CATHEDRAL<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to explore this<br />

stunning building<br />

with a virtual tour<br />

of their new Spirit<br />

and Endeavour<br />

exhibition<br />

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WITHIN EASY REACH OF<br />

THE GREAT WEST WAY<br />

BLENHEIM<br />

PALACE<br />

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CLICK HERE<br />

to explore Blenheim<br />

Palace, Oxfordshire,<br />

a masterpiece of<br />

18th century Baroque<br />

architecture


WINDSOR<br />

CASTLE<br />

CLICK HERE<br />

to step inside the<br />

family home of<br />

British kings and<br />

queens for almost<br />

1,000 years!<br />

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YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY<br />

VIDEOS & MULTIMEDIA<br />

› Keeping busy at home with Wiltshire Museum's new At<br />

Home programme featuring do-it-yourself craft activities,<br />

learning resources for kids, stories about intriguing objects<br />

from their collections, interesting documents from the<br />

libraries and more:<br />

www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/donations/at-home/<br />

› Take a Google Street View tour of the Roman Baths:<br />

www.romanbaths.co.uk/walkthrough<br />

Or have a go at these online games:<br />

www.romanbaths.co.uk/online-games<br />

› Test your fashion knowledge with the Fashion Museum<br />

and Assembly Rooms online quiz: www.fashionmuseum.<br />

co.uk/quiz and download some children's activities:<br />

www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/childrens-page<br />

› Keep an eye on the Youtube account for The Pounds<br />

Art Centre, where they post videos of performances,<br />

readings and more:<br />

www.youtube.com/user/PoundArts/videos<br />

› Pop in to virtual pub The Henry, launched by the<br />

wonderful people at Wadworth Brewery, for live music,<br />

pub quizzes and more:<br />

www.facebook.com/groups/thehenry/about/<br />

› For any foodies out there, you can now book a virtual<br />

food tour of Bath to enjoy from your own home thanks<br />

to Savouring Bath. You can even purchase a box of tasty<br />

samples to eat during the tour, which will be delivered to<br />

your door:<br />

www.savouringbath.com/tours/virtual-food-heroes<br />

Enjoy a live view of the ancient standing stones at<br />

Stonehenge with their Stonehenge Skyscape tool.<br />

Watch the sun rise and set and experience the<br />

atmosphere and mystery of the iconic stone circle.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/<br />

things-to-do/stone-circle/skyscape/<br />

Admire the wonderful views from the hillfort at<br />

Old Sarum (the site of the original Salisbury Cathedral)<br />

with a 'Postcard from Old Sarum' from English<br />

Heritage.<br />

www.youtube.com/<br />

watch?v=QhCZM9kXx8k&feature=youtu.be<br />

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MADE OF<br />

ENGLAND<br />

AT THE HEART OF<br />

THE GREAT WEST WAY<br />

Wiltshire is rolling green downs, ancient<br />

woodlands and bustling market towns.<br />

It’s parish churches, grand historic<br />

houses and country inns.<br />

Timeless monuments and contemporary luxury.<br />

Local ales and picnics in the park.<br />

The England you love in one County<br />

Visit Wiltshire, at the heart of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

#EscapeTheEveryday<br />

It’s Time for Wiltshire<br />

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ENGLAND'S<br />

PRETTIEST VILLAGES<br />

As well as its colourful cities and towns, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is<br />

remarkable for its array of adorable villages. We hope you enjoy our<br />

selection here - and are able to take time to visit them in your journey<br />

Words: Samantha Rutherford<br />

LACOCK<br />

You’ll find this National Trust<br />

village - a film set for Pride<br />

and Prejudice and Harry<br />

Potter and the Half-Blood<br />

Prince - just a few miles<br />

south of Chippenham. It’s<br />

been so beautifully preserved<br />

that it feels like a living<br />

museum. Its medieval streets<br />

are lined with charming stone<br />

cottages, and there’s a Tithe<br />

Barn and traditional bakery<br />

too. Stop and peer in the<br />

windows at 2 High Street. If<br />

you thought the UK’s buzzing<br />

coffee culture was something<br />

new, think again! Although<br />

the old shop window now<br />

replicates a local store at<br />

the beginning of the 20thcentury,<br />

it was previously a<br />

busy coffee tavern. Other<br />

attractions in the village<br />

include Lacock Abbey and<br />

the Fox Talbot Museum - the<br />

birthplace of photography.<br />

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THE COOKHAMS<br />

Cookham, Cookham Rise and<br />

Cookham Dean are referred<br />

to locally as ‘The Cookhams’.<br />

Although Kenneth Grahame’s<br />

children’s classic, The Wind<br />

in the Willows, was mainly<br />

a product of the author’s<br />

imagination, the sleepy<br />

riverside village of Cookham<br />

Dean, where he lived as a<br />

boy, may well have inspired<br />

him. (Try the National Trust’s<br />

3-mile Wind in the Willows<br />

walk.) In fact these wellheeled<br />

Berkshire villages by<br />

The Thames have attracted<br />

plenty of creative residents<br />

over the years, including<br />

artist Sir Stanley Spencer<br />

and actress Jessica Brown<br />

Findlay - Lady Sybil Crawley<br />

in Downton Abbey.<br />

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AVEBURY<br />

Museums, 16th century<br />

manor houses, megalithic<br />

stone circles, some villages<br />

have it all. As home to the<br />

largest stone circle in the<br />

world, some of Avebury<br />

village lies within the stones.<br />

Go on one of the National<br />

Trust’s regular guided tours<br />

to find out more about all<br />

the strange sarsens and<br />

burial mounds around you.<br />

Make sure you check out<br />

Avebury Manor, too, and the<br />

Alexander Keiller Museum,<br />

which shines a light on the<br />

many archaeological finds<br />

from the area. Follow up with<br />

a cream tea in one of the<br />

cafés, and maybe even stay<br />

the night in a cosy B&B so<br />

you can capture that misty,<br />

mysterious morning view on<br />

camera.<br />

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PEWSEY<br />

Pewsey is the perfect place to<br />

base yourself when exploring<br />

the ancient landscape of<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. The<br />

characterful village even has<br />

its own chalky White Horse,<br />

just a mile or so south of the<br />

village. It’s also an excellent<br />

launchpad for some great<br />

walks, (visitpewseyvale.<br />

co.uk/things-to-do) as well as<br />

bike rides along the Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal.<br />

But don’t be fooled into<br />

thinking it’s all sleepy and<br />

rural here - the Pewsey Vale<br />

is known for its Carnival<br />

every September and top<br />

country pubs, many offering<br />

accommodation.<br />

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Hungerford<br />

The Heart of the North Wessex Downs<br />

History, culture, scenic walks, antiques,<br />

shopping, pubs and restaurants.<br />

For a wonderful day out, Hungerford has<br />

something for everyone.<br />

www.visithungerford.com


RAMSBURY<br />

Historic Ramsbury is just<br />

a quick jaunt east from<br />

Marlborough. The Bell, a<br />

300-year-old coaching inn,<br />

was awarded Pub of the Year<br />

2017-18, with a restaurant<br />

that’s as well-regarded as<br />

its comfortable rooms. If<br />

you enjoy a tipple, take one<br />

of the Ramsbury Estate’s<br />

guided distillery or brewery<br />

tours - they make their<br />

own gin, vodka and beer<br />

with chalk-filtered water.<br />

Try Honey Bee Nectar, a<br />

golden pale ale produced<br />

in cooperation with North<br />

Wessex Downs Area of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty<br />

- except for the hops, all<br />

the beer's ingredients come<br />

from within the AONB.<br />

When you’ve had your fill of<br />

food and drink, explore the<br />

village’s rich heritage which<br />

goes all the way back to the<br />

Saxons. The magnificent<br />

mosaics at Littlecote Roman<br />

Villa are a must-see.<br />

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STEEPLE<br />

ASHTON<br />

Steeple Ashton is a<br />

quintessential <strong>West</strong> Country<br />

Village, offering visitors an<br />

opportunity to marvel at<br />

its historic architecture set<br />

amidst beautiful Wiltshire<br />

countryside. There is also<br />

a warm welcome and<br />

refreshment to be enjoyed at<br />

the Village Shop and at The<br />

Longs Arms public house.<br />

Starting life as a manorial<br />

Village in the 9th Century,<br />

in 1266 a Royal charter was<br />

granted for the holding of a<br />

weekly market and an annual<br />

fair. By 1420 the village<br />

had become a prosperous<br />

settlement profiting from<br />

the local cloth industry,<br />

able to initiate the building<br />

of a magnificent Church<br />

which survives to this day<br />

- despite ravages inflicted<br />

by the English Civil War and<br />

lightning strikes.<br />

At the centre of the Village<br />

is the green with its lock-up<br />

gaol and market cross. A<br />

variety of architectural styles<br />

spanning 700 years can be<br />

seen nearby, from the Manor<br />

House to more humble<br />

cottages.<br />

In the former School House<br />

is the Village Community<br />

Shop, staffed by local<br />

volunteers. Inside there is<br />

a coffee shop which acts<br />

as a hub for locals, visitors,<br />

walkers and cyclists www.<br />

steepleashtonvilageshop.<br />

co.uk and on Facebook.<br />

The surrounding<br />

countryside offers scenic<br />

walks to destinations such as<br />

Luffenham Field, conserved<br />

for public access by The<br />

Friends of Steeple Ashton.<br />

Keevil Airfield is also nearby,<br />

still in use for military training<br />

after serving in World War 2<br />

as a fighter and glider base for<br />

American and British forces<br />

as well as the assembly of<br />

Spitfire fighters. Guides to the<br />

village and for local walks can<br />

be purchased at the Village<br />

Shop.<br />

Explore at leisure from<br />

Coachmans Self-Catering<br />

Holiday Cottage, an idyllic<br />

ground floor 2 bedroom<br />

retreat for 2-3 guests at<br />

the heart of the village. (Tel<br />

01380 870764).<br />

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PLUS DON'T MISS!<br />

<strong>Travel</strong>ling the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is all about<br />

discovering the real England, and alongside<br />

the picturesque sights and seasonal events<br />

there are all sorts of quirky customs and<br />

traditional events that you can discover in this<br />

vibrant swathe of England too!<br />

Wassailing<br />

An ancient pagan celebration performed in January<br />

to encourage fruit trees to give a healthy harvest.<br />

This ancient tradition still takes place in certain<br />

village orchards, particularly in cider producing<br />

country - and there is plenty of cider country along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way!<br />

Morris Men<br />

Morris Men are one of the most well known of<br />

England's ancient traditions. Troupes of Morris Men<br />

dress in white with bells and ribbons and dance<br />

traditional dances together, with much slapping of<br />

knees and hitting of sticks! You'll likely see Morris<br />

Men at local fairs and festivals taking place along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way - a reminder that you're<br />

undoubtedly in England.<br />

Hocktide<br />

The charming Berkshire market town of Hungerford<br />

is reputed to be the only place in England where<br />

locals still dress up to celebrate the medieval<br />

festival of Hocktide. The residents of Hungerford<br />

throw themselves into the many customs<br />

surrounding Hocktide, which takes place annually<br />

after Easter, including dressing up, decorating their<br />

houses, welcoming the 'Tutti Men' and exchanging<br />

oranges and kisses.<br />

Swan Upping<br />

In Windsor, the ancient custom of 'Swan Upping'<br />

takes place in July each year, with uniformed 'Royal<br />

Swan Uppers' travelling in traditional rowing skiffs<br />

on the Thames to assess the health of the local<br />

mute swans, which are by tradition the property of<br />

the British monarch.<br />

Oxford Traditions<br />

Within easy reach of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is the<br />

university city of Oxford, which has a whole host of<br />

quirky customs and traditions of its own, including<br />

penny throwing, May day singing, and boat burning.<br />

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we can see your pictures!<br />

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THE WATERWAYS<br />

Relax with a gentle stroll and traditional<br />

cream tea, or for the more active there’s<br />

an amazing variety of activities, from<br />

canoeing and kayaking to paddleboarding<br />

or cycling along the towpaths<br />

Words: Charlotte White<br />

THE RIVER THAMES and the Kennet & Avon Canal<br />

meander their way through the heart of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way route from London all the way to Bristol,<br />

connecting at Reading.<br />

Passing through towns and cities, the waterways offer<br />

tranquil spaces in urban areas, as well as stopping-off points<br />

to discover England’s heritage. The more rural sections offer a<br />

wealth of wildlife and natural beauty and along their lengths<br />

is living history. The waterways have also inspired festivals and<br />

regattas through the ages.<br />

KENNET & AVON CANAL<br />

What do you love about autumn? The glow of leaves and their<br />

crunch underfoot?<br />

The romanticism of misty landscapes and jewel-like berries<br />

that punctuate the hedgerows?<br />

You can find these and so much more along the beautiful<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal.<br />

Autumn is a terrific time for foraging for blackberries,<br />

elderberries and sloes and for the more adventurous, why not<br />

collect some rose hips to make teas, jams and jellies.<br />

As temperatures drop the canal is a great time to see birds<br />

on the move. The hedgerows will start to empty as birds such<br />

as warblers leave for warmer climes. It won’t be long before<br />

fieldfare and redwing move in joined by greater numbers of<br />

more common species – blackbird, robin and bullfinch.<br />

Sparser winter vegetation makes it easier to spot deer and if<br />

you’re out at dusk you may even see a fox. →<br />

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Take your<br />

time on the<br />

Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal


Bewick and whooper swans are also winter visitors and<br />

will gather in impressive flocks over the cold months.<br />

Undoubtedly spending time by our waterways keeps us<br />

mentally and physically well during these uncertain times.<br />

You needn’t worry about visiting as we are supporting the<br />

national effort to keep everyone Covid-safe.<br />

We continually review and update the situation in line<br />

with government guidance. Just please remember to keep<br />

socially distanced from other towpath users and boaters.<br />

The 87-mile long Kennet & Avon Canal is in fact the<br />

River Kennet and the River Avon, linked by a central canal<br />

section built in the Georgian period. Created originally as<br />

a trading link between London and the west coast, it is<br />

a masterpiece of engineering with 104 wide beam locks,<br />

including the second longest continuous series of locks in<br />

the country at Caen Hill, Devizes.<br />

Despite this, the canal fell into obscurity and disrepair,<br />

and was almost lost to the nation with competition from<br />

the newly built railways. It took a passionate band of<br />

dedicated volunteers to restore the waterway which is<br />

now open for everyone to enjoy.<br />

The Kennet & Avon Canal is a great way to travel the<br />

route, with time to take in some magnificent sites (and<br />

sights) from the Crofton Pumping Station to a World<br />

Heritage Site and historic battlefield - not to mention 21<br />

conservation sites, 14 Sites of Special Scientific Interest,<br />

and many spectacular landscapes including Wiltshire and<br />

(just a short detour off the route) the Northern Cotswolds.<br />

The canal has awesome examples of canal<br />

engineering too. The 16 locks of the steepest part of<br />

the flight at Caen Hill are not only a scheduled ancient<br />

monument, they are an Olympic-sized challenge for<br />

every boater – so remember to take a snack with you, as<br />

it will take 5-6 hours to pass through the locks. One of<br />

the most impressive structures on Britain's waterways,<br />

the Avoncliff Aqueduct at over 100 metres long and 18<br />

metres wide, carries the Kennet & Avon Canal over the<br />

River Avon. Cycle just over 2.5 miles (4k) up the towpath<br />

and visit the equally magnificent Dundas Aqueduct,<br />

opened in 1805 - both were built by the architect and<br />

engineer, John Rennie. Or you could walk the other way<br />

along the towpath, passing the Barton Farm Country<br />

Park and you easily reach the bigger market town of<br />

Bradford on Avon. →<br />

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THE RIVER THAMES<br />

The Thames is the longest river in England with 45 locks.<br />

It boasts three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty<br />

and is the only river in Europe with a national trail, The<br />

Thames Path, along its entire length. Starting as a small<br />

trickle in the Cotswolds, the River Thames travels over<br />

210 miles through the heart of some of England’s loveliest<br />

towns. The Thames offers an excellent array of riverside<br />

locations to stay and play. It curves past some of the most<br />

significant sites in history including Runnymede where<br />

Magna Carta was sealed, the Royal Palaces at Windsor<br />

and Hampton Court, and the Parliament buildings at<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster. It carried the bodies of Henry VIII and his<br />

daughter Elizabeth I to their final resting places. While<br />

a flotilla, led by the Havengore vessel, carried Winston<br />

Churchill’s coffin up the Thames to Temple Pier, on the<br />

first stage of his journey to Bladon near Blenheim Palace,<br />

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SOME TOWNS TO VISIT ALONG THE ROUTE<br />

îBradford on Avon<br />

This town offers a rare combination of river, canal<br />

and architecture from the Romans, Saxons, Normans,<br />

Georgians and Victorians, who have all left their mark.<br />

Bradford-on-Avon Wharf is a Trip Advisor <strong>Travel</strong>ler’s<br />

Choice Winner for receiving consistently great reviews<br />

from travellers.<br />

Don’t miss The Bridge Tea Rooms, a double winner of<br />

the UK Tea Guild's 'Top Tea Place', step into the newly<br />

refurbished canal-side pub, the Canal Tavern, or board the<br />

MV Barbara McLellan for a sightseeing boat trip.<br />

îHenley on Thames<br />

Discover the history of Henley, rowing and the Thames at<br />

the River & Rowing Museum, then join a sightseeing cruise<br />

along the Thames with Hobbs of Henley.<br />

Head out of Henley (5.4miles/8.7kms) to Stonor Park,<br />

dating back to the 12th century and take a tour inside and<br />

walk through the gardens.<br />

îReading<br />

From boat trips along the Thames to its historic Reading<br />

Abbey Quarter which covers the former precinct of one of<br />

Europe's largest royal monasteries. Visit one of the town's<br />

free museums, the Reading Museum or The Museum of<br />

English Rural Life, also known as the MERL, before enjoying<br />

its great shopping area and evening entertainment.<br />

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY<br />

Bristol Packet Boats<br />

Hear about the origins of the Floating Harbour and<br />

Brunel's famous Bridge as you cruise underneath on an<br />

Avon Gorge Cruise in Bristol, along the River Avon.<br />

French Brothers<br />

Celebrate a special occasion with a luxury cream tea<br />

cruise on board a beautiful genuine steamboat.<br />

Henley Rowing Association<br />

For a unique experience on the Thames in Henley book<br />

a Champagne Rowing Taster Session designed for ladies<br />

who lunch!<br />

Boat Trips on the Kennet and Avon Canal<br />

Take a trip on the Kenavon Venture, a wide beam boat,<br />

from The Wharf in Devizes, or The Jubilee, a traditional<br />

narrowboat, from the Wharf in Newbury, or the Rose of<br />

Hungerford trip boat from Hungerford.<br />

Salter's Steamers<br />

For an unforgettable experience while in Oxford try an<br />

afternoon of punting on the River Thames.<br />

Thames Rivercruise<br />

Sit and relax as beautiful scenery glides by on a cruise<br />

along England’s greatest river.<br />

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Hop aboard our daily waterbus service or hire<br />

out any of our boats for educational tours,<br />

boat parties and much more!<br />

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The ancient market town that<br />

packs a postcard-perfect punch<br />

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TRAVEL BY TRAIN<br />

With the GWR <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way Discoverer pass you<br />

can hop on and off at any station around the route<br />

- Reading, Swindon, Chippenham and Bath Spa, or<br />

London Paddington to Windsor & Eton Central<br />

Words: Jane Freeman<br />

AH, THE ROMANCE OF THE<br />

RAILWAY. The sound of the<br />

whistle that announces the<br />

train’s departure, the clackclack<br />

rhythm of the rails as they pass<br />

beneath the wheels, and the everchanging<br />

view that passes by the<br />

window. Settling in to a railway carriage<br />

is a treat – one that heralds adventure<br />

and can be accompanied by a steaming<br />

cup of tea or a cooling bottle of beer, no<br />

driving required.<br />

Seeing the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way by<br />

train means becoming a part of its<br />

history. Trains have chugged and<br />

steamed along this route for over 175<br />

years, bringing produce to market and<br />

business to towns, holidaymakers to the<br />

countryside and rural folk to the capital.<br />

Join the story of England’s railways on a<br />

journey along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way with<br />

the GWR <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way Discoverer<br />

Pass.<br />

The Discoverer pass makes travelling<br />

the route easy and hassle free. It includes<br />

unlimited off-peak train travel from<br />

London Paddington/Waterloo along the<br />

route to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading<br />

and/or Basingstoke circular routes with<br />

options to branch off towards Oxford<br />

and Kemble (bus only). It also includes<br />

unlimited travel on the bus services along<br />

the route.<br />

THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY<br />

One of England’s great long-distance<br />

railway lines, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

runs along the full distance of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way – from London’s Paddington<br />

station to Bristol Temple Meads. It’s<br />

chief engineer was Isambard Kingdom<br />

Brunel and you’ll travel the course he<br />

plotted back in the 1830s, including<br />

his Box Tunnel, infamously said to be<br />

impossible to build. Before he built it.<br />

In one go, the journey takes just<br />

1 hour 40 minutes, but stopping en<br />

route to explore the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is<br />

far more fun. First stop is Reading, for<br />

a cruise on the River Thames, a stroll<br />

through Caversham Court Gardens and<br />

the chance to watch a professional<br />

football match at Reading FC’s Majedski<br />

Stadium. Next stop is Swindon, →<br />

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There are three <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way Discoverer routes<br />

available, (East, <strong>West</strong> or all)<br />

giving you the opportunity to<br />

explore your chosen area in<br />

one-day instalments or over<br />

the duration of a week. The<br />

Discoverer pass allows you<br />

to travel flexibly. If you know<br />

what trains you'll be aiming<br />

for, reservations on particular<br />

services can also be made in<br />

advance.<br />

Book online at gwr.com,<br />

prices from just £24.<br />

Visiting from overseas?<br />

Three-day or seven-day<br />

international passes can be<br />

purchased (costing £98 /£129<br />

respectively for adults) online<br />

at ACPRail.com<br />

home to STEAM, the Museum of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway. Here you’ll see famous locomotives from<br />

throughout the railway’s history, drive a train simulator and<br />

work the signals in the interactive GWR signal box. Right<br />

next door is the McArthurGlen outlet shopping village,<br />

where more than 100 brands are on sale at up to 60% off.<br />

Armed with your new skills – and perhaps a souvenir or<br />

three to take home – head next to Chippenham, a historic<br />

market town in the rural county of Wiltshire. On the banks<br />

of the River Avon, Chippenham is a flourishing small town,<br />

with an enticing market to explore on Fridays and Saturdays<br />

on the High Street and plenty of proper English pubs.<br />

It’s just 15 minutes by bus from here to Lacock, seen on<br />

screen more often than Judi Dench. This picturesque village<br />

has been the backdrop to film and TV titles such as Harry<br />

Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey – see if<br />

you recognise Lacock Abbey and the High Street from your<br />

favourite scenes.<br />

Your final calling point en route to Bristol is the<br />

beautiful city of Bath. You’ll want plenty of time here, for a<br />

stroll past honey-hued Georgian buildings and a dip in the<br />

natural hot springs that bubble up from the ground.<br />

Don’t miss the original Roman Baths, too, not to<br />

mention the Jane Austen Centre, where afternoon tea is<br />

served Regency style.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway ends in Bristol, a vibrant<br />

city where you can climb aboard the last Concorde ever<br />

made (built right here in Bristol) at Aerospace Bristol, and<br />

clamber up the rigging of one of Brunel’s other famous<br />

creations, the SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain, the world’s first great ocean<br />

liner. SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain celebrates two big anniversaries in<br />

2020; 50 years since her epic salvage and homecoming;<br />

and 175 years since arriving in New York City.<br />

Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge is here too, beckoning<br />

you on along the River Avon and out to Avon Gorge.<br />

Set foot atop this world-famous bridge and quietly thank<br />

Brunel for the journey he made possible – along the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way by rail.<br />

EXPLORE TOWNS AND VILLAGES AT YOUR LEISURE<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway is far from just one main<br />

line. Take an alternative rail journey and you can get off<br />

the beaten track and out into more rural areas. Consider<br />

returning to London via a different route, taking the train<br />

from Bath to Bradford on Avon for example.<br />

This glorious small town sits on the edge of The<br />

Cotswolds and straddles the River Avon. Cross the waters<br />

in ancient footsteps, on the 13th-century town bridge, and<br />

stand dwarfed in the 14th-century Tithe Barn, its lattice of<br />

timbers soaring for over 50 metres far above your head.<br />

Change at <strong>West</strong>bury and head east for Bedwyn, where<br />

you can disembark for a stroll along the water’s edge on<br />

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TRAVELLING BY TRAIN<br />

When travelling by train try to go at quieter times,<br />

carry hand sanitiser with you and wash your hands<br />

before and after your journey, and please remember<br />

that you must now wear a face covering. Tickets<br />

for the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway can be bought from<br />

ticket offices at stations along the route but to avoid<br />

any queues we recommend buying in advance.<br />

Stay alert, and travel safely.<br />

For more info go to gwr.com/safety<br />

the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal, which runs from<br />

Bristol all the way to Reading. After just over two miles you’ll<br />

encounter a surprise – the world’s oldest steam-operated<br />

beam engines. The Crofton Beam Engines are fed by a handstoked<br />

coal-fired boiler and are still capable of doing the<br />

same job they were designed to do more than 200 years ago<br />

– pumping water up to the highest point of the canal.<br />

Back on the railway there are two other stops worth<br />

making en route to Reading – at Hungerford and Newbury.<br />

You’re travelling through the North Wessex Downs Area<br />

of Outstanding Natural Beauty here so press that nose up<br />

against the window and pick out the perfect place for a<br />

stroll. There are several short loop walks from Hungerford<br />

(an ancient town also known for its antique shops) or you<br />

could walk the nine miles to Newbury along the canal.<br />

Once you’re in Newbury you could stop for a flutter<br />

– there’s a world-class racecourse here. While closer to<br />

London, trains between Reading and London Paddington<br />

call at Twyford, where you can change onto the line to<br />

Henley-on-Thames, home to the famous regatta and<br />

plenty of messing about in boats.<br />

Trains also call at Slough, where you can catch a train<br />

to Windsor to poke your head into the State Rooms of the<br />

Queen’s favourite castle.<br />

RIDE THE RAILS OF THE HERITAGE STEAM RAILWAYS<br />

Savour the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of steam<br />

at the Didcot Railway Centre, as you relive the golden age<br />

of the famous <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway. Find the entrance<br />

through the ticket hall and original steam age subway of<br />

Didcot Parkway railway station. Just outside Bristol is the<br />

Avon Valley Railway, where you can ride three miles of<br />

preserved track from the Victorian Bitton station through<br />

the valley, listening to the puff and whistle of the steam<br />

train. Reach Bitton by taking the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

from Bristol to Keynsham and following the brown signs on<br />

foot for 1.5 miles. Near Swindon you’ll see the steam of the<br />

Swindon & Cricklade Railway rising above the Taw Valley.<br />

Ride the rails for more than two miles from Taw Valley Halt<br />

to Blunsdon on a heritage steam train. You’ll need to take a<br />

bus to get here, the number 15 from the centre of Swindon<br />

stops at the Tawny Owl pub, close to Taw Valley Halt.<br />

Did you know?<br />

There are 200 bus<br />

routes along the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way to help you<br />

complete your journey<br />

- Visit your nearest bus<br />

station and/or tourist<br />

information<br />

JOURNEY TIMES BY RAIL<br />

Based on average journey times:<br />

London Paddington to Bristol î1hr 40 mins<br />

London Paddington to Bath Spa î1 hour 11 minutes<br />

London Paddington to Heathrow î35 mins<br />

Reading to London Paddington (via Slough) î30 mins<br />

Bristol to Bath î11mins<br />

Bath to Salisbury î55mins<br />

Salisbury to Stonehenge î33mins (bus)<br />

Salisbury to Swindon (via Melksham) î90mins<br />

Swindon to Reading î30mins<br />

Reading to Windsor (via Slough) î35mins<br />

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EXPLORE THE<br />

COUNTRYSIDE<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

perfectly lends itself to<br />

the outdoors lifestyle,<br />

with open spaces of<br />

stunning countryside,<br />

Areas of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty and<br />

links to National Trails<br />

Pictured leftright:<br />

Couple<br />

walking<br />

their dogs in<br />

Avebury;<br />

Cycling in the<br />

North Wessex<br />

Downs<br />

Words: Samantha Colbourne<br />

If walking or cycling in nature,<br />

exploring the roads and paths<br />

less travelled, finding hidden<br />

gems and a host of native<br />

wildlife is your idea of the<br />

perfect short break, then why<br />

not plan a walking road trip<br />

down the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way over<br />

the course of several days?<br />

There are a host of fantastic<br />

accommodation options<br />

along the route, from bed and<br />

breakfasts in quintessential<br />

villages and rental options<br />

in quaint cottages, to luxury<br />

hotels in grand houses. Find<br />

inspiration from our Where to<br />

Stay article p78, or you can<br />

find everything you need at<br />

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THE GREAT WEST WAY OFFERS a curated touring<br />

route comprised of road, rail and water links<br />

between London and Bristol. Direct it runs 125<br />

miles - but if you include all the off-the-beaten<br />

track walking and bike trails and other tempting detours<br />

then there’s over 500 miles to explore. So where to begin?<br />

Pick a starting point - any starting point - and that in<br />

itself may uncover new realms of possibility. This route is all<br />

about finding your own way. Embracing the unknown and<br />

being open to whatever crosses your path.<br />

Enjoy some of England's best national trails, three areas<br />

of outstanding natural beauty, winding waterways, and<br />

beautiful views. Feel inspired to enjoy some of England's<br />

finest landscapes, breathe fresh air, relax and enjoy the<br />

sights along the way.<br />

And exploring the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way by foot or bike, you<br />

will never be far from a pub or café along the route for<br />

lunch, afternoon tea or a refreshing drink at the end of your<br />

day. Find time to explore and unwind without the need of<br />

your car or public transport.<br />

NATIONAL TRAILS<br />

Your adventure might take you through one of the three<br />

National Trails that cross the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, perfect for<br />

day trips or for longer holidays. You might enjoy a river walk<br />

along some of the 184 miles of Thames Path National Trail<br />

passing Windsor Castle. This trail is mostly flat and<br />

relatively gentle with water meadows, sleepy riverside<br />

villages and nature reserves interspersed with historic<br />

market towns. The Ridgeway National Trail is an 87-mile<br />

National Trail follows Britain’s oldest road, a route that’s<br />

been walked by travellers since prehistoric times. It passes<br />

through the North Wessex Downs and the Chilterns. Along<br />

the way you’ll glimpse remnants of the Iron, Bronze and<br />

Stone Ages, passing stone circles, white horses and ancient<br />

woodlands. If it's picturesque villages you are searching<br />

for then you can't beat The Cotswold Way National<br />

Trail offering just over 100 miles of magical walking, with<br />

long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and<br />

journeys past famous ancient sites. →<br />

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Wiltshire’s wonderful countryside, full of internationally important monuments, is a very special place to visit<br />

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There’s nothing<br />

like a good map<br />

to make you<br />

feel like a true<br />

adventurer.<br />

With 125 miles<br />

of twists and<br />

turns and new<br />

discoveries<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way our map will<br />

help you plan your journey,<br />

and also includes 125 great things to do!<br />

Of course, while these maps will steer<br />

you towards incredible attractions,<br />

beautiful landscapes and top places to stay,<br />

eat and drink, please wander off course<br />

and find things to see and do that are not<br />

marked on our maps. This dreamy part of<br />

England is set up for surprising discoveries.<br />

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NATIONAL TRUST LANDSCAPES<br />

From ancient trees to butterflies and otters, National Trust look<br />

after some wonderful landscapes, that are full of life. Try Bath<br />

Skyline for example - only a short stroll from the city centre.<br />

Explore the skyline hills above Bath and beyond, through six<br />

miles of meadows and ancient woodlands to secluded valleys.<br />

The limestone grassland slopes support a great variety of<br />

plants and attract a number of butterflies, great for some<br />

spring and summer wildlife spotting. This is a circular walk and<br />

will take around three to four hours of moderate walking. For<br />

a more exhilarating walking trail you might prefer Cheddar<br />

Gorge & Caves dramatic 3-mile walk – 450ft above sea level<br />

– with views over the Mendips. And it’s not just the landscape<br />

out to impress. The gorge is a dedicated conservation area,<br />

home to an abundance of rare plants and wildlife – see if<br />

you can spot the Cheddar Pink (dianthus), which isn’t found<br />

anywhere else in the world.<br />

There are a variety of fascinating sites across Wiltshire<br />

too, including parts of the Stonehenge and Avebury World<br />

Heritage Site. At Avebury you’ll find the largest stone circle<br />

in the world, a prehistoric artificial chalk mound, Silbury Hill,<br />

as well as many other Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments,<br />

including Windmill Hill, The Sanctuary and <strong>West</strong> Kennet<br />

Long Barrow. A bit further afield, discover the Stonehenge<br />

Landscape where there are remarkable prehistoric<br />

monuments such as The Avenue, several Bronze Age barrow<br />

cemeteries and the huge henge monument of Durrington<br />

Walls, which contains the remains of a Neolithic village.<br />

Just outside Marlborough, Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene’s<br />

unusual sarsen boulder stream, creates a striking landscape,<br />

from which the standing stones of Avebury were probably<br />

sourced. At Cherhill there’s the white horse<br />

on Calstone and Cherhill Downs. North of<br />

Chippenham discover Sutton Lane Meadows, an<br />

unspoilt natural wildflower meadow which blooms<br />

in May and June. →<br />

50. Step inside a fourteenth century tithe barn, complete<br />

with a staggering timbe roof of wooden arches that<br />

stretch for more than 50 metres above your head.<br />

Bradford on Avon’s tithe barn is so historica ly important<br />

that it’s protected by English Heritage. GRID REF: C4<br />

51. <strong>Travel</strong> through the historic centre of Bath (B4) on a<br />

stand-up paddleboarding safari with Original Wild, or<br />

take a lesson in Bristol (A4) with SUP Bristol.<br />

52. Play disc golf in the park, at Ashton Court in<br />

Bristol – you’ l be trying to get a frisbee, not a ba l,<br />

into each hole. GRID REF: A3<br />

53. See paintings by English masters Thomas<br />

Gainsborough and John Constable, housed together<br />

at Bath’s Holburne Museum. GRID REF: B4<br />

54. Climb to the top of Roundway Hi l and gaze down<br />

into the “bloody ditch” – scene of the greatest Royalist<br />

victory of the English Civil War, in 1643. GRID REF: D4<br />

55. Tune into alien energies on the hunt for one of<br />

Wiltshire’s infamous crop circles with a visit to the<br />

Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre. Many<br />

people think these large and often ornate pa terns<br />

that appear overnight in the county’s wheat fields<br />

are the work of extra-te restrials… GRID REF: E4<br />

56. Walk along the River Thames on the Thames Path,<br />

stro ling from Kew Gardens to the upscale London suburb<br />

of Richmond, home to some great pubs. GRID REF: L3<br />

57. Take a stroll through 45 acres of serene greenery<br />

at Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery, a Victorian garden<br />

cemetery surrounded by unspoiled woodland and<br />

home to numerous fascinating monuments. GRID REF: B4<br />

58. Try a hot chocolate seventeenth-century style at<br />

Dyrham Park – you might be surprised to learn that<br />

it has cayenne pepper in it! GRID REF: B3<br />

59. Scan the skies fo red kites in the Chilterns –<br />

the bes time to see these glorious birds of prey<br />

is between October and April and the best chance<br />

of seeing them is in the far south of the Area of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty. GRID REF: K1<br />

60. Get a new insight into Shakespeare, at a<br />

contemporary performance of the Bard’s best work<br />

at Bristol Shakespeare Festival (July). GRID REF: A3<br />

61. Find dazzling carpets of bluebe ls in the woods at<br />

<strong>West</strong> Woods just outside Marlborough. April and May<br />

are bluebe l season here. GRID REF: E4<br />

62. Try Wiltshire cured ham in Calne, the town it<br />

originated in back in the eighteenth century. It goes very<br />

well with cheese and pickle! It’s also on the menu at<br />

plenty of pubs along the Way, including the Queens Arms<br />

at East Garston. GRID REF: D4<br />

63. Find your next new favourite story in one of Bath’s<br />

independent bookshops. Mr B’s Emporium and Topping &<br />

Company both have great selections. GRID REF: B4<br />

64. Watch for the colourful flash of a swooping kingfisher,<br />

its orange and blue plumage catching your eye on a walk<br />

through the marshland at Jones’s Mi l in Pewsey Vale (E4),<br />

cared for by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust also has<br />

sites at Blakehill Farm (D2) and Lower Moor (D2)<br />

in north Wiltshire.<br />

65. Wear out the kids at Bowood’s fabulous adventure<br />

playground. There’s a pirate ship, aerial walkways and a<br />

Flying Fox zip wire – kids up to the age of 12 wi l be hard<br />

to drag away from here! GRID REF: D4<br />

66. Walk acro s Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension<br />

Bridge, gazing acro s the dramatic Avon Gorge GRID REF: A4<br />

67. Get up close and personal with the trees on<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum’s Treetop Walkway. It runs<br />

through the tree canopy for 300 metres and features<br />

interactive information panels and telescopes to teach<br />

visitors abou the collection a the national arboretum.<br />

GRID REF: C3<br />

68. Hear classical music echoing around an ancient<br />

cathedral. Bristol Cathedral hosts regula recitals,<br />

featuring classical music from both local and<br />

international musicians. GRID REF: A3<br />

69. Treat the whole family to a luxury stay at Woo ley<br />

Grange, a hotel that puts family first – and even includes<br />

two hours daily free childcare in its room rates. GRID REF: C4<br />

70. Hear nothing but silence in the designated Silent<br />

Space at Prior Park Landscape Garden, near Bath. This<br />

was once the site of a Gothic temple; today it’s a serene<br />

spot where mobile devices are banned and silence is<br />

requested (every Thursday noon-3pm). GRID REF: C4<br />

71. Take a dip al fresco at Thames Lido in Kings<br />

Meadow (H3), Reading. This beautiful Edwardian<br />

swimming baths has been fu ly restored and<br />

o fers non-member swimming sessions every<br />

weekday from 1-4pm. The same company operates<br />

a Lido in Bristol (A4) too, which dates from the<br />

Victorian era.<br />

1. Sit in the Devil’s Chair – a natural seat sculpted<br />

in stone at Europe’s largest stone circle, Avebury.<br />

GRID REF: E4<br />

2. Soak in the UK’s only natural hot springs at Thermae<br />

Bath Spa – home to a rooftop al fresco pool with views<br />

over the city’s ancient rooftops. GRID REF: B4<br />

3. Fly down mountain biking trails that weave through<br />

ancient woodland in Swinley Forest. The 13km Red<br />

route is not for the faint-hearted – expect jumps,<br />

drops and twists a l the way. GRID REF: J4<br />

4. Count the deer in Richmond Park<br />

(hint: there are hundreds!). GRID REF: L3<br />

5. Wave to the Queen as she rides in the daily<br />

Royal Proce sion at world-famous horseracing<br />

event Royal Ascot (four days every June). GRID REF: J4<br />

6. Feast in one of the world’s best restaurants, the<br />

three Michelin star Fat Duck in Bray, where chef<br />

Heston Blumenthal takes guests on a sensory<br />

journey – all the way to the seaside. GRID REF: J3<br />

7. See where the earliest surviving photographic<br />

negative was taken, by Henry Fox Talbot in 1835<br />

at Lacock Abbey. GRID REF: C4<br />

8. Climb the rigging of a Victorian ship, the SS <strong>Great</strong><br />

Britain and reach heights of more than 25 metres above<br />

Bristol Harbour! If you’re feeling rea ly brave you can<br />

even walk out along the main yard. GRID REF: A4<br />

9. Check ou the world’s oldest pot plant, a prickly<br />

cycad that lives at Kew Gardens and was planted<br />

in 1775. GRID REF: L3<br />

10. Run a bath with natura ly ho thermal waters at<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel, where selected<br />

rooms are plumbed directly into Bath’s thermal waters.<br />

GRID REF: B4<br />

11. Poke your nose into the world’s oldest and largest<br />

inhabited castle at Windsor Castle, the home of the<br />

Queen – and said to be her favourite castle.<br />

GRID REF: K3<br />

12. Learn the ropes on a rock-climbing le son at<br />

the high limestone cli fs of Avon Gorge. There are<br />

750 climbing routes here, some of them so physica ly<br />

and menta ly cha lenging tha they’ve only been<br />

climbed once. GRID REF: A4<br />

13. Test your muscle power on a na row boating<br />

journey up one of the longest continuous flights of<br />

locks in England. You’ l rise 72 metres (237ft) in just<br />

two miles at Caen Hi lock flight en route to the<br />

market town of Devizes. GRID REF: D4<br />

14. Soar like a bird above the Wiltshire Downs on a<br />

paragliding le son. GRID REF: E4<br />

15. Stand on the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta,<br />

on the banks of the Thames at Runnymede. GRID REF: K4<br />

16. Waterski on a private lake at Cotswold Water Park.<br />

GRID REF: D2<br />

17. Escape to an English country garden at The Bath Priory<br />

hotel, where dinner is taken overlooking the kitchen garden<br />

and your bedroom is named after a flower. GRID REF: B4<br />

18. Swim in the pool that plunged the UK into chaos<br />

at Cliveden – backdrop to the infamous Profumo A fair.<br />

GRID REF: J3<br />

19. Mount your steed and thwack a polo ba l acro s the<br />

lawn on a half-day polo mastercla s at Coworth Park.<br />

GRID REF: K4<br />

20. Have a “meet and greet” with a red panda, one of<br />

several behind the scenes experiences at Bristol Zoo.<br />

GRID REF: A4<br />

21. Dre s like Jane Austen, bonnet and a l, and dance<br />

the night away a the Regency Costumed Masked<br />

Ba l in Bath, part of the annual Jane Austen Festival<br />

(September). GRID REF: B4<br />

22. Ride the rails of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s<br />

(arguably) greatest achievement, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway from London to Bristol. GRID REF: A4<br />

23. Se tle in for a traditional afternoon tea, served on a<br />

tiered stand in the restaurant of one of England’s finest<br />

country hotels. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (B4),<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa (C3) and Cricklade House<br />

Hotel (E2) are a l much-loved for their afternoon teas –<br />

which can be served with Champagne.<br />

24. Sail up into the sky in a hot air ba loon at<br />

Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air ba loons,<br />

the Bristol International Ba loon Fiesta every August.<br />

You needn’t wait for the fiesta though, Bailey<br />

Ba loons o fer flights a l year round above both<br />

Bristol and Bath. GRID REF: A4<br />

Discover an essential strand of England on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Based on one of the first <strong>Great</strong><br />

Roads commissioned by the Kings of England,<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way winds for 125 miles through<br />

the very soul of England, from the capital city of<br />

London to the vibrant western gateway of Bristol.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way brings you to world-famou site such as Stonehenge,<br />

Roman Bath and Windsor Castle, but the real joy is in discovering somewhere<br />

different, a real slice of England that you can take back home with you – as<br />

memories, as photographs, or even as a bottle of craft ale or piece of local art.<br />

You can explore by road, by rail or by water. Slow right down to the pace of<br />

two feet or two bike wheels, base yourself in one place for a while and find<br />

your own story on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

72. Sme l the rhododendrons at Bowood’s Woodl<br />

Gardens, open every spring during flowering seaso<br />

Two miles of paths wind their way between the v<br />

coloured plants, many of which have been pu ting<br />

this display every year since 1854. GRID REF: D4<br />

73. Spot a Banksy – an artwork by the anonymou<br />

street artist – in the city he hails from, Bristol. You<br />

also watch other street artists at work, painting th<br />

as part of Europe’s largest street art and gra fiti fe<br />

every July. GRID REF: A3<br />

74. Get eyeball to eyeba l with some very cheeky<br />

monkeys at Longleat Safari Park – as you drive thr<br />

their habitat expect them to clamber onto your ca<br />

po sibly to take some of it with them! GRID REF: C5<br />

75. A tend the weekly ma s at Stonor Chapel, bui<br />

late thirteenth century on the site of a prehistoric<br />

circle and resolutely Catholic ever since. GRID REF: H<br />

76. Seek out ghosts on a creepy walk around the<br />

town of Devizes with local historian John Girvan.<br />

Devizes Ghost Walk has been te rifying children a<br />

alike for more than 20 years and includes a trip to<br />

of the town’s old ga lows. GRID REF: D4<br />

77. Step into the 1930s a the Atwe l-Wilson M<br />

Museum in Calne, where a 1930s garage has b<br />

reconstructed and fi led with classic cars. GRID<br />

78. Drink English wine direct from the vineyard a<br />

award winning Alder Ridge Vineyard (F4) or Aldw<br />

in Bristol (A4). English sparkling wine is ge ting es<br />

popular so be sure to give it a try.<br />

79. Stro l through a “living work of art” at Stour<br />

of England’s greatest landscape gardens. The be<br />

to visit is the autumn, when the trees turn gold<br />

at any time of the year you can seek out the cla<br />

temple above the lake – a great shot for your In<br />

GRID REF: B6<br />

80. Discover the history of the shoe at the Fash<br />

Museum in Bath, where you’ l find a co lection<br />

runs from Georgian silk shoes to Nike trainers.<br />

GRID REF: B4<br />

81. Eat international street food in the heart o<br />

The street food market runs year-round on Tue<br />

and Fridays on Wine Street and has everything<br />

Indonesian street food and vegan Thai snacks t<br />

cooked doughnuts and Tibetan dumplings. GRI<br />

25. Gawp a the super-elite school that educated<br />

Princes Wi liam and Ha ry – as we l as 19 British<br />

Prime Ministers. The tour of Eton College includes<br />

the School Yard and Co lege Chapel. GRID REF: K3<br />

26. Take the wheel of a Formula Ford 1600 or Lotus Elise<br />

on a lap of Castle Combe Motor Racing Circuit. GRID REF: C3<br />

27. Find out just what you can build with 42 million<br />

LEGO bricks at LEGOLAND. GRID REF: K3<br />

28. Get confe t in your hair at the u terly unique Devizes<br />

Confetti Battle (August). GRID REF: D4<br />

29. Visi the Wiltshire white horses, carved by local<br />

people into chalky hillsides around the county. There<br />

are eight that can be seen today including two in the<br />

unspoiled countryside of beautiful Pewsey Vale, and<br />

some are as old as 300 years! GRID REF: E4<br />

30. Go organic with food from the farm at Helen<br />

Browning’s Royal Oak (E3), where portions are<br />

generous and as much as possible is home-grown.<br />

You can visi the farm too, and buy delicious bacon<br />

and sausages to take away. Also in Wiltshire you’ l<br />

find Bu tle Farm (D4), where you can buy pork<br />

and charcuterie, and Roves Farm (E3), home to an<br />

extensive farm shop.<br />

31. Ride a steam train kept alive and running by<br />

volunteers, at Avon Valley Railway. GRID REF: B4<br />

32. Lose yourself in the UK’s oldest surviving hedge<br />

maze at Hampton Court Palace. GRID REF: L4<br />

33. Taste local brew Good Old Boy in the Taproom<br />

of the brewery that crafted it, <strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery.<br />

GRID REF: G3<br />

34. Sniff out the best cheeses at Winston Churchill’s<br />

favourite cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield in Bath.<br />

GRID REF: B4<br />

35. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle.<br />

GRID REF: K3<br />

36. Join the party at one of England’s biggest and<br />

best-loved music festivals, Reading Festival (August).<br />

GRID REF: H3<br />

37. Shop while walking on water at Pulteney Bridge<br />

in Bath. This gorgeous Georgian bridge is one of only<br />

four worldwide to have shops lining both sides and<br />

is a classical masterpiece. GRID REF: B4<br />

38. Step aboard the last Concorde ever built at<br />

Aerospace Bristol, on the site that built every<br />

British Concorde ever made. GRID REF: B3<br />

39. Climb a 120-foot Neoclassical tower built for<br />

Europe’s wealthiest man at Beckford’s Tower just<br />

outside Bath. GRID REF: B4<br />

40. Shop for a bargain at McArthurGlen Designer<br />

Outlet Swindon, where more than 100 designer<br />

stores o fer discounts of up to 60%. GRID REF: E3<br />

41. Discover Nordic walking on an introductory<br />

session with Bristol Nordic Walking. GRID REF: A3<br />

42. Mess about in boats on the Thame surrounded<br />

by hundreds of others doing the same, at Henley<br />

Royal Regatta (July). GRID REF: J3<br />

43. Watch stately Shire horses deliver local beer to<br />

the pubs of Devizes, fresh from Wadworth Brewery,<br />

based in the town. GRID REF: D4<br />

44. Stand in Harry Po ter’s footsteps in the very room<br />

he first saw his parents, reflected in the Mi ror of<br />

Erised (the Chapter House in Lacock Abbey).<br />

GRID REF: C4<br />

45. Come face to face – safely – with 33 di ferent<br />

native shark species a the Bristol Aquarium.<br />

GRID REF: A4<br />

46. Peer down from steep cli fs into England’s<br />

largest gorge before descending beneath this<br />

dramatic landscape on a caving adventure at<br />

Cheddar Gorge & Caves. GRID REF: A5<br />

47. Discover Bath’s food scene on a tasty tour<br />

with Savouring Bath – the “naughty but nice”<br />

tour is especially indulgent, focusing on treats<br />

and temptations. GRID REF: B4<br />

48. Follow in Poldark’s footsteps on a stro l along<br />

Corsham’s gorgeous honey-stoned High Street<br />

– it appeared on screen as eighteenth century<br />

Truro in the BBC drama. GRID REF: C4<br />

49. Discover the gardens of legendary landscape<br />

gardener ‘Capability’ Brown at Elizabethan mansion<br />

house Corsham Court. There’s a glorious one-mile<br />

<strong>Great</strong> Walk planted with cedars and planes,<br />

a Gothic bath house and a ha ha to keep<br />

the deer out without spoiling the view.<br />

GRID REF: C4<br />

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<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

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tep inside a fourteenth century tithe barn, complete<br />

a staggering timbe roof of wooden arches that<br />

ch for more than 50 metres above your head.<br />

dford on Avon’s tithe barn is so historica ly important<br />

t it’s protected by English Heritage. GRID REF: C4<br />

1. <strong>Travel</strong> through the historic centre of Bath (B4) on a<br />

tand-up paddleboarding safari with Original Wild, or<br />

ake a lesson in Bristol (A4) with SUP Bristol.<br />

52. Play disc golf in the park, at Ashton Court in<br />

Bristol – you’ l be trying to get a frisbee, not a ba l,<br />

into each hole. GRID REF: A3<br />

53. See paintings by English masters Thomas<br />

Gainsborough and John Constable, housed together<br />

at Bath’s Holburne Museum. GRID REF: B4<br />

54. Climb to the top of Roundway Hi l and gaze down<br />

into the “bloody ditch” – scene of the greatest Royalist<br />

victory of the English Civil War, in 1643. GRID REF: D4<br />

55. Tune into alien energies on the hunt for one of<br />

Wiltshire’s infamous crop circles with a visi to the<br />

Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre. Many<br />

people think these large and often ornate pa terns<br />

that appear overnight in the county’s wheat fields<br />

are the work of extra-te restrials… GRID REF: E4<br />

56. Walk along the River Thames on the Thames Path,<br />

stro ling from Kew Gardens to the upscale London suburb<br />

of Richmond, home to some great pubs. GRID REF: L3<br />

57. Take a stro l through 45 acres of serene greenery<br />

at Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery, a Victorian garden<br />

cemetery su rounded by unspoiled woodland and<br />

home to numerous fascinating monuments. GRID REF: B4<br />

58. Try a hot chocolate seventeenth-century style at<br />

Dyrham Park – you might be surprised to learn that<br />

it has cayenne pepper in it! GRID REF: B3<br />

59. Scan the skies fo red kites in the Chilterns –<br />

the bes time to see these glorious birds of prey<br />

is between October and April and the best chance<br />

of seeing them is in the far south of the Area of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty. GRID REF: K1<br />

60. Get a new insight into Shakespeare, at a<br />

contemporary performance of the Bard’s best work<br />

at Bristol Shakespeare Festival (July). GRID REF: A3<br />

61. Find dazzling carpets of bluebe ls in the woods at<br />

<strong>West</strong> Woods just outside Marlborough. April and May<br />

are bluebe l season here. GRID REF: E4<br />

62. Try Wiltshire cured ham in Calne, the town it<br />

originated in back in the eighteenth century. It goes very<br />

we l with cheese and pickle! It’s also on the menu at<br />

plenty of pubs along the Way, including the Queens Arms<br />

at East Garston. GRID REF: D4<br />

63. Find your next new favourite story in one of Bath’s<br />

independent bookshops. Mr B’s Emporium and Topping &<br />

Company both have great selections. GRID REF: B4<br />

64. Watch for the colourful flash of a swooping kingfisher,<br />

its orange and blue plumage catching your eye on a walk<br />

through the marshland at Jones’s Mi l in Pewsey Vale (E4),<br />

cared for by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust also has<br />

sites at Blakehi l Farm (D2) and Lower Moor (D2)<br />

in north Wiltshire.<br />

65. Wear out the kids at Bowood’s fabulous adventure<br />

playground. There’s a pirate ship, aerial walkways and a<br />

Flying Fox zip wire – kids up to the age of 12 wi l be hard<br />

to drag away from here! GRID REF: D4<br />

66. Walk across Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension<br />

Bridge, gazing across the dramatic Avon Gorge GRID REF: A4<br />

67. Get up close and personal with the trees on<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum’s Treetop Walkway. It runs<br />

through the tree canopy for 300 metres and features<br />

interactive information panels and telescopes to teach<br />

visitors abou the co lection a the national arboretum.<br />

GRID REF: C3<br />

68. Hear classical music echoing around an ancient<br />

cathedral. Bristol Cathedral hosts regula recitals,<br />

featuring classical music from both local and<br />

international musicians. GRID REF: A3<br />

69. Treat the whole family to a luxury stay at Woo ley<br />

Grange, a hotel that puts family first – and even includes<br />

two hours daily free childcare in its room rates. GRID REF: C4<br />

70. Hear nothing but silence in the designated Silent<br />

Space at Prior Park Landscape Garden, near Bath. This<br />

was once the site of a Gothic temple; today it’s a serene<br />

spot where mobile devices are banned and silence is<br />

requested (every Thursday noon-3pm). GRID REF: C4<br />

71. Take a dip al fresco at Thames Lido in Kings<br />

Meadow (H3), Reading. This beautiful Edwardian<br />

swimming baths has been fu ly restored and<br />

o fers non-member swimming sessions every<br />

weekday from 1-4pm. The same company operates<br />

a Lido in Bristol (A4) too, which dates from the<br />

Victorian era.<br />

72. Sme l the rhododendrons at Bowood’s Woodland<br />

Gardens, open every spring during flowering season.<br />

Two miles of paths wind their way between the vibrantly<br />

coloured plants, many of which have been pu ting on<br />

this display every year since 1854. GRID REF: D4<br />

73. Spot a Banksy – an artwork by the anonymous<br />

street artist – in the city he hails from, Bristol. You can<br />

also watch other street artists at work, painting the wa ls<br />

as part of Europe’s largest street art and gra fiti festival,<br />

every July. GRID REF: A3<br />

74. Get eyeba l to eyeba l with some very cheeky<br />

monkeys at Longleat Safari Park – as you drive through<br />

their habitat expect them to clamber onto your car, and<br />

possibly to take some of it with them! GRID REF: C5<br />

75. A tend the weekly mass at Stonor Chapel, built in the<br />

late thirteenth century on the site of a prehistoric stone<br />

circle and resolutely Catholic ever since. GRID REF: H3<br />

76. Seek out ghosts on a creepy walk around the market<br />

town of Devizes with local historian John Girvan. The<br />

Devizes Ghost Walk has been te rifying children and adults<br />

alike for more than 20 years and includes a trip to the site<br />

of the town’s old ga lows. GRID REF: D4<br />

77. Step into the 1930s a the Atwe l-Wilson Motor<br />

Museum in Calne, where a 1930s garage has been<br />

reconstructed and fi led with classic cars. GRID REF: D4<br />

78. Drink English wine direct from the vineyard at the<br />

award winning Alder Ridge Vineyard (F4) or Aldwick Estate<br />

in Bristol (A4). English sparkling wine is ge ting especia ly<br />

popular so be sure to give it a try.<br />

79. Stro l through a “living work of art” at Stourhead, one<br />

of England’s greatest landscape gardens. The best time<br />

to visit is the autumn, when the trees turn golden, but<br />

at any time of the year you can seek out the classical<br />

temple above the lake – a great shot for your Instagram.<br />

GRID REF: B6<br />

80. Discover the history of the shoe at the Fashion<br />

Museum in Bath, where you’ l find a co lection that<br />

runs from Georgian silk shoes to Nike trainers.<br />

GRID REF: B4<br />

81. Eat international street food in the heart of Bristol.<br />

The street food market runs year-round on Tuesdays<br />

and Fridays on Wine Street and has everything from<br />

Indonesian street food and vegan Thai snacks to freshly<br />

cooked doughnuts and Tibetan dumplings. GRID REF: A4<br />

82. Bet on the horses at Newbury Racecourse, which has<br />

race days year-round. GRID REF: G4<br />

83. Check ou the largest co lection of Americana<br />

outside the US, including some fascinating ancient maps<br />

and more than 200 quilts, a the American Museum and<br />

Gardens in Bath. GRID REF: C4<br />

84. Get geeky about local ales with the helpful bar sta f at<br />

the Beer Emporium, in the heart of Old Bristol and se ling<br />

beers from local craft breweries. The bottle shop upstairs<br />

has loads to take away too. GRID REF: A4<br />

85. Shop for local goodies at the twice-weekly market<br />

in Marlborough, set along the second widest high street<br />

in the UK. GRID REF: E4<br />

86. Wait for Corsham’s free-roaming peacocks to fan out<br />

their bright coloured tails – then take the perfect picture.<br />

You might even spot them admiring themselves in the<br />

shop windows of the High Street. GRID REF: C4<br />

87. Join the debate over Silbury Hi l, part of the prehistoric<br />

complex at Avebury. Just why did ancient man build a<br />

mound as large as a contemporary Egyptian pyramid?<br />

GRID REF: E4<br />

88. Take your seats for a performance of local<br />

talent a the Barn Theatre in Cirencester (D2), one<br />

of England’s best regional theatres and home to<br />

state-of-the-art facilities. Or se tle in for a jazz<br />

concert a the Wiltshire Music Centre (C4) in<br />

Bradford on Avon.<br />

89. Haggle for a bargain at Hungerford Arcade Antiques,<br />

home to more than 100 antique dealers – and plenty of<br />

weird and wonderful finds. GRID REF: F4<br />

90. Se tle in for some pub grub with a di ference at The<br />

Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the first<br />

UK pub to be awarded two Michelin stars. GRID REF: J3<br />

91. Saddle up for a trek along the Ridgeway, riding through<br />

the North We sex Downs to reach the River Thames in the<br />

Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. GRID REF: H2<br />

92. Spot bri liant blue poison dart frogs, one of the<br />

world’s most brightly coloured animals, in the Lowlands<br />

glasshouse at the Living Rainforest in Berkshire.<br />

GRID REF: G3<br />

93. Work the signals in the interactive GWR signal box<br />

and drive a train simulator at STEAM, the Museum of<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway, in Swindon. GRID REF: E3<br />

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‘Capability’ Brown at Elizabethan mansion<br />

orsham Court. There’s a glorious one-mile<br />

alk planted with cedars and planes,<br />

ic bath house and a ha ha to keep<br />

er out without spoiling the view.<br />

EF: C4<br />

94. Take a guided tour of the picture-postcard<br />

fifteenth-century <strong>Great</strong> Chalfield Manor and check<br />

out its beautiful Arts and Craft style garden, complete<br />

with some very we l-manicured topiary. GRID REF: C4<br />

95. Se tle in for an authentic English pub experience. There are<br />

hundreds of traditional pubs along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, where<br />

you can play pub games in the beer garden in summer, or cosy<br />

up by the open fire in winter. We love the Three Tuns Freehouse<br />

in <strong>Great</strong> Bedwyn (F4), The Old Be l in Malmesbury (C3), the<br />

Royal Oak in Ya tendon (C3), The Red Lion Freehouse in East<br />

Chisenbury (E4) and The Newbury Pub in Newbury (G4).<br />

96. Pootle along the Kennet & Avon Canal on your<br />

very own na rowboat, mooring up at pub gardens<br />

and in market towns along the route and feeling the<br />

pace of life slow. Boats can be hired just for the day<br />

from Devizes Marina (D4) or for a longer holiday from<br />

Honeystreet Boats (E4). Don’t fancy driving yourself?<br />

Take a na rowboa tour instead, on the Jubilee from<br />

Newbury Wharf (G4), The Rose of Hungerford from<br />

Hungerford (F4), the Kenavon Venture from Devizes<br />

Wharf (D4) or the Barbara McLe lan from Bradford on<br />

Avon (C4).<br />

97. Check in to England’s oldest hotel, The Old Be l<br />

Hotel in Malmesbury. It’s Grade I listed and stands<br />

right nex to the twelfth century Abbey. Fu ly restored,<br />

it o fers elegant modern accommodation and relaxed<br />

dinners.GRID REF: C3<br />

98. Take a horse-riding lesson with Rein and Shine in<br />

Swindon. There are horse riding experience packages<br />

of two and three hours, including the chance to learn<br />

about stable management. GRID REF: E3<br />

99. Marvel a the world’s oldest working steam<br />

engines, the Crofton Beam Engines. Fed by a<br />

hand-stoked coal-fired boiler, they’re sti l plugging<br />

away at the job they were designed to do more than<br />

200 years ago – pumping water up to the highest<br />

point of the Kennet & Avon Canal. GRID REF: E4<br />

100. Bring the binoculars for some winter<br />

birdwatching at Cotswold Water Park. Look out<br />

for great crested grebes, tufted ducks, coots and<br />

pochards. GRID REF: D2<br />

101. Check ou the work of English twentieth century<br />

painter Sir Stanley Spencer in the eponymous ga lery on<br />

the high street in Cookham, the Thameside vi lage he<br />

lived and worked in for many years. GRID REF: J3<br />

102. Go orchid spo ting in Hartslock Nature Reserve,<br />

home to the rare monkey orchid which flowers here in<br />

May or early June. There is also a hybrid of the monkey<br />

and lady orchids here, the only place in Britain tha this<br />

has been recorded. GRID REF: H3<br />

1<strong>03</strong>. Pose for the perfect postcard-worthy shot on<br />

the arched stone bridge in the heart of Castle Combe.<br />

This protected vi lage is like a time capsule, with not a<br />

modern building in sight. No surprise then that it has<br />

appeared on screen numerous times – in Spielberg’s<br />

War Horse and the original Dr Dooli tle film to name<br />

jus two. GRID REF: C3<br />

104. Canoe the Kennet & Avon Canal, pushing o f in<br />

a Canadian canoe at Bradford on Avon and paddling<br />

eastwards to Seend Cleeve and the canalside Barge<br />

Inn, where you can moor up for a pub lunch before<br />

the return journey. GRID REF: D4<br />

105. Bring a blanket and se tle in for an al fresco<br />

performance of a Shakespearean play at Dyrham<br />

Park (August). GRID REF: B3<br />

106. Take a turn around the organic gardens at<br />

Highgrove, home to the Prince of Wales. Book a<br />

champagne tea tour and you’ l finish with afternoon<br />

tea and a glass of Highgrove Champagne. GRID REF: C3<br />

107. Lace up your skates for a spin around the rink at<br />

one of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way’s winter ice rinks. There are<br />

rinks at Mi lennium Square in Bristol (A4), Royal Victoria<br />

Park in Bath (B4), Alexandra Gardens in Windsor (K3) and<br />

Hampton Court Palace (L4) (November-January).<br />

108. Ge the stones (almost) to yourself by booking<br />

the Inner Circle tour at Stonehenge and rising early to<br />

be inside the stone circle before it opens to the public.<br />

You sti l can’ touch the stones, but you wi l get some<br />

great pictures of them. GRID REF: E6<br />

109. Stoop to enter <strong>West</strong> Kennet Long Ba row, a<br />

Neolithic tomb built around 5,650 years ago. You can<br />

walk along inside for about 13 metres before reaching<br />

the final chamber. Bring a torch! GRID REF: E4<br />

110. Set out on foot through the Cotswolds on the<br />

102-mile Cotswold Way, one of England’s national trails.<br />

You’ l start at Bath Abbey (B4) and head north along the<br />

Cotswold escarpment, stro ling through idy lic vi lages<br />

and passing ancient churches, abbeys and mansions set<br />

in some of the country’s most celebrated – and best<br />

protected – countryside.<br />

111. Eat a traditional ploughman’s lunch – a pla ter of<br />

local cheese, pickle and onions accompanied by bread and<br />

(usua ly) a salad. Try it at the twelfth century Castle Inn<br />

in Castle Combe (C3) or at Beese’s in Bristol (A4).<br />

112. Have a proper English cup of tea – served strong<br />

with milk of course – in a traditional tearoom. There<br />

are hundreds of tearooms along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

but some of our favourites are St Peter’s Co fee Shop in<br />

Marlborough (E4), The To lgate in Dyrham (B3), the Teapot<br />

in Cookham (J3) and The Tu ti Pole in Hungerford (F4).<br />

113. See a 2,000-year-old lime tree, sti l going strong<br />

in Silk Wood at <strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum. GRID REF: C3<br />

114. Test your navigational ski ls on the orienteering<br />

trails at Ashton Court in Bristol. There are three to try<br />

– pick up a map from the golf kiosk. GRID REF: A4<br />

115. Cycle along an old railway track, fo lowing the<br />

13-mile Bristol & Bath Railway Path between the<br />

two cities. This was once the route of the Midland<br />

Railway and some evidence of its life as a railway<br />

i sti l visible. The route is tarmac, tra fic-free and<br />

almost entirely level – making it a breeze for<br />

a l levels of ability. You could even try it on a<br />

tandem, hiring a two-seater bike from Bristol<br />

Tandem Hire. GRID REF: B4<br />

116. See the cave where two giants, Goram and<br />

Ghyston, are said to have once made their home.<br />

You can walk to this sma l cave overlooking Avon<br />

Gorge in Bristol from the Observatory above it,<br />

through a tunnel carved in the nineteenth century<br />

by artist Wi liam <strong>West</strong>. GRID REF: A4<br />

117. Go bu terfly spo ting in the rare chalk grasslands<br />

of the Chilterns, the perfect habitat for a wide variety<br />

of wildflowers – and the butterflies that love them.<br />

GRID REF: H3<br />

118. Play a round of golf on one of England’s best<br />

parkland courses. Try Richmond Park Golf Course in<br />

<strong>West</strong> London, North Wilts Golf Club in Wiltshire or<br />

Bristol & Clifton Golf Club.<br />

GRID REF: L3<br />

119. See what’s biting in the Kennet & Avon Canal<br />

– home to some of England’s most bankable angling<br />

spots. Fishing is permi ted along much of the towpath<br />

here, bu two of the best places for a bumper catch<br />

are Bathampton near Bath (C4) and Hungerford in<br />

Berkshire (F4). Contac the local angling association<br />

for a permit.<br />

120. Discover the area’s military might with a visit<br />

to REME, the museum of the Royal Electrical and<br />

Mechanical Engineers, at MoD Lyneham. See large<br />

armoured vehicles, listen to soldiers’ stories and get<br />

hands-on with the recovery task simulator. GRID REF: D3<br />

121. Indulge yourself by booking a mind-melting<br />

in-water massage – or watsu. Bath’s Thermae Spa<br />

o fers these dreamy treatments in the natural thermal<br />

waters of the Hot Bath. Just don’t plan anything too<br />

strenuous for afterwards! GRID REF: B4<br />

122. Wild swim in the Thames at Cock Marsh near<br />

Cookham, where you’ l find sandy beaches to paddle<br />

out from and clear, clean waters. GRID REF: J3<br />

123. Go behind the scenes at Downton Abbey with a<br />

visi to Highclere Castle, the building Julian Fe lowes<br />

i said to have had in mind when he wrote the TV<br />

drama. The Victorian castle remains the family home<br />

of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and visitors<br />

can see the <strong>Great</strong> Ha l, backdrop to much of Mary and<br />

Ma thew’s romance, and the Dining Room, scene of<br />

many a family drama and plenty of acerbic comments<br />

from the Dowager Countess. GRID REF: G5<br />

124. Have a crack at clay pigeon shooting in the<br />

grounds of Donnington Grove in Berkshire. GRID REF: G4<br />

125. Learn how stop animation works in Bristol, home<br />

to Aardman Animations, the Academy Award winning<br />

studio who brought the world Wa lace and Gromit.<br />

We the Curiou science centre hosts model making<br />

workshops with experts from the studio – you’ l even<br />

ge to take home a plasticine Gromit. GRID REF: A4<br />

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Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk GRID REF: B4<br />

Apex City of Bath Hotel, Bath<br />

apexhotels.co.uk GRID REF: B4<br />

Avalon Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Devizes<br />

bed-breakfast-devizes.co.uk GRID REF: D4<br />

Bath Apartment Breaks<br />

bathapartmentbreaks.co.uk GRID REF: B4<br />

Bath Self Catering<br />

bathselfcatering.com GRID REF: B4<br />

Beanhi l Farm B&B, Chippenham<br />

beanhi lfarm.net GRID REF: D3<br />

Best <strong>West</strong>ern Plus Angel Hotel, Wiltshire<br />

bestwestern.co.uk GRID REF: C4<br />

Brooks Guest House, Bath<br />

brooksguesthouse.com GRID REF: B4<br />

Buttle Farm, Wiltshire<br />

bu tlefarm.co.uk GRID REF: D4<br />

Church Farm Country Cottages, Wiltshire<br />

churchfarmco tages.com GRID REF: C4<br />

Cricklade Hotel, Wiltshire<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk GRID REF: E2<br />

Cumberwe l Country Cottages, Wiltshire<br />

cumberwe lcountryco tages.com GRID REF: E2<br />

Devizes Marina Vi lage, Wiltshire<br />

devizesmarina.com GRID REF: D4<br />

Donnington Grove, Newbury<br />

donnington-grove.com GRID REF: G4<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon, Wiltshire<br />

doubletree3.hilton.com GRID REF: E3<br />

The Farm Camp, Wiltshire<br />

thefarmcamp.co.uk GRID REF: C4<br />

<strong>Great</strong> Northern Hotel, London<br />

gnhlondon.com GRID REF: M3<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport, Bristol<br />

hamptoninn3.hilton.com GRID REF: A4<br />

Helen Browning’s Royal Oak, Wiltshire<br />

helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk GRID REF: E3<br />

Heritage Bed & Breakfast, Wiltshire<br />

heritagebandb.co.uk GRID REF: D4<br />

Holiday Inn Salisbury–Stonehenge, Wiltshire<br />

hisalisbury-stonehenge.co.uk GRID REF: E6<br />

The Langley, Buckinghamshire<br />

ma rio t.com GRID REF: K3<br />

MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel<br />

macdonaldhotels.co.uk GRID REF: B4<br />

Manor Farm B&B, Wiltshire<br />

manorfm.co.uk GRID REF: E5<br />

Meadowbank House Bed & Breakfast, Wiltshire<br />

meadowbankhouse.com GRID REF: E3<br />

The Old Be l Hotel, Malmesbury, Wiltshire<br />

oldbe lhotel.co.uk GRID REF: C3<br />

The Old Chapel, Wiltshire<br />

airbnb.co.uk/rooms/29073443 GRID REF: E4<br />

Queens Arms, East Garston, Berkshire<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk GRID REF: F4<br />

The Red Lion and Troutbeck, East Chisenbury<br />

redlionfreehouse.com GRID REF: E5<br />

The Roseate Villa, Bath<br />

roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevi la GRID REF: B4<br />

Roseate House, London<br />

roseatehotels.com/london/roseatehouse GRID REF: L3<br />

The Roseate, Reading<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate GRID REF: H4<br />

The Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire<br />

royaloakya tendon.co.uk GRID REF: C3<br />

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath<br />

royalcrescent.co.uk GRID REF: B4<br />

The Swan, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk GRID REF: C4<br />

Totteridge Farm, Pewsey, Wiltshire<br />

to teridge-farm.website GRID REF: E4<br />

Tucking Mi l, Bath Apartments & Cottages<br />

bathselfcatering.net GRID REF: B4<br />

Whatley Manor, Wiltshire<br />

whatleymanor.com GRID REF: C3<br />

Woo ley Grange Hotel, Wiltshire<br />

woo leygrangehotel.co.uk GRID REF: C4<br />

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BE CURIOUS. BE RESPONSIBLE<br />

We've put together some further pointers to help you respect,<br />

protect and enjoy our lovely English countryside while you<br />

travel the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

AREAS OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY<br />

The Chilterns, the North Wessex Downs and the<br />

Cotswolds offer exceptional landscapes, and thanks<br />

to their legal protection they are perfect countryside<br />

playgrounds for cyclists and ramblers.<br />

If you are starting your journey from London,<br />

you will be close to the southern section of The<br />

Chilterns - a section of the 324 square miles which<br />

fall within the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way corridor. It’s a haven<br />

for wildlife. Keep an eye out for red kites - the<br />

bird of prey now thrives in the region, having been<br />

reintroduced in 1989.<br />

It is likely you may have heard of the North<br />

Wessex Downs - it is the third largest Area of<br />

Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain (there are<br />

46 AONBs in total). The area lies at the heart of the<br />

chalk band that stretches across southern England<br />

and was once under a warm sea. Its landscape is very<br />

diverse; as well as the chalk habitats, there is a rich<br />

mosaic of woodland, pasture, heath and common<br />

land.<br />

It is an ancient landscape etched by the impact of<br />

humans for over 5,000 years, including fascinating<br />

features such as the World Heritage Site at Avebury,<br />

eight Chalk White Horses, Savernake Forest,<br />

Highclere Castle, historic market towns and the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal.<br />

Or you might find yourself walking some of the<br />

Cotswold Way which really is England at its prettiest.<br />

Here you could cover more ground with a leisurely<br />

Sunday road cycle through the sleepy Cotswolds<br />

villages before stopping for a well-earned roast dinner<br />

in one of the many pretty pubs or award-winning<br />

restaurants.<br />

Whichever direction you take, be it by bike,<br />

foot, water, or a mix of all three remember to slow<br />

down to enjoy the journey as much as you do the<br />

destination!<br />

Be Curious<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is perfect<br />

place to be curious and explore<br />

the great outdoors by getting<br />

off the beaten track. But don’t<br />

forget to:<br />

Respect our local landscapes and<br />

communities as you discover the<br />

many hidden delights of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way. There are hundreds<br />

of miles of stunning countryside<br />

for curious travellers to explore<br />

along the route, but please stick<br />

to Public Right of Ways as you<br />

wander and do not picnic or<br />

exercise on private land.<br />

Protect yourself and others by<br />

avoiding busy beauty spots that<br />

might attract crowds. Don’t<br />

follow the herd. Instead, explore<br />

off the beaten track to find a<br />

quiet, peaceful spot away for<br />

others where you can maintain<br />

social distancing. Be prepared<br />

to go elsewhere if you arrive at<br />

a destination and find that too<br />

many other people have had the<br />

same idea!<br />

Enjoy discovering and supporting<br />

our small local businesses. From<br />

pub takeaways to village shops,<br />

many businesses are now open<br />

again and waiting for you to<br />

discover them. Please support<br />

our local businesses by shopping<br />

with them and abiding by their<br />

social distancing protocols.<br />

Be Responsible<br />

As Lockdown restrictions start to<br />

ease, remember the guidelines<br />

that are in place to help keep<br />

you safe and to look after our<br />

wonderful countryside:<br />

Respect our wildlife and<br />

landscapes. Please tread carefully<br />

and keep an eye out for wildlife<br />

that may have moved into<br />

unexpected places during the<br />

lockdown. Keep dogs on a lead<br />

and do not stray from footpaths<br />

and bridleways, as you might<br />

disturb ground nesting birds<br />

and other wildlife. Take all litter<br />

home with you and follow the<br />

countryside code when exploring<br />

rural areas.<br />

Protect yourself and others<br />

by maintaining strict social<br />

distancing and staying 1 metre+<br />

away from anyone outside your<br />

household whilst exercising,<br />

sitting and socialising. Avoid<br />

parking too close to other people's<br />

houses and remember to wash<br />

your hands regularly. Some<br />

historic towns and villages along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way have narrow<br />

streets that make it hard to<br />

maintain social distancing - plan<br />

in advance to avoid these areas.<br />

Enjoy the glorious countryside<br />

of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Here<br />

curious travellers will find<br />

rolling green hills, peaceful<br />

forests, pretty nature<br />

reserves, picturesque villages,<br />

quaint canals, glorious open<br />

countryside, charming historic<br />

towns and more. Please follow<br />

any specific guidelines from our<br />

friends and partners, including<br />

the National Trust, Forestry<br />

Commission, English Heritage,<br />

The Canal and River Trust,<br />

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, North<br />

Wessex Downs AONB, Wildfowl<br />

& Wetlands Trust, and local<br />

councils. Plan ahead before you<br />

travel and check which facilities<br />

are open. Some car parks may<br />

need to be booked in advance.<br />

Please stay curious and stay<br />

responsible while you explore<br />

this area of quintessentially<br />

English beauty, and plan carefully<br />

before visiting.<br />

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HIDDEN GARDENS<br />

Scenic gardens with lashings of space and fresh air make the<br />

ideal day out post-lockdown. Avoid the crowds and feel safe<br />

outdside in these socially distanced times. From the world<br />

famous to the well-kept secrets, here are some gardens along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way where you won’t be able to help but<br />

stop and smell the roses<br />

Words: Samantha Rutherford<br />

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Stourhead;<br />

Strawberry<br />

Hill House;<br />

Cliveden<br />

House;<br />

London<br />

Wetland<br />

Centre.<br />

ENGLAND IS RENOWNED for its stately homes<br />

and gardens and many of the finest lie along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Here's our pick of some of the<br />

best from east to west!<br />

CLIVEDEN HOUSE<br />

The gardens of 300-year-old Cliveden House hold<br />

just as much interest as the house - itself known for<br />

exuberant high society parties, political scandals<br />

and, most recently, its connection to a certain royal<br />

wedding. Meander through the six acre Parterre,<br />

with its distinctive triangular beds, be uplifted by the<br />

fragrant intermingling of fresh spring flowers and<br />

classical statues in the Long Garden and come over<br />

all romantic amid 900 roses in the heavenly-scented<br />

Rose Garden.<br />

LONDON WETLAND CENTRE<br />

London Wetland Centre, an award winning nature reserve,<br />

brings the countryside to London. Although close to the<br />

heart of the capital it is a haven of tranquility for both<br />

wildlife and people.<br />

The lakes, pools and gardens are home to kingfishers<br />

nesting in a bank, sand martins zipping over the ponds,<br />

wading birds searching for food at the lake edges and<br />

ducklings waddling after their mother in the spring. For<br />

keen bird watchers there are bitterns in the winter and<br />

yellow wagtails on the grazing marsh in summer. It’s a<br />

wonderful place for a relaxing walk through the scenic<br />

paths that meander among the lakes and gardens.<br />

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW<br />

For an unforgettable horticultural experience, make a<br />

beeline for Kew Gardens - a UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Site. Hop aboard the Kew Explorer Land Train, which<br />

will wizz you round the main sites in around 40<br />

minutes. Current highlights of any tour include the<br />

Palm House, built with a rainforest climate to nurture<br />

the plant life brought back by Victorian botanists;<br />

The Hive, an immersive experience that echoes the<br />

life going on inside a real beehive; and The Princess of<br />

Wales Conservatory, which is packed with all sorts of<br />

prickly curiosities from cacti to carnivorous plants.<br />

HAMPTON COURT PALACE<br />

As host of the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace<br />

Flower Show, with 500 years of royal gardening<br />

experience, Hampton Court Palace is certainly no<br />

amateur. The gardens you see now are all a product<br />

of its rich history - the Baroque-style <strong>Great</strong> Fountain<br />

Garden for instance was executed by King William III and<br />

Queen Mary II’s gardener, in the shape of a goose foot<br />

as was fashionable then. Elsewhere you can navigate The<br />

Maze, which featured in Jerome K. Jerome’s novel, Three<br />

Men in a Boat, and tour the immaculate Royal Kitchen<br />

Garden with its heritage vegetables.<br />

STRAWBERRY HILL HOUSE<br />

Strawberry Hill House, the former summer residence<br />

of Horace Walpole, author of ‘The Castle of Ontranto’,<br />

is famous for being Britain’s finest example of Georgian<br />

Gothic Revival architecture. →<br />

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The Savill<br />

Garden;<br />

Bowood<br />

House &<br />

Gardens;<br />

Stonor<br />

Park<br />

You can visit the house and gardens in Twickenham - it<br />

has been open to visitors for over 250 years! Inspired by<br />

William Kent and the ideas behind the English Landscape<br />

Movement, Horace Walpole created a romantic garden to<br />

complement his Gothic castle. Formal borders mixed with<br />

groves of trees and shrubs crossed by winding paths, and<br />

flowers and fragrance, a fine lawn, an open terrace and<br />

meadows that led straight to the River Thames.<br />

The five-acre garden has been, as far as possible, restored<br />

to its original appearance using Eighteenth-Century<br />

maps and paintings as well as Walpole’s own writing. It is<br />

Grade II listed and of national importance as a reminder<br />

of a fascinating period in garden history. It is a charming,<br />

compact garden full of a variety of beds, borders, walks,<br />

groves, lawns and woodland.<br />

Learn more about its history by joining one of the<br />

experienced guides on a garden tour at 1pm every<br />

Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from March<br />

until October.<br />

THE SAVILL GARDEN<br />

Starting life in the 1930s, these 35-acres of gardens are<br />

home to a whole spectrum of flora and fauna, from glades,<br />

woodlands and winter beds to spring bulb meadows and a<br />

Mediterranean garden. See flaming stars shine bright orange<br />

along the herbaceous border, spot purple globes of alliums in<br />

the dry garden and watch as the Summer Gardens become<br />

a circus of life and colour in season. But that’s not all - other<br />

gardens, also part of Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park, include The Valley<br />

Gardens, Virginia Water and The Long Walk and Deer Park.<br />

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STONOR PARK<br />

Set in a valley in the Chiltern Hills, Stonor Park offers a lush<br />

mix of ponds, fountains and pleasure gardens. Stroll amid the<br />

neat box hedges, and see if you can find the hidden Japanese<br />

retreat. Or head to the Old Kitchen Garden, laden with<br />

bounty in summer, and be inspired to grow-your-own back<br />

home. The estate even has its own arboretum, which is a<br />

treat to visit during spring when the cherry blossoms fall - the<br />

ideal scene for budding photographers.<br />

BOWOOD HOUSE & GARDENS<br />

Fashionable 18th-century gardener ‘Capability’ Brown has<br />

become synonymous with manicured English landscapes.<br />

He worked his magic on 100 acres of parkland at Bowood<br />

House, and it is now widely held to be the best preserved of<br />

his masterpieces. Sit for a while by the mile-long lake, behold<br />

the sweeping lawns from the terrace and learn more about<br />

the highly skilled designer, and his work, on a themed tour.<br />

Other highlights include an arboretum, woodland gardens<br />

and Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s secret walled garden - best<br />

in early summer when it blossoms with fragrant swathes of<br />

lavender, honeysuckle and peonies.<br />

WESTONBIRT, THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM<br />

Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the<br />

globe and five national tree collections and the STIHL Tree<br />

Top Walkway. Enrich your visit to <strong>West</strong>onbirt, The National<br />

Arboretum by pre-booking a seasonal guided walk with<br />

an experienced guide for only £50 (plus admission fees).<br />

A guided walk of the Arboretum (up to an hour and a half)<br />

unpicks all the myths and stories behind the trees and<br />

the Arboretum’s history, as well as capturing the garden's<br />

magical seasonal highlights along the way. →


<strong>West</strong>onbirt The<br />

National Arboretum<br />

Explore the world’s finest<br />

woodland garden, and<br />

discover trees and plants<br />

from all over the globe at<br />

the National Arboretum.<br />

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Make memories in Marlow<br />

Situated along the new 125 mile<br />

touring route <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, the<br />

charming and characterful town<br />

of Marlow awaits you. Welcomed<br />

by the iconic suspension bridge<br />

spanning the River Thames,<br />

soak up the idyllic riverside by<br />

boat or on foot, mooch about<br />

the boutique high street shops,<br />

enjoy impressive, award-winning<br />

food and drink or explore the<br />

quintessential English villages that<br />

lie on the doorstep…<br />

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www.VisitThames.co.uk<br />

Explore the Marlow<br />

Midsomer Murders Locations Trail<br />

Follow the local discovery trail based on<br />

locations used in the popular TV detective<br />

series Midsomer Murders in and around Marlow<br />

and the picturesque Hambleden Valley.<br />

The 17-mile trail starts in the historic market town<br />

of Marlow and you will very quickly find yourself<br />

immersed in scenes from Midsomer Murders.<br />

Following the trail you can sample local beer and<br />

wine, taste fine food, spend the night in a filming<br />

location and walk the Chiltern Hills of Midsomer.<br />

Download a copy from:<br />

www.visitbuckinghamshire.org/midsomer<br />

Group enquiries: info@visitbuckinghamshire.org


Bradford on Avon<br />

is perfectly set in the<br />

dramatic Avon valley<br />

in Wiltshire and only<br />

a few miles from the<br />

World Heritage City of Bath; it is<br />

a combination of river, canal and<br />

architecture of true character.<br />

From small weavers’ cottage to<br />

grand clothiers’ houses; handsome<br />

public buildings, medieval barns,<br />

ancient places of worship and<br />

meandering alleyways making it<br />

the perfect place to explore!<br />

Explore BoA visitor centre: 01225 865797<br />

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and<br />

discover<br />

Wiltshire’s<br />

hidden treasure<br />

History, heritage, arts and crafts, great places to<br />

eat and drink and lots of independent shops –<br />

plus Poldark was filmed here too.<br />

Just 8 miles from Bath on the A4, 4 miles from the<br />

M4 (J17), or 3 miles from Chippenham Station.<br />

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PLUS DON'T MISS!<br />

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Visitor to<br />

The Courts<br />

Garden;<br />

Hidden<br />

Gardens of<br />

Bath<br />

The National Garden Scheme<br />

There are hundreds of private gardens<br />

to explore on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way not<br />

usually open to the public, hosting special<br />

open days, thanks to The National Garden<br />

Scheme. Visit unique gardens during special<br />

open days and as a paying visitor you will<br />

also be contributing to charity. Simply go<br />

to their website (ngs.org.uk) and search<br />

for your perfect garden - pre-booking is<br />

essential. Fancy having it all to yourself?<br />

Following the coronavirus pandemic a<br />

number of gardens are offering private<br />

visits. One of the safest, most comfortable<br />

and most enjoyable places for a a family<br />

get-together, or meet up with friends.<br />

The Hidden Gardens of Bath<br />

Behind the honey-coloured stone facades<br />

of Bath’s houses and hotels lie beautiful<br />

private gardens, rarely seen. With The<br />

Hidden Gardens of Bath guided tours, you<br />

can explore these hidden gems meeting<br />

their creative, passionate and hard-working<br />

owners before then sitting down to enjoy a<br />

quintessentially English afternoon tea!<br />

THE COURTS GARDEN<br />

This garden, near Bradford on Avon, offers an<br />

enchanting glimpse of the quintessential English<br />

country garden. Less well known than some of the<br />

others on this list, it’s a lovely place to spend a summer<br />

afternoon. The formal garden, with its topiary and jolly,<br />

tulip-lined borders juxtaposes beautifully with the<br />

wilder arboretum and quiet lily pond. Keep your eyes<br />

peeled for benches, placed in perfectly peaceful spots<br />

around the garden. Alternatively, treat yourself to a<br />

sugary something in The Rose Garden Tea Room.<br />

AMERICAN MUSEUM & GARDENS<br />

This is the only museum of American decorative and folk<br />

art outside the US. Take a journey through the history of<br />

America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century,<br />

and delve into the museum’s remarkable collections.<br />

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the<br />

hilltop site of the Museum’s home, Claverton Manor,<br />

takes full advantage of the spectacular views over the<br />

Limpley Stoke Valley and River Avon. Remnants of the old<br />

Italianate style manorial pleasure gardens and parkland,<br />

dating from the 1820s, can be seen within the grounds,<br />

including period features such as the balustrade and<br />

curtain walling, as well as ornamental stone work.<br />

THE PETO GARDEN<br />

At Iford Manor Estate’s remarkable gardens you will find<br />

Cypress trees, sweet-smelling lilies and draping branches<br />

of wisteria. Set on a steep hillside, the garden offers<br />

inspiring views of the Wiltshire countryside. For a unique<br />

way to enjoy this special place, join one of their guided<br />

tours, or attend a health and well-being workshop.<br />

PRIOR PARK<br />

At this elegant 18th-century garden in Regency Bath,<br />

it’s easy to imagine parasolled ladies walking over the<br />

Palladian bridge in their flowing gowns. But there’s much<br />

more to see in real life, silky white snowdrops and bright<br />

yellow daffodils, swans floating around together in the<br />

lakes, and tiny wild raspberries emerging in the woods.<br />

STOURHEAD<br />

A little way off the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way in south Wiltshire, but<br />

a must-visit if you’re in the area, Stourhead is one of the<br />

most famous gardens on the list. Its classical architecture<br />

includes a grotto, used to escape the summer heat, a<br />

gothic cottage and its own Temple of Apollo - built in 1765<br />

to rival the Temple of the Sun at Kew Gardens, which was<br />

then destroyed by a storm in 1916. It’s also known for its<br />

colourful rhododendrons.<br />

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Explore one of the<br />

greatest royal<br />

residences ever built<br />

Walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII and discover<br />

the magnificence of Hampton Court Palace<br />

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FIT FOR ROYALTY<br />

The ancient route that inspired the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way was one of<br />

King Charles I’s <strong>Great</strong> Roads, with many castles, hotels and places<br />

to visit bringing you closer to England’s royal family heritage<br />

Words: Dominic Parkes<br />

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Queen at Windsor Castle<br />

ALONG THE GREAT WEST WAY you can trace the<br />

history of the nation, from neolithic times to the<br />

present day, riding The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway,<br />

a marvel of Victorian ingenuity, to walking the<br />

ancient Ridgeway National Trail - or why not head out on<br />

an ancient road trip of your own along the A4 <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Road, with a plethora of royal attractions to visit along<br />

the way? We hope you enjoy our pick of the best...<br />

CASTLES, COUNTRY HOUSES AND GARDENS<br />

îSet in the heart of royal London, Wellington Arch was<br />

built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later<br />

becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of<br />

Napoleon. Visit this spectacular landmark and feast on the<br />

glorious panoramas over London from its balconies.<br />

Next, visit Hampton Court Palace, a short journey<br />

upstream from central London. It’s a towering testament<br />

to King Henry VIII’s power complete with a complex of<br />

Tudor kitchens, a <strong>Great</strong> Hall and jousting tournaments in<br />

the gardens. Or head to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and<br />

Kew Palace - King George III’s summerhouse.<br />

In Bath, a city famed for its Georgian-era architecture and<br />

Royal Crescent, you can visit the Victoria Art Gallery →<br />

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The Royal<br />

Crescent,<br />

Bath<br />

opened in 1900 for Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. While<br />

in Bristol you can head back further in time to the reign of<br />

Queen Elizabeth I, who found St Mary Redcliffe ‘the fairest,<br />

goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.’ Inside<br />

the church there is a colourfully-painted wooden sculpture<br />

of her, believed to be painted by a contemporary.<br />

Head 30 minutes north of Bristol and visit Berkeley<br />

Castle. Considered by many as a hidden gem, it was built in<br />

1153 by the Berkeley family, who still live there today! Over<br />

the centuries it has changed from a forebidding fortress to<br />

a welcoming family home. Henry II gave the Castle to the<br />

family in 1153 and it has received royal guests ever since:<br />

Edward II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the Countess of Wessex<br />

and the late Queen Mother have all visited Berkeley Castle.<br />

<strong>Travel</strong> throughout time and history, from the Keep with its<br />

dungeon, the room where Edward II is said to have been<br />

murdered, to the Drawing Rooms with their fine upholstery,<br />

chandeliers and silver lamps. Finally, if you have time to<br />

explore more of the Cotswolds, the Prince of Wales and<br />

The Duchess of Cornwall live at Highgrove, near Tetbury,<br />

Gloucestershire. You can visit their impressive gardens on<br />

selected dates, and also pop into the Highgrove Shop in<br />

Tetbury which sells luxurious souvenirs and organic treats<br />

inspired by the gardens.<br />

EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS<br />

îWhile kings and queens of England were traditionally<br />

educated by a personal tutor at home, times have changed.<br />

Both Prince Harry and Prince William went to Eton College,<br />

which you can visit on a guided tour between May and<br />

September. While the Duchess of Cambridge went to<br />

Marlborough College - stop for afternoon tea at the café<br />

she used to visit with friends, The Polly Tea Rooms. A<br />

little off the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, there’s the esteemed Oxford<br />

Colleges. King Edward VII and King Edward VIII are both<br />

alumni. As one of the best universities in the world, it also<br />

attracts royals from other countries. Both HM King Abdullah<br />

II of Jordan and Harald V, King of Norway studied there.<br />

SOVEREIGN PLACES<br />

îMalmesbury is England’s oldest borough with its stunning<br />

12th Century Abbey still very much in use today. Visit the<br />

original Market Cross, the Norman Abbey with its tomb of<br />

King Athelstan and the free Athelstan Museum.<br />

And have you noticed that some place names in England<br />

have ‘royal’ in the title? Although the prime minister and<br />

organisations can request the addition, for either their royal<br />

heritage or current royal connections, it is ultimately a gift<br />

bestowed by the queen. Along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way you can<br />

visit the Royal Borough of Windsor and the Royal County<br />

of Berkshire - thanks to the location of Windsor Castle,<br />

one of the Queen’s three official residencies. Take some time<br />

out here to visit the Castle's wartime pantomime pictures<br />

revealed in the Waterloo Chamber, or to experience <strong>Great</strong><br />

Park by horse drawn carriages with Windsor Carriages -<br />

The only carriages licensed to operate tours throughout the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> Park. There’s also the Royal Borough of Kingston<br />

Upon Thames, as well as Royal Wootton Bassett, near RAF<br />

Lyneham - the most recent place to receive the Queen’s<br />

blessing. Be sure to visit Jubilee Lake when you’re there.<br />

A BED FIT FOR A KING OR QUEEN<br />

îSometimes nothing but a 4-poster bed and some<br />

medieval tapestries on the wall will do. See what it’s like to<br />

live like a royal by staying at a hotel with royal connections.<br />

There’s the effortlessly elegant Cliveden House Hotel,<br />

where Meghan Markle - now the Duchess of Sussex -<br />

got ready for her wedding to Prince Harry. There’s The<br />

Georgian House, which although built as humble kitchens<br />

for George, Prince of Wales in 1719, occupies a privileged<br />

position in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.<br />

In Bath, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa has often<br />

found its opulent interiors and prime setting in the World<br />

Heritage City attractive to visiting royals. And a short<br />

journey from Bristol you’ll find Gloucestershire’s Thornbury<br />

Castle - where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed when<br />

they visited in 1535 (ask for the Duke’s Bed Chamber).<br />

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there's plenty of experiences to try even when the sun goes down<br />

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please confirm details with<br />

event organisers. Check<br />

websites for the latest<br />

information on new booking<br />

procedures, event timings and<br />

safety requirements.<br />

Be Curious. Be Responsible.<br />

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ILLUMINATED LIGHT TRAIL<br />

BLENHEIM PALACE<br />

20TH NOVEMBER 2020 - 3RD JANUARY 2021<br />

The Heart of the Stars are scattering shards of light<br />

across the lawns of Blenheim Palce with a scented<br />

fire garden that adorns the Water Terrace. Walk towards<br />

dynamic, colour-changing neon tunnels, lakeside<br />

reflections and onto a mesmerising place where, beneath<br />

the branches of a sprawling tree, softly glows the fairy-fire<br />

known as Will-o-the-Wisps. blenheimpalace.com →<br />

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LAND OF LIGHT<br />

INDULGENCE AT DUSK<br />

THE ROMAN BATHS<br />

Visit Bath's iconic Roman bathing place in the evening and walk on the<br />

22000 year-old pavements. Take in the magical atmosphere of the<br />

graceful columns and intricate stonework lit by torchlight. All tickets must be<br />

pre-booked in advance - please see website for further details and availability.<br />

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK<br />

Illuminate your senses in a dazzling<br />

4 land of light, this winter (7th November<br />

to 10th January 2021). The Longleat Estate<br />

will spring to gleaming life, creating a<br />

spellbinding sensory walk of discovery for<br />

everyone to enjoy. A myriad of magical light<br />

installations will emerge across the Park<br />

and its sprawling grounds in seven unique<br />

zones. In the Land of Light, you can discover<br />

motion-detected splashes of playful colour<br />

and movement and immerse yourselves in<br />

enveloping blankets of soft, synchronised<br />

light and sound.<br />

STARGAZING<br />

WILTSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE<br />

On a clear evening, there’s nothing better than a spot of stargazing.<br />

3 Wiltshire being a predominantly rural county lends itself to stargazing<br />

with the advantage of less light pollution than more urban areas.<br />

Try Stonehenge, described by the National Trust one of their top<br />

stargazing spots in the south west of England, or with minimal street<br />

lighting and being surrounded by countryside, the village of Lacock.<br />

Cranborne Chase is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with plans<br />

to achieve ‘Dark Sky Status’, and there are plenty of other places that are<br />

perfect for enjoying the night skies including Tollard Royal (and the area<br />

near to the Larmer Tree Gardens), Broad Chalke and Dinton.<br />

FULL MOON SPECIAL<br />

MARLBOROUGH DARK SKIES FEST<br />

A jam-packed programme of events<br />

5 and exhibitions weaving science and art<br />

together to celebrate our dark skies is due to<br />

take place September/October 2021.<br />

This Marlborough Town Council event is in<br />

partnership with North Wessex Downs Area<br />

of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and will see<br />

stargazing Workshops and Solar Astronomy<br />

Prof. Chris Lintott, and interactive Planetarium.<br />

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PLANETARIUM NIGHTS<br />

NIGHT SWIMMING<br />

THAMES LIDO<br />

Book a Late Swim Lido & Dine package and use the pool and spa<br />

6 facilities (outdoor hot tub and saunas) followed by a 2 course a la carte<br />

dinner in the poolside restaurant. Swim from 7.30pm, and dine at 9pm.<br />

WE THE CURIOUS<br />

9<br />

Re-opening in November, every Thursday<br />

night, wander into the giant silver ball<br />

at We The Curious, Bristol for your very<br />

own evening tour of the known universe.<br />

Enjoy stories of ancient stargazers as you fly<br />

to far away galaxies and admire the views<br />

from distant and newly discovered planets.<br />

Whether you are an amateur astronomer or<br />

completely new to stargazing, you'll be able<br />

to escape the everyday and leave inspired to<br />

discover the night sky for yourself.<br />

RETAIL THERAPY<br />

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING<br />

The evening is a great<br />

8 opportunity to start or<br />

complete your Christmas<br />

shopping. Pick up a bargain<br />

while also enjoying the festive<br />

entertainment and why not treat<br />

yourself afterwards with a meal<br />

in one of the many restaurants<br />

or bars. Try Parkway in Newbury,<br />

or The Oracle in Reading.<br />

CHRISTMAS CHEER<br />

WILTSHIRE VILLAGES LIGHT UP<br />

Flicking the switch to turn<br />

7 on the Christmas lights and<br />

town decorations is a big event<br />

in in many Wiltshire towns and<br />

villages, including Trowbridge,<br />

Corsham, Marlborough, Warminster,<br />

Chippenham, Bradford on Avon,<br />

Swindon and Melksham. Check the<br />

websites and get in the festive spirit<br />

as Wiltshire lights up with sparkling,<br />

glorious Christmas decorations!<br />

MOVIE MOMENTS<br />

SALISBURY DRIVE-IN THEATRE<br />

Get ready for a cinema experience<br />

10 like no other! Enjoy your favourite<br />

movies from the comfort of your own<br />

car - perfect for social distancing! Drive-In<br />

Theatre is showing movies such as Love<br />

Actually, Bohemian Rhapsody and The<br />

<strong>Great</strong>est Showman. Located at the Southern<br />

Counties Auctioneers, just 3 miles away<br />

from the center of Salisbury accessible from<br />

the A3094. Safe family entertainment from<br />

the comfort of your own car, with contact<br />

less booking, swift entry, spaced out car<br />

positioning, a bag of popcorn and your<br />

favourite movie makes the perfect evening!<br />

For further inspiration, follow and share:<br />

#EscapeTheEveryday<br />

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HOTEL STAYS<br />

Hotels across the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way have been working tirelessly<br />

to implement new government procedures and guidelines<br />

before opening their doors safely once more. Many are now ready<br />

to welcome back guests, and there’s an abundance of choice<br />

along the route. Here are just some of our favourites...<br />

Words: Samantha Rutherford<br />

THE ROYAL<br />

CRESCENT HOTEL<br />

& SPA<br />

Bath<br />

A world of hidden delights<br />

awaits your discovery behind the<br />

door of No. 16 Royal Crescent at<br />

the iconic Royal Crescent Hotel<br />

& Spa. This Georgian gem has 45<br />

luxurious suites and bedrooms,<br />

award winning restaurant,<br />

The Dower House, elegant<br />

champagne and cocktail bar,<br />

The Montagu bar, tranquillity<br />

spa with 12m relaxation pool<br />

and not forgetting the acre of<br />

private gardens. Enjoy afternoon<br />

tea in the garden, a treatment<br />

followed by a swim in the indoor<br />

pool, or of course overnight<br />

accommodation in one of the<br />

sumptuous suites.<br />

Prices from £350 per room, per<br />

night: royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

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THE MITRE<br />

Hampton Court<br />

One of the UK’s most exciting hotel openings this<br />

year, The Mitre is the closest hotel to Hampton Court<br />

Palace, located on the bank of the River Thames. As<br />

beautiful and impressive as its prestigious location,<br />

the hotel is a Grade II-listed property built-in 1665 by<br />

order of King Charles II to house some of the King’s<br />

Courtiers who could not find accommodation in the<br />

Palace. Each of the hotel’s 36 bedrooms and signature<br />

suites are unique. Choose from a​​private terrace and<br />

jacuzzi, your own courtyard and fire pit, to hand forged<br />

copper bath tubs, with views over the River Thames,<br />

Hampton Court Palace and or the picturesque internal<br />

courtyards. Each room is named after historical<br />

references linked to the hotel, ​such as King King<br />

Charles II’s wives, The Gardener’s Hut, Penny Farthing,<br />

and Catharine Parr Suite.<br />

You might enjoy dining in the 1665 restaurant, a<br />

brasserie, boasting a huge outdoor patio terrace for ‘al<br />

fresco’ dining at its best, or The Coppernose<br />

restaurant, which takes its name from King Charles<br />

II who was nicknamed “Coppernose” after he issued<br />

cheap currency. The Mitre even has its own riverside<br />

jetty and boat for hire, ​perfect​​for a picnic and gentle<br />

jaunt along this beautiful stretch of the river. Popular<br />

trips include Richmond-Upon-Thames and up to<br />

the Tower of London and back. Not to mention<br />

the world’s first stand-alone whispering angel hut,<br />

perfect for sundowners on the terrace, and a place<br />

to watch the boats sail by along the River Thames<br />

with a cold glass in hand. Rooms from £200 a night:<br />

mitrehamptoncourt.com<br />

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OLD BELL HOTEL<br />

Wiltshire<br />

The Old Bell Hotel & Restaurant is<br />

a comfortable, country hotel full<br />

of character and charm, reputed to<br />

be the oldest purpose built hotel<br />

in England (c.1220) and Grade I<br />

Listed. The hotel nestles in the<br />

beautiful medieval Cotswold town of<br />

Malmesbury.<br />

With crackling log fires, cosy<br />

corners, squashy sofas, plump<br />

duvets, fine linen and fabulous food<br />

and wine - this is pure indulgence.<br />

oldbellhotel.co.uk<br />

BAILBROOK HOUSE<br />

Bath<br />

A unique country house, one of<br />

the only two Grade II Listest hotels<br />

in the city. It started as a private<br />

residence in the early 1790s and<br />

retains all the glories of that era,<br />

thanks to £10m restoration in<br />

2013. The hotel is set in 20 acres of<br />

grounds just minutes from the city<br />

centre with free car parking. Perfect<br />

for Bath weekend breaks or a day of<br />

indulgence away from the hustle and<br />

bustle.<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk<br />

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WHATLEY<br />

MANOR<br />

The Cotswolds<br />

Whatley Manor is a luxury<br />

getaway set in 12 acres of<br />

gardens with 26 distinctly<br />

different areas. Try Grey’s<br />

Brasserie for a leisurely<br />

lunch, dinner or chilled glass<br />

of wine. Or the innovative<br />

tasting menu with specially<br />

selected wines by their<br />

sommelier in The Dining<br />

Room. Discover The Green<br />

Room where chefs prepare<br />

small plates of expertly<br />

crafted food in front of<br />

you. Immerse yourself in<br />

tranquillity at Aquarias Spa<br />

featuring Natra Bissé Pure<br />

Air Bubble Suite, or simply<br />

cosy up watching a film in<br />

their cinema room. Prices<br />

from £363.50 per night:<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

CRICKLADE HOUSE HOTEL<br />

Wiltshire<br />

Standing in over 30 acres of peaceful, secluded<br />

grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds,<br />

Cricklade House Hotel offers a traditional,<br />

warm and friendly welcome for those in search<br />

of tranquility, comfort, good food and wine,<br />

with extensive recreational facilities.<br />

This beautiful and dignified country house,<br />

built at the turn of the last century, has been<br />

tastefully restored and carefully extended.<br />

Perhaps the most impressive addition is the<br />

magnificent Victorian-style glass conservatory<br />

which runs the full length of the original<br />

building, making the most of the hotels<br />

elevated position, with wonderful panoramic<br />

views over Wiltshire countryside. Prices from<br />

£70 per room, per night: crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

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REME MUSEUM<br />

PRINCE PHILIP BARRACKS, LYNEHAM,<br />

CHIPPENHAM, SN15 4XX<br />

ENJOY A FASCINATING DAY EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF THE BRITISH ARMY’S<br />

ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (REME)<br />

▶ the award winning museum has 8 modern, interactive galleries<br />

▶ displays include huge armoured vehicles, medals, uniforms and weapons<br />

▶ discover incredible stories; how reme saved volkswagen, why the museum has the brass boots<br />

from mussolini’s statue and so many more.<br />

▶ there is a large free car park and the excellent crowns café for refreshments.<br />

WITH EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS<br />

WWW.REMEMUSEUM.ORG.UK | ENQUIRIES@REMEMUSEUM.ORG.UK | 01249894869


Roseate Hotels & Resorts, the uber luxury hospitality brand offers a new spectrum of hospitality<br />

with well-appointed luxury rooms & suites, world-class Aheli Spa and unique dining experiences<br />

at the European-cuisine inspired fine dining restaurant ‘The Hyde’ (Roseate House London), the<br />

award-winning restaurant ‘The Reading Room’ & in house patisserie and boulangerie ‘Roasted by<br />

Roseate’(The Roseate Reading) and opulent dining space ‘Henrietta Bar’ (The Roseate Villa Bath).<br />

We have remodeled and enhanced our standard operating procedures to provide greater care<br />

and ensure a safe environment to our valued guests. As we plan and prepare to serve you, our<br />

new initiatives of ‘care’ will be curated in a way such as to provide our guests unparalleled<br />

experience and utmost satisfaction keeping all hygiene and safety standards in place.<br />

ROSEATEHOTELS.COM | +44 1189 527 770 | #ROSEATEHOTELS | info.tflr@roseatehotels.com


ROSEATE READING<br />

Reading<br />

Described as 'The UK's Sexiest<br />

Townhouse Hotel' by The Evening<br />

Standard, The Roseate Reading<br />

is also recognised for its artful<br />

conception and luxury. The hotel<br />

prides itself on it's attention to<br />

detail, to the facilities available<br />

to make a stay cherished and<br />

memorable.<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/<br />

theroseate/<br />

PENNYHILL PARK<br />

Surrey<br />

Set in 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland, this<br />

elegant 19th-century manor house features<br />

124 luxury 5-star bedrooms, state-of-the-art<br />

bathrooms, one of the UK's best spas and a finedining<br />

restaurant. Dating from 1849, the sumptuous<br />

rooms at Pennyhill Park have free WiFi, four-poster<br />

beds, quality linens and a pillow menu. The beautiful<br />

bathrooms have fluffy robes, bespoke toiletries and<br />

rain showers.<br />

The award-winning Spa features 8 pools, including<br />

the impressive ballroom with underwater music.<br />

Guests can relax in the spa bath, thermal cabins or<br />

award-winning treatment rooms.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park/<br />

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DYNAMIC CITY CULTURE<br />

As everyone else heads for the countryside, dare to be different<br />

and set your sights on a city break instead. Take the opportunity to<br />

visit and discover the bright lights beyond London at this unusual<br />

time when city life will be much, much quieter than usual<br />

Words: Katherine Holt


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V<br />

ISITORS HAVE BEEN travelling the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way, visiting cities and embracing the varied<br />

culture at each place, for hundreds of years.<br />

London, of course, needs no introduction. As the<br />

country’s capital it may be where you begin your journey.<br />

But just a short train ride west lie some of the most<br />

exciting cities in the UK, like Bath and Bristol.<br />

Bristol, the city furthest away on the touring route,<br />

is only a 1 hour 45 minute train ride from London. Take<br />

your time to enjoy the diversity of each city, with its own<br />

artisan produce, independent shops, artists, museums,<br />

bars and restaurants.<br />

A twin-city break Bristol to Bath (or Bath to Bristol)<br />

is just 12 minutes by train. Your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way City<br />

Culture journey could begin simply by hopping on a train<br />

at London Paddington to Bath, (1 hour 11 minutes), or you<br />

might prefer to fly directly to Bristol airport. From here<br />

you could take the Airport Flyer Express Link to Bristol<br />

City Centre, Bristol Harbourside, Bristol Temple Meads<br />

Station, Bristol Bus Station, or Clifton.<br />

Unlike many a metropolis, in Bath the pace of life is<br />

gentle. Or should that be genteel. For Bath is a dignified,<br />

fashionable sort of place. It has been since its most<br />

famous former resident, Jane Austen’s day. Given that<br />

so much of the handsome golden architecture from the<br />

Regency period remains, you might wonder if anything<br />

has changed. But spend a day here and you’ll realise it’s as<br />

contemporary as it is classic.<br />

Given the compact layout of the city, and its UNESCO<br />

World Heritage status, a self-guided walking tour is highly<br />

recommended. So grab a flat white and a croissant at one<br />

of the hip cafés in the centre - Colonna & Small’s perhaps<br />

- and take a leisurely stroll to get your bearings.<br />

Without too much ado you should pass sights<br />

including The Circus, Pulteney Bridge, Bath Abbey,<br />

Bath Assembly Rooms and the arc of golden homes<br />

synonymous with the city: the Royal Crescent. The latter<br />

was specifically designed to give city residents the feeling<br />

of living in the countryside.<br />

Treat yourself to a leisurely lunch at one of Bath’s cafés<br />

or a tour of Bath’s culinary delights with Savouring Bath.<br />

There’s a buoyant foodie scene in the city so you won’t<br />

be short on options. Amid the selection of vegan Indian<br />

wraps, Filipino chicken boxes and modern British salads,<br />

you’re bound to find a favourite.<br />

Fully energised, it’s time for some culture. Bath is<br />

blessed with some amazing museums. Highlights include<br />

the Fashion Museum (where you can dress up), the Jane<br />

Austen Centre (where you can meet Mr Darcy) and some<br />

very respectable art, design and history museums in the<br />

form of The Holburne Museum, Victoria Gallery and No 1<br />

Royal Crescent - a time capsule back to the 1770s.<br />

Some more niche options include Bath Museum of<br />

Architecture, the Museum of East Asian Art and the<br />

American Museum in Britain - the only American folk art<br />

museum outside the US is in an elevated position on the<br />

outskirts of the city.<br />

If you’re here in the summer, have a torchlit dinner at<br />

the Roman Baths. Then, tired and happy, relax back at<br />

your hotel.<br />

There are some really interesting places to stay in Bath,<br />

ranging from the University of Bath campus in summer,<br />

just a short bus ride from the centre, to the literarythemed<br />

Tasburgh House where Jane Austen once slept.<br />

As the ‘capital of the Southwest’, Bristol has a very<br />

different feel to Bath. In some ways it more closely<br />

resembles London, with its distinct, characterful<br />

neighbourhoods to explore - from the leafy avenues of<br />

Clifton Village to the graffiti-splashed streets of Stokes<br />

Croft. Since one of Bristol’s most famous sons is Banksy,<br />

start your day with a Bristol Street Art Tour.<br />

Or, better yet, arrive early enough for brunch at one of<br />

the Harbourside cafes, and then go on one of the weekend<br />

walking tours. Choose between a heritage tour, where<br />

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you explore the history of the city, or a street art tour,<br />

where you are taken to see a mix of brand new and wellpreserved<br />

artworks - including some Banksy originals.<br />

If your legs are in need of a bit of a rest Bristol Insight<br />

will show you around their wonderful city from a seat on<br />

one of their lovely bright red buses!<br />

You could then take a leisurely stroll around the<br />

Regency streets of Clifton Village and visit its stylish<br />

boutiques. Or head to Bristol Shopping Quarter and flit<br />

between High Street staples and one-off wonders<br />

If retro and vintage tickle your fancy then leave some<br />

time for exploring the alternative shops of Stokes Croft<br />

and Gloucester Road – the latter boasts Europe’s longest<br />

street of independent shops!<br />

Bristol does street food lunches very well. So,<br />

depending on what day you’re visiting, some options to<br />

try include St Nick’s Market, The Harbourside Market<br />

and the Tobacco Factory Market. Vendors inevitably<br />

change, but there’ll always be a great mix of global<br />

cuisine to try, from Jamaican curried goat to Nepalese<br />

momos. You could also check out Cargo, a cool new<br />

container development at Wapping Wharf where you<br />

can get delicious bites to grab and go, like chip-stuffed<br />

Greek wraps, fresh Indian curry boxes and melty cider<br />

and cheese toasties. When you’re suitably stuffed,<br />

discover Bristol’s other famous son: Isambard Kingdom<br />

Brunel. Although the Victorian engineer may not seem<br />

to have much in common with Banksy, he too was a<br />

brave pioneer. You can visit one of his most remarkable<br />

achievements, the SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain - the world’s first great<br />

ocean liner - and get a feel for how the passengers from<br />

steerage to first class experienced long voyages across the<br />

Atlantic. Included with your ticket price is the new Being<br />

Brunel exhibition, an immersive experience which takes<br />

you inside the brain of the man himself.<br />

If you have time, venture up to Clifton Suspension<br />

Bridge - another of his projects that, sadly, he didn’t live<br />

to see finished. The arts are alive in all their guises in this<br />

creative, cutting-edge city. After dinner at one of Bristol’s<br />

many independent restaurants, seek some of it out.<br />

Depending on your tastes, you could catch some<br />

theatre at the Bristol Old Vic, which is thankfully back →<br />

Pictured top left<br />

then clockwise:<br />

UNESCO World<br />

Heritage status,<br />

Bath; The Mild<br />

Mild <strong>West</strong> Mural<br />

by graffiti artist<br />

Banksy; Stall<br />

Street, Bath.<br />

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BY DAY OR NIGHT<br />

COME RAIN OR SHINE...<br />

Relax in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Bath’s<br />

natural thermal Spa. Bathe in the open-air rooftop<br />

pool and indoor Minerva Bath, refresh your senses<br />

in the multi-sensory Wellness Suite and choose from<br />

over 40 spa treatments and packages.<br />

Open daily from 09.00 – 21.30<br />

(pools & Wellness Suite close at 21.00)<br />

01225 33 1234<br />

www.ThermaeBathSpa.com<br />

COME AND SEE


and live again following the coronavirus pandemic - this<br />

is the oldest continuously open theatre in the Englishspeaking<br />

world, even throughout its exciting recent<br />

renovations.<br />

You could also enjoy live music, see stand-up comedy or<br />

do something thoroughly subversive like go an immersive<br />

dining experience in a mystery location.<br />

Local go-tos for experimental entertainment include<br />

Old Market Assembly and Tobacco Factory Theatres.<br />

If you have time, venture a little off the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way to find Salisbury, a city that embraces everything arts<br />

and culture. Visit Mompesson House, the 18th-century<br />

property featured in the all-star film version of Jane<br />

Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995).<br />

There’s also Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Museum and<br />

Salisbury Cathedral - or pop into the Old Sarum Airfield<br />

Museum where you can sit in more aircraft cockpits than<br />

anywhere else in the UK! And of course those sacred stones<br />

aren’t too far away… If you’re heading north, don’t miss<br />

the learned university city of Oxford. Of course, it’s not<br />

all lounging around in the the Bodleian Library, pretending<br />

to study. Discover some of the city’s more unexpected<br />

attractions, like the Pitt Rivers Museum, full of alarming<br />

anthropomorphic artefacts, or The Eagle and Child pub,<br />

where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien used to meet and swap<br />

stories. There’s also bikes, board game cafés and strange<br />

sculptures to find - including a curious headless shark.<br />

Please remember that since reopening their doors<br />

in light of the current government advice in relation to<br />

COVID-19 many attractions mentioned in this article will<br />

have new booking and safety procedures in place.<br />

Whilst we are updating information as much as<br />

possible, we would advise you to check directly with the<br />

relevant venues for the most up to date information.<br />

Pre-booking is almost always essential so please prepare<br />

before you visit and abide by Government social distancing<br />

guidelines at all times, travelling together safely.<br />

Did you know? Bristol has its own currency, the<br />

Bristol Pound, which helps boost local businesses.<br />

You can buy the colourful notes at the Tourist<br />

Information Centre on the Harbourside...<br />

Pictured top left<br />

then clockwise:<br />

Clifton Suspension<br />

Bridge; Bristol<br />

Harbourside;<br />

Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong><br />

Britain Mast; The<br />

Oracle, Reading<br />

Or that Reading is the UK’s largest town much thought of<br />

as a defacto city? Soak up the energetic atmosphere at<br />

The Oracle Shopping Centre, or visit the independent<br />

and craft stores in the nearby streets or Harris Arcade<br />

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TIME FOR YOU<br />

Whether you’re keen on keeping fit or prefer taking it easy in<br />

a luxury spa, there are some excellent ways to add a wellness<br />

element to your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way journey. So remember to<br />

take some time out for yourself along the route.<br />

Words: Sarah Caswell<br />

THE ULTIMATE BATH SPA DAY<br />

At the atmospheric Roman Baths you’ll get to see the<br />

steamy <strong>Great</strong> Bath, the cold plunge pool and even have<br />

a nosy in the crumbling old changing rooms! You might<br />

also bump into a few Romans. The costumed characters<br />

who roam the complex, including a soldier and a travelling<br />

merchant, are based on real characters who frequented the<br />

Roman Baths around 2,000 years ago. Enjoy an elegant<br />

lunch (or afternoon tea) at The Pump Room, followed by a<br />

shot of mineral-rich water from the spa fountain. It may well<br />

be good for you, but as you’ll soon discover - it definitely<br />

has a distinct taste! There are lots more lovely cafés and<br />

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Did you know? Although we’ve discovered a lot about<br />

what is in Bath’s famous spring water 42 different<br />

minerals including sodium and magnesium to this day<br />

no one is quite sure where exactly it originates from.<br />

restaurants around the city too, with some excellent vegan<br />

and vegetarian-friendly places such as The Green Rocket<br />

and Acorn. Take a daytime or twilight dip at Thermae Bath<br />

Spa, followed by one of their indulgent treatments. Watsu,<br />

perhaps, where a therapist stretches and guides your body<br />

through flowing movements in the warm water. Or the<br />

Roman Trilogy, which includes a salty body scrub, a soothing<br />

body massage and an invigorating facial.<br />

Continue your pampering with an overnight stay at a<br />

luxury spa hotel. You might enjoy The Gainsborough Bath<br />

Spa, just a short stroll from Thermae Bath Spa, where<br />

you can experience the original thermal springs in natural<br />

thermal pools at their award-winning Spa Village, or try<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney Street and relax in their luxurious<br />

cedar wood hot tub and sauna.<br />

FINDING WELLNESS IN BRISTOL<br />

Bristol is a city that normally makes waves for its edgy art<br />

scene, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wellnessthemed<br />

break in the city. You might even find yourself<br />

embracing a totally new approach to exercise.<br />

Try for example a stand-up paddleboard lesson with SUP<br />

Bristol on Bristol’s Floating Harbour or a swim at Clifton’s<br />

Victorian Lido. Later on, once you’ve refuelled at one of the<br />

many health-conscious, flexitarian-focused restaurants - No<br />

1 Harbourside, Watershed Café & Bar, Thali Café to name a<br />

few - try something totally different.<br />

There’s a class for just about everything, from circus skills<br />

workshops to Beyoncé-inspired jazz dance. Not to mention<br />

all the yoga and holistic therapies that are hugely popular in<br />

Bristol. Wild Wolf’s Yoga, Bristol City Yoga and Bristol Yoga<br />

Space are all fairly central.<br />

A SPIRITUAL TRAIL<br />

If the wellness you seek is spiritual, you’ll find plenty of<br />

absorbing sacred spaces along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Early<br />

travellers between London and Bristol would surely have<br />

found comfort in these places, as every journey was a leap<br />

of faith that came with the threat of highwaymen and<br />

unforeseen hazards.<br />

Some suggest Stonehenge was constructed as a place of<br />

healing, and that the smaller bluestones used were dragged<br />

all the way from south Wales because they were imbued<br />

with healing powers from nearby hot springs.<br />

Or visit one of the almighty cathedrals on or near the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> Way. There’s the inimitable Bath Abbey, perfect for →<br />

Pictured<br />

left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Aheli Spa<br />

at The<br />

Roseate<br />

Reading;<br />

Spa Village<br />

at The<br />

Gainsborough<br />

Bath<br />

Spa; spa at<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong><br />

Pulteney<br />

Hotel &<br />

Spa<br />

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Make memories<br />

with your loved ones<br />

as you discover<br />

England’s only koalas<br />

Book online and<br />

save up to 15%<br />

plus group discounts<br />

are also available<br />

Follow the paths taken by generations of travellers…<br />

Longleat is within easy reach of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way<br />

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YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way boasts an exciting<br />

abundance of new experiences assured to<br />

leave you feeling inspirited and rejuvenated...<br />

but please check websites as information<br />

may have changed or been cancelled due to<br />

the coronavirus (COVID-19).<br />

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge<br />

Each year in December visitors gather at<br />

Stonehenge early in the morning to mark the<br />

Winter solstice and to see the sunrise above the<br />

stones. We hope to see you there for sunrise!<br />

pondering higher spiritual planes, as well as Bristol, Wells,<br />

Salisbury and Gloucester Cathedrals. Amid those, you’ll also find<br />

churches, temples and mosques.<br />

Or why not feel the power of England’s pagan past with a lesserknown<br />

wellbeing experience at Stanton Drew? Pagan rituals are<br />

held on the four Fire Festivals usually on Saturday 11am for an hour.<br />

Park at the Druid's Arms, upper level, (by kind permission). You<br />

don't need to be a pagan to attend, and ritual dress is optional.<br />

HEALTH RETREATS<br />

Find balance in body and mind at a Casterley Barn Wellness<br />

Retreat, Pewsey with their series of retreats focusing on self-care<br />

and mindful living. Danesfield House Hotel & Spa, Marlow-On-<br />

Thames offers three, five or seven-day retreats based around<br />

healthy eating, conscious movement, bodyweight exercises,<br />

personal training, relaxation and yoga.<br />

In Hungerford you could buy a day pass to the Herongate Club<br />

and take part in an aerobics class before enjoying a fresh juice<br />

from their first-floor lounge café.<br />

LUXURY SPA STAYS<br />

If lounging about in a robe at a nice hotel, with a glass of bubbles<br />

in one hand and a magazine in the other sounds like just what you<br />

need then try an overnight stay (or three!) at one of the spa hotels<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way (see p126 for more).<br />

You might enjoy breaking up your journey with a stay at The<br />

Roseate Reading where they have recently unveilled a new spa.<br />

If you really want to splash out, make like a princess (or prince)<br />

for a spa retreat at Cliveden House Hotel. As well as various<br />

enticing pools, flotation experiences and treatments, they offer<br />

a Garden Oasis Purifying Experience - a combination of body<br />

brushing, massage and reflexology that promises to tease you<br />

back to tip top condition.<br />

Moored on the banks of Monkey Island in the historic village<br />

of Bray this first-of-its-kind floating luxury spa is the ultimate<br />

escape, while on the edge of the Cotswolds, a short detour from<br />

the route, both Cricklade House and Woolley Grange Hotel offer<br />

spa hotels in scenic locations too.<br />

A Hot Air Balloon Ride<br />

Fancy an adventure? Why not watch the world go<br />

by from a different perspective for a while and take<br />

flight with Bailey Balloons or Bristol Balloons.<br />

Wild Swimming in The Thames<br />

Take a dip in fresh waters at Cock Marsh near<br />

Cookham, where you'll find sandy beaches to<br />

paddle out from and clear, clean waters<br />

A Tandem 1300ft Skydive<br />

From the thrill of your first jump, right through<br />

to the exhiliration for those who take it to the<br />

extreme with Wingsuit flying, this sport has it all!<br />

Climbing an 120-foot Neoclassical Tower<br />

Built for Europe's wealthiest manclimbing<br />

Beckford Tower, just outside Bath is an<br />

experience you won't forget!<br />

Yoga on a Stand Up Paddleboard<br />

Take to the water for a yoga session! Experts SUP<br />

Bristol and Original Wild will show you the ropes<br />

Exclusive use of The Cross Baths<br />

You might want to upgrade your Thermae Bath<br />

Spa experience for a more intimate open-air<br />

thermal bath, located just across the street<br />

Fly an exciting Spitfire flight simulator<br />

One of only two in the UK, and of very few such<br />

devices found anywhere in the world can be found<br />

and flown at Maidenhead Heritage Centre<br />

Meeting some animals<br />

Visit the big cats, giraffes, zebras, curious<br />

monkeys, rhinos and more at Cotswold Wildlife<br />

Park, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm<br />

or Longleat Safari Park<br />

Taking a road and river adventure<br />

Take a trip through scenic Windsor and enjoy<br />

fantastic views of Windsor Castle from the<br />

water with Amazing Duck Tours<br />

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MY GREAT WEST WAY<br />

Whether you want to indulge in a splash of Edwardian<br />

opulence, down a chilled glass of Britain’s finest fizz or take a<br />

ride in a Rolls Royce phantom, these three locals hold the keys<br />

Words: Belinda Richardson<br />

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TOM NEWEY IS STILL reeling at the success he<br />

has had with his Alder Ridge vineyard, eleven<br />

years on from its launch. “Times are changing,”<br />

he says. “Who would have ever thought they’d<br />

find an internationally recognised vineyard along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way?” Critics said it was too hairbrained<br />

and wouldn’t work so Tom set out to prove them<br />

wrong and was rewarded with the cat’s whiskers when<br />

he went and won silver for his Blanc de Noirs at the<br />

International Wine Challenge in 2016 - not bad for his<br />

very first vintage.<br />

“Of course we have had our ups and downs, not<br />

least, with the challenge of dealing with the ongoing<br />

situation of COVID-19, and the weather will no doubt<br />

continue to surprise us with its uncertainty. I watch the<br />

weather a lot more than I used to but for the time being<br />

– and I hate to say this – global warming is working in<br />

our favour. The chalky ridge and the flinty topsoil have<br />

many of the key characteristics of the Champagne<br />

region, which not only means strong grapes but a<br />

beautiful place to live.<br />

Visitors are welcome to come and explore our<br />

stunning Southerly facing vineyard over the summer<br />

months. We host a series of vineyard tours between<br />

June and September - so please book with us for 2021."<br />

(Private tour packages start at £35pp) › alderridge.co.uk<br />

Tom's best thing about the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way:<br />

It promotes slow travel, which means we get our heads<br />

out of our sat navs and take time to appreciate our<br />

surroundings on our journey”.<br />

Tom's favourite day out: “A gentle browse – and a spend<br />

- in my favourite town Marlborough while I am waiting for<br />

my electric car to charge, followed by a wander in <strong>Great</strong><br />

Bedwyn and lunch at The Three Tuns.” →<br />

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RICHARD ALDHOUS HAS been a car enthusiast all<br />

his life. Now a director of Calne’s Atwell-Wilson<br />

Motor Museum, he started working here as a car<br />

parking attendant. “Back then, we were three<br />

staff, now we are a grand nine,” he says. “We will never<br />

be as big as Beaulieu or Haynes but we don’t want to be,<br />

we are quite happy being small but spectacular. We have<br />

everything here from the expected to the unexpected,<br />

including all those makes you can remember from being a<br />

kid, like the Trojan, Morris Minor, Model T Ford, Austin 7s,<br />

gleaming Daimlers, a prototype Mini – you name it.”<br />

Refreshingly free from the glitz and the trailer queens,<br />

Atwell-Wilson is packed to the rafters with a whacky<br />

collection of about 100 everyday classic cars (some<br />

available to hire), lorries, motorcycles, mopeds and push<br />

bikes from days gone by, set against the backdrop of a<br />

1930s garage. Pretty much all the vehicles are in useable<br />

condition rather than being pampered showpieces and<br />

poking round them is like taking a casual, rather fun stroll<br />

through motoring history.<br />

“I feel as happy as a sandboy living and working here in<br />

Calne,” says Richard. “There is so much here to discover.<br />

Calne has always been a place of discovery – first you had<br />

Priestley discovering oxygen in Bowood, which in turn led to<br />

discovering the process of photosynthesis. Not forgetting<br />

the good old pigs and the Wiltshire cure, invented here<br />

by the Harris family in the eighteenth century. When we<br />

lost the pigs, it is fair to say that Calne had a good 15 years<br />

of depression but now we have fallen back in love with<br />

ourselves and our community is as strong as any.<br />

At the time of publishing, in order to protect volunteers<br />

and visitors, the Museum remained closed. Please check<br />

website for further details › atwellwilson.org.uk →<br />

Richard's best thing about the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way:<br />

“I love that it focuses travellers on a route but then guides<br />

them north and south of it too, which means they do<br />

actually find little gems like us”.<br />

Richard's favourite day out: “Cycling the track from<br />

Avebury to Calne and out to Chippenham with a stop off<br />

at The Lansdowne Arms on the way and dinner back in<br />

Calne at the Italian restaurant (Antica Roma) that’s always<br />

booked up”.<br />

Pictured<br />

top-left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Richard<br />

Aldhous,<br />

Director<br />

of Calne’s<br />

Atwell-<br />

Wilson Motor<br />

Museum; the<br />

museum;<br />

The Red Lion<br />

Avebury;<br />

Cycling on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way; Calne<br />

High Street<br />

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MARK THWAITES, DIRECTOR at Thames Lido, has<br />

come up trumps with his restoration of both<br />

Bristol and Reading lidos, leading the charge in<br />

the renaissance of some of our finest Edwardian<br />

outdoor pools. “Thankfully our lee-dos are not what most<br />

people remember as lie-dos from childhood – all floating<br />

plasters, empty crisp packets and wagon wheel wrappers,<br />

“he says. “These are much more grown up – escapist places<br />

to be pampered and well-fed.” With his background in the<br />

fitness industry and his half Finnish heritage, Mark and<br />

Swedish developer Arne Ringner, have created glamorous<br />

outdoor oases, delightfully free of lane ropes, flags and pace<br />

clocks, secluded in glass-walled courtyards, with steam<br />

gently rising from the ambient 25 degrees C water.<br />

Scandi-style saunas and massage rooms and a chi-chi<br />

restaurant complete the picture. Both the Thames and<br />

Bristol Lido have re-opened, please see websites for further<br />

details › thameslido.com, lidobristol.com<br />

Pictured<br />

top then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Thames<br />

Lido; Mark<br />

Thwaites,<br />

Director at<br />

Thames Lido;<br />

Bristol Balloon<br />

Fiesta<br />

Mark's best thing about the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way:<br />

“All the beauty and variety and tranquility you find along the<br />

way. Thames Lido has a natural place in this market since<br />

unwinding and being calm is at the heart of what we do.”<br />

Mark's favourite day out: “Much as I like Reading, it would<br />

have to be in Bristol. For a long time Bristol battled against<br />

Bath for tourism but at last Bristol has broken through as<br />

a mecca for great music, culture, arts and restaurants –<br />

namely our very own at the Bristol lido”<br />

Discover new themed itineraries from canal<br />

boating to exploring the beautiful great outdoors<br />

of the North Wessex Downs on our website:<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk /plan-your-way<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

GEMS<br />

From antique stores and<br />

independent shops to stylish<br />

shopping centres and malls<br />

SOUVENIR HUNTING<br />

Shop like the Victorians and go in search of the ultimate<br />

memento of your travels. Books by local authors,<br />

artworks, traditional crafts and handmade memorabilia.<br />

You’ll find independent bookshops, such as the<br />

award-winning Hungerford Bookshop at the heart of the<br />

historic town, stores and pop-up boutiques such as We<br />

Make Bristol in <strong>West</strong>bury-on-Trym, which only stocks<br />

products by local artists and designers, hidden in all<br />

corners of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

Bath is a fantastic shopping destination for<br />

independents - whether you’re into antique jewellery,<br />

antiquarian books, bohemian interiors or fine cheeses,<br />

you can take home some really unique finds. Head to<br />

Milsom Place to discover a fantastic mix of both famous<br />

names and breakthrough brands.<br />

Don’t dismiss the gift shops at top tourist attractions<br />

or tourist information offices either. Stonehenge gift<br />

shop, for instance, sells striking lino prints of the stones<br />

by local artist Caroline Day. Or pop into The Mill Shop<br />

following your visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill for exclusive<br />

silk gifts that have been woven right there at the Mill.<br />

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO<br />

In line with the latest guidance from the Government<br />

The way we all shop is going to feel different for a while<br />

due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please expect one-way<br />

systems, signage to help guide you while you shop, hand<br />

sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning procedures around<br />

the centres. Face coverings are compulsory throughout the<br />

centres, including in all stores. Shops and car parks will only<br />

accept card or contactless payments. Please respect the<br />

need to social distance, and avoid shopping in large groups.<br />

Look for shops in unexpected locations, too. St Peter’s<br />

Church in Marlborough is now home to a craft shop<br />

selling all sorts of cute, colourful gifts. Or visit for their<br />

twice-weekly market, located on the High Street - one<br />

of the widest in the UK and lined on both sides with<br />

characterful old buildings housing an array of chic cafés<br />

and independent shops.<br />

In Bristol, the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter is a<br />

hidden-away haven for one-offs including musical<br />

instruments, herbal remedies and fine spirits. There’s also<br />

some marvellous markets selling everything from local<br />

crafts to artisan delicacies. Check out the Charter Market<br />

in Salisbury on Tuesdays and Saturdays or St Nick’s Market<br />

in Bristol, every day except Sunday.<br />

Did you know? Bath has its own Gift Card that is<br />

accepted across the city in shops and restaurants,<br />

hotels and bars, museums and manicurists. The<br />

best of Bath in one little card! To find out more visit<br />

bathgiftcard.com<br />

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Pictured top<br />

left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

The Oracle,<br />

Reading;<br />

visitors<br />

to Bath;<br />

Marlborough<br />

High Street;<br />

Henley on<br />

Thames<br />

DESIGNER FASHION<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is proud to be home to one<br />

of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe -<br />

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon, or a short<br />

detour from the route, Clarks Village, Somerset are<br />

great places to pick up discounted top name brands like<br />

Hobbs, Jack Wills, Molton Brown, North Face and Osprey.<br />

Then there’s Kilver Court Designer Village, a short<br />

distance south of Bath, where as well as fashion there are<br />

luxurious lifestyle brands like Liberty London, known for<br />

its iconic floral prints, plus a gorgeous garden to explore.<br />

For a truly personalised service, and exclusive couture<br />

clothing, visit one of the posh boutiques along the<br />

touring route. Fluidity in Henley-on-Thames attracts<br />

high flyers near and far and is rumoured to be former<br />

Prime Minister Theresa May’s favourite.<br />

For jewellery, consider getting a bespoke piece<br />

made by a local jeweller. Goldsmith Paul Newton in<br />

Malmesbury crafts exquisite pendants, earrings and<br />

rings set with dazzling jewels (good to know if you’re<br />

thinking of making a proposal while you’re away!). Or<br />

for sensational silver jewellery, go to Tundra Jewellers in<br />

Devizes, or visit Deacons Jewellers in Swindon.<br />

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VINTAGE, ART & ANTIQUES<br />

There’s no better way to buy a piece of art than direct<br />

from the artist - and at Reading’s art events, including<br />

Whiteknights Studio Trail, Caversham Arts Trail, and Artline<br />

art market, you can do just that.<br />

Or why not head to Previous, a wildly eclectic vintage<br />

shop (and café) located on Corsham High Street, for one-off<br />

homewares and quirky retro items. Then wander across the<br />

road to explore Paul Martin from BBC’s Flog It! antiques<br />

shop - The Table Gallery.<br />

If you’re mainly in the market for antiques, you’re sure to<br />

stumble upon more rare finds in Marlborough, Chippenham,<br />

Bradford on Avon, Marlow and Tetbury.<br />

Head to Pewsey and call in at Crystal Clear – a gemstone<br />

of a shop, located on the High Street, and be charmed<br />

by unique natural crystal jewellery, crop circle artwork,<br />

crystals and minerals, and hand made gifts. There’s also the<br />

delightful McNeill Gallery, located in market place, and a<br />

leading contemporary gallery, or try Woodborough Yard, full<br />

of independent shops, workshops and cafés.<br />

For original artworks you can’t beat Turville Studios<br />

located in the picturesque village of Turville, the filming<br />

locations for Midsomer Murders, Vicar of Dibley, Chitty<br />

Chitty Bang Bang and most recently Killing Eve.<br />

If you’re happy to travel a short distance north of the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way, you should definitely have a rummage at<br />

Antiques on High, an Oxford institution where you’ll find<br />

original oil paintings to adorable writing desks. →<br />

Pictured top<br />

left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Parkway<br />

Shopping<br />

Centre,<br />

Newbury;<br />

McArthurGlen<br />

Designer<br />

Outlet<br />

Swindon;<br />

McNeill<br />

Gallery;<br />

Shopping at<br />

The Oracle,<br />

Reading<br />

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Back in the beautiful city of Bath, their Vintage & Antiques<br />

Market, held on the last Sunday of every month at Green<br />

Park Station, has a good mix of everything - mid-century<br />

furnishings, jazzy retro frocks and one-of-a-kind antiques.<br />

While Vintage to Vogue can style you in top quality<br />

fashion, from the 1900s onwards, then have it tailored<br />

specifically to your shape. Very dapper! And there are<br />

exceptional restaurants to stop and refuel wherever the need<br />

takes you - keep an eye out for The Circus, Acorn and The<br />

Olive Tree at The Queensberry Hotel.<br />

Nearby Bristol is known for its alternative outlook,<br />

making it a go-to place for vintage and offbeat fashion finds.<br />

Established in 1743 St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best<br />

loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in<br />

the city, or head to Stokes Croft and adjoining Gloucester<br />

Road - the longest street of independent shops in the UK.<br />

There you’ll discover artfully-curated charity shops<br />

alongside intriguing second-hand stores (with lots of hip<br />

cafes in between for when you need a coffee break).<br />

Love tea? Learn all about the art of tea blending and tea<br />

tasting at a Bird & Blend Tea Masterclass.<br />

Good to know: If you’re a guy or gal who likes Americana,<br />

Uncle Sam’s on Park Street is the best place to find a pair of<br />

cowboy boots or classic Levis you can cherish forever.<br />

SUSTAINABLE FASHION<br />

Try and catch one of the Duck Pond markets, which take<br />

place regularly in various scenic locations not far from<br />

London such as Henley-on-Thames and Chalfont St Giles.<br />

Their ethos is local, ethical and sustainable, so you can<br />

feel good about supporting the planet as well as local<br />

businesses when you buy.<br />

Pictured top<br />

left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Signage while<br />

shopping in<br />

Bath;<br />

St Nicholas<br />

Market,<br />

Bristol;<br />

Shopping<br />

at Corsham<br />

street market<br />

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Take some time out to relax and unwind at<br />

our great range of restaurants and cafés<br />

including popular favourites like including<br />

popular favourites like Wagamama, Giraffe,<br />

Five Guys and Starbucks.<br />

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CULINARY<br />

DELIGHTS<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way is home to some<br />

of England’s best foodie experiences<br />

THERE’S A TANTALISING buffet of food and drink<br />

experiences along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Discover<br />

award-winning high-end restaurants and cosy,<br />

traditional pubs, with a galaxy of Michelin stars<br />

and plenty of local food heroes serving up everything<br />

from vegetables hand grown in the kitchen garden to<br />

just-baked homemade cakes.<br />

7 OF THE FINEST RESTAURANTS<br />

HAND AND FLOWERS, MARLOW<br />

The first pub to achieve two Michelin stars, a relaxed<br />

place to settle in for some proper English dishes,<br />

including a fabulous Sunday roast. Chef Tom Kerridge<br />

serves up sophisticated yet familiar dishes – think half<br />

roast chicken with oak gravy and pork belly with roasted<br />

pineapple and chorizo mayonnaise.<br />

› thehandandflowers.co.uk<br />

SINDHU RESTAURANT BY ATUL KOCHHAR,<br />

MARLOW<br />

Overlooking the banks of the River Thames in beautiful<br />

Marlow, Sindhu restaurant by twice Michelin-starred<br />

chef Atul Kochhar offers contemporary Indian cuisine<br />

featuring vibrant flavours, subtle blends of spices and<br />

incredible aromas. Located in The Compleat Angler<br />

Hotel, a stone’s throw from Marlow station.<br />

› sindhurestaurant.co.uk<br />

CLAYTON’S KITCHEN, BATH<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen is a perennial favourite for local foodies<br />

and discerning travellers. Robert Clayton, the restaurant’s<br />

Chef Patron, creates uncomplicated dishes that explore<br />

and showcase the freshest and very best ingredients. He<br />

is inspired by Mediterranean and modern French cuisine.<br />

Robert ensures that every dish is prepared, cooked and<br />

presented to perfection.<br />

› claytonskitchen.com<br />

Pictured<br />

above then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Koffmann &<br />

Mr. White’s<br />

English<br />

and French<br />

Brasserie,<br />

Bath; Whatley<br />

Manor Hotel &<br />

Spa, Wiltshire;<br />

Dessert at<br />

The Fat Duck,<br />

Bray; Hand<br />

and Flowers,<br />

Wycombe;<br />

Dessert at<br />

Hand and<br />

Flowers,<br />

Wycombe<br />

120 <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk


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HUNGERFORD FOOD FESTIVAL (F4)<br />

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Broad St and Market Place, Reading, June<br />

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Two-day festival showcasing Reading’s best foodie<br />

businesses, featuring live cookery demonstrations,<br />

street food tastings, cocktail mixology and a popup<br />

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Hungerford Town Ha l and High St, October<br />

hungerfordfoodfestival.com<br />

Fu l-day event featuring street food sta ls, talks<br />

and live cooking demos. Sustainability is a key<br />

GREAT BRITISH FOOD FESTIVAL<br />

Englefield, Reading (H4), June and<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt House (C3), August<br />

greatbritishfoodfestival.com<br />

This touring festival brings artisan producers and<br />

street food vendors together over two or three<br />

that includes tastings, chef demonstrations, film<br />

screenings and the finale Riverside Fiesta with<br />

street food and a floating gin bar.<br />

A fortnight o feasting, with a line-up of events<br />

ABBEY HOTEL (B4)<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

APEX HOTEL (B4)<br />

apexhotels.co.uk<br />

BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL (B4)<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk/bailbrookhouse<br />

THE PUMP ROOM RESTAURANT (B4)<br />

Roman Baths, Bath BA1 1LZ 01225 444477<br />

ROSEATE HOUSE (L3)<br />

roseatehotels.com/london/roseatehouse<br />

THE ROSEATE VILLA BATH (B4)<br />

roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevi la<br />

THE ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA (B4)<br />

16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS<br />

THE FAT DUCK (J3)<br />

High St, Bray SL6 2AQ<br />

THE HAND AND FLOWERS (J3)<br />

126 <strong>West</strong> St, Marlow SL7 2BP<br />

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If you can, time your visit for one of the food and<br />

drink-focused events along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

Some of the bigger ones include the <strong>Great</strong> Bath<br />

Feast, Bristol Food Connections, Longleat Food and<br />

Music Festival and the <strong>Great</strong> British Food Festival.<br />

There are also hundreds of sma ler events, alongside<br />

weekly produce and street food markets in market<br />

towns throughou the touring route. You might even<br />

stumble upon Chippenham’s Pancake Races!<br />

Enjoy dining while trave ling the route by train<br />

with our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way Discoverer pass.<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway serve delicious produce<br />

from their at-sea tro ley service, from classic<br />

CULINARY DELIGHTS<br />

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RESTAURANTS<br />

BRADFORD ON AVON FOOD FESTIVAL (C4)<br />

Victory Field, Bradford on Avon, 30 May<br />

scrumptiousfoodfestivals.co.uk<br />

snacks and swee treats, to tasty sandwiches<br />

and wraps. Plus, a great range of soft drinks,<br />

beers, and wines to accompany your journey.<br />

LONGLEAT FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL (C5)<br />

Longleat, Warminster 4 and 5 July<br />

longleat.co.uk<br />

Join Longleat on the 4th and 5th July 2020 for a<br />

harmonious festival sure to tantalise your taste<br />

buds. You’ l enjoy diverse food and drink stalls,<br />

demonstrations by celebrity chefs, plus live music<br />

from an a ray of artists taking to the stage with<br />

Longleat House as the backdrop; each day’s line-up<br />

wi l be announced closer to the event.<br />

FOOD ON THE MOVE<br />

FABULOUS FOOD &<br />

DRINK FESTIVALS<br />

ale along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

TEA ROOMS & CAFÉS<br />

NATIONAL TRUST SEASONAL EATING,<br />

DRINKING AND SHOPPING<br />

Did you know that 187 of National Trust’s cafés,<br />

DYRHAM PARK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (B3)<br />

The Tea-room and Tea Garden<br />

PRIOR PARK, BATH (C4)<br />

Kennet and Avon Canal Trust work in partnership<br />

with cafés along the canal at Bradford on Avon,<br />

Devizes, Crofton Beam Engines and Newbury,<br />

so you can be sure of some tasty refreshments<br />

whenever you visit. For more information on their<br />

cafés see katrust.org.uk/attractions<br />

ALDERMASTON TEA ROOMS (H4)<br />

katrust.org.uk/attractions<br />

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:<br />

p<br />

glorious views of the estate from its windows and<br />

hearty dishes such as guinea fowl and lamb loin on<br />

its menu. There’s also a fu l vegetarian and vegan<br />

menu and exce len traditional Sunday roasts.<br />

Malmesbury, SN16 0BW,<br />

01666 822344 • oldbe lhotel.co.uk<br />

The Old Be l Hotel & Restaurant is reputed to<br />

be the oldest purpose-built hotel in England and<br />

Grade 1 listed. The Refectory and Bar uses fresh,<br />

local and seasonal produce accompanied by a<br />

wide selection of drinks.<br />

THE NEWBURY<br />

SHELBURNE RESTAURANT, BOWOOD<br />

HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT (D4)<br />

Derry Hi l, Calne SN11 9PQ, 01249 822228<br />

bowood.org/bowood-hotel-resort<br />

The classy restaurant a this luxury hotel has<br />

THE WHITE HORSE INN (D4)<br />

whitehorse-comptonbassett.co.uk<br />

AEROSPACE BRISTOL CAFÉ (B3)<br />

Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ<br />

aerospacebristol.org/cafe<br />

Whilst enjoying a relaxing Spa, be sure to add extra<br />

time to your spa session so you can enjoy afternoon<br />

tea or a tasty meal at your leisure.<br />

THE SWAN BRADFORD ON AVON (C4)<br />

ALDWICK ESTATE VINEYARD<br />

PLUM + SPILT MILK, GREAT NORTHERN<br />

HOTEL (M3)<br />

gnhlondon.com<br />

prepared hot and cold refreshments. Food is<br />

prepared and cooked onsite, whils the fresh bread<br />

is from Hobbs House Bakery and made using local<br />

Shipton Mi l flour from nearby Long Newnton.<br />

WINDSOR CASTLE UNDERCROFT CAFÉ –<br />

OPENING 2020 (K3)<br />

rct.uk/visit/windsor-castle<br />

RICK STEIN, MARLBOROUGH (E4)<br />

rickstein.com/eat-with-us/marlborough<br />

COBBS FARM SHOP<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

WOOLLEY GRANGE HOTEL (C4)<br />

woo leygrangehotel.co.uk<br />

ALDWICK ESTATE VINEYARD (A4)<br />

01934 864404 • aldwickestate.co.uk<br />

COBBS FARM SHOP & KITCHEN,<br />

ENGLEFIELD (H4)<br />

cobbsfarmshops.co.uk<br />

ALDER RIDGE VINEYARD (F4)<br />

01488 686770 • alderridge.co.uk<br />

A’BECKETT’S VINEYARD (D5)<br />

01380 816669 • abecketts.co.uk<br />

THE OLD BELL HOTEL (C3)<br />

ROVES FARM SHOP (E3)<br />

Rovesfarm.co.uk/farmshop<br />

The chalk soils and temperate climate of the south<br />

are pretty perfect for crisp, white, bubbly varieties,<br />

and English wines are winning international awards.<br />

Take a vineyard tour with one of the wine producers<br />

on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

DINING RESTAURANTS<br />

while autumn means squash and pumpkin.<br />

The café uses the same produce where possible<br />

and serves breakfasts and lunches including<br />

Wiltshire cured ham and homemade quiche.<br />

Down the road in Englefield, Reading you wi l<br />

find another Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen with<br />

a whole host of local produce.<br />

COBBS FARM SHOP & KITCHEN,<br />

HUNGERFORD (F4)<br />

Cobbs Farm, Bath Rd, Hungerford RG17 0SP,<br />

CHOLDERTON CHARLIE’S FARM SHOP<br />

(E5)<br />

Choldertoncharliesfarm.com/farm-shop<br />

One of the greatest pleasures of a drive<br />

through the English countryside is stopping<br />

at a farm shop café for a cup of tea and some<br />

tasty local produce. You’ l happen upon them<br />

Corsham Farmers’ Market 3rd Sat of month<br />

Harbourside Street Food Market Broad Quay,<br />

Bristol, every Wed & Thur<br />

Newbury Farmers’ Market 1st Sun of month<br />

01488 686770 • cobbsfarmshops.co.uk<br />

This exce lent farm shop se ls produce from<br />

the su rounding farm. Expect asparagus and<br />

rhubarb in spring and soft fruits in summer,<br />

as you travel along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

ENGLISH WINE<br />

FARM SHOPS<br />

BUTTLE FARM (D4)<br />

buttlefarm.co.uk<br />

Salisbury 1st & 3rd Wed of month<br />

BATH ARTISANS MARKET<br />

BRISTOL BEER FACTORY<br />

MOOR BEER<br />

WEST BERKSHIRE BREWERY<br />

BATH ARTISANS MARKET<br />

FOOD & DRINK TOURS & TASTINGS<br />

MARVELLOUS FOOD MARKETS<br />

(E5)<br />

BEAU’S BAR AND RESTAURANT AT<br />

DONNINGTON GROVE HOTEL &<br />

COUNTRY CLUB (G4)<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

CLAYTON’S KITCHEN (B4)<br />

claytonskitchen.com<br />

CLOISTERS RESTAURANT,<br />

BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL (C4)<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk<br />

DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH<br />

RESTAURANT (B4)<br />

GEORGE INN, NORTON ST PHILIP (C5)<br />

georgeinnnsp.co.uk<br />

city and su rounding countryside. Quench<br />

your thirst in tap rooms, fantastic beer<br />

shops and traditional pubs, or fo low the<br />

lead of the local tour guides at Bristol<br />

Brewery Tours or Bristol Hoppers.<br />

visitbristol.co.uk/beer<br />

Bristol is one of the UK’s leading craft beer<br />

destinations and is brimming with bri liant<br />

breweries – there are more than 20 in the<br />

BEAR, DEVIZES (D4)<br />

thebearhoteldevizes.co.uk<br />

BIRD IN HAND, KNOWL HILL (J3)<br />

birdinhand.co.uk<br />

WADWORTH EAT,<br />

DRINK AND STAY<br />

ON THE GREAT<br />

WEST WAY<br />

BLACK SWAN, DEVIZES (D4)<br />

blackswandevizes.co.uk<br />

CROWN, TOLLDOWN (B3)<br />

thecrownto ldown.co.uk<br />

BRISTOL<br />

KOFFMANN & MR WHITE<br />

FRENCH BRASSERIE (B4)<br />

castlehotelwindsor.com<br />

monkeyislandestate.co.uk<br />

THE MOONRAKER HOTEL (C<br />

moonrakerhotel.com<br />

THE OLD BELL HOTEL (C3)<br />

Malmesbury, SN16 0BW,<br />

VISIT SAFELY<br />

Protect yourself and others<br />

Businesses have been working<br />

hard to make sure everything is<br />

safe for both staff and visitors.<br />

Things may look slightly different,<br />

so please be patient as we all get<br />

used to new ways of doing things.<br />

Websites and businesses will<br />

be displaying new certification,<br />

including the Nationallyrecognised<br />

"We're Good to<br />

Go" mark to demonstrate the<br />

measures they have in place to<br />

protect us all from COVID-19.<br />

THE FAT DUCK, BRAY<br />

A simply superlative restaurant from highly regarded English<br />

chef Heston Blumenthal. Awarded three Michelin stars for its<br />

creative menu, which takes guests on a sensory journey to<br />

the seaside and begins before you even arrive, with a phone<br />

consultation. Expect to be dazzled – and to be talking about it<br />

for years. Bookings essential, and well in advance.<br />

› thefatduck.co.uk<br />

THE DINING ROOM, WHATLEY MANOR<br />

HOTEL & SPA, MALMESBURY<br />

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has recently<br />

been awarded their second Michelin star, just two years after<br />

earning their first. Executive Chef, Niall Keating, who previously<br />

worked around the world at some of the finest Michelin starred<br />

restaurants was awarded a coveted Michelin star in less than<br />

a year of joining Whatley Manor. Niall draws inspiration from<br />

many different cuisines, including Korean, Japanese and classic<br />

French. Niall’s cuisine is very much ‘of the moment’.<br />

› whatleymanor.com<br />

CASAMIA, BRISTOL<br />

An impressive Grade II listed former Victorian hospital on<br />

the harbour-side, overlooking Bathurst Basin, at Casamia<br />

the menu of seasonal dishes, from Wiltshire rainbow trout<br />

to Spanish winter truffle, are regularly changing, and are<br />

presented to you at your table by the chefs themselves.<br />

Vaulted arches give this innovative restaurant a light, airy feel<br />

and the state-of-the-art open kitchen acts as the focal point.<br />

› casamiarestaurant.co.uk<br />

KOFFMANN & MR. WHITE’S ENGLISH AND<br />

FRENCH BRASSERIE, BATH<br />

A delightful English and French all day dining city centre<br />

brasserie created by culinary legends Pierre Koffmann and<br />

Marco Pierre White. The menu is homage to their 36 yearold<br />

friendship; a culinary combination of the chefs’ personal<br />

favourites, careers and homelands. Set within Bath's historic<br />

Abbey Hotel, the restaurant boasts an idyllic and classic setting.<br />

› mpwrestaurants.co.uk →<br />

Bristol Airport’s cafes, bars and restaurants<br />

stay open until the final flight of the day,<br />

so you can fuel up before you take off, with<br />

anything from a tasty snack to a sit down meal.<br />

Our pick is Cabin Bar - premium bar with rooftop<br />

te race. The Cabin, o fers fine wine, craft beers<br />

and loca ly sourced food in a relaxing environment<br />

– and includes a stylish outdoor te race with<br />

retractable roof.<br />

If its award-winning you’re looking for then you’re<br />

in for a treat. There are numerous celebrity chefs<br />

along the route and top-notch country pubs such as<br />

The Red Lion Freehouse. Listed are some of the best<br />

restaurants.<br />

RED LION FREEHOUSE (E5)<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey SN9 6AQ,<br />

01980 671124 • redlionfreehouse.com<br />

Thatched country pub with food so good it holds a<br />

Michelin star. There’s pub grub such as ham, egg and<br />

chips as we l as the more refined main menu which<br />

changes daily and focuses on what’s in season.<br />

THE DINING ROOM, WHATLEY MANOR<br />

HOTEL & SPA (C3)<br />

Easton Grey, Malmesbury SN16 0RB,<br />

01666 822888 • whatleymanor.com<br />

A Michelin-sta red tasting menu from the kitchen of<br />

executive chef Nia l Keating is served in this friendly<br />

but formal dining room. There’s often charcuterie<br />

from the manor to start, fo lowed by a creative lineup<br />

of modern British dishes.<br />

KOFFMANN & MR WHITE’S ENGLISH AND<br />

FRENCH BRASSERIE (B4)<br />

mpwrestaurants.co.uk<br />

THE MARCO PIERRE WHITE RESTAURANT<br />

AT THE CASTLE HOTEL (K3)<br />

castlehotelwindsor.com<br />

THE MONKEY ISLAND BRASSERIE AT THE<br />

MONKEY ISLAND ESTATE (J3)<br />

monkeyislandestate.co.uk<br />

THE MOONRAKER HOTEL (C4)<br />

moonrakerhotel.com<br />

THE DOWER HOUSE RESTAURANT, THE<br />

ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL & SPA (B4)<br />

16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS,<br />

01225 823333, royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

This formal but friendly restaurant serves both<br />

tasting menus (one is vegetarian) and á la carte<br />

dishes, with a focus on seasonal British cuisine.<br />

The dining room overlooks the hotel’s gardens,<br />

where you can dine al fresco in summer.<br />

You’ l find many of the restaurants along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way are dining rooms within our<br />

Ambassador hotels, many of which source their<br />

ingredients from sma local producers. You’ll also<br />

find several celebrity chefs including Rick Stein,<br />

Pierre Ko fmann and Marco Pie re White. There’s<br />

also plenty of di ferent cuisines to tempt you.<br />

BEAU’S BAR AND RESTAURANT AT<br />

DONNINGTON GROVE HOTEL &<br />

COUNTRY CLUB (G4)<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

THE BRASSERIE AT SIR CHRISTOPHER<br />

WREN HOTEL (K3)<br />

sirchristopherwren.co.uk<br />

CEDAR AT THE LANGLEY (K3)<br />

thelangley.com<br />

CLAYTON’S KITCHEN (B4)<br />

claytonskitchen.com<br />

CLOISTERS RESTAURANT,<br />

BAILBROOK HOUSE HOTEL (C4)<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk<br />

DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH<br />

RESTAURANT (B4)<br />

thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk<br />

THE DISPENSARY, NO 15 GREAT<br />

PULTENEY (B4)<br />

no15greatpulteney.co.uk<br />

GUYERS HOUSE HOTEL<br />

& RESTAURANT (C4)<br />

guyershouse.com<br />

THE HARROW AT LITTLE BEDWYN (F4)<br />

theharrowatlittlebedwyn.com<br />

HEYWORTH RESTAURANT, HENLEY<br />

GREENLAND’S HOTEL (H3)<br />

hospitalityuor.co.uk<br />

Richmond Duck Pond Markets every Sat & Sun<br />

Swindon Farmers’ Market Swindon Designer<br />

Outlet, every Sun<br />

Thames Va ley Farmers’ Market Ascot, 3rd Sun<br />

of month; Newbury, 1st Sun of month; Reading 1st<br />

& 3rd Sat of month; Windsor, 1st Sat of month<br />

Trowbridge Weaver’s Market 2nd Saturday of<br />

the month (not winter)<br />

Wiltshire Farmers’ Market Devizes, 1st Sat of<br />

month; Royal Wootton Bassett 4th Sat of month;<br />

Salisbury 1st & 3rd Wed of month<br />

SAVOURING BATH (B4)<br />

savouringbath.com<br />

THAMES LIDO (H4)<br />

thameslido.com<br />

THAMES RIVERCRUISE (H4)<br />

thamesrivercruise.co.uk<br />

VAUGHAN’S KITCHEN (D4)<br />

vaughanskitchen.co.uk<br />

WILTON WINDMILL (F4)<br />

wiltonwindmi l.co.uk<br />

Join one of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way’s best food<br />

experiences to rea ly ge to grips with the local<br />

cuisine. There are plenty of places to try homegrown<br />

tipples. Beer, wine and gin are a l made along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. You can take a brewery, vineyard or<br />

disti lery tour, try a hands-on foodie experience like a<br />

cookery school, or take a city food tour.<br />

AROUND AND ABOUT BATH (B4)<br />

aroundandaboutbath.com<br />

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE DISTILLERY (G5)<br />

disti lery.bombaysapphire.com<br />

BRISTOL PACKET BOAT TRIPS (A4)<br />

bristolpacket.co.uk<br />

FRENCH BROTHERS (K3)<br />

frenchbrothers.co.uk<br />

HOBBS OF HENLEY (H3)<br />

hobbsofhenley.com<br />

LIDO BRISTOL (A4)<br />

lidobristol.com<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way runs through some of<br />

England’s most fertile agricultura land, so it’s no<br />

surprise that you’ l find regular farmers’ markets<br />

along the route. Check ou these markets for fresh<br />

local food and drink, direct from the producers.<br />

Bath Farmers’ Market Green Park Station,<br />

every Sat<br />

Bristol Farmers’ Market St Nicholas Market,<br />

every Wed<br />

Bristol Street Food Market St Nicholas Market,<br />

every Tue & Fri<br />

Corsham Farmers’ Market 3rd Sat of month<br />

Harbourside Street Food Market Broad Quay,<br />

Bristol, every Wed & Thur<br />

Henley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat, 4th Thur &<br />

5th Sun of month<br />

Maidenhead Farmers’ Market 2nd Sun of month<br />

Malmesbury Artisan and Farmers’ Market<br />

every Fri<br />

Newbury Farmers’ Market 1st Sun of month<br />

One-day event featuring food sta ls from local artisan<br />

producers, cookery demonstrations by professional<br />

chefs and a children’s activity area.<br />

BRISTOL FOOD CONNECTIONS (A4)<br />

Bristol, June • bristolfoodconnections.com<br />

A citywide line-up of events over almos two weeks,<br />

including talks on food and health, lunchtime boat<br />

trips and cooking demonstrations.<br />

THE COFFEE HOUSE PROJECT (A4)<br />

The Passenger Shed, Bristol, September<br />

thecoffeehouseproject.co.uk<br />

Bristol’s first co fee festival celebrates local, artisan<br />

roasters and independent food and drink retailers over<br />

two days.<br />

DEVIZES BEER FESTIVAL (D4)<br />

The Wharf, Devizes, July • camra.org.uk<br />

Long-running one-day beer festival with more than<br />

100 real ales and ciders served up canalside. Live<br />

music too.<br />

theme.<br />

PUB IN THE PARK (BATH B4 / MARLOW J3)<br />

Marlow, May and Royal Victoria Park, Bath,<br />

June • pubintheparkuk.com<br />

Celebrity chef Tom Ke ridge combines tastings,<br />

chef demonstrations, masterclasses and music<br />

from top live acts in his ‘ultimate pub garden’ over<br />

three lively days.<br />

THE SURREY FOOD FESTIVAL (L3)<br />

Old Deer Park, Richmond, April<br />

surreyfoodfestival.com<br />

A weekend o foodie fun, with talks, tastings and<br />

demos in the marquee and an extensive line-up<br />

o food and drink sta ls, plus live music and a kids’<br />

zone.<br />

TASTE OF CORSHAM (C4)<br />

Corsham, June • corsham.gov.uk<br />

Fu l-day celebration of Corsham’s local food<br />

producers, with food and drink sta ls lining the<br />

High Street, live music and a silent disco.<br />

TASTE HERE.<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/food-and-drink<br />

FOOD &<br />

DRINK<br />

<strong>Great</strong> places to savour along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way roams between London and<br />

Bristol, passing through some of England’s most<br />

idyllic countryside and weaving a pathway from<br />

ancient market town to quaint village, thatched pub<br />

to beamed tearoom.<br />

This slice of quintessential England is home to some of the country’s best<br />

agricultura land, and with that comes exce lent local produce, from fresh<br />

fruits and vegetables to fine wines. Farms rear animals and nurture crops,<br />

breweries experiment with craft beers, and kitchen gardens cultivate seasonal<br />

veggies. While pubs and restaurants selec the best of it all for their menus,<br />

and family-run tea rooms whip up fresh cakes daily.<br />

A l of this adds up to one very tasty journey along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. From<br />

farm shops, international cuisine, Michelin starred restaurants, tours, tastings,<br />

cookery schools and more take a look at our pick of the best places to visit.<br />

START HERE.<br />

DEVIZES FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL (D4)<br />

Devizes, September-October<br />

devizesfoodanddrinkfestival.info<br />

Week-long celebration of local food and drink<br />

products, including a food market in the Market<br />

Place and visits to producers including a goat farm<br />

and vineyard.<br />

EAT! FOOD FESTIVAL HENLEY (H3)<br />

Henley on Thames, June • eatfoodfest.co.uk<br />

With so many great places to<br />

savour along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

Way, from thatched pubs to<br />

beamed tearooms in ancient<br />

market towns to quaint villages,<br />

you might find you first need<br />

one of our food maps<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk/<br />

explore/maps<br />

THE NEWBURY<br />

137 BARTHOLOMEW ST, NEWBURY RG14<br />

5HB, 01635 49000 • thenewburypub.co.uk<br />

The Newbury offers an exciting British à la carte<br />

menu and fantastic atmosphere. It is also the<br />

home of 137 Gin, where multi-award winning<br />

Lumber’s Bartholomew Gin is disti led.<br />

Landlord Pete’s vision is at the heart of The<br />

Newbury and 137, from the distinctive branding<br />

to the stunning décor.<br />

BEER & BREWERIES<br />

Beer has been brewed in England for thousands<br />

of years – a fermented mixture of water, hops,<br />

malt and yeast. Although beer itself wasn’t<br />

invented here, the English have developed their<br />

own unique style which is quite unlike what<br />

you’ l find in other countries.<br />

This is called ‘real ale’, a name first coined in the<br />

1970s by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale)<br />

to describe traditional draught cask beers that<br />

contain live yeast. Real ale is a living product,<br />

the yeast continuing to ferment until the beer is<br />

served – generally from a traditional hand-pu l<br />

pump mounted on the bar. This gives real ale<br />

bags o flavour and a natural light carbonation<br />

that is very di ferent from the more ubiquitous<br />

lagers and highly carbonated beers produced by<br />

the large international brewers.<br />

You’ll find real ale in almost a l pubs along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. It comes in numerous<br />

varieties including IPA (India Pale Ale), bi ter,<br />

mild, stout, porter and golden. Flavours can<br />

vary significantly within varieties, so don’t be<br />

afraid to request a taste first – and always ask<br />

for what’s local.<br />

These are some of the best places to drink real<br />

BREWERIES<br />

THE BATH BREW HOUSE (B4)<br />

thebathbrewhouse.com<br />

WADWORTH BREWERY (D4)<br />

Northgate Brewery, Devizes SN10 1JW,<br />

01380 723361 • wadworth.co.uk<br />

Stately red-brick brewery in Devizes town centre,<br />

producing a range of real ales including the widely<br />

distributed 6X. Ca l in to the Harness Room Bar<br />

for a taste and don’t leave without checking out<br />

the Brewseum.<br />

WEST BERKSHIRE BREWERY (G3)<br />

The Old Dairy, Frilsham Farm, Yattendon RG18<br />

0XT, 01635 767090 • wbbrew.com<br />

A menu of homemade pizzas, burgers and salads<br />

soak up the beers in the Taproom of this modern<br />

brewhouse. You’ll have views into the brewery on<br />

one side and out over the Berkshire countryside<br />

on the other.<br />

BARS AND PUBS SERVING<br />

REAL ALES<br />

HELEN BROWNING’S ROYAL OAK (E3)<br />

helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk/royal-oak/<br />

THE NEWBURY (G4)<br />

thenewburypub.co.uk<br />

THE PRINCE STREET SOCIAL (B4)<br />

princestreetsocial.com<br />

QUEENS ARMS, EAST GARSTON (F4)<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk<br />

THE ROYAL OAK YATTENDON (G3)<br />

royaloakyattendon.co.uk<br />

THE ROYAL WINDSOR PUB (K3)<br />

theroyalwindsor.co.uk<br />

THE SWAN BRADFORD ON AVON (C4)<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

THREE TUNS FREEHOUSE (F4)<br />

tunsfreehouse.com<br />

WADWORTH EAT,<br />

DRINK AND STAY<br />

ON THE GREAT<br />

WEST WAY<br />

BEAR, DEVIZES (D4)<br />

thebearhoteldevizes.co.uk<br />

BIRD IN HAND, KNOWL HILL (J3)<br />

birdinhand.co.uk<br />

BLACK SWAN, DEVIZES (D4)<br />

blackswandevizes.co.uk<br />

CROWN, TOLLDOWN (B3)<br />

thecrowntolldown.co.uk<br />

GEORGE INN, NORTON ST PHILIP (C5)<br />

georgeinnnsp.co.uk<br />

BRISTOL<br />

visitbristol.co.uk/beer<br />

Bristol is one of the UK’s leading craft beer<br />

destinations and is brimming with brilliant<br />

breweries – there are more than 20 in the<br />

city and surrounding countryside. Quench<br />

your thirst in tap rooms, fantastic beer<br />

shops and traditional pubs, or fo low the<br />

lead of the local tour guides at Bristol<br />

Brewery Tours or Bristol Hoppers.<br />

MOOR BEER<br />

BRISTOL BEER FACTORY<br />

ENGLISH WINE<br />

The chalk soils and temperate climate of the south<br />

are pre ty perfect for crisp, white, bubbly varieties,<br />

and English wines are winning international awards.<br />

Take a vineyard tour with one of the wine producers<br />

on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

FARM SHOPS<br />

One of the greatest pleasures of a drive<br />

through the English countryside is stopping<br />

at a farm shop café for a cup of tea and some<br />

tasty local produce. You’ l happen upon them<br />

as you travel along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way.<br />

COBBS FARM SHOP & KITCHEN,<br />

HUNGERFORD (F4)<br />

Cobbs Farm, Bath Rd, Hungerford RG17 0SP,<br />

01488 686770 • cobbsfarmshops.co.uk<br />

This exce lent farm shop se ls produce from<br />

the su rounding farm. Expect asparagus and<br />

rhubarb in spring and soft fruits in summer,<br />

while autumn means squash and pumpkin.<br />

The café uses the same produce where possible<br />

and serves breakfasts and lunches including<br />

Wiltshire cured ham and homemade quiche.<br />

Down the road in Englefield, Reading you will<br />

find another Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen with<br />

a whole host of local produce.<br />

BUTTLE FARM (D4)<br />

buttlefarm.co.uk<br />

CHOLDERTON CHARLIE’S FARM SHOP<br />

Choldertoncharliesfarm.com/farm-shop<br />

COBBS FAR<br />

ENGLEFIELD<br />

cobbsfarmsho<br />

ROVES FARM<br />

Rovesfarm.co.<br />

A’BECKETT’S V<br />

01380 816669 •<br />

ALDER RIDGE V<br />

01488 686770 •<br />

ALDWICK ESTAT<br />

01934 864404 •<br />

THE LANGLEY (K3)<br />

thelangley.com<br />

Experience an authentic Afternoon Tea in the<br />

classic decor of the Drawing Room. Appointed<br />

with historic features, original artwork and<br />

contemporary furnishings, this is the perfect<br />

spo to view our landscaped gardens and lake<br />

while enjoying our contemporary afternoon tea.<br />

AFTERNOON TEA<br />

BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT (D4)<br />

Calne, Wiltshire SN11 9PQ 01249 822228<br />

bowood.org/bowood-hotel-resort<br />

Finger sandwiches, scones and colourful cakes<br />

served in the Shelburne Restaurant, Bar and<br />

Library. Fire in winter.<br />

CRICKLADE HOUSE HOTEL (E2)<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

THE BRIDGE TEA ROOMS (C4)<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

NO 15 GREAT PULTENEY (B4)<br />

no15greatpulteney.co.uk<br />

restaurants and tea-rooms have received the<br />

Food for Life Served Here Award? The award<br />

recognises tha they serve fresh, local food that<br />

is ethica ly and sustainable produced. There<br />

are seven National Trust places you can find on<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way and eight more which are<br />

within easy reach of it, so if you’re looking for an<br />

afternoon tea, a picnic or a food hamper to take<br />

back there should be something to tempt your<br />

tastebuds.<br />

AVEBURY, MARLBOROUGH (E4)<br />

The New Circles Restaurant<br />

Avebury Manor Tearoom<br />

Coach House Café<br />

Refuel in the café whilst on a visi to Aerospace<br />

Bristol. This light and airy café serves a delicious<br />

range of light meals, snacks and drinks. Produce is<br />

loca ly sourced where possible.<br />

THE BRIDGE TEA ROOMS (C4)<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

GARDEN CAFÉ AT THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM (C4)<br />

holburne.org<br />

HONEYSTREET BOATS AND CAFÉ (E4)<br />

honeystreetmi lcafe.co.uk<br />

SPRING’S CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT (B4)<br />

Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, BA1 1SJ<br />

01225 331234 • thermaebathspa.com<br />

MARVELLOUS FOOD MARKETS<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way runs through some of<br />

England’s most fertile agricultura land, so it’s no<br />

surprise that you’ll find regular farmers’ markets<br />

along the route. Check ou these markets for fresh<br />

local food and drink, direct from the producers.<br />

Bath Farmers’ Market Green Park Station,<br />

every Sat<br />

Bristol Farmers’ Market St Nicholas Market,<br />

every Wed<br />

Bristol Street Food Market St Nicholas Market,<br />

every Tue & Fri<br />

Richmond Duck Pond Markets every Sat & Sun<br />

Swindon Farmers’ Market Swindon Designer<br />

Outlet, every Sun<br />

Thames Va ley Farmers’ Market Ascot, 3rd Sun<br />

of month; Newbury, 1st Sun of month; Reading 1st<br />

& 3rd Sat of month; Windsor, 1st Sat of month<br />

Trowbridge Weaver’s Market 2nd Saturday of<br />

the month (not winter)<br />

Wiltshire Farmers’ Market Devizes, 1st Sat of<br />

month; Royal Woo ton Basse t 4th Sat of month;<br />

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DINING RESTAURANTS<br />

You’ll find many of the restaurants along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way are dining rooms within our<br />

Ambassador hotels, many of which source their<br />

ingredients from sma local producers. You’ l also<br />

find several celebrity chefs including Rick Stein,<br />

Pie re Ko fmann and Marco Pie re White. There’s<br />

also plenty of di ferent cuisines to tempt you.<br />

while away an afternoon.<br />

romanbaths.co.uk/pump-room-restaurant<br />

An elegant space at the Roman Baths where a<br />

range of teas is served, from the smaller cream tea<br />

The Tea Shed<br />

THE TUTTI POLE (F4)<br />

thetuttipole.co.uk<br />

Henley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat, 4th Thur &<br />

5th Sun of month<br />

THE BRASSERIE AT SIR CHRISTOPHER<br />

WREN HOTEL (K3)<br />

mpwrestaurants.co.uk<br />

There is always tea, of course. Usua ly this is served<br />

to the fu l tiered stand of treats.<br />

TYNTESFIELD, BRISTOL (A4)<br />

Cow Barn Restaurant<br />

WESTONBIRT, THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM (C3)<br />

sirchristopherwren.co.uk<br />

THE MARCO PIERRE WHIT<br />

AT THE CASTLE HOTEL (K3<br />

by the pot and made from tea leaves, poured<br />

through a strainer into a bone china cup. A tiered<br />

cake stand is the mos traditional way to serve the<br />

accompanying food: sandwiches, scones served with<br />

THE ROSEATE (H4)<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS<br />

<strong>03</strong>00 067 4890 • Forestryengland.uk/<strong>West</strong>onbirt<br />

The <strong>West</strong>onbirt Restaurant o fers tasty, freshly<br />

Maidenhead Farmers’ Market 2nd Sun of month<br />

Malmesbury Artisan and Farmers’ Market<br />

every Fri<br />

CEDAR AT THE LANGLEY (K3)<br />

thelangley.com<br />

THE MONKEY ISLAND BRA<br />

MONKEY ISLAND ESTATE (J<br />

and made the gap between<br />

01225 823333 • royalcrescent.<br />

Take a se<br />

CAN<br />

Royal Co lection Trust is in<br />

FOOD & DRINK TOURS &<br />

Join one of t<br />

thegainsboroug<br />

01666 822344 • oldb


FEELING THIRSTY? OKTOBERFEST<br />

SWINDON IN OCTOBER AND BRISTOL<br />

CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER<br />

ARE BOTH GREAT FUN.<br />

PUBS, BREWERIES AND DISTILLERY TOURS<br />

Village pubs along the route are a great place to head for<br />

tasting British food traditions passed down generations, such<br />

as Sunday roasts and Friday fish and chips, or simply bread,<br />

cheese and pickles, known as the ‘ploughman’s lunch’.<br />

Gastropubs offer newer cuisines and often their<br />

restaurants are recognised with a Michelin star or two. And<br />

there are also plenty of homegrown tipples to try too. Beer,<br />

wine and gin are all made along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. Take a<br />

brewery, vineyard or distillery tour or just pull up a stool at<br />

the village pub and see what’s on tap.<br />

The Three Tuns Freehouse, <strong>Great</strong> Bedwyn is Sawdays<br />

“Most Authentic Pub” 2018/19. The Michelin starred<br />

Red Lion Freehouse, Pewsey offers private dining with a<br />

window into the kitchen to watch the team prep. Pigs,<br />

pies, pints and pillows is supplied by Helen Browning's<br />

Royal Oak, Bishopstone, set in the middle of an organic<br />

farm. Take lunch on a Friday and sample the fish menu at<br />

award-winning The Queen’s Arms, East Garston. The Swan,<br />

Bradford on Avon offers both Pub Classics or its Thai Chilli<br />

Restaurant. The Crown & Anchor, set at the foot of the<br />

North Wessex Downs has recently reopened following a<br />

three year refurbishment. Serving Royals and residents alike,<br />

be sure to pop into the Royal Windsor pub with spectacular<br />

views of Windsor Castle, specialising in handmade liquor<br />

and premium craft beers, including a house-brewed Royal<br />

Windsor Pint. You could plan your visit with a stay at The<br />

Royal Oak, Yattendon, a country inn with traditional British<br />

food, to coincide with a drinks festival, and taste their very<br />

own gin distilled on the premises in ‘Harry’ their still.<br />

There's also a'Beckett's Vineyard making english sparkling<br />

and still wines along with cider and apple juice from<br />

their vineyard near Devizes in Wiltshire. Or try The <strong>West</strong><br />

Berkshire Brewery at Yattendon and Wadworth Brewery at<br />

Devizes, offering tours and tasting of their award-winning<br />

ales. You might also enjoy Wadworth's 'Eat, Drink, Stay' trail<br />

from their Brewery in Devizes, to their four pubs along the<br />

route - The Bear and The Black Swan in Devizes, The Crown<br />

in Tolldown, and The George Inn in Bath.<br />

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Whitchurch is at the<br />

forefront of the English gin resurgence while the Newbury<br />

pub is host to Newbury’s first ever gin distillery thanks to<br />

a working micro distillery and private dining room open all<br />

year for tastings. →<br />

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Pictured<br />

top-left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Red Lion<br />

Freehouse;<br />

The <strong>West</strong><br />

Berkshire<br />

Brewery at<br />

Yattendon;<br />

Crown &<br />

Anchor, Ham,<br />

Wiltshire; The<br />

Royal Oak,<br />

Yattendon


GIN MAKING<br />

Explore the magic of gin-making. We are reinstalling<br />

an appreciation for gin-making through a fun,<br />

hands-on experience. Enjoy tasting, distilling, and<br />

creating your very own bespoke gin blend.<br />

The Newbury is an imposing grade II listed gastro<br />

pub in the centre of Newbury. It is a multi-award<br />

winning venue which prides itself on its exciting<br />

British a la carte menu, a great selection of ales,<br />

extensive wine list & fabulous service.


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CAFÉS, LUNCH AND AFTERNOON TEAS<br />

While travelling the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way you are never too far away from<br />

a café or farm shop for lunches, afternoon tea or a drink at the end of<br />

the day. Drive through the North Wessex Downs AONB to Cobbs Farm<br />

Shop for lunch and enjoy a glass of wine from their vineyard, Alder Ridge,<br />

Hungerford.<br />

For those heading to Bath, stop off at the Bridge Tea Rooms in<br />

Bradford on Avon. Double winner of the UK Tea Guild's 'Top Tea Place',<br />

and one of the UK's finest spots for afternoon tea with a list of regal<br />

afternoon teas including the Queen Victoria. A Hansel and Gretel-style<br />

exterior leads onto the cosiest of dining rooms, filled with homely<br />

trinkets, hefty wooden beams and the soft chink of fine bone china.<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen in Bath serves seasonal British fine dining in a<br />

traditionally appointed 4-storey Georgian townhouse.<br />

In Bristol visit Prince Street Social, a welcoming modern-style<br />

British Brasserie located in the centre, or stop for lunch alongside the<br />

picturesque harbourside at Spoke & Stringer for a delicious home-made<br />

Shakshuka, or at Stokes Croft Restaurant for a quirky Pieminister Pie;<br />

everyone from Kate Moss to the Queen has tried one. The Tutti Pole,<br />

Hungerford is a tea shop and family restaurant and was originally the<br />

place where ‘Tutti Poles’ were made for an historic local ceremony, still<br />

continued today.<br />

At Whatley Manor, Nr Malmesbury traditional afternoon tea is served<br />

with a glass of Champagne Deutz. Other places for indulgent afternoon<br />

teas include The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa and The Abbey Hotel,<br />

Bath, The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Monkey Island Estate, Bray or<br />

The Langley, Near Windsor. Or why not take tea by the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal, there’s plenty of choice including the Aldermaston Tea Room, Canal<br />

Trust Café, Honeystreet Mill Café, The Engineman’s Rest Café, The Tea<br />

Shop by the Canal and the Wharf Tea Rooms.<br />

Or for a unique culinary experience in Devizes, book yourself a place on<br />

one of Vaughan's Kitchen Cookery School Masterclasses.<br />

Pictured<br />

top-left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Afternoon Tea<br />

at Whatley<br />

Manor Hotel<br />

& Spa; Bridge<br />

Tea Rooms in<br />

Bradford on<br />

Avon; Cobbs<br />

Farm shop<br />

& Kitchen,<br />

Hungerford;<br />

hot chocolates<br />

being served<br />

at Wharf<br />

Tea Rooms,<br />

Devizes<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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WHERE<br />

TO STAY<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way offers plenty of<br />

choice when it comes to places to stay<br />

WHETHER YOU PREFER the excitement of<br />

a buzzing city or a more rural countryside<br />

retreat, from a stylish boutique hotel, to<br />

a cool gastro pub – there’s always a great<br />

place to stay along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way. From 5-star<br />

city hotels, country house hotels, to boutique bed and<br />

breakfasts, to camping and glamping retreats, we hope<br />

you will find what is right for you.<br />

IN THE CITY<br />

Starting your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way journey from London?<br />

You might enjoy a stay at Roseate House London just a<br />

short walk from Hyde Park.<br />

Roseate Hotels has two further luxury boutique<br />

hotels along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way; The Roseate Reading,<br />

described by the Evening Standard as ‘UK’s Sexiest<br />

Townhouse Hotel’; and located in the centre of Bath<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath. Stopping at Reading? The Bird<br />

In Hand Hotel, at Knowl Hill, recently acquired by<br />

Wiltshire brewer Wadworth, is a delightful 14th Century<br />

Inn with a history that spans 600 years.<br />

In Bath you are spoiled for choice of luxury hotels, but<br />

it could be claimed, none quite as grand and spectacular<br />

as The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Built between 1767<br />

and 1775 this is a fine example of Georgian architecture,<br />

located in the most famous crescent in the world.<br />

Effortlessly combining AA Five Red Star service, an<br />

award-winning Spa and beautiful gardens.<br />

In the heart of Bath, Abbey Hotel Bath is an<br />

experiential art-driven hotel, for people seeking true<br />

Bathonian encounters - inspired by the city’s most<br />

celebrated icons - it blends the new with the old,<br />

the refined with the comfortable and the local with<br />

the worldly. Guests are immersed in rich history,<br />

architectural beauty, regional artistry and craftsmanship.<br />

Built in 1739, the building composed part of John Wood’s<br />

vision for Bath - essentially the playground for the<br />

pleasure-loving visitors of the Georgian haute monde.<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed<br />

buildings, centred around the natural thermal, mineralrich<br />

waters. Dukes Hotel, occupies two magnificent<br />

Georgian Townhouses on <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney Street, or try the<br />

Apex Hotel, Bath’s largest hotel, close to Thermae Bath<br />

Spa. Bailbrook House Hotel is a Grade II listed hotel,<br />

also in the city, set in 20 acres - here you can enjoy the<br />

historic Cloisters restaurant or contemporary dining in<br />

The Conservatory.<br />

Desire your own holiday home? The Apartment<br />

Bath is an award-winning two-bedroom luxury property<br />

in a fantastic central location, or try Bath Apartment<br />

Breaks. For a selection of independently owned holiday<br />

properties search online with the help of Stay in Bath,<br />

Tucking Mill Holidays in Bath and Bath Area Self<br />

Catering. For an elegant and vivacious new boutique<br />

townhouse hotel located on the grandest street in Bath<br />

head to No. 15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney.<br />

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE<br />

Coronavirus Safety<br />

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms whilst on holiday,<br />

please arrange a test using your holiday address. You can<br />

order a test from www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. You<br />

MUST notify your accommodation provider immediately.<br />

If you are contacted by Test & Trace whilst on holiday you<br />

MUST notify your accommodation provider immediately<br />

that you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace<br />

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Accommodation in Bristol is as colourful and varied as the<br />

city itself. From a city centre hostel attached to a vintage<br />

bowling alley to a luxurious lodge in the grounds of a<br />

zoo, you’ll find somewhere special to suit you. The city’s<br />

distinct neighbourhoods each offer different experiences,<br />

so it depends what type of trip you’re hoping for…<br />

For something unconventional, check into one of<br />

Brooks Guesthouse’s rooftop airstreams for a spot of<br />

urban glamping in the Old City. Right next to St Nicholas’<br />

Market, you’ll be in prime position for perusing local<br />

craft stalls and tucking into the delicious street food it’s<br />

renowned for, from sausage baps to falafel wraps.<br />

If it’s dining, drinking and nightlife you’re after, check<br />

out Rock & Bowl Motel right in the city centre, The<br />

Bristol Wing, a boutique hostel in the Grade II listed old<br />

Police Headquarters, or The Full Moon - a backpacker<br />

hostel adjoining the lively Attic Bar in arty, alternative<br />

Stokes Croft.<br />

If you would prefer somewhere more serene,<br />

close to University of Bristol Botanic Garden, opt for<br />

somewhere in Clifton. Although it has a village feel,<br />

independent shops, cosmopolitan restaurants and the<br />

iconic Suspension Bridge are all within walking distance.<br />

Number Thirty Eight, a boutique hotel in a refurbished<br />

Georgian merchant’s house, is in prime position. Relax<br />

in a room with a roll top bath or soak up panoramic park<br />

views. Alternatively, go for a really wild stay at Bristol<br />

Zoo Gardens. The Lodge is a super stylish apartment<br />

with safari-themed rooms and a private terrace looking<br />

onto the zoo’s glorious gardens.<br />

And if you’re just in Bristol for a flying visit - where<br />

could be more convenient than Hampton By Hilton<br />

Bristol Airport?<br />

IN THE COUNTRYSIDE<br />

Sitting proudly next to the 12th Century Abbey in the<br />

centre of the historic, vibrant and charming Wiltshire<br />

market town of Malmesbury, England’s oldest hotel The<br />

Old Bell Hotel has recently been restored to the height of<br />

elegance, glamour and English charm. Beechfield House<br />

also in Wiltshire, is a stunning 4 AA red star, 2 AA rosette,<br />

relaxed country house hotel offering a truly opulent<br />

place to stay. Or try The Manor House, a 14th Century<br />

luxury hotel and golf club in Castle Combe, part of the<br />

Exclusive Collection along with Pennyhill Park, surrey and<br />

Royal Berkshire, on the outskirts of Ascot. Or for a lovely,<br />

secluded and unique cottage on a working farm head to<br />

Cliffe Farm Dairy with beautiful views of the steep chalk<br />

escarpment leading up to Salisbury Plain.<br />

Another gorgeous countryside retreat is the five-star<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, in the Southern Cotswolds<br />

set in 12 acres of gardens. If you are travelling with<br />

children Woolley Grange Hotel in Bradford on Avon →<br />

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is a beautiful Jacobean manor house on the edge of the<br />

Cotswolds offering a very warm welcome to families.<br />

Or try The Langley, Buckinghamshire - the former country<br />

estate of the third Duke of Marlborough has a wonderful spa,<br />

exceptional dining and Capability Brown designed gardens.<br />

Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant, Corsham is a traditional<br />

country house with an award-winning restaurant.<br />

If you’re looking to stay somewhere quieter, away from the<br />

hustle and bustle, with farm-fresh produce on the table, and a<br />

‘home from home’ feel, then a cosy countryside B&B or selfcatering<br />

cottage make a great option.<br />

The Coachmans Self-Catering Holiday Cottage is an<br />

idyllic retreat in the heart of Steeple Ashton - a delightful<br />

quintessential village, with award-winning village shop,<br />

magnificent church, and beautiful historic architecture<br />

spanning 700 years, set amidst beautiful Wiltshire<br />

countryside. For an opulent and elegant stay close to the<br />

North Wessex Downs, Heritage Luxury B&B is perfectly<br />

placed on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way in Calne.<br />

Kingsbury @ No 8 is a boutique-hotel style B&B close<br />

to the centre of Marlborough’s historic high street. Stay<br />

here and dine at Rick Stein’s restaurant in Lloran House<br />

and enjoy a menu that features some of Rick’s most iconic<br />

seafood dishes like Indonesian seafood curry, Dover sole a la<br />

meunière and turbot hollandaise.<br />

Or you could try The White Horse Inn, Calne, a<br />

traditional country pub in the Wiltshire countryside with<br />

two AA Rosette restaurant and Gold award Bed & Breakfast<br />

accommodation.<br />

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club, Newbury<br />

is set in 500 acres of countryside and offers countryside<br />

pursuits such as fishing and clay pigeon shooting, while just<br />

a short drive away, in the picturesque farming village of<br />

Hampstead Norreys, are Manor Farm Courtyard Holiday<br />

Cottages luxuriously-appointed self-catering cottages.<br />

Church Farm Country Cottages offer self-catering<br />

cottages on a working sheep farm between Bath and<br />

Bradford on Avon with an indoor heated pool.<br />

Cumberwell Country Cottages, Bradford on Avon, have<br />

converted an old Tythe Barn into luxurious self-catering<br />

cottages. Or try Beanhill Farm B&B, Chippenham - located<br />

on a farm with prize-winning cattle and sheep. Lorne<br />

House, near Corsham, the childhood home of Thomas the<br />

Tank Engine author, Reverend W.V. Awdry, is today a large<br />

Victorian villa with elegant charm. Stay as a B&B guest, or<br />

hire the entire house.<br />

You might enjoy having your own private Manor House<br />

wing? Try Sheephouse Manor Cottages, situated between<br />

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Experience Wiltshire at its Best!<br />

Adult-only Glamping in a glorious part of rural England<br />

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Totteridge Farm Camping Pods<br />

Pewsey +44 (0)7917 573407 Wiltshire<br />

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Avalon Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Devizes has countryside<br />

views and south facing balconies, free ranging hens and<br />

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accommodation by the River Avon and the nearby Red Lion<br />

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country pub with Michelin rated food, luxurious bedrooms,<br />

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The Queens Arms, East Garston, is an award-winning pub,<br />

restaurant and hotel with large bar and log fire, dining room<br />

and covered terrace and garden.<br />

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of the Wiltshire Downs.<br />

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For those who really want to get in touch with their<br />

surroundings The Camping and Caravanning Club with sites<br />

in Salisbury, Walton on Thames, Cheddar Mendip Heights,<br />

Devizes and Chertsey is a great option - as is The Chilterns<br />

View, Wallingford's Luxury lodge accommodation in the<br />

village of Ewelme, South Oxfordshire, overlooking the<br />

beautiful Chilterns Hills.<br />

Mill Farm takes luxury camping to a whole new<br />

level with their high end luxury accommodation, set on<br />

their organic farm in the heart of the glorious Wiltshire<br />

countryside.<br />

Or head to The Farm Camp, an off grid, eco-friendly,<br />

luxury campsite near Bath offering plenty of activities.<br />

Totteridge Farm in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey, is an<br />

adult-only campsite with five glamping pods and spectacular<br />

views from the hills on either side of the Vale.<br />

Buttle Farm, Compton Bassett, has stunning barn<br />

conversions on a rare breed pig farm and runs charcuterie<br />

experiences. While Shillingridge offer Luxury Glamping<br />

Safari Lodges, nestled in the Chiltern Hills by the stunning<br />

riverside town of Marlow on Thames in Buckinghamshire. →<br />

Pictured<br />

top-left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Avalon<br />

Lodge Bed &<br />

Breakfast; Mill<br />

Farm; Helen<br />

Browning’s<br />

Royal Oak<br />

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Pictured<br />

top-left then<br />

clockwise:<br />

Canal boats<br />

on the river;<br />

Henley<br />

Greenlands<br />

Hotel;<br />

Honeystreet<br />

Boats<br />

ON OR BY THE WATER<br />

On the River Thames, Henley Greenlands Hotel, once home<br />

to the WH Smith family, is set within the 30 acre Henley<br />

Business School estate in the Oxfordshire countryside, while<br />

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa is a 4-star comprising<br />

several characterful buildings clustered around a historic<br />

cobbled street by Eton Bridge and Windsor Castle, with a<br />

gym, spa treatments, outdoor whirlpool and sauna.<br />

The stunning hotel is located right on the River Thames,<br />

within easy walking distance of Windsor’s restaurants, shops<br />

and attractions including Windsor Castle. The world-famous<br />

Eton College is a seven-minute walk from the hotel, just over<br />

Eton Bridge and down the High Street. Also in Windsor, both<br />

Castle Hotel MGallery and Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa<br />

offer spectacular views of the Thames and Windsor Castle.<br />

Thought boats were just for day trips? Well, along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way you can sleep on them too. You’ll never<br />

forget waking up on the water, peering through portholes at<br />

passing ducks as you prepare to rise and shine.<br />

Canal boat hire in England is easy to organise and<br />

incredibly rewarding, enabling you to fully experience the<br />

pleasures of the wildlife-rich waterways, including such<br />

delights as Caen Hill Locks and Bathampton. The Canal and<br />

River Trust can give you all the information you need about<br />

how to take to the waters. Along the River Thames and the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal you can hire your own boldly painted<br />

boat and take the journey at your own pace.<br />

Consider a boating holiday on a self-drive barge or<br />

motor cruiser, or for a more relaxing break a river cruise on a<br />

hotel boat. Honeystreet Boats provides friendly canal boat<br />

holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal. Sally Narrowboats, in<br />

the Bradford on Avon Marina, is great to cruise to Bath in a<br />

westerly direction and Reading in the east. Hobbs of Henley<br />

has 2 luxury Linnsen motor cruisers to cruise from Henley<br />

to Oxford or Henley to Reading. While Bruce Boats at <strong>Great</strong><br />

Bedwyn Wharf, Kennet & Avon Canal, offers canal holidays<br />

for older people and Devizes Marina Village offer selfcatering<br />

lodges with hot tubs and fantastic views.<br />

Or for somewhere where there’s quite literally water,<br />

water everywhere, visit the Cotswold Water Park, just a short<br />

detour off the route, and enjoy 40 square miles, with more<br />

than 150 lakes set in beautiful countryside.<br />

Fun fact:<br />

People who<br />

like observing<br />

England’s canal<br />

life from the<br />

sidelines are<br />

affectionately<br />

called<br />

‘gongoozlers’.<br />

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Visit<br />

Chippenham<br />

Visit and stay in Chippenham as part of your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way®</strong> journey of discovery.<br />

Find out more at <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

www.chippenham.gov.uk<br />

Open all day for<br />

breakfast, afternoon tea,<br />

freeze shakes and dinner.<br />

Bite Me Burger, No 7 Kingsbury Street, Marlborough.<br />

Tel: 01672 514776<br />

www.bitemeburger.com


JOIN THE FUN!<br />

From confetti battles to book festivals, canoe races<br />

to country shows and big-ticket exhibitions<br />

Words: Samantha Rutherford<br />

BE PREPARED<br />

Coronavirus Changes<br />

Event information may have<br />

changed or been cancelled due<br />

to the coronavirus (COVID-19).<br />

While we have tried to bring<br />

you the most up-to-date<br />

information available when<br />

publishing please confirm<br />

details with event organisers.<br />

Check websites for the latest<br />

information on new booking<br />

procedures, event timings and<br />

safety requirements.<br />

Be Curious. Be Responsible.<br />

Pictured<br />

left-right: Pub<br />

in the Park,<br />

Marlow and<br />

The Bradford<br />

on Avon annual<br />

Duck Race<br />

** Please note that many events along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way are in the process of planning in light of the current<br />

government advice in relation to COVID-19. Whilst we are endeavouring to keep all information up to date,<br />

we would advise you to check directly with the relevant venue for the most up to date information. **<br />

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2021<br />

JAN / FEB / MARCH 2021<br />

Celebration of light, Bristol<br />

FEBRUARY-MARCH 2021<br />

This illuminating new annual<br />

event will celebrate the creative talents<br />

of local, national and international<br />

designers and collaborators in a playful<br />

outdoor gallery of light installations<br />

that will bring vivid colour to Bristol city<br />

centre's public spaces at a traditionally<br />

quiet and dark time of the year.<br />

îvisitbristol.co.uk<br />

Cecily Brown Art Exhibition at<br />

Blenheim Palace<br />

SEPTEMBER 2020-JANUARY 2021<br />

Made up entirely of new works inspired<br />

by the Palace’s collection, this is a major<br />

solo exhibition by acclaimed British<br />

Artist Cecily Brown. The exhibition of<br />

new work has been created in response<br />

to the Palace’s history as an English<br />

country estate and as the home to<br />

successive generations of the Spencer-<br />

Churchill family and their collection of<br />

paintings, tapestries and decorative arts.<br />

îblenheimpalace.com<br />

Wonder<br />

FEBRUARY 2021<br />

A new year-round programme and<br />

festival of children’s book events in<br />

Bath, Bristol and beyond that will<br />

capture imaginations and inspire future<br />

storytellers. Wonder’s aim is to not<br />

only bring some of the biggest selling<br />

children’s authors and illustrators on the<br />

planet to our cities, but also to celebrate<br />

emerging talent, offer workshops and to<br />

bring the magic of stories into creative<br />

spaces that spark kids’ imagination.<br />

îvisitbath.co.uk<br />

134 <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk


APRIL / MAY / JUNE 2021<br />

Devizes to <strong>West</strong>minster<br />

International Canoe Race<br />

APRIL 2021<br />

This is the world’s longest non-stop canoe<br />

race, which starts in Devizes, following<br />

the Kennet & Avon Canal and joining<br />

The Thames, finishing just downstream<br />

of <strong>West</strong>minster Bridge, opposite the<br />

Houses of Parliament, a total distance of<br />

125 miles, 77 portages. îdwrace.co.uk<br />

Howard’s Day at Castle Combe<br />

Circuit, APRIL 2021<br />

Easter Monday is the traditional start<br />

to the motor racing season at Castle<br />

Combe Circuit and is marked by this<br />

popular race day.<br />

îcastlecombecircuit.co.uk<br />

The Bradford on Avon Duck<br />

Race, APRIL 2021<br />

At this the famous annual<br />

Duck Race over a 1000 ducks are<br />

launched into the river from the Town<br />

Bridge, where Rowing Club kayakers<br />

wait at the finish line to retrieve the<br />

lucky winners of many amazing prizes<br />

to be won!<br />

îbradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk<br />

The Bath Festival<br />

MAY 2021<br />

Having recently celebrated its 70th<br />

birthday, this 10-day festival celebrates<br />

music and literature, bringing<br />

prominent writers, musicians and<br />

cultural figures to the city.<br />

îbathfestivals.org.uk<br />

Highclere Country Show<br />

MAY 2021<br />

The estate better known as Downton<br />

Abbey, Highclere hosts one of<br />

England’s best country shows, with<br />

falconry, gundog displays and the<br />

chance to have a go at clay shooting.<br />

îhighclerecountryshow.co.uk<br />

The North Wessex Downs<br />

Walking Festival, JUNE 2021<br />

Featuring over 20 guided walks across<br />

the North Wessex Downs AONB<br />

and giving everyone an opportunity<br />

to explore this stunning landscape<br />

in the company of friendly and<br />

knowledgeable guides.<br />

înorthwessexdowns.org.uk/walkingfestival.html<br />

Calne Summer Carnival<br />

JUNE 2021<br />

The Calne Summer Carnival draws in<br />

over 5000 visitors to its historic town<br />

centre, with activities from live music to<br />

street entertainers, food stalls to local<br />

crafters, and the marvellous carnival<br />

procession. îcalne.gov.uk<br />

The Little Welly Obstacle<br />

Course & Festival, Henley on<br />

Thames, JUNE 2021<br />

Let your kids Go Wild, Get Muddy and<br />

enjoy tackling the 3km landscaped<br />

course with over 30 big obstacles –<br />

involving water, foam and of course<br />

plenty of MUD!<br />

îthelittlewelly.co.uk<br />

Royal Ascot<br />

JUNE 2021<br />

Arguably England’s most famous – and<br />

grandest – horse racing event, with five<br />

days of races each kicked off by a royal<br />

carriage parade.<br />

This is your chance to wave at the<br />

Queen and to wear a fabulous hat!<br />

îascot.co.uk →<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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JULY / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

Henley Royal Regatta<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Established in 1839, this annual regatta attracts rowing<br />

crews from around the world to its five days of head to head<br />

knockout competitions and is regarded as an integral part of<br />

the English social season. îhrr.co.uk<br />

Kew the Music<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Kew Gardens hosts five nights of laidback picnic concerts,<br />

from big names in every genre of music from pop and<br />

rock to classical and jazz. Headliners include Craig David,<br />

Beverley Knight and Jools Holland. îkewthemusic.org<br />

Bristol Harbour Festival<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Bristol’s largest annual event fills the harbour from the<br />

SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain to the city centre with tall ships, music<br />

stages, dance areas and food markets. Expect water<br />

displays and circus acts too. îbristolharbourfestival.co.uk<br />

Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Few events can rival the intensity, drama, and spectacle<br />

on offer at one of the world's greatest airshows. Over<br />

300 aircraft typically take part in the flypasts and aerial<br />

acrobatics. îairtattoo.com<br />

WOMAD, Malmesbury<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Global fiesta of music, dance, art and food that started in<br />

Charlton Park, Malmesbury and has since taken the party<br />

to more than 27 countries worldwide including Australia,<br />

Chile and Spain. îwomad.co.uk<br />

Marlborough College Summer School<br />

JULY-AUGUST 2021<br />

Established in 1974, this annual event is one of Europe’s<br />

largest multi-generational learning experiences; its<br />

popularity underpinned by the phrase “something for<br />

everyone”. The College’s historic grounds are conveniently<br />

located to enjoy Marlborough’s famous High Street and<br />

host over 500 courses encompassing the creative arts,<br />

history, science, body and mind, life skills, sport and<br />

country pursuits..! îsummerschool.co.uk<br />

Bath Carnival<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Bath’s biggest party features a procession of more than<br />

1,000 dancers and musicians through the city plus plenty<br />

of world music on the sound systems and at Party in the<br />

Park in Sydney Gardens. îbathcarnival.co.uk<br />

Bristol Pride<br />

JULY 2021<br />

Bristol Pride is an annual celebration of the LGBT+<br />

community. A series of events that take place across Bristol<br />

ranging from theatre, comedy, dance and their award<br />

winning film festival, Queer Vision. An incredible 40,000<br />

took part in their 10th-anniversary celebrations last year!<br />

îbristolpride.co.uk<br />

Malmesbury Carnival & Festival<br />

JULY-SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

Malmesbury Carnival been going for over 100 years! The<br />

Carnival is now a whole month of events. It changes every<br />

year, with events ranging from open gardens to open mic,<br />

bands to beer festivals, high jinks to history talks, wine<br />

tasting to wine bluffing and of course the Carnival Parade!<br />

îmalmesburycarnival.co.uk<br />

136 <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk


Pictured<br />

left-right:<br />

Marlborough<br />

High Street;<br />

fun at Devizes<br />

Festival; and<br />

Jane Austen<br />

Festival, Bath<br />

Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park<br />

AUGUST 2021<br />

Held at the spectacular home of the Princess Royal<br />

and her family, incorporating the British Open,<br />

Intermediate and Novice Championships, as well<br />

as the Amateur Championship, The Corinthian Cup.<br />

îfestivalofbritisheventing.com<br />

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta<br />

AUGUST 2021<br />

Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons brings<br />

colour to the sky above Bristol with twice-daily mass balloon<br />

launches and the chance to take a ride yourself.<br />

îbristolballoonfiesta.co.uk<br />

Pewsey Carnival<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

A fortnight of madcap events and music, leading up to the<br />

finale which is the fabulous Carnival Procession – one of<br />

the oldest carnivals in the country. îpewsey-carnival.org.uk<br />

The Colour Rush and Confetti Battle, Devizes<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

Nobody knows why it started but Devizes’ Confetti Battle<br />

is surely the most fun you can have with torn up bits of<br />

coloured paper. Get stuck into the battle in the marketplace<br />

and stay for the fireworks! îdocadevizes.org.uk<br />

Jane Austen Festival, Bath<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Jane Austen<br />

Festival. Get your top hats, bonnets and lace out for<br />

this 10-day celebration of all things Austen to include a<br />

costumed Promenade through the city, and the Regency<br />

Costumed Masked Ball, with dancing in the Pump Room of<br />

the Roman Baths. îjaneaustenfestivalbath.co.uk<br />

Heritage Open Days<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

This national event sees normally hidden and closed<br />

places throw their doors open to the public. Highlights<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way include Reading Synagogue,<br />

Sevington Victorian School in Wiltshire and the Rolls-<br />

Royce Heritage Trust in Bristol - with many more besides!<br />

îheritageopendays.org.uk<br />

Mini Action Day, Castle Combe Circuit<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

Things go pocket-sized for Mini Action Day – the UK’s<br />

oldest, best and only track-based Mini event.<br />

Prepare to marvel at the hundreds of both old and new<br />

examples of this iconic car that make the venue their<br />

home for the day.<br />

îminiactionday.co.uk<br />

Henley Literary Festival<br />

SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER 2021<br />

Bringing together punters and pundits from far and wide,<br />

last year’s line-up included Theresa May, Sir Alastair<br />

Cook, Kate Atkinson and Mary Berry, so expect an equally<br />

diverse and stellar line up for 2020.<br />

îhenleyliteraryfestival.co.uk<br />

Cliveden Literary Festival<br />

SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

Cliveden House has been at the centre of British political,<br />

royal and literary life since it was first built, and in the<br />

1960s became notorious as the setting for the Profumo<br />

Affair that brought down a government and changed<br />

Britain forever. Today Cliveden’s annual literary festival<br />

attracts writers from the world.<br />

îclivedenliteraryfestival.org →<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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5 JULY 2020 TO<br />

3 JANUARY 2021<br />

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- SHOP - EAT - DRINK -<br />

A warm welcome awaits you in Calne! Look no further and<br />

discover Calne’s Heritage Quarter with two hours free parking<br />

in the Church Street Car Park, and explore what Calne has to<br />

offer with a host of options to eat, drink and stay.<br />

- WALK - DISCOVER - UNWIND -<br />

Calne Town Crier<br />

Mark Wylie<br />

Discover Calne’s<br />

Heritage Quarter<br />

Calne<br />

Town<br />

Council<br />

Discover more at<br />

VisitCalne.co.uk


YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY!<br />

VIRTUAL EVENTS 2020<br />

This is the Tale that River Told<br />

Team London Bridge<br />

A jaunt through time along one of the most famous<br />

stretches of the River Thames. The stretch of water<br />

between London Bridge and Tower Bridge holds many<br />

stories and treasures. From a Bronze Age burial mound,<br />

to Frost Fairs to the development of law and order in<br />

London.<br />

Wed 23rd Sep 2020, 1pm - 2pm<br />

Free tickets booked via Eventbrite, the event will<br />

stream live via Zoom.<br />

thamesfestivaltrust.org/whats-on<br />

Pictured: Windsor high street<br />

at Christmas<br />

Henley Literary Festival Online<br />

The Festival will take place online this year from<br />

Saturday 26 September – Sunday 4 October, 2020.<br />

They also hold one-off events throughout the year so<br />

check their What’s On page regularly for details.<br />

henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk<br />

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2021<br />

LEGOLAND Fireworks Spectacular<br />

NOVEMBER 2021<br />

Make your visit to Legoland even more magical by timing it<br />

to coincide with the annual fireworks spectacular, part of the<br />

theme park’s spooky Halloween season.<br />

îlegoland.co.uk<br />

Cary Grant Comes Home Festival<br />

NOVEMBER 2021<br />

Bristol puts on a weekend of events celebrating the life and<br />

work of one of the city’s most famous sons: the Hollywood<br />

actor and style icon Cary Grant.<br />

Cary Comes Home for the Weekend Festival is a<br />

celebration of Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, with the aim to<br />

develop new audiences for his films and recreate the much<br />

loved golden age of cinema-going.<br />

îcarycomeshome.co.uk<br />

Hobbs of Henley Christmas Party Nights<br />

DECEMBER 2021<br />

Celebrate the start of the festive season in style by setting<br />

sail with Hobbs of Henley on a Thames Christmas Party<br />

Cruise. Guests are handed a welcome drink on arrival, enjoy<br />

a 3 course meal and spend the rest of the night dancing<br />

away to their resident DJ.<br />

îhobbsofhenley.com/christmas-party-nights<br />

Christmas at Kew<br />

LATE NOVEMBER 2020 -EARLY JANUARY 2021<br />

A show-stopping trail of festive light installations. More<br />

than a million teeny glittering lights are installed along the<br />

route with a fantastic light show grand finale at the iconic<br />

Temperate House, plus enjoy festive treats such as spiced<br />

cider and toasted marshmallows. îkew.org<br />

Windsor On Ice<br />

DECEMBER 2021<br />

Alexandra Gardens plays host to two ice rinks – one indoor<br />

and one outdoor. You’ll also find the UK’s biggest dodgem,<br />

Bungees, Twister, Race-o-Rama, the Waltzer, the Toy ride,<br />

Mini planes, Helicopters and Santa's Sleigh roller coaster!<br />

îwindsoronice.com<br />

Bath Christmas Market<br />

DECEMBER 2021<br />

One of the country’s biggest Christmas markets, consisting<br />

of 180 stalls, set amongst Bath’s Georgian streets, the<br />

market sells hand-made ceramics, glassware, jewellery and<br />

local produce should be back for 2021 and is a must visit.<br />

îbathchristmasmarket.co.uk<br />

To discover more events on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Way visit <strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

/see-and-do/festivals-and-events<br />

<strong>Great</strong><strong>West</strong>Way.co.uk<br />

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