Great West Way Travel Magazine | Issue 07

Follow the paths through England’s idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant towns where our best-kept secrets from the past meet twenty-first-century hospitality.

Follow the paths through England’s idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant towns where our best-kept secrets from the past meet twenty-first-century hospitality.


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AUTUMN/WINTER 2022<br />

TRAVEL MAGAZINE | ISSUE <strong>07</strong><br />

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



Expect history, adventure, natural<br />

beauty and excitement on an<br />

eco-friendly trip between London and<br />

Bristol along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

Follow the paths through England’s idyllic countryside, quaint villages and elegant towns<br />

where our best kept secrets from the past meet twenty-first-century hospitality



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As the earlier nights draw in, be sure to have an<br />

outdoorsy <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> escape to look<br />

forward to – some time spent rambling<br />

through fallen golden leaves in one of our<br />

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,<br />

swooning over pretty villages and losing<br />

yourself in the festivities at an attraction or<br />

Christmas markets. Unwind with mellow evenings<br />

playing board games in a pub by a roaring log fire, or treat yourself<br />

to a pampering spa treatment in one of our luxury hotels.<br />

Take care of your carbon footprint discovering greener travel<br />

(page 14) when planning your trip, and don’t forget days out spent<br />

at one of your favourite Houses and Gardens (page 36). Wildlife<br />

enthusiasts will love our article on the best places to hide out with<br />

your binoculars (page 24) and we hope you will feel inspired by our<br />

best days out for shopping (page 58) ideas for celebrating special<br />

occasions (page 64) and places to visit along the canals (page 68).<br />

We hope you enjoy our seasonal selection of articles, latest<br />

news (page 8) and events (page 74) best read with a cup of<br />

hot chocolate topped with cinnamon sprinkles, or if you fancy<br />

something stronger, our rise of alco-tourism article (p30) should<br />

have the answer! Wishing you a lovely season.<br />

Cover Image: Mother and sons enjoying the outdoors in<br />

Wiltshire © VisitBritain/Jess Barfield. Pictured Above: The Jessica<br />

illuminated trail at Blenheim Palace; Snow at Avebury<br />

England’s <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is one of the world’s<br />

premier touring routes, bringing together many of<br />

England’s most famous destinations and attractions<br />

along a corridor between London and Bristol<br />

x<br />

Jessica <strong>Way</strong><br />

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

Download our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> map to discover<br />

the hundreds of places to visit, things to do,<br />

sites to see and places to stay along the route:<br />

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<strong>07</strong> Interview with <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> local, Kirstine<br />

who works at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and shares her<br />

highlights of living on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />


08 From 18th century underground Vault rooms and<br />

palatial Roman villas to brand new Lodge Retreats on the<br />

Blenheim Palace estate we take a look at what’s new on<br />

the route<br />


14 With award-winning green practices including<br />

zero-food waste, recycled glass and solar power being<br />

applied by so many hotels, restaurants and attractions<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, plus with so many options<br />

to travel the route in an environmentally friendly way,<br />

planning your trip sustainably has never been easier<br />


24 ON THE WAY<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is lined with open countryside,<br />

picturesque woodlands, rolling hills, nature reserves and<br />

glorious gardens – if you enjoy spotting wildlife you will<br />

be spoilt for choice along the route<br />


30 There’s a thriving trend of alco-tourism – with<br />

plenty of places along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> to learn the<br />

crafts behind some delicious homegrown tipples<br />



On the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> you travel past some of England’s<br />

most spectacular palaces and historic houses – a chance to<br />

stop and admire some of the country’s most outstanding<br />

examples of architecture, art and landscape design<br />

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With the return of ice-skating rinks, spa treatments<br />

and horse drawn carriage tours, not to mention fine<br />

seasonal fare, theatre productions and markets, there<br />

are so many reasons to plan your trip this winter<br />



With McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon, the<br />

UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, Reading (the<br />

largest town in England) and everywhere in-between<br />

even shopaholics will not be disappointed here!<br />


64 There are many ways to celebrate your most<br />

special occasions on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> from hot air<br />

balloon rides to luxury spa hotels, skydiving and more<br />


68 Enjoy life cruising along the historic Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal from Devizes to Kintbury stopping off in<br />

the glorious Vale of Pewsey in the heart of the North<br />

Wessex Downs<br />


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74 As well as its natural scenery, cultural scene and lovely<br />

locals, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is known for its many festivals and<br />

events – don't miss our cultural calendar highlights<br />


80 The route has been designed to be travelled in a<br />

variety of different ways: by road, by rail, on water via the<br />

Kennet and Avon Canal and River Thames, by bike or on foot<br />


84 There are many ways to enjoy food and drink on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> from fine dining and cookery schools to<br />

vineyard tours and quaint tea rooms and cafés<br />


96 Stay overnight on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, whether on a<br />

romantic weekend away or a week-long adventure<br />

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Kirstine Bowen, Marketing and Communications Manager at Wiltshire<br />

Wildlife Trust, talks to us about her role and life on the way. From helping<br />

with fundraising projects protecting wildlife and habitats in Wiltshire (and<br />

beyond) to connecting people with nature and more sustainable living<br />

What do you love most about your job and Wiltshire<br />

Wildlife Trust?<br />

Sending out a press release about an important project the<br />

Trust is undertaking, which then gets picked up by local or<br />

national media is an incredible feeling.<br />

How did you get started in your career?<br />

I started my marketing career in the English language teaching<br />

sector and then the book publishing sector. However, my<br />

passion has always been for wildlife conservation and environmental<br />

causes, and so I made the decision last year to make a change.<br />

What’s a typical day like for you?<br />

I keep up-to-date on any projects my colleagues are working<br />

on and look for opportunities to get media coverage wherever<br />

possible. Most weeks, I’ll be writing press releases, arranging<br />

radio interviews, but no two days are ever the same.<br />

Are you a city, town or country person?<br />

I am definitely a country person, as I love to be out enjoying<br />

nature, going for walks and spotting wildlife. It can do wonders<br />

for my mental health.<br />

What does sustainable travel mean to you?<br />

<strong>Travel</strong>ling in a way that limits the negative impact on the local<br />

environment and the planet. I always prefer to walk or cycle if<br />

I’m travelling shorter distances and for long journeys, whenever<br />

possible, I enjoy taking the train.<br />

Describe your perfect adventure on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>?<br />

Combining some walking and wildlife spotting with some water<br />

sports. A weekend spent near the lakes in the north of Wiltshire<br />

sounds perfect to me. I would visit somewhere like Cotswold<br />

Water Park to do some kayaking, followed by a visit to Wiltshire<br />

Wildlife Trust’s Lower Moor nature reserve to get out in nature.<br />

If you could choose one must-visit attraction along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, what would it be and why?<br />

I would spend an afternoon exploring Wiltshire Wildlife<br />

Trust’s Lower Moor nature reserve. The reserve complex has<br />

three lakes, two brooks, ponds and wetland scrapes, all linked<br />

together by boardwalks, ancient hedges, woodland and<br />

meadows.<br />

What do you think will surprise first-time visitors about the<br />

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

There are so many interesting and beautiful places to discover!<br />

There are also lots of different activities to choose from too, to<br />

suit different tastes and budgets. I love the ‘Top 10’ lists on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> website, from the top 10 spectacular views to<br />

the top 10 short walks.<br />

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A look at the highlights and what’s new on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

Underground 18th century Vault rooms are<br />

unveiled at Hotel Indigo Bath<br />

Hotel Indigo Bath, set in a beautiful honey coloured<br />

Georgian Terrace, has recently opened its 18th century<br />

underground Vault rooms completing the final stage of<br />

its multi-million-pound major restoration project.<br />

The 18th century, Grade 1 listed building is the first<br />

global boutique hotel in Bath. The 12 Vault rooms are<br />

an amazing example of historical architecture and are<br />

both spacious and stunning in design. They feature<br />

exposed brickwork with soft lighting, timber finishing,<br />

vaulted bath stone ceilings, underfloor heating, and<br />

high-end crafted furniture. The rooms are equipped<br />

with a King-size Hypnos bed with luxury Egyptian<br />

cotton linen, a spa-inspired bathroom with roll-top<br />

bath and separate walk-in rainfall shower, a Nespresso<br />

coffee machine, high speed Wi-Fi and a variety of<br />

channels on a 43” flat screen TV. As well as ‘The<br />

Vaults’, there are 154 additional guest rooms designed<br />

around four beautiful themes reflecting the history and<br />

locality of Bath. These include ‘Romance & Mischief’<br />

rooms, ‘Literary Hideaway’ rooms, ‘Architectural<br />

Beauty’ rooms and ‘Garden’ rooms. The Vault rooms<br />

start from £299 per night for bed and breakfast.<br />

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We the Curious reopening<br />

We the Curious science museum had to close<br />

in April 2022 after a devastating fire on its roof.<br />

Repairs to resulting water damage are under way<br />

and the plans are to reopen in 2023. Brimming<br />

with exhibits to inspire your curiosity and home<br />

to the UK’s only 3D planetarium, We the Curious<br />

is the place to ask questions and get creative.<br />

Aerospace Bristol celebrate 20th anniversary of<br />

the last Concorde to ever fly in 2023<br />

Housed at Aerospace Bristol in a purpose-built hangar,<br />

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot was the last Concorde to be<br />

built and the last to fly – and next year the museum<br />

will be celebrating 20 years since her final flight in<br />

2003. The incredible story of Bristol’s amazing aviation<br />

achievements are told at Aerospace Bristol – and<br />

there's loads to discover – starting from the earliest<br />

days of powered flight, through to today’s cutting-edge<br />

aerospace technology. There's aeroplanes, helicopters,<br />

missiles, satellites, engines and more to see and lots<br />

of interactive exhibits for all ages. The highlight is<br />

the iconic Concorde. You’ll have the chance to step<br />

aboard the world's fastest passenger jet, glimpse into<br />

the cockpit, and walk through the passenger cabin to<br />

discover how Concorde passengers would travel in style.<br />

Plus, enjoy an amazing show projected on to the outside<br />

of the aeroplane. <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> visitors will find<br />

Aerospace Bristol just off the M5, near Cribbs Causeway,<br />

and with plenty of free parking.<br />

Roman Villa at The Newt, Somerset<br />

A short detour off the main route The Newt, a<br />

luxury hotel in Somerset, has opened a palatial<br />

Roman villa on its estate, reimagined to the<br />

original villa ruins found there. Visit the superb<br />

interactive museum before wandering through<br />

Villa Ventorum, with working Roman baths and<br />

formal dining room with frescoes of The Three<br />

Graces and intricate mosaics on the floor.<br />

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Best Boutique Spa in the UK<br />

The buzzing city of Bristol is home to the<br />

Aztec Hotel Spa, recent Good Spa awards<br />

2022 winner of the Best Boutique Spa in the<br />

UK. Visit for a spa day or an overnight break at<br />

the Aztec Hotel and take some time to enjoy<br />

the recently refurbished spa and brand new<br />

Relax Lounge. Other spa facilities include the<br />

beautiful sauna, hot tub, steam room and both<br />

a spa pool and swimming pool.<br />

Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat<br />

A short detour from the main <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route<br />

and construction of the eagerly anticipated Blenheim<br />

Palace Lodge Retreats have begun and are set to be<br />

completed and open for Easter 2023.<br />

The collection of one, two and three-bedroom luxury<br />

staycation lodges will offer a new way to experience<br />

Blenheim Palace, one of the UK’s most historic<br />

country estates.<br />

Situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace<br />

is one of England’s most popular and recognisable<br />

attractions. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough<br />

and his family, the 18th-century venue was the<br />

birthplace of legendary British prime minister Sir<br />

Winston Churchill and was designated a UNESCO<br />

World Heritage Site in 1987.<br />

Set beside the estate’s vast 2000-acre grounds and<br />

ideal for couples, friends and families, the lodges will<br />

come equipped with fully equipped kitchens, dining<br />

and living areas and will offer the perfect homeaway-from-home<br />

to enjoy a break in the Oxfordshire<br />

countryside.<br />

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photo - English Heritage<br />

Tour buses<br />

depart<br />

regularly from<br />

Salisbury<br />

City Centre<br />

& Salisbury<br />

Railway Station<br />

experience the<br />

magical &<br />

mysterious<br />

with our<br />

onboard commentary<br />

as we guide you through the<br />

glorious landscape.<br />

Tickets can be<br />

bought from<br />

the driver with<br />

cash<br />

or<br />

contactless<br />

or<br />

download<br />

the Salisbury Reds<br />

app<br />

seasonal prices apply as<br />

set by English Heritage<br />

Available in 10 languages<br />


Riverside Hotel, Salisbury<br />

Built in the 1800s by the Wort<br />

family, to whom the current<br />

owner’s father was an apprentice<br />

carpenter, the riverside property<br />

with cathedral views (previously<br />

Grasmere House Hotel) has been<br />

completely restored by new owners<br />

as a luxury 38-bedroom hotel.<br />

The official residences of His<br />

Majesty The King<br />

Windsor Castle and The Queen’s<br />

Gallery at Buckingham Palace have<br />

now reopened. The special displays at<br />

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle<br />

and the Palace of Holyroodhouse<br />

marking the Platinum Jubilee of<br />

Queen Elizabeth II remain closed.<br />

Leighton House reopens<br />

Leighton House, the remarkable<br />

studio-house of Victorian artist<br />

and former President of the Royal<br />

Academy, Frederic, Lord Leighton<br />

has reopened to the public following<br />

a major redevelopment. Situated<br />

in Holland Park, Kensington on the<br />

east side of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

The ultimate party<br />

house, Wiltshire<br />

Situated on the edge of the pretty<br />

village of Kington Langley, Kin<br />

House is a super-luxe 12-bedroom<br />

Grade II listed house is set within<br />

walled gardens and private woodland<br />

and has been sensitively restored<br />

to its former glory. There are three<br />

lounges and a bar (named the Fitz<br />

Bar after Kington Langley’s original<br />

Medieval alias, Langley Fitzurse),<br />

and a talented in-house team of<br />

chefs. Prices from £12,500 per night.<br />

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If sustainable tourism is important to you then you will be<br />

pleased to know the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is the perfect option for<br />

a more environmentally responsible holiday. Plan your <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> adventure with a carbon friendly footprint in mind,<br />

from the way you travel to the places you visit on the way<br />

Words | Samantha Campbell<br />

Help achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier<br />

world for us, our families and future<br />

generations by staying in eco-friendly<br />

locations and visiting eco-conscious<br />

venues with award-winning green practices along<br />

the route. Offset your environmental footprint<br />

by leaving the car at home, hiring an electric bike<br />

or perhaps taking a cruise on a horse drawn trip<br />

along the Kennet and Avon Canal instead.<br />

Dine in a restaurant with Michelin Green Star<br />

status and enjoy a night under the stars wild<br />

glamping in an eco-friendly shepherds hut or<br />

stay in a cosy carbon neutral farm cottage with<br />

countryside views.<br />

Hotels are now striving to reduce emissions<br />

and become more sustainable, from achieving<br />

zero food waste and removing single-use plastics<br />

from guest rooms to winning sustainability<br />

awards. Plus, there are a wealth of eco-friendly<br />

destinations, attractions and restaurants along<br />

the route to discover, not to mention greener<br />

ways to get there. It is now easier than ever to<br />

plan your journey more eco-consciously. So, for a<br />

travel experience that not only leaves you feeling<br />

fulfilled but has a positive impact on the planet,<br />

we hope you enjoy our selection of outstanding<br />

sustainable businesses along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

<strong>Way</strong>s to travel sustainably<br />

Perhaps one of the biggest impacts on our plant<br />

is the way we choose to get from A to B. Many<br />

hotels and accommodation providers have<br />

electric-car charging points if you are travelling<br />

by electric car. Alternatively, you might decide to<br />

plan your entire journey using public transport.<br />

Getting about by bike, foot, boat and train is<br />

made easy on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> thanks to the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway, the River Thames, the →<br />

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Did you know?<br />

If every person<br />

in <strong>Great</strong> Britain<br />

switched just over<br />

one car trip to bus<br />

or coach per month<br />

each year (13 per<br />

year) by 2030 it<br />

would create a<br />

cumulative reduction<br />

of 2 million tons of<br />

C02e.<br />

Kennet and Avon Canal, and a magnitude of foot and cycle<br />

paths. Arrive at any of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s cities by train,<br />

and wander on foot to explore at your own speed, or hire a<br />

bike for the day to whizz around town seeing all the sights.<br />

In Bristol, you can even hop on a bicycle-for-two with<br />

Bristol Tandem Hire. If you fancy taking a cycle ride between<br />

some of the cities on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, the 13-mile<br />

Railway Path between Bristol and Bath offers a flat, easy ride<br />

away from the roads.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway runs throughout the touring<br />

route, stopping at cities like Bristol, Bath and London, as<br />

well as some of the area’s major towns including Reading,<br />

Windsor and Swindon. There are also convenient rail links to<br />

nearby cities Salisbury and Gloucester, which are just off the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. You can use our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer<br />

pass for unlimited off-peak train and bus travel to make life<br />

even easier, with options from £139 for a seven-day pass.<br />

Bristol Airport has also been recently recognised for its<br />

sustainability efforts, winning the Eco-Innovation Award<br />

for the easyJet low emissions initiative – a step towards<br />

becoming one of the UK's most sustainable airports.<br />

And you can’t get much greener than travelling by horsedrawn<br />

boat! The Kennet Horse Boat Company operate from<br />

Easter to the end of September, and you can just hop on<br />

when they have spare seats – or book a barge by charter.<br />

At the east side of the route you can enjoy a delightful<br />

electric boat cruise along the River Thames with Pure<br />

Boating. Surrounded by abundant beautiful unspoilt scenery<br />

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“Surrounded by abundant beautiful unspoilt scenery and natural<br />

beauty, their fully electric fleet is perfect for spotting the occasional<br />

kingfisher or heron, without a noisy, smelly petrol or diesel engine.”<br />

Pictured left to right: The Kennet Horse Boat Company horse drawn<br />

boat along the Kennet & Avon Canal; Pure Boating's fully electric fleet<br />

and natural beauty, their fully electric fleet is perfect for<br />

spotting the occasional kingfisher or heron, without a<br />

noisy, smelly petrol or diesel engine.<br />

Buses are another way to help ease congestion and<br />

improve air quality. Just one double decker bus has<br />

the potential to take 75 cars off the road. Go South<br />

Coast have three fully electric zero emission vehicles<br />

collecting visitors from Salisbury Park and Ride sites.<br />

Plus, there are multiple coach services between London<br />

and Bristol by companies including National Express,<br />

Megabus, Stagecoach and Eurolines.<br />

You could take in the route on a private coach<br />

tour, from the royal sights of Windsor to the charming<br />

villages of the Cotswolds – many of these depart from<br />

central London. You’ll also find coach connections to<br />

other cities and towns along the touring route from<br />

London Victoria, including Marlow, Reading, Swindon,<br />

Chippenham, Bath and more.<br />

Towns, villages and cities<br />

Destinations along the route are improving their<br />

shopping high streets and popular visitor districts in<br />

innovative environmentally conscious ways.<br />

Henley have just hosted their Big Green<br />

Week event for local businesses to promote their<br />

sustainable products – and in an effort towards<br />

becoming 100% Net Zero the towns park vehicles<br />

are moving across to a greener fuel source of →<br />

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hydrotreated vegetable oil. They are offering sustainability<br />

advice for market stallholders and recently hosted a seminar<br />

on green tactics at the local Town Hall.<br />

In the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead they are<br />

reducing the need for carbon intensive travel by encouraging<br />

walking and cycling, investing in digital infrastructure,<br />

protecting and enhancing their natural environment and<br />

aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.<br />

Marlborough have encouraged businesses in the town,<br />

including Bunces, The Parade Cinema and Slate Hill Charcoal,<br />

to sign a ‘Business Green Pledge’ to switch to cleaner<br />

products, to collect rainwater for using on plants, promote<br />

the use of biochar as a carbon negative soil improver, and<br />

offer discounts for customers bringing bottles and growlers<br />

(big refillable flasks) in for refills.<br />

Local producers are stocked on the high street, hotels<br />

and restaurants in Malmesbury, and green adventures at the<br />

internationally famous <strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum are close by. With<br />

its beautiful ancient hilltop town surrounded by picturesque<br />

rivers and countryside visitors are reminded of the benefits<br />

and importance of a greener more sustainable way of living.<br />

In Calne you will see many perennials planted to bring<br />

more biodiversity to the town. The National Cycle Network<br />

passes through Calne and the centre will soon have bike<br />

chargers accessible to visitors.<br />

As you travel through the cities of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

you will discover all kinds of exciting eco initiatives too.<br />

Bristol is often regarded as the 'greenest' city in the UK,<br />

having been the first city in the UK to win the 'European<br />

Green Capital' award in 2015, as well as being named the<br />

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UK's first official Cycling City. Here you will find a<br />

thriving sustainability movement, from zero-refill<br />

shops to electric scooters for hire, and local awardwinning<br />

pie company Pieminister's ‘eat pies, plant<br />

trees’ scheme.<br />

Just down the road in Bath, a clean-air zone<br />

has recently been introduced to reduce fumes and<br />

emissions in the city. Bath was built on England’s only<br />

natural thermal springs, and if you visit Thermae Bath<br />

Spa or Gainsborough Bath Spa you can enjoy these<br />

naturally heated waters for yourself – lovely and<br />

warm without the need for any non-renewables to<br />

heat them.<br />

Attractions and museums<br />

If you’re a lover of nature, you’ll be keen to discover<br />

some of the conservation charities and nature reserves<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> which are working hard to<br />

protect biodiversity and wildlife.<br />

While many of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s nature<br />

reserves are found in the quiet of the countryside,<br />

our cities have some surprising offers. WWT London<br />

Wetland Centre on the west of London is a huge awardwinning<br />

nature reserve.<br />

Providing safe haven from wildlife of all kins –<br />

birds, bats, amphibians and more – London’s first<br />

large-scale, man-made, inner city wetland reserve is<br />

well worth a visit.<br />

At the other end of the touring route, visit the<br />

University Of Bristol Botanic Garden to see their huge<br />

variety of cultivated plants; the five-acre site is home<br />

to around 4,500 plant species.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> has its fair share of ecofriendly<br />

farms too, which you could argue have had a<br />

head start on most when it comes to adapting to be<br />

more socially and environmentally aware.<br />

The Farm at Avebury produce more energy than<br />

they consume, including their holiday lets, from their<br />

solar panels and they don’t use any fossil fuels for<br />

heating thanks to air source heat pumps. On the farm,<br />

they work with The Small Robot Company who are at<br />

the forefront of agricultural sustainability, increasing<br />

productivity whilst protecting soil health, water<br />

quality and biodiversity – and over the last 10 years<br />

they have planted thousands of trees. They sell their<br />

produce locally and to guests, with all their food being<br />

grown within one mile of the farm.<br />

Visit Roves Farm in Swindon and you will see<br />

their sheep and hens grazing the grass beneath solar<br />

farm panels – accounting for almost 40% of their<br />

electricity required to run their 400-acre estate. Plus,<br />

they use wood chip biomass boilers heating the visitor<br />

centre during the colder months.<br />

They produce all of their own beef, lamb and<br />

pork on the farm, including supplying their café with<br />

handmade sausages, beef burgers and mince. →<br />

Pictured left to right: Clifton Suspension Bridge,<br />

Bristol; Rams at The Farm at Avebury, Beckhampton<br />

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“The Wave inland surf destination<br />

use solar thermal panels to<br />

pre-heat their water and have<br />

plans to plant 16,000 trees...”<br />

Within their Farm Shop, meat is prepared and sold in their<br />

own Butchery, and they also offer ‘Roves Refills’, a zerowaste<br />

pantry with pasta, beans, pulses, nuts, oil, fruit,<br />

grains, seeds, chocolate and sweets all without unnecessary<br />

packaging – you simply bring your own containers from<br />

home (or buy reusable ones from the shop).<br />

Fresh whole and semi-skimmed milk can be dispensed<br />

from the ‘Moo Station’ straight into glass bottles or cartons<br />

brought from home, reducing single use plastic whilst also<br />

supporting local dairy farmers.<br />

Major attractions along the route are doing their bit<br />

as well. Blenheim is leading the way with a ‘Gold’ Green<br />

Tourism award rating the palace within the top 5% greenest<br />

attractions in the UK. Stonehenge has launched a new fleet<br />

of green shuttle buses to take visitors to see the stones, and<br />

the visitor centre is not connected to a mains water supply;<br />

instead, water is drawn from a borehole. The land around<br />

the visitor centre and stone circle is maintained as chalk<br />

grassland meaning it is not improved with products such as<br />

fertilisers but instead cut and cleared once a year. They are<br />

maximising recycling with zero waste going to landfill.<br />

In the Stonehenge gift shop they stock products made<br />

and sourced locally including honey from Salisbury Plain,<br />

wine from Lyme Bay and a Christmas card range using cornstarch<br />

biodegradable bags and sustainably sourced board<br />

and envelopes.<br />

The Roman Baths and Pump Room are working on an<br />

innovative scheme to harvest heat from the naturally hot spa<br />

water to use it to heat their buildings. Sixteen three-metrelong<br />

energy exchange blades have been inserted into the<br />

King’s Bath, and a new plant room is being created beneath<br />

the street. The idea is that heat from the King’s Spring will be<br />

used to heat the Roman Baths and Pump Room, as well as<br />

the new Bath World Heritage Centre and Roman Baths Clore<br />

Learning Centre.<br />

The historic landscapes of Hampton Court Palace<br />

and Kensington Palace support a wide range of wildlife<br />

communities and projects to conserve biodiversity at the<br />

royal palaces, and where possible they have created new<br />

habitats or enhance existing ones to encourage local wildlife<br />

to flourish.<br />

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Hampshire was<br />

awarded the prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design<br />

in 2014 – they have a biomass boiler providing heat and hot<br />

water using local, sustainably sourced wood chips as a fuel<br />

source and a hydroelectric turbine in the River Test, giving<br />

carbon savings of 38% and providing renewable and low<br />

carbon energy.<br />

SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain, Bristol have reduced their energy<br />

consumption of the pioneering conservation system which<br />

protects the ship’s fragile iron hull by 25% – part of their<br />

commitment to become carbon neutral in our operations<br />

by 2030. Also in Bristol, The Wave inland surf destination<br />

use solar thermal panels to pre-heat their water and have<br />

plans to plant 16,000 trees and 13 acres of wildflower<br />

meadowland, while Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park<br />

have 265 solar panels placed on their roof generating 90%<br />

of their power, and they are working with <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Recycling Ltd which means they have zero waste to landfill.<br />

The Museum of English Rural Life and Reading<br />

Museum are launching a new campaign called 'Our Green<br />

Stories' which draws on the collections of both museums<br />

highlighting and engaging visitors and local people with<br />

environmental issues.<br />

Chippenham Museum has been engaging people around<br />

issues of climate change through an exhibition display<br />

exploring the local landscape through imagery and a series<br />

of interviews with the local community about their climate<br />

concerns.<br />

At the Jane Austen Museum, Bath they have switched<br />

to LED lights throughout the building, use a fully renewable<br />

electricity provider and have plans for solar panels on their<br />

roof and at Maidenhead Heritage Museum they have just<br />

started to stock a range of eco-friendly, sustainable products<br />

from Wild & Stone in their shop.<br />

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Pictured above to right: The Wave; Bristol; Roman Baths,<br />

The Sacred Spring<br />

The REME Museum are creating a wildflower and sensory<br />

garden in their grounds, designed to keep environmental<br />

impacts to a minimum. The wildflowers are species<br />

commonly found in Wiltshire, while the vegetables grown in<br />

the allotment will be used by the museum’s café.<br />

And although you can’t visit the factory, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> is proud to be home to the Birchall Tea Factory – the<br />

only wholly solar-powered tea factory in the UK and the first<br />

tea company in the world to be entirely Carbon Neutral.<br />

Located in Amesbury, the factory generates more electricity<br />

than they use with 460 rooftop solar panels. Discover their<br />

award-winning <strong>Great</strong> Rift Breakfast Tea stocked in a number<br />

of restaurants and cafes along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route. →<br />

Insider Tip<br />

Enjoy greener travel by cycling, walking or<br />

riding along the new Pewsey Vale Circular<br />

<strong>Way</strong> – a 77 mile marked route (72 mile cycling),<br />

with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart. Dramatic<br />

downland, secluded woodland, sweeping<br />

valleys and the Kennet & Avon Canal provide a<br />

rich variety of landscapes for the walker, rider<br />

or cyclist to enjoy.<br />

▶ Click here to download the the Circular <strong>Way</strong><br />

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“The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is proud to have three restaurants<br />

with Michelin Green Star status – an award designed to recognise<br />

restaurants offering dining experiences combining culinary<br />

excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments.”<br />

Eco-friendly hotels and restaurants<br />

Many hotels along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route are now ecocertified,<br />

achieved by performing zero food waste, using<br />

biodegradable packaging, and focusing on local produce.<br />

There are too many to mention them all, but in Bath they<br />

include the DoubleTree by Hilton, Apex City of Bath Hotel, and<br />

The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa. There are at least five in<br />

Bristol to include The Bristol Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Hilton<br />

Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hampton by Hilton<br />

in Bristol. There's also the DoubleTree by Hilton in Swindon,<br />

Homestay Reading and many more.<br />

Pioneering in the sustainability is Whatley Manor in<br />

Malmesbury. They have recently been awarded a Silver<br />

accreditation by EarthCheck and were amongst the first 23 UK<br />

properties to be awarded a Green Michelin Star recognising<br />

sustainable gastronomy.<br />

These awards have not been without hard work from the<br />

dedicated team, whose best practices include sourcing organic<br />

beef from their farmer next door; coffee ground logs for their<br />

indoor fires; building a Bird Hide from upcycled materials sited<br />

by the river; employing a zero-use policy of single-use plastics<br />

in guest rooms; having a paperless account office, and reducing<br />

their fresh flower points replacing them with rooted plants.<br />

Danesfield House Hotel & Spa have employed a ‘green<br />

team’ to help the business move towards sustainability,<br />

climate change measures and efforts to save the planet.<br />

Measures include LED lighting and only running their garden<br />

water features at the weekends.<br />

And small changes are making a significant difference at<br />

Wiltshire Inn’s, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon and The Old<br />

Bell, Warminster. As well as recycling with no waste going to<br />

landfill they have invested in their own water bottling system<br />

for still and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles in the<br />

bedrooms. They recycle coffee beans into coffee logs to be<br />

used on log fires, have ‘one cup kettles’ to produce instant hot<br />

water on demand and encourage their guests to explore the<br />

local attractions by bicycle or on foot by providing information<br />

on walks, cycle routes and cycle hire at reception.<br />

We all know that in catering there can be a huge amount<br />

of waste, but many of the restaurants on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

are achieving zero food waste going into landfill.<br />

Vaughan’s Kitchen in Devises is one example. They even<br />

use ‘vegware’ packaging made from plants – a system saves<br />

around a tonne of waste which would otherwise be going to<br />

landfill each month.<br />

The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is proud to have three restaurants<br />

with Michelin Green Star status – an award designed<br />

to recognise restaurants offering dining experiences<br />

combining culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly<br />

commitments: Oak Restaurant, Bath; The Dining Room at<br />

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Whatley Manor, Malmesbury; and Wilsons, Bristol.<br />

There are just 31 restaurants across England, Scotland,<br />

Wales and Ireland awarded a new Green Star award in<br />

total. Just a short detour from the route: Heckfield Place,<br />

Hampshire; Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, <strong>Great</strong><br />

Milton; and Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, have also<br />

made it onto the Green Star list.<br />

There are many other eco-certified restaurants along the<br />

route, perhaps on their way to the prestigious Green Star<br />

award, some of our favourites include: Wilding, Salisbury;<br />

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, Tisbury; Honest Burgers in<br />

Windsor, Reading and Bristol; and The Elder Restaurant, Bath.<br />

Pictured left to right: The Dining Room at Whatley Manor; Festive<br />

treats; Kitchen Garden at Whatley Manor Hotel<br />

Click here to find out more<br />

about sustainable tourism<br />

and eco-friendly holidays on<br />

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Get away from the crowds and wander through England’s beautiful<br />

landscapes full of interesting wildlife. There are many open spaces and<br />

beautiful countryside to enjoy along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route, ideal for<br />

walking, cycling, or even horse-riding amidst the wildlife<br />

Words | Lucy Bond<br />

As you travel between Bristol and London you will be<br />

spoilt for choice spotting wildlife; the route is lined<br />

with open countryside, picturesque woodlands,<br />

rolling hills, nature reserves and glorious gardens.<br />

WWT London Wetland Centre<br />

A unique, man-made inner city nature reserve, the WWT<br />

London Wetland Centre is a haven of wide, open spaces<br />

full of wetland nature. Birds, bats, water voles, otters and<br />

amphibians make their home in the reserve's wetland<br />

habitats. Stretch your legs and see which creatures you can<br />

spot as you walk between the meadows, lakes and pools. The<br />

London Wetland Centre is the ideal spot to find some peace<br />

and quiet during the London stretch of your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

adventure.<br />

Arnos Vale Cemetery<br />

Arnos Vale is a unique green, open space to enjoy in the heart<br />

of Bristol; a 45-acre Victorian Garden Cemetery. Discover<br />

fascinating nature walks, peaceful green spaces and nearly<br />

200 years of history and heritage at Arnos Vale. Follow one<br />

of the self-guided walks around the site and look out for wild<br />

flowers and wildlife. →<br />

Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve<br />

Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve in North Wiltshire is a haven<br />

of wildlife, nature and calmness. Once a former military<br />

airfield, the site is now run by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust who<br />

are restoring it to wildlife-rich hay meadow. Expect to<br />

see summer wildflowers surrounded by butterflies and<br />

dragonflies. The grassland of the nature reserve is also home<br />

to brown hare, roe deer, kestrel, skylarks and if you’re lucky<br />

enough to see them, tawny owls.<br />

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The North Wessex Downs<br />

Officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty, the North Wessex Downs covers nearly 700 square<br />

miles and encompasses parts of Berkshire, Hampshire,<br />

Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. If you're looking for wide horizons<br />

and quiet walks where you can stretch your legs, enjoy<br />

classic English countryside views, and feel your troubles float<br />

away – the North Wessex Downs is a good choice. Situated<br />

in the centre of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route, the countryside of<br />

the North Wessex Downs ranges from heaths to river valleys<br />

and ancient woodland to arable farmland.<br />

Cotswold Water Park<br />

Slightly north of the main <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route, where<br />

Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire meet, you will<br />

find the Cotswold Water Park. Here there are 150 tranquil<br />

lakes interspersed with peaceful countryside. There are miles<br />

of off-road paths to explore on foot or by bike, and lots of<br />

wildlife to spot, including a huge variety of migrating birds.<br />

While some of the lakes are devoted to leisure pursuits, like<br />

boating and wakeboarding, others are designated nature<br />

reserves. Cleveland Lakes for example, home to otters, water<br />

voles, lapwings, teals and tufted ducks.<br />

Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park<br />

At nearly 30 square kilometres, Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park is the<br />

largest public park in the whole of the UK. Which means<br />

that while this is a popular location with visitors and locals,<br />

there’s plenty of space to stretch your legs and get away<br />

from the crowds. From ancient forest to sweeping parkland<br />

to formal gardens, there's lots to discover in Windsor <strong>Great</strong><br />

Park. Walk along the shore of Virginia Water for impressive<br />

views of the lake and waterfall, spot the red deer that roam<br />

through the deer park enclosure, or admire hilltop views of<br />

Windsor Castle.<br />

“If you're looking for wide horizons... classic English countryside<br />

views...the North Wessex Downs is a good choice.”<br />

Trooper’s Hill<br />

Cities need sanctuaries for nature and wildlife too. In<br />

Bristol, a local favourite is Trooper’s Hill. Tucked away amid<br />

a housing estate behind the River Avon, its acidic soils –<br />

unusual in Bristol – support a blaze of bright yellow gorse in<br />

early summer and hot pink heather in late summer. It also<br />

attracts a dazzling array of bird species including whitethroat,<br />

willow warblers, goldcrests, long-tailed tits and even green<br />

woodpeckers. There are excellent views of the city from this<br />

hilltop hideaway, too, best appreciated in the warm glow of<br />

sunrise or sunset.<br />

<strong>West</strong> Woods<br />

Come spring time these beautiful beech woods just outside<br />

Marlborough put on a spectacular display of bluebells, a<br />

quintessential British scene. Take along your camera for<br />

some souvenir shots or just take it all in via your senses – the<br />

delicate perfume, the flutter of the tree canopy overhead, the<br />

carpet of colour before you. The bluebells are at their best<br />

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Did you know?<br />

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

is home to many<br />

zoos and wildlife<br />

parks – so whether<br />

your favourite animal<br />

is a monkey, lion<br />

or a giraffe, you’re<br />

guaranteed a great<br />

day out. Don't miss<br />

Longleat, the home<br />

to England’s only<br />

Koalas, and spotting<br />

rare breads at Avon<br />

Valley Wildlife Park<br />

and children can<br />

get behind-thescenes<br />

access to a<br />

fascinating range of<br />

animals at Noah’s<br />

Ark Zoo Farm.<br />

here at the end of April, beginning of May, but there’s always<br />

other pretty plants and wildflowers to see, like primroses<br />

with their mellow yellow petals and sweet scent. Good to<br />

know: If you’re looking for more nature-based things to do in<br />

Marlborough, Stonebridge Wild River Reserve is a nice water<br />

meadow nearby.<br />

Pictured previous page: Roe deer; Comma Butterfly Clockwise from<br />

above: Horses in the North Wessex Downs; Noah's Ark Zoo Farm; Lamb;<br />

Bird watching through binoculars Next page left to right:<br />

Otter; Roe Deer Swimming Lower Moor Farm; London Wetland Centre<br />

Lydiard Park<br />

Snowdrops, which often poke their dainty heads above<br />

ground amid the freeze of January, are one of the highlights<br />

of a British winter. There are many places to see them along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, including the 260-acre parkland of<br />

this striking Palladian house near Swindon. There’s also a<br />

walled garden where you can see some more curated spring<br />

plantings including a 17th-century variety of jewel-like tulips.<br />

In summer, the beds are full of traditional English flowers<br />

such as roses and sweet peas. Top tip: Keep an eye on the<br />

Lydiard Park events pages as they sometimes run botanicalthemed<br />

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Take your<br />

time on the<br />

Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal

“Among more than 400 plants<br />

you’ll find bee orchids,<br />

pyramidal orchids and even<br />

monkey orchids, which are<br />

extremely rare in the UK.”<br />

Jones’s Mill<br />

Boardwalks traverse this enchanting fen in Pewsey, flooded<br />

through by the Salisbury Avon. Once farmed for watercress,<br />

it’s now a haven for animals who like getting wet such as<br />

water voles and occasionally water shrews. It’s also a prime<br />

place to spot blue-green kingfishers swooping low over<br />

the water to find fish to feed on. You’re also likely to see<br />

heron, with their long legs and beaks. For the most colourful<br />

displays of flora and fauna, visit in spring and summer – see<br />

if you can identify water avens, sometimes referred to as<br />

chocolate root. Their purply-orange, nodding flowers attract<br />

a flurry of dragonflies, bumble bees and butterflies.<br />

Hartslock Reserve<br />

As well as terrific River Thames views, the chalk grasslands<br />

of this reserve near Reading are fertile ground for a diverse<br />

collection of wild orchids. Among more than 400 plants<br />

you’ll find bee orchids, pyramidal orchids and even monkey<br />

orchids, which are extremely rare in the UK. Seen on a<br />

summer’s day, with chalkhill blue and green hairstreak<br />

butterflies fluttering among them, it’s hard to imagine a<br />

prettier site. Other highlights: watch magnificent red kites<br />

overhead and visit in July to see meadows full of marjoram.<br />

Richmond Park<br />

If you’re visiting Kew Gardens, don’t miss nearby Richmond<br />

Park. It’s the largest of the eight Royal Parks, a National<br />

Nature Reserve and one of London’s most scenic spots. It’s<br />

most famous for its hundreds of red and fallow deer that<br />

roam the parkland, but it has plenty more to recommend it.<br />

Ancient oak trees, for one – some thought to date back to the<br />

time of the Magna Carta. Precious species of bats, birds and<br />

beetles are also found here, including the endangered stag<br />

beetle. Stop at the park’s highest point, Pembroke Lodge, for<br />

Thames Valley views and a delicious cream tea.<br />

Winterbourne Downs<br />

A little south of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, near Salisbury, you’ll<br />

find Winterbourne Downs, an RSPB site that seasoned<br />

birders as well as beginners will love. Linnets, corn buntings,<br />

yellowhammers and stone curlews are frequently spotted<br />

here. If you visit early on a spring morning you might hear<br />

the mesmerising dawn chorus of the skylarks. In summer,<br />

take a picnic and feast on views of wildflower meadows and<br />

gently rolling Wiltshire hills. Winter meanwhile is a fine time<br />

for some serious bird watching, as fluffed-up feathers are<br />

more visible on bare branches, plus buzzards, red kites and<br />

possibly peregrine falcons often fly into view.<br />

Folly Farm<br />

Just south of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, in between Bristol and<br />

Bath, lies Avon Valley Wildlife Trust’s 250-acre reserve. It’s an<br />

ideal spot for a nature walk, with timeless Somerset views of<br />

the Mendips, Chew Valley Lake and traditionally-managed<br />

meadows. Its wooded paths also make it a great place to<br />

watch the leaves turn auburn and gold in the autumn (and<br />

there might be some plump blackberries ready for picking<br />

on the brambles too). There’s also an access-for-all trail,<br />

complete with badger-viewing platform.<br />

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ON THE WAY<br />

Slow down, fill your boots and quench your thirst while enjoying the<br />

thriving trend of alco-tourism – with plenty of places along the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> to learn the crafts behind some delicious homegrown tipples.<br />

Words | Susan Wright<br />

With so many impressive drink establishments<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route, from beer<br />

and real ales to wine and spirits, you could base<br />

your entire journey – east to west or west to<br />

east – learning the crafts behind some of the finest beverages<br />

in southern England, while also sampling a few along the<br />

way too. Here are some of the best distilleries, breweries and<br />

vineyards you can visit along the way.<br />

Breweries<br />

Beer has been brewed in this area of England for thousands<br />

of years. Many delicious craft beers, IPAs and real ales are<br />

still produced right here on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. From tiny<br />

microbreweries with their own taprooms to <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> institutions like Wadworth Brewery and <strong>West</strong> Berkshire<br />

Brewery, there are lots of opportunities to try our local beers.<br />

Before you leave London learn what goes into making<br />

Fuller's ales taste so good at the Griffin Brewery, or for live<br />

music and cocktails pop into The Tap on the Line, Kew on the<br />

second Thursday of the month. For a night of jazz Fuller's host<br />

a different trio or quartet at The Old Fish Market, Bristol on<br />

Sunday evenings.<br />

One of the oldest steam breweries still in existence and<br />

one of the finest examples of a Victorian steam brewery<br />

anywhere in the world, Arkell's Brewery is a fully-functioning<br />

brewery today and Swindon's oldest established company.<br />

The ten-acre site is located in Kingsdown on the outskirts<br />

of the town behind the original Kingsdown Inn. Actual tours<br />

of the site are very limited and usually by invitation only,<br />

however you can enjoy a virtual tour from the link here. You<br />

can also visit many Arkell's along the route including The<br />

Cross Keys in Newbury, The Downgate in Hungerford and The<br />

Lansdowne in Calne.<br />

At Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre you can sample the<br />

delights and learn about the traditional brewing methods used<br />

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Wadworth Brewery Left to right: Lavestoke Mill Bombay<br />

Sapphire; Abbey Hotel, Bath Art Bar Cocktails<br />

through their exhibition before reaching the sample bar where<br />

there are traditional pub games and five cask ales on draught.<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery is an independent brewery<br />

nestled in the heart of Berkshire with over 23 years of brewing<br />

experience. With a new state of the art brewery and packaging<br />

line they are the proud producers of many traditional cask ales<br />

and innovative craft beers.<br />

The Flying Monk Brewery is a forward-thinking brewery<br />

based at Hullavington, near Malmesbury, is focused on<br />

producing great beer for the local area - as well as offering a<br />

unique Cafe & Tap in a 200 year-old Cotswold stone barn, with<br />

a breakfast and lunch menu.<br />

Bristol is also one of the UK’s leading craft beer destinations<br />

and is brimming with brilliant breweries. Head to a local<br />

brewery to sample the delights of real, local English beers<br />

and learn about the history of this ubiquitous English drink.<br />

Distilleries<br />

Bombay Sapphire Distillery is based at Laverstoke Mill in<br />

rural Hampshire, just 15 miles from Winchester and 60<br />

miles from London, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery is in a<br />

conservation area with over 1000 years of history.<br />

For over 225 years, the Victorian and Georgian buildings<br />

set astride the crystal-clear River Test produced bank note<br />

paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire. Now,<br />

Laverstoke Mill is a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery,<br />

which produces every drop of Bombay Sapphire gin enjoyed<br />

from around the globe.<br />

The distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind<br />

Bombay Sapphire, and allows you to discover the flavours of<br />

the botanicals which make Bombay Sapphire gin so unique.<br />

Start your experience with a trip to the Turbine Bar to choose<br />

a Bombay gin to make a gin and tonic before heading to the<br />

cinema room to be immersed in all things Bombay Sapphire<br />

in preparation for a tour of Laverstoke Mill.<br />

Learn about the ten botanicals which make Bombay<br />

Sapphire so exquisite in the iconic glasshouses designed by<br />

Thomas Heatherwick, chart hundreds of years of Laverstoke<br />

Mill’s illustrious history, married with the fascinating heritage<br />

of gin and Bombay Sapphire and uncover the secrets of<br />

Bombay Sapphire’s unique vapour-infusion distillation process.<br />

Enjoy classic rum cocktails and learn of their colourful<br />

histories at the Bristol Rum Distillery. Learn about new ways<br />

to understand rum, and approach the spirit through fresh<br />

informed eyes while also being entertained with rum’s rags<br />

to riches story. Before you go, choose your own rum from<br />

over 40 types made at the school, then spice and re-distil<br />

your own 70cl bottle, including naming your rum with a<br />

personalised label and waxing the top.<br />

Learn more about Bath gin at The Bath Distillery located<br />

on Queen Street in the heart of Bath’s city centre (just<br />

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Left to right: Enjoying the tour at a'Beckett's<br />

Vineyard; a'Beckett's Vineyard

“Take a vineyard tour or attend a wine<br />

sampling session and you'll see for<br />

yourself why English wines are winning<br />

prestigious international awards...”<br />

Roman Baths). Bath gin is distilled using eleven of the finest botanicals from across<br />

the world, including bitter orange, kaffir lime leaf and English coriander. Floral,<br />

exotic citrus and deep spice notes are followed by a mild sweetness, creating a light,<br />

aromatic and balanced gin.<br />

There's also the delightful (and tiny!) distillery Scout & Sage to visit in the village<br />

of Semington, Wiltshire. Join a master class and sip a delicious Scout & Sage G&T<br />

crafted using a tradional hand made copper pot still named Maud. Hear all about the<br />

history of gin, how it’s made and the process they use. There’s a tasting session of<br />

three Scout & Sage Gins and a Scout & Sage Gin cocktail – before making a shot of<br />

your very own gin from pre-distilled botanicals.<br />

Vineyards<br />

The chalk soils and temperate climate of the south of England are perfect for creating<br />

crisp, white, bubbly wines. Take a vineyard tour or attend a wine sampling session and<br />

you'll see for yourself why English wines are winning prestigious international awards.<br />

Discover the local wines of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> with a tour and tasting at Alder<br />

Ridge Vineyard, nestled into the chalky slopes of the North Wessex Downs between<br />

Hungerford and Marlborough. A'Beckett's Vineyard near Devzies also offer wine tastings<br />

and walks around their impressive 20-acre site.<br />

Bluestone Vineyards based just outside of Salisbury run morning and evening<br />

walking and wine tasting tours with one of their resident experts, Nat or Jack. Following<br />

an in-depth stroll around the vineyards learning about growing grapes in the UK, the<br />

challenges, and what it takes to produce high quality English sparkling wines, you’ll<br />

then be wowed with an expertly tutored wine tasting of four wines; two of Bluestone’s<br />

sparkling and two local still wines.<br />

Aldwick is a 300-acre family-run farm nestled serenely beneath the northern<br />

slopes of the famous Mendip Hills - the largest vineyard in Somerset. The team on the<br />

estate are devoted to producing quality wine and offer tours of their 11 acres of grape<br />

vines. Witness the development of grapes from which their wine will be made before<br />

sampling a selection of their available vintages.<br />

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A journey along the route takes the traveller past some of<br />

England’s most spectacular palaces and historic houses – a chance to<br />

admire outstanding examples of architecture, art and landscape<br />

design, and discover how different people have lived throughout history

There are over 30 National Trust properties alone<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route, such as Cliveden,<br />

Mompesson House, Montacute House and Runnymede,<br />

the site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, to name<br />

but a few. Almost before you leave London, you pass the<br />

royal palaces at Kew, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle, the<br />

oldest occupied castle in the World.<br />

Then further west as the countryside opens up, and the<br />

landscape is scattered with an array of stately homes, two<br />

further castles, Highclere and Berkeley, and with many of<br />

these properties still owned by the aristocratic families who<br />

first built them. Wander <strong>Great</strong> Halls hung with tapestries, feel<br />

the heat of a Tudor kitchen, admire the craftsmanship of an<br />

elaborately carved 4-poster bed... or plan your visit during the<br />

festive season and join a Christmas wreath making masterclass<br />

or magical light trail. Whether you’re about to set off, or you’re<br />

looking ahead to your next holiday we hope you feel inspired<br />

by our selection of houses and gardens you must visit.<br />

American Museum & Gardens, Bath<br />

Housed in a fine Georgian manor house with outstanding<br />

views over the Limpley Stoke Valley on the edge of Bath, the<br />

American Museum takes you on a journey through American<br />

history, with its remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts<br />

and cultural objects. The only museum of Americana outside<br />

of the United States, it was founded to bring American history<br />

and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. There are<br />

winding paths and woodlands to enjoy in The New American<br />

Garden, Mount Vernon Garden, and The Children’s Garden<br />

play area. Visit during the festive season (1 to 31 December)<br />

for a sparkling trail of illuminations in a magical after-dark<br />

adventure which will emblazon the entire house, gardens and<br />

woodland in glorious colour.<br />

Apsley House<br />

Standing in the heart of London, Apsley House is the former<br />

home of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, victor of<br />

Waterloo. Designed and built by Robert Adam in the 1770s,<br />

the house was bought by the duke in 1817. He transformed<br />

it into a palatial residence to befit his status and filled it with<br />

works of art and gifts from grateful rulers across Europe.<br />

Wellington died in 1852. The following year his son Arthur,<br />

the 2nd Duke, decided to open Apsley House to the public. A<br />

‘Museum Room’ was created where Wellington’s magnificent<br />

silver trophies, military memorabilia and gifts of porcelain<br />

were exhibited. During the 20th century, the family suffered<br />

many losses. The 5th Duke died in 1941 and two years later<br />

his son and heir, Henry, died from battle wounds received<br />

during the Second World War. Gerald, the 7th Duke, decided<br />

to offer Apsley House to the nation, together with a significant<br />

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Fair at Waddesdon; Christmas at Blenheim<br />

portion of the 1st Duke’s art collection. Today visitors can be<br />

awed by the palatial wonder of the gilded, glittering interiors<br />

and stunning artwork of Apsley House as they admire the<br />

gifts from emperors, tsars, and kings to the Iron Duke. There<br />

are nearly 3,000 fine paintings, sculptures and works of art in<br />

silver and porcelain, given to Britain's greatest military hero.<br />

Visit on the 25 November for a special evening made<br />

of dancing, etiquette and gossip – the Regency Evening<br />

experience includes a dance caller (to explain the steps and<br />

dances), Regency costumes, gowns, wine and fine dining.<br />

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire<br />

Just a short detour off the main route Blenheim Palace is<br />

a vast confection of pinnacles, pilasters and porticos built<br />

in golden stone, owned by the 12th Duke of Marlborough.<br />

Sarah, the notoriously difficult wife of John Churchill, the 1st<br />

Duke of Marlborough, took charge of the building project,<br />

and managed to fall out with the architect John Vanbrugh<br />

and with the queen herself. However, in spite of the rows,<br />

Sarah oversaw the creation of one of England’s finest Baroque<br />

palaces which includes the magnificent state rooms with<br />

their painted ceilings glorifying John Churchill. Formal<br />

gardens include Water Terraces, an Italian Garden, and the<br />

Rose Garden. Don’t miss the magical Ice Kingdom Themed<br />

Afternoon Tea (18 November 2022–2 January 2023) at the<br />

Orangery.<br />

Bowood House & Gardens, Wiltshire<br />

Bowood House, famed for its gardens, is owned by the<br />

Marquis of Lansdowne. Be enchanted by the herbaceous<br />

borders and the Italianate terrace gardens with their formal<br />

beds and fountains, and don’t miss the 30-acre Woodland<br />

Walk, with massed beds of rhododendrons.<br />

The 100 acres of parkland here were designed by ‘Capability’<br />

Brown, widely hailed as his best-preserved masterpiece,<br />

scattered with lawns and picturesque clumps of trees<br />

sweeping down to a gently curving artificial lake, it is a<br />

quintessentially English landscape. Other highlights include an<br />

arboretum, woodland gardens and Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s<br />

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public from March to November, there is an unusual stately<br />

home laboratory. This is because it was here that Joseph<br />

Priestley, while working as the family tutor, discovered oxygen<br />

in 1774. You can visit the state rooms, library and chapel as<br />

well as the Orangery designed by Robert Adam in the 1760s,<br />

and the room he originally created as a small zoo which is<br />

now a sculpture gallery. Don’t miss their fantastic Halloween<br />

Outdoor Cinema Experiences this October with screenings of<br />

the Disney classic Hocus Pocus, Stanley Kubrick classic, The<br />

Shining and the vampire classic, The Lost Boys.<br />

Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire<br />

Just half an hour north of Bristol, Berkeley Castle makes an<br />

excellent day out for stays based west of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

route. Another impressive history, having been lived in by the<br />

same family for nearly 900 years, it is the longest lived-in<br />

family fortress in England.<br />

Surrounded by eight acres of landscaped gardens, including<br />

Queen Elizabeth I’s bowling green and the 8th Earl’s swimming<br />

pool, now an ornamental lily pond with plume fountain.<br />

Explore the Norman Keep complete with the cell in which<br />

King Edward II was held captive and reputedly murdered,<br />

walk through medieval kitchens and the imposing <strong>Great</strong> Hall<br />

and marvel at the elegant State Apartments. See magnificent<br />

furniture, rare paintings by English and Dutch Masters,<br />

Elizabethan tapestries and the world famous Berkeley silver.<br />

There are free guided tours, a Tropical Butterfly House, a host<br />

of seasonal events and you could even stay overnight in their<br />

characterful 9 bedroom town house located on the estate.<br />

Henry II gave the Castle to the Berkeley family in 1153. Below<br />

the gatehouse is a bowling green, where Queen Elizabeth I is<br />

believed to have played. During Christmas Craft Week (5–7<br />

December) there are many festive workshops including luxury<br />

wreath making and creating your very own Christmas Glitter<br />

House.<br />

Cliveden House, Maidenhead<br />

Few hotels are as famous as 300-year-old Cliveden House<br />

– setting of the Profumo affair – or as romantic. Known for<br />

exuberant high-society parties, political scandals and, most<br />

recently, its connection to a certain royal wedding.<br />

Take a room in the Garden Wing and you’ll get views over the<br />

spa garden and – in some – a hot tub tucked privately into<br />

your terrace. There’s also a wonderful restaurant from chef<br />

André Garrett, where English ingredients star on the eightcourse<br />

tasting menu. The trump card here though is the 376-<br />

acre National Trust estate that surrounds the hotel, its formal<br />

gardens the sort of place you could happily lose yourself in<br />

for days. There’s direct access to the River Thames for a jaunt<br />

and a spot of lunch on a vintage boat, and plenty of pleasant<br />

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walks to work off the essential afternoon tea, served in the<br />

imposing <strong>Great</strong> Hall. Meander through the six-acre parterre,<br />

with its distinctive triangular beds, be uplifted by the fragrant<br />

intermingling of flowers and classical statues in the Long<br />

Garden and come over all romantic amid 900 roses in the<br />

heavenly scented Rose Garden.<br />

Make your visit even more special with a New Year House<br />

Party (31 December 2022–2 January 2023). Glamorous<br />

gatherings, indulgent feasts and, of course, plenty of<br />

Champagne to kick-start 2023 in the most stylish way.<br />

<strong>Great</strong> Chalfield Manor, Wiltshire<br />

As well as these aristocratic super stars, there are many<br />

smaller historic houses dotted across the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

<strong>Great</strong> Chalfield Manor is a late medieval manor house, built by<br />

the self-made Thomas Tropenell to proclaim his arrival into the<br />

landed gentry. He gave his new house all the necessary mod<br />

cons of the day including a gate house, moat, great hall and<br />

fashionable oriel windows, features which can still be seen, as<br />

the house has hardly been touched since his time. This relative<br />

neglect accounts for the house’s gentle charm and explains<br />

why it’s a popular film location: the BBC series Poldark and<br />

Wolf Hall were both filmed here. Visit on the 17 December to<br />

join in the fun and festivities during their annual Christmas fair.<br />

Iford Manor Gardens, near Bath<br />

For garden-lovers, a perfect day out on your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

journey could be the wonderful Iford Manor, close to Bath and<br />

the idyllic Frome River valley. Here you can dreamily wander<br />

around 2.5 acres of historic gardens that sit at the heart of<br />

the Grade-1 listed gardens designed by Harold Peto during<br />

his tenure at Iford from 1899-1933. Explore freely getting lost<br />

amongst the colonnades, pools and steps, as you enjoy the<br />

magnificent rural views over the valley. The garden contains<br />

many steep, narrow and uneven paths, as well as long flights<br />

of steps without handrails – very much part of the garden’s<br />

charm and design. There are a host of lovely Christmas events<br />

happening across the Iford Manor Estate this December<br />

including wine tasting and Christmas wreath making<br />

workshops, followed by a delicious lunch.<br />

Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire<br />

Kelmscott Manor, a short detour off the route, was the iconic<br />

country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman,<br />

socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement.<br />

This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of<br />

traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the nearby village<br />

and surrounding landscape, which lies towards the very upper<br />

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designs and writings, including the world-famous Willow<br />

pattern. Today, visitors will find an outstanding collection,<br />

from early 17th Century furniture to a unique collection of<br />

furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante<br />

Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris’ London<br />

homes, including several designed especially for the iconic<br />

Red House. Kelmscott Manor also boasts enchanting riverside<br />

gardens and the River Thames is located just a few hundred<br />

yards away. Beyond the walls of the formal garden stand the<br />

impressive farm barns – two of them house the Tearoom and<br />

beautiful Shop. The Tearoom is a must, with its friendly staff<br />

and delicious home-made meals and cakes, whilst the Shop<br />

is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or<br />

mementoes.<br />

Longleat, Wiltshire<br />

Home of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat is one of the finest<br />

examples of Elizabethan architecture in England, and since<br />

1580, up until today, has been owned by 16 generations of<br />

the Thynn family. The House is open to the public throughout<br />

most of the year. Inside this 450-year-old treasure trove, you<br />

will find the original Elizabethan <strong>Great</strong> Hall, the spectacular<br />

Grand Staircase, the impressive Saloon stretching 90 feet long<br />

with exquisite Flemish tapestries, beautiful antique furniture<br />

and a staggering collection of more than 40,000 books.<br />

In total there are 15 breathtaking rooms, together with<br />

stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds. Famously<br />

known for being the first drive-through safari park outside<br />

of Africa in 1966, home to, amongst other animals, majestic<br />

lions, a troop of mischievous macaque monkeys, a pack of grey<br />

wolves plus, the only animal collection in Europe to exhibit<br />

Southern koalas. In November, the UK's original, biggest and<br />

most exciting lantern festival is the showstopper at Longleat –<br />

The Festival of Light, and the theme for this year? You will be<br />

stepping into The Wondrous Worlds of Roald Dahl.<br />

Then, in December, Longleat becomes even more magical with<br />

a Santa Train, Winter Safari Drive-through and Britain's biggest<br />

singing Christmas tree – at 20 metres tall, it will sing your<br />

favourite carols and flurries with snow!<br />

The Merchant's House, Marlborough<br />

A glorious restoration of a 17th Century silk merchant's house<br />

The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the <strong>Great</strong><br />

Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a<br />

fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior<br />

panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and with a commanding<br />

oak staircase. A substantial amount of this fabric survives and<br />

hidden painted decoration is still being revealed.<br />

Many of us are familiar with homes of the aristocracy; here is<br />

a rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of the type<br />

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Left to right: Longleat and Britain's biggest singing<br />

Christmas tree; Kew Gardens Palm House in the snow<br />

many of us might have lived in. Thomas was a prosperous silk<br />

mercer whose lifestyle is reflected in the spacious and elegant<br />

rooms on show. The house is a living place. Throughout<br />

the season there are demonstrations of costume making,<br />

needlework and historic paint conservation. Musicians often<br />

play music appropriate to the period.<br />

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey<br />

For an unforgettable horticultural experience, make a beeline<br />

for Kew Gardens. By day you can see the vast UNESCO World<br />

Heritage Site by walking or hop aboard the Kew Explorer<br />

Land Train, which will wizz you round the main sites in around<br />

40 minutes. Current highlights of any tour include the Palm<br />

House, built with a rainforest climate to nurture the plant life<br />

brought back by Victorian botanists; The Hive, an immersive<br />

experience that echoes the life going on inside a real beehive;<br />

and The Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is packed with<br />

all sorts of prickly curiosities from cacti to carnivorous plants.<br />

Visit in the evening on selected dates between 16 November<br />

2022 and 8 January 2023 for Christmas at Kew when the<br />

stunning gardens are decorated in a show-stopping annual<br />

trail of festive light installations. More than a million tiny bulbs<br />

and flickering flames light up the night, as rainbow reflections<br />

shimmer on the water and trees are drenched in dazzling hues.<br />

Along the route there's festive hot food and treats such as<br />

spiced winter warmers and hot chocolate.<br />

The Savill Garden, Windsor<br />

The Savill Garden in Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park has been a tranquil<br />

place to discover rare plants from around the world since<br />

its creation in the 1930s. This natural haven of beautifully<br />

designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone,<br />

from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend<br />

a relaxing day out with family or friends. There are 35 acres<br />

of interconnected gardens including the Hidden Gardens,<br />

Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden,<br />

Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter<br />

Beds. Don’t leave before visiting The Christmas Tree Shop to<br />

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Left to right: Stourhead in autumn;<br />

Bristol Botanic Garden Evolutionary Dell<br />

The Christmas Tree Shop also stocks a selection of food and<br />

drink, including our very own Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park Sparkling<br />

Wine, grown in a vineyard on the Estate.<br />

Stourhead, Wiltshire<br />

A little way off the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> in south Wiltshire, but a<br />

must-visit if you’re in the area, Stourhead is one of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s most famous gardens. Described as ‘a living work<br />

of art’ when it opened in the 1740s, its classical architecture<br />

includes a grotto, a gothic cottage and its own Temple of<br />

Apollo. For Alan Power, head gardener, his favourite time of<br />

year here is autumn: ‘the garden, the architecture, the plants<br />

and the trees all perform perfectly together. It’s like an encore<br />

before the rest for winter.’<br />

The after-dark illuminated trail through the garden at<br />

Stourhead returns for its fourth year on selected dates<br />

between 25 November 2022 – 1 January 2023 with over a<br />

million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with<br />

festive fun.<br />

Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham<br />

Strawberry Hill House has been open to visitors for over<br />

250 years, it is the former summer residence of Horace<br />

Walpole, author of ‘The Castle of Ontranto’ and is famous<br />

for being Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival<br />

architecture. Inspired by William Kent and the ideas behind<br />

the English Landscape Movement, Horace Walpole created<br />

a romantic garden to complement his Gothic castle. Formal<br />

borders mixed with groves of trees and shrubs crossed by<br />

winding paths, and flowers and fragrance, a fine lawn, an open<br />

terrace and meadows that led straight to the River Thames.<br />

The five-acre garden has been, as far as possible, restored to<br />

its original appearance using Eighteenth-Century maps and<br />

paintings as well as Walpole’s own writing. It is Grade II listed<br />

and of national importance as a reminder of a fascinating<br />

period in garden history. It is a charming, compact garden<br />

full of a variety of beds, borders, walks, groves, lawns and<br />

woodland.<br />

Visit on the 21 November to join the discussions around<br />

Charles Dicken’s most famous novel, A Christmas Carol a<br />

festive tale of redemption and compassion.<br />

Turner’s House, Twickenham<br />

Looking at the blue plaque on the front of Sandycombe Lodge<br />

you can imagine Turner living there – it was his retreat from<br />

the London art world. The architecture of this little building is<br />

quirky, reflecting Turner’s own designs but also the influence<br />

of his good friend, John Soane. Turner made many sketches<br />

before finally arriving at his final design, and these are now<br />

brought together in single facsimile sketchbook.<br />

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Some of the beautiful etchings from his Liber Studiorum are<br />

on display, several of them responding to troubled years when<br />

England was under threat of invasion, along with beautifully<br />

crafted models of ships, variations on those which Turner had.<br />

In Turner’s time, Sandycombe stood on a large plot of land,<br />

bordered by two huge estates. His grounds have now been<br />

built over, as have the estates – so the open views he would<br />

have had are shown by digital technology. The small remains<br />

of the once-large gardens has been beautifully planted. On<br />

the 27 October St Margaret’s Wine are hosting a Whiskey<br />

Tasting at Turner’s House event. Tickets include a selection of<br />

three whiskeys, food, admission to the house, and a tour of the<br />

exhibition, Between the Sheets: Turner’s Nudes.<br />

University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Bristol<br />

Fascinating displays tell the story of plants in several zones. The<br />

evolution collection boasts species dating back 200 million<br />

years. Two medicinal herb gardens – Chinese and <strong>West</strong>ern –<br />

display useful plants. On chilly days, take shelter in the tropical<br />

zone glasshouse, marvel at giant waterlilies, and admire edible<br />

crops such as cocoa, vanilla, sugar cane, banana, pineapple and<br />

ginger. Visit on the 24 November for a special autumn-themed<br />

lecture by Poppy Okotcha; Growing a better world.<br />

Stonor Park, South Oxfordshire<br />

Described by Lord Gibson, former National Trust Chairman, as:<br />

‘Possibly the most beautiful setting for any house in England’,<br />

there’s a lush mix of ponds, fountains and pleasure gardens.<br />

Stroll amid neat box hedges, and seek out the hidden Japanese<br />

retreat. Stonor Park is one of the longest lived-in family<br />

homes in England, owned by the Stonor family for over 850<br />

years. Located near Henley, Stonor is a beautiful place to visit,<br />

especially if you are staying east of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route.<br />

The historic building and sweeping grounds are breathtaking<br />

and inside there is a fascinating family collection of art and<br />

artefacts. Open to visitors between April-September and at<br />

Christmas, (gardens are open April-October), you can view<br />

the work of St. Edmund Campion, created when he was given<br />

refuge there in 1581, and outside sits their oldest resident, a<br />

perfectly preserved prehistoric stone circle.<br />

Visit Stonor House when it has been beautifully decorated<br />

for Christmas and experience a Candle Lit Christmas where,<br />

walking from room to room, you will be able to imagine the<br />

many family members and friends who would have celebrated<br />

this festive season here through the centuries. Delicious<br />

seasonal fare will be served in the Stonor Pantry and the Gift<br />

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Syon Park, London<br />

The London home of the Dukes of Northumberland, the<br />

Percy family, for over 400 years – Syon is one of the last great<br />

houses of London. Profoundly historic, the House holds a<br />

wealth of art within its grand classical interiors, while the Park<br />

and Gardens feel like deep countryside, although barely nine<br />

miles from Charing Cross. As the nights draw in, Syon Park<br />

once again hosts the Enchanted Woodland during November,<br />

which sees the 600-year-old gardens transformed by a display<br />

of lights and music. Now in its 16th year the trail winds<br />

through the arboretum, passing the sixteenth century Syon<br />

House, and ends at the spectacular <strong>Great</strong> Conservatory. An<br />

array of lighting effects – from high-tech lasers to low tech<br />

candles – illuminate the visitor’s way through the trees.<br />

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire<br />

A former Rothschild, French Renaissance chateau brimming<br />

with priceless treasures and a contemporary exhibition space.<br />

There are also restaurants and cafes, a boutique hotel, a gift<br />

and Rothschild wine shop and wine cellars with access to wine<br />

tastings, not to mention acres of landscaped gardens. During<br />

the winter the grounds are transformed by dazzling colour<br />

and light displays, bathing trees and manor alike in beautiful<br />

hues. Wrap up warm and follow the trail, wending its way past<br />

imaginative illuminated installations.<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum<br />

With 15,000 trees from around the world, including five<br />

national collections, autumn is spectacular here. Dendrologist<br />

Michal Dvorak says: ‘With our world-renowned maples taking<br />

center stage, it’s easy to miss lesser-known gems. The smoke<br />

bush is a feast of colour, including fiery yellows, reds, peaches<br />

and purples. The Persian ironwood is another one not to<br />

miss in autumn as its leaves turn crimson and gold.’ Don’t<br />

miss the step-free STIHL Treetop Walkway, and download a<br />

fun kids’ activity booklet, including creating leaf crowns and<br />

hunting acorns. Father Christmas’ elves have made their way<br />

to the arboretum to decorate the trees in twinkly lights for<br />

Christmas. Visit between the 25 November and 21 December<br />

2022 and be one of the first to experience their brand-new<br />

illuminated trail.<br />

Click here to find out<br />

more about exploring<br />

Houses and Gardens on the<br />

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

Pictured: Chritmas illuminations<br />

light up the woodlands at Syon Park<br />

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A full-size Victorian replica<br />

Bayeux Tapestry and three<br />

hundred biscuit tins?<br />

The ruins of a breathtaking<br />

12th-century royal abbey<br />

that attracted pilgrims<br />

from across Europe?<br />

A nationally significant<br />

collection of English farm<br />

wagons and the most<br />

famous ram on the Internet?<br />

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There are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> this season, from indulgent spa<br />

weekends, picturesque countryside walks to<br />

Christmas markets and classics at the theatre.<br />

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Lined with grand stately homes, gentle green countryside,<br />

cute stone cottages and pretty thatched pubs, the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> is the perfect place to discover the real England. And<br />

what could be more traditionally English than a roast<br />

dinner on a Sunday lunchtime?<br />

A classic English roast dinner has succulent meat, crispy roast<br />

potatoes, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, lashings of gravy, lots of fresh<br />

seasonal veg, and a side of cauliflower cheese if you’re lucky. You’ll<br />

find this traditional Sunday lunchtime meal at many of the pubs and<br />

restaurants along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route – often accompanied<br />

by more modern takes on the classic roast dinner, such as Coq au vin<br />

with mash & bourguignon garnish.<br />

Enjoy a tasty Sunday lunch while admiring the spectacular views<br />

of Windsor Castle at the Royal Windsor Pub, head to The Red Lion<br />

Freehouse in the Vale of Pewsey – a picture-perfect English pub,<br />

complete with thatched roof and pretty beer garden. It is also a<br />

Michelin-starred restaurant – so you can expect your Sunday lunch to<br />

be utterly delicious.<br />

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Kick off your festive season with the<br />

Christmas Fair at Ascot from the 24<br />

November (until the 27 November) with<br />

top quality gift companies you won’t usually find on<br />

the high street. Knowing you are going to delight your<br />

family and friends with the best Christmas presents<br />

wrapped and ready, you might want to celebrate by in<br />

an evening that’s exclusively yours to enjoy – or in a<br />

shared Christmas party with others.<br />

Either way you will be made to feel like royalty at a<br />

party hosted in the iconic surroundings of the world’s<br />

most famous racecourse. →

Did you know?<br />

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

route passes through<br />

three Areas of<br />

Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty. In London,<br />

the southern section<br />

of The Chilterns’<br />

324-miles makes a<br />

great start to the<br />

route, The Wiltshire<br />

White Horses and<br />

the White Horse at<br />

Uffington will be a<br />

joy to spot ambling<br />

in the North Wessex<br />

Downs, or start your<br />

tour from Bath and<br />

follow The Cotswold<br />

<strong>Way</strong> north, for 102<br />

more, glorious miles.<br />

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Just because the weather is often wet and wild this time<br />

of the year it doesn't mean you have to hide away inside.<br />

On a winters day on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, why not grab<br />

your wellies and head off to splash through the puddles and enjoy<br />

our beautiful countryside. Along the touring route there are 3<br />

Areas Of Natural Beauty (North Wessex Downs, The Cotswolds<br />

and The Chilterns) – each remarkable in its own way, from the<br />

landscapes to the people who live and work there.<br />

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Windsor Carriages have been running tours of Windsor<br />

for over 170 years, offering a unique way to experience<br />

magnificent Windsor <strong>Great</strong> Park. Take in views of<br />

stunning Windsor Castle as you are whisked down the Long Walk<br />

in a picture-perfect horse drawn carriage as a tour guide shares<br />

invaluable knowledge, stories and events passed down through<br />

the generations of coachmen of Windsor Carriages since 1849. →<br />

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Magical Marlborough<br />

The ancient market town that<br />

packs a postcard-perfect punch<br />

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For some well needed Winter pampering, why not book<br />

yourself a sumptuous couple’s spa session as you travel<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route? There are many options<br />

to choose from, including the spa at award-winning<br />

Whatley Manor near Malmesbury, or Bath's famous Thermae Bath<br />

Spa with its rooftop pool, or one of the incredible reclaimed lidos<br />

along the route; Thames Lido in Reading or the Lido in Bristol. If<br />

you’ve got kids, head to Woolley Grange near Bradford on Avon<br />

and take advantage of the 90 minutes free childcare each day of<br />

your stay while you relax in the spa.<br />

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A Christmas Show or pantomime is an essential part of<br />

any traditional English Christmas, and there are plenty<br />

of options to choose from along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

route. RAPUNZEL will be showing from 18 November<br />

at the gorgeous Watermill Theatre. The Christmas programme at<br />

Pound Arts Centre in Corsham includes Christmas Gothic by Dyad<br />

Productions. Head to Wyvern Theatre in Swindon for side-splitting<br />

comedy, fun songs and festive magic with A Christmas Carol and The<br />

Ho Ho Ho Mrs Christmas Show. And the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>'s newest<br />

theatre, the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, will be showing yet more<br />

Christmas classics.<br />

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The Ice Rink is back and, with 1000 square<br />

metres of smooth ice, it’s bigger than ever!<br />

Glowing in an array of atmospheric lights,<br />

it’s the ideal spot to practice those skating skills and<br />

simultaneously the perfect stage for avid skaters to<br />

show off their moves. With music to set the wintery<br />

scene, a cozy bar area and seasonal drinks you will be<br />

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Wonders await<br />

those who venture off the beaten path<br />

A unique royal connection,<br />

rich cultural heritage, stunning<br />

architecture and beautiful<br />

natural scenery along a 20 mile<br />

stretch of the River Thames.<br />

Add to this an abundance of<br />

places to stay from 5 star resorts<br />

to riverside camping, quaint<br />

villages, one-of-a-kind shops<br />

and a culinary scene headed by<br />

the likes of Heston Blumenthal<br />

and you’ll have a reasonable<br />

idea of the treats in store for<br />

you in and around Windsor.<br />

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Buy beautiful gifts for your friends and family as you<br />

explore the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> in the run-up to the<br />

holidays. Christmas at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet<br />

Swindon means a winter wonderland springing up amongst their<br />

many designer and high street shops. Read our article on best days<br />

out for shopping on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> by clicking here.<br />

There will also be many Christmas Markets appearing along<br />

the route, with the Bath Christmas Market and Bristol Christmas<br />

Market both making lovely festive locations for an afternoon of<br />

Christmas shopping. Think sweet little chalets selling handmade<br />

gifts and serving hot drinks.<br />

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At the far east of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, in bustling central<br />

London, is Wellington Arch. Originally built as an entrance<br />

to Buckingham Palace, the structure later became a victory<br />

arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Climb up to the<br />

arch's balconies for glorious wintery panoramas over London.<br />

Also, in the capital don’t miss The British Museum, the first national<br />

public museum in the world. The children will love meeting Santa and<br />

his elf at the London Transport Museum (from 25 November) – at their<br />

Christmas at the Museum season there’s also card-making workshops<br />

and an interactive Routemaster-inspired sleigh!<br />

Tucked away in the Hampshire countryside alongside the<br />

peaceful River Test is Whitchurch Silk Mill, the oldest silk mill that is<br />

still weaving silk in its original building. In Wiltshire visit Stourhead,<br />

Lacock and the Fox-Talbot museum, the birthplace of photography<br />

– and motoring enthusiasts will love the Atwell-Wilson Motor<br />

Museum, located near the historic town of Calne, an interesting and<br />

unusual stopping-off point along the route. Perfect for a Christmas<br />

party, in Salisbury revellers can lose themselves in a game of Spectre<br />

in the award-winning Live Escape Room on Castle Street.<br />

Explore the unique collection of vehicles, uniforms, and weapons<br />

and learn more about the proud history of the Royal Electrical and<br />

Mechanical Engineers at the REME Museum in Lyneham – a short<br />

drive from Chippenham. Reading Museum displays an array of<br />

historical artefacts waiting to be explored while Reading's Museum<br />

of English Rural Life is England’s most extensive museum dedicated<br />

to farming, food, craft, rural life and countryside issues.<br />

Maidenhead Heritage Centre explores the history of the Berkshire<br />

town of Maidenhead by telling the stories of its river, roads and<br />

railway. The centre's spitfire simulator is one of the most unusual<br />

historic experiences on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Experience for yourself<br />

what it must have been like for a 1940s spitfire pilot in an authentic<br />

simulator with replica flight controls and wide screen pilot view.<br />

Plus, you can even step on board Concorde Alpha Foxtrot,<br />

the last supersonic jets to ever fly, or discover the earliest days of<br />

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VISIT<br />



There are many Royal connections along<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>; especially the historic<br />

Berkshire town of Windsor, which has seen<br />

many royal nuptials throughout the years. Prince Harry and<br />

Meghan Markle were married at St George's Chapel in 2018,<br />

and the royal town has also hosted the marriages of the likes<br />

of Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward to their respective<br />

spouses. While you’re here, visit Windsor Castle – our beloved<br />

former Queen’s favourite weekend residence.<br />

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This <strong>Way</strong> for<br />

a Journey<br />

Through Time<br />

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

the timeless county of Wiltshire.<br />

The Ancient Briton, Romans, Normans and<br />

Saxons have all left their mark.<br />

Now it’s time for you to follow in<br />

their footsteps.<br />

It’s Time for Wiltshire<br />





In the towns, villages and cities along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> route you’ll<br />

find an abundance of antique stores and independent shops as well as<br />

super-handy shopping centres and malls. There are also some<br />

marvellous markets selling everything from local crafts to artisan<br />

delicacies. Here are some ideas for a great shopping day out…<br />

Words | Samantha Rutherford<br />



McArthurGlen’s Swindon Designer Outlet is housed in the<br />

beautifully renovated Grade II listed buildings of the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong>ern Railway Works and is one of the largest covered<br />

designer outlets in Europe. There is a mixture of high-street<br />

and designer brands with reduced prices of up to 60 per<br />

cent. Stores include Guess, Reiss, Joules, Kurt Geiger, Ted<br />

Baker, Calvin Klein and bringing out the inner child in all<br />

of us, new for 2022, a HARIBO Store is due to open before<br />

Christmas – the ninth store of its kind to open in the UK.<br />

Swindon Designer Outlet has a variety of restaurants<br />

around the centre, open until late most weeknights,<br />

including Five Guys, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Giraffe,<br />

Patisserie Valerie, Krispy Kreme, KFC and Subway. As well<br />

as many dining options, Swindon Designer Outlet also<br />

houses a great selection of cafes including Starbucks, Soho<br />

Coffee and Costa.<br />

The on-site STEAM Museum of The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

offers families the chance to learn about the men and women<br />

who built, operated and travelled on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway and National Trust has its own café and shop.<br />

Other shopping centres you might enjoy…<br />

The recently rebranded Town Centre inSwindon is home<br />

to many top retail names as well as local and independent<br />

stores – it has been re-modernised with many new<br />

remarkable makers, designer, artisans and pioneers.<br />

The Guild in Wiltshire is set in a rural and historic setting<br />

of regenerated carpet factory buildings. Here you’ll discover<br />

a distinctive mix of independent and national brands and<br />

don't miss their creative workshops, including Christmas<br />

Wreath making and Tumbleweed Gig and Christmas BBQ.<br />

Fisherton Mill is a shopping destination, gallery, cafe and<br />

artist studios based in Salisbury, within easy reach of the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> – originally built in 1880 as a grain mill.<br />

At the west end of the route Kilver Court Designer<br />

Village, a short distance south of Bath, is home to an array<br />

of luxurious lifestyle brands including Liberty London, known<br />

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Pictured previous page: Friends enjoy shopping in Bristol Shopping Quarter Pictured clockwise from<br />

left: Bartlett Street, a picturesque pedestrian side street in Georgian Bath’s favourite shopping district;<br />

Parkway Shopping Centre; <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> signage at Parkway Shopping Centre; The Oracle, Reading<br />



The golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for<br />

over 2,000 years and is a shopper’s haven, with a reputation<br />

for fashion that goes back to Georgian times. Set within a<br />

compact city centre Bath has a large range of independent<br />

and well-known stores as well as some off-the-beaten-track<br />

finds too.<br />

Whether it’s 40s glamour or Edwardian furniture you’re<br />

in to, you’ll find some lovely, preloved treasures in the city<br />

of Bath. Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, on the last Sunday<br />

of every month at Green Park Station, has a good mix of<br />

everything – mid-century furnishings, jazzy retro frocks and<br />

one-of-a-kind antiques.<br />

Elsewhere, Vintage to Vogue can style you in top quality<br />

fashion, from the 1900s onwards, then have it tailored<br />

specifically to your shape. Shopping in Bath is a real treat,<br />

high street fashion gurus, book worms and art collectors<br />

alike will enjoy the buzzing city and its eclectic selection of<br />

unique gifts.<br />

Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath<br />

is home to some of the most impressive architectural sights<br />

in the world such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and<br />

Pulteney Bridge.<br />

At the heart of Bath city centre, next to Bath’s imposing<br />

Abbey is the Roman Baths Museum, which gives a fascinating<br />

insight into the original bathing complex and the great<br />

Roman temple of Sulis Minerva. Above the Museum in the<br />

18th century Pump Room you can taste the waters, enjoy a<br />

meal and listen to music from the Pump Room Trio.<br />

Bath has a wide variety of museums and galleries<br />

including the Holburne Museum, No 1. Royal Crescent, the<br />

Jane Austen Centre and the Musuem of Bath Architecture.<br />

There are stunning gardens and landscapes a-plenty – don’t<br />

miss the stunning Palladian bridge at the National Trust’s<br />

Prior Park, just outside the city.<br />

Don’t forget to stop off at the Roman Baths and pick up<br />

a souvenir to share with friends and family. When you are<br />

feeling hungry or thirsty there is a mouth-watering selection<br />

of restaurants, pubs, cafes and delis to choose from or a<br />

number of places to stay in Bath to settle down for the<br />

evening.<br />

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Reading is located near the centre of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

making it a great base from which to explore the many<br />

delights of the route. Located in the heart of Reading, The<br />

Oracle boasts more than 80 stores to cater for all your<br />

fashion and lifestyle needs – including Next, House of Fraser<br />

and Zara. There’s plenty of choice on Riverside with flavours<br />

from around the world in more than 20 restaurants.<br />


Alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, Newbury has a bustling<br />

high street with many interesting shops, which include<br />

unique stores such as family-run department store Camp<br />

Hopson. Located in the heart of the town centre, Parkway<br />

Shopping is anchored by M&S and NEXT and includes a<br />

number of essential shopping needs from fashion such as<br />

H&M, Superdry, Fat Face, New Look, The Entertainer and<br />

more, with many cafes and restaurants to choose from. →<br />

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shops, restaurants, accommodation and venues<br />

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Pictured: Bristol's historic harbourside, Salt & Malt at Cargo is part of a<br />

bustling new food hub in the newly regenerated Wapping Wharf<br />

Other <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> towns you might enjoy…<br />

For a spot of souvenir hunting or Christmas gift shopping head<br />

to our smaller <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> towns including Marlborough,<br />

Malmesbury, Chippenham, Bradford on Avon, Pewsey,<br />

Marlow and Tetbury. Plus, don’t miss pop-up boutiques such<br />

as We Make Bristol in <strong>West</strong>bury-on-Trym, which only stocks<br />

products by local artists and designers, or head to the gift<br />

shops at top tourist attractions or tourist information offices,<br />

Stonehenge gift shop, for instance, sells striking lino prints of<br />

the stones by local artist Caroline Day.<br />


Cabot Circus is the ultimate shopping destination in the heart<br />

of Bristol, with over 120 high-street and designer brands,<br />

including Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser, Zara, &Other<br />

Stories, H&M and Apple. Covered by a unique shell-shaped<br />

glass roof, Cabot Circus is also home to a Showcase Cinema de<br />

Lux, Escape Hunt and crazy golf venue, Jungle Rumble.<br />

Bristol is known for its alternative outlook, making it a<br />

go-to place for vintage and offbeat fashion finds. For quirky<br />

places in Bristol head straight to Stokes Croft and adjoining<br />

Gloucester Road – the longest street of independent shops<br />

in the UK. 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 />

For award-winning fish and chips with a view head to Salt &<br />

Malt at Bristol’s historic harbourside. If you’re a guy or gal<br />

who likes Americana, Uncle Sam’s on Park Street is the best<br />

place to find a pair of cowboy boots or classic Levis you can<br />

cherish forever. The Christmas Steps Arts Quarter is a hiddenaway<br />

haven for one-offs including musical instruments,<br />

herbal remedies and fine spirits (the medieval steps<br />

themselves make the perfect Insta-snap too). Plus, be sure to<br />

visit St Nick’s Market in Bristol (every day except Sunday).<br />

Looking ahead…<br />

Set to open in Autumn 2023, Bristol Beacon, Bristol’s<br />

largest concert hall (formerly known as Colston Hall) has<br />

undergone a complete refurbishment and redevelopment.<br />

The £48.8m transformation will turn the venue into one the<br />

best performance and music learning spaces in Europe – a<br />

modern, accessible, state-of-the-art facility.<br />

Shop around for<br />

something extra special<br />

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to read our Itinerary Planner<br />

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Tours, wine-tastings, hot air balloon rides, watersports,<br />

spas, luxury hotels, skydiving and more... There are many<br />

ways to celebrate your most special occasions on<br />

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

There are many ways to celebrate and mark a special<br />

occasion between London to Bristol, adding some<br />

memorable magic to your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> experience.<br />

Getting friends and family together for a party to<br />

commemorate a special milestone such as a special birthday<br />

or silver wedding anniversary perhaps? You are spoiled for<br />

choice along the route.<br />

Since the covid pandemic we have seen a rise in beautiful<br />

exclusive use accommodation and options for multi-generation<br />

group stays. Take the new private country cottages located on<br />

the Lucknam Park Estate, near Bath for example – your very own<br />

private haven of luxury set in the 500-acre estate.<br />

Lucknam Park is the sort of hotel you mean to use as a<br />

base for exploring but end up not leaving for several days.<br />

There’s so much to do at this five-star, from classes at the<br />

cookery school and horse riding to hydrotherapy in the spa,<br />

as well as one of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>’s best restaurants –<br />

Restaurant Hywel Jones.<br />

Time slows right down here, as you make your way up the<br />

mile-long drive between the beech trees and settle into the<br />

drawing room for cocktails. The signature tasting menu has Loch<br />

Duart salmon, braised halibut and pork from nearby Roundway<br />

Hill and there’s a vegetarian tasting menu and wine matching<br />

to boot. It has held a Michelin star since 2006. Rooms in this<br />

Palladian mansion are supremely comfortable and the whole<br />

experience feels like staying with (very wealthy) friends.<br />

If your style is more relaxed country chic, the Pear Tree Inn<br />

Farmhouse Kitchen with Bar & Rooms is tucked away in rural<br />

Whitley near Melksham. Book the new Potting Sheds located<br />

into the fabulous grounds with fully equipped kitchenette for a<br />

romantic glamping setting and evening under the stars.<br />

For something super-stylish the modern Berkeley Suite<br />

apartments with cinema projectors located in the desirable<br />

Clifton area of Bristol are perfect for impressive get-togethers<br />

too. Self-contained with open plan living area with a bespoke<br />

kitchen and all the benefits of a fully serviced hotel, including a<br />

chic restaurant and cocktail bar.<br />

From Michelin star dining rooms in elegant country house<br />

hotels to soothing spas with crystal-lit swimming pools and<br />

natural thermal waters, you could celebrate your special<br />

occasion with some five-star pampering.<br />

The stunning Gainsborough Bath Spa in the centre of<br />

Bath for example offers a very special guest experience – set<br />

beneath a glass atrium here you can "take the waters" in<br />

luxury. There are three thermal baths, traditional and infrared<br />

Saunas, a steam room and eleven treatment rooms.<br />

Once the headquarters of Lloyds Bank, and with a<br />

gorgeously ornate exterior inspired by a 16th century Venetian<br />

library Bristol Harbour Hotel is another seriously opulent city<br />

address. The 42 bedrooms have views out over the historic<br />

city centre, luxurious drapes and bedding and complimentary<br />

decanters of gin and sherry. Some also have rolltop baths and<br />

all guests have use of the HarSpa down in the vaults, with its<br />

hydrotherapy pool. The Jetty restaurant serves an afternoon tea<br />

of just-baked homemade scones, clotted cream and jam, then<br />

in the evenings brings out an a la carte menu of fresh seafood<br />

dishes such as moules marinere and South Coast crab on toast.<br />

Coworth Park is five-star from its crystal-lit swimming<br />

pool right down to its impeccable service. This is a 21stcentury<br />

country house hotel and rooms are beautifully chic,<br />

with a cream colour palette and contemporary furniture.<br />

The grounds are extensive and there’s a Polo Academy and<br />

Equestrian Centre offering riding lessons and off-road hacks.<br />

The spa is one of England’s best, set into the countryside and<br />

offering dreamy treatments, and the Drawing Room serves a<br />

fabulous afternoon tea of scones and freshly made cakes from<br />

the pastry team. For dinner, elegant Restaurant Coworth Park<br />

has a Michelin star and a showcase of a tasting menu, which<br />

features dishes such as Cornish turbot with salted grapes and<br />

Highland wagyu short rib.<br />

Sample the delights on offer at the Langley Hotel in<br />

Buckinghamshire, one of the newest hotel on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong>. This hotel and spa sits in a former royal hunting ground<br />

surrounded by formal gardens and landscaped parklands,<br />

offering guests a truly luxurious stay. At the opulent spa you<br />

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With a fascinating history dating back to the Edwardian<br />

era, the Thames Lido is a unique urban retreat in the heart<br />

of Reading, situated in a Grade II listed building which was<br />

painstakingly renovated before the lido reopened – it’s another<br />

great place to base yourself for a celebration. You can swim<br />

year-round in the open-air swimming pool and book with<br />

spa packages such as a holistic massage included, as well as a<br />

delicious meal at the restaurant, overlooking the open-air pool.<br />

Take the glamour with you into the day time with private<br />

day tours from Bath throughout the South <strong>West</strong> with your<br />

own guide in a luxury Mercedes V-Class vehicle with Galahad<br />

Tours. To see the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> from a bird's eye view you<br />

might even enjoy a hot-air balloon ride with Bailey Balloons,<br />

offering exclusive balloon flights for up to 6 people across the<br />

South <strong>West</strong>.<br />

From the road to the sky, did you know you can also travel<br />

in style along our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> rivers and canals? Private<br />

harbour tours and river trips can be booked with Bristol Packet<br />

Boat Trips, or take a Thames Rivercruise (based at the heart<br />

of the Upper Thames) and cruise through some of the most<br />

stunning reaches of the Thames from Henley and Sonning up<br />

to Goring and Streatley.<br />

For something more thrilling on the water enjoy<br />

an unforgettable outdoors activity such as stand up<br />

paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking with Original Wild.<br />

Or step outside your comfort zone thrill-chasing with an<br />

adrenaline-fuelled driving experience at Castle Combe Circuit,<br />

watersports at Cotswold Water Park, or by jumping out of a<br />

plane with Skydive Neteravon. Or, from the social whirl of<br />

Royal Ascot to Ascot Racedays there is something to suit every<br />

occasion and ensure a day to remember at Ascot Racecourse<br />

throughout the year.<br />

Perhaps learning a new skill is a more appealing way of<br />

marking an occasion? You might like to rustle up a special<br />

treat in the kitchen with a hands-on course at Vaughan’s<br />

Cookery School in Devizes. Or, have a go at glassblowing at<br />

Bristol Blue Glass.<br />

While in Bristol you might also enjoy a stop in urban<br />

oasis at The Lido. Tucked away amongst a courtyard of<br />

Georgian Terraces in the heart of historic Clifton, the Lido<br />

features a spa, restaurant, outdoor heated pool, sauna, hot<br />

tub and steam room within a characterful Victorian building.<br />

Here you can enjoy a tailor-made massage using bespoke<br />

own-brand Lido oils or take a refreshing dip in the open-air<br />

pool before enjoying lunch in the building's historic viewing<br />

gallery.<br />

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Pictured previous page left to right: Hot Air Balloon over Wiltshire; Champagne celebrations at the<br />

Gainsborough Bath Spa Pictured clockwise from left: Bedroom at The Langley; Cross Bath by candlelight;<br />

Swimming at Bristol Lido<br />

Just 10 minutes by train from Bristol in Bath you can enjoy<br />

a private tour of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city<br />

with Insider Tours. Or, discover Bath’s food scene using your<br />

taste buds on a Savouring Bath tour, while strolling through its<br />

elegant 18th century streets and alleyways.<br />

For a special occasion in addition to the open-air rooftop<br />

pool with spectacular views over the city of Bath at Thermae<br />

Bath Spa next door is its more exclusive sister – The Cross<br />

Baths. Housed in a separate building with its own open-air<br />

thermal bath The Cross Baths provides an alternative to the<br />

more extensive spa facilities in the New Royal Bath. Fed by<br />

its own natural spring, this beautiful building with its own<br />

changing facilities can be enjoyed as a unique venue for an<br />

exclusive spa break for a group up to 10 people.<br />

Christmas is always a golden time to visit, with twinkly<br />

festive markets sprinkled throughout the route – none more<br />

well-known than Bath Christmas Market, with its magical<br />

Regency backdrop providing the perfect setting for a mulled<br />

wine and a mince pie. Elsewhere along the touring route you<br />

can celebrate the season with ice skating, festivals of light,<br />

slapstick pantomime shows, and glitzy New Year’s parties.<br />

Now is the perfect time for a memorable adventure through<br />

the real England.<br />

Evening entertainment<br />

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

Click here for our Itinerary<br />

Planner for night owls<br />

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GUIDE TO<br />



Enjoy life cruising in the slow lane on a canal boat break along the<br />

historic Kennet & Avon Canal from Devizes via Hungerford to Kintbury in<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire with the option of stopping off in the glorious Vale of<br />

Pewsey in the heart of the North Wessex Downs<br />

Words | Poppy Ryan

Pictured previous page: Kennet & Avon Canal Pictured clockwise from<br />

below: The Canal Tavern; Bradford on Avon Canal; autumn berries on<br />

the Bradford on Avon Canal<br />

The Kennet & Avon Canal runs all the way from the<br />

River Thames to the River Avon, connecting the town<br />

of Reading with the World Heritage Site of Bath and<br />

Bristol. It is 87-miles (140km) long and is made up<br />

of two lengths of navigable river linked by a 57-mile (92km)<br />

canal section. It passes through some of the loveliest scenery<br />

you could hope to see.<br />

When you travel down the Kennet & Avon Canal you are<br />

hitting the rewind button on life. Wonderful views, tranquil<br />

waters, charming villages, quaint canal side pubs, impressive<br />

locks – all of them looking much the same as they always did.<br />

Not forgetting Bath's Georgian architecture of golden stone<br />

and the rich maritime history of Bristol.<br />

Started in 1794, the canal was completed in 1810 to the<br />

designs of engineer John Rennie. It became an important trade<br />

route bustling with boats carrying a variety of goods. As it<br />

snaked its way across country the canal brought prosperity<br />

and employment to rural towns and villages. Wharves and all<br />

the infrastructure necessary for handling goods were built,<br />

and today you can still see this fascinating industrial heritage<br />

scattered along the canal banks. The canal needed many locks<br />

and engineering solutions to climb up and down the Wiltshire<br />

and Somerset hills. Engineers were innovators and designed<br />

remarkable canal architecture such as the Crofton Pumping<br />

Station, Claverton Water Mill and the Dundas and Avoncliffe<br />

Aqueducts.<br />

The canal's locks are wide enough to take two<br />

narrowboats side by side or a large beamed boat. Most<br />

spectacular of all is the famous Caen Hill Lock Flight in<br />

Devizes, considered one of the wonders of the waterways. In<br />

order that boats could climb or descend the steep hill, 29 locks<br />

were built between Town Bridge and the bottom lock at Lower<br />

Foxhangers. In the middle of this is the 'staircase' of 16 locks<br />

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with enormous side pounds that hold water to fill the locks.<br />

If you're taking a boat through them, it's best to give yourself<br />

ample time.<br />

The canal was a busy thoroughfare until the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong>ern Railway Act of 1835 led to the building of the railway<br />

from London to Bristol. Faster and more efficient, the railway<br />

began to steal trade away from the canal which gradually<br />

declined.<br />

By the mid-1950s the canal was derelict and on the point<br />

of abandonment when a group of waterways enthusiasts<br />

decided to act. In 1962, they formed the Kennet and Avon<br />

Canal Trust, determined to rescue the canal and make<br />

it navigable once more. Working with the then British<br />

Waterways (now the Canal & River Trust) and local authorities<br />

they plugged the leaks, fitted new lock gates, restored the<br />

towpaths and bridges and after a grant of £25 million from the<br />

Lottery Fund it finally reopened in 1990.<br />

Today this ribbon of water provides pleasure for thousands<br />

of tourist boaters, walkers and cyclists, as well as a home for<br />

'liveaboards' – those who choose to live permanently on their<br />

boats. Every Easter the Devizes to <strong>West</strong>minster Canoe Race<br />

challenges paddlers to race the 125 miles to London via the<br />

canal and the Thames. A broad array of businesses make their<br />

money from the canal, ranging from hire boats, marinas and<br />

chandleries to floating cafes and hairdressers.<br />

It is also hugely important for all sorts of animals and<br />

plants. You will see swans, ducks and heron, and if you're lucky<br />

catch the flash of kingfishers. Water voles and otters are more<br />

secretive, but they are here too. Curious cows come down to<br />

the banks to drink and watch you chug on by. The water teems<br />

with fish such as roach, pike, perch, bream, tench and small<br />

minnows. The aggressive pike is the largest of all canal fish and<br />

often lurks among weed beds bursting out to catch smaller<br />

fish.<br />

There are lots of plants to spot as you visit – the wide,<br />

leathery leaves of water lilies float on the surface, and you can<br />

see their attractive flowers from mid-May until the first frosts.<br />

In summer, brightly-coloured purple loosestrife provides food<br />

for long-tongued insects such as brimstone butterflies and<br />

elephant hawk moths and the towpath vegetation attracts<br />

many more species of insects. The rustle of common reed will<br />

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Pictured left to right: Bradford on Avon Canal; locks on the<br />

Bradford on Avon Canal<br />

reed and sedge warblers. The fact that by boat you cannot<br />

travel faster than 4mph, forces you to embrace that wonderful<br />

antidote to modern life-slow time. If you are on the towpath,<br />

take time to observe the changing seasons and give a friendly<br />

greeting to all who pass by. So please, when you visit, slow<br />

down and linger a while, there is so much to enjoy about the<br />

spectacular Kennet & Avon Canal.<br />

The Canal & River Trust cares for 2,000 miles of canals<br />

and rivers across England and Wales. Every year, around 15<br />

million people visit these waterways, a 200-year old national<br />

network.<br />


Caen Hill is one of the greatest examples of canal engineering<br />

in England and is a great place to start your journey along this<br />

historic canal. Hire a boat at Devizes from the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal Trust or from one of the many operators that are listed<br />

with the Canal and River Trust. Alternatively, you could start a<br />

little further east along the canal and hire a boat with<br />

Honeystreet Boats and on your return from Kintbury you<br />

could do an extra leg to Devizes and then back to Honeystreet.<br />

This round trip is about 55 miles and includes 56 locks and you<br />

could easily do it all in a week.<br />

Have lunch at Honeystreet Café or at the Waterfront<br />

Bar and Bistro by Pewsey Wharf then follow the towpath to<br />

Crofton Beam Engine – the oldest working beam engine in the<br />

world. Further along the trail you come to Wilton Windmill,<br />

built in 1821, it is the only working windmill in Wessex. Just a<br />

few miles further along the canal is the Three Tuns Freehouse<br />

pub in <strong>Great</strong> Bedwyn.<br />


Spend the day exploring the lush green water meadows of<br />

the market town of Hungerford with its quirky canal bridges<br />

and famous antique shops. A great place for lunch is the Tutti<br />

Pole, a quaint restaurant on the high street selling everything<br />

from lights snacks to a full English Breakfast served all day,<br />

three-course meals and afternoon teas. The name Tutti Pole<br />

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derives from the ancient traditions of Hocktide, an English<br />

ceremonial rite dating back to 1365 and is still celebrated<br />

in Hungerford each year, when, on the second Tuesday<br />

after Easter, two tithing men visit the homes of commoners<br />

carrying Tutti poles dressed with spring flowers.<br />

There are replica Tutti poles outside the restaurant,<br />

while inside there are many photographs of the Hocktide<br />

celebrations through the years. Alternatively, you could take<br />

a day off your own boat and go on a popular half-day round<br />

trip on the Rose of Hungerford boat, travelling east from<br />

Hungerford Wharf through Dun Mill Lock Wire Locks.<br />


Highworth is an ancient hill top market town situated on the<br />

edge of the Cotswolds close to Lechlade-on-Thames which<br />

is the last navigable section of the River Thames and the<br />

Thames Path. The town centre is a remarkable conservation<br />

area containing 84 listed buildings and a Grade l listed<br />

church. There's also the Highworth Museum in the unusual<br />

setting of a Bank’s strong room, featuring a permanent<br />

display on the history of the town as well as temporary<br />

exhibitions. The Visitor’ Centre is also an Arts and Craft<br />

centre showcasing handmade pieces by local artists and<br />

makers, and the town is perfectly placed to explore Wiltshire,<br />

Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.<br />

Insider Tip<br />

Looking to plan a trip by canal but unsure of<br />

the route and timings? Check out Canalplan –<br />

a handy route planner for canal journeys that<br />

you follow virtually before the trip. It helps<br />

you plan your journey or holiday, calculates<br />

the length (distance, number of locks, time<br />

taken and so on) of your trip and shows<br />

gazetteer information on places along the<br />

way (pubs, shops etc). ▶ canalplan.org.uk<br />

Click here to<br />

download the <strong>Great</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> guide to the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal<br />

Did you know?<br />

Caen Hill (produced<br />

‘cane’) is one of the<br />

longest continuous<br />

flight of locks in<br />

England with a total<br />

of 29 locks rising<br />

237 feet over 2<br />

miles, with a 1 in 44<br />

gradient<br />

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Arts and Events<br />

Cultural Calendar<br />

As well as its natural scenery, cultural scene and lovely locals, the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is known for its many festivals and events<br />


Pumpkin picking patches<br />

Bristol has a wide range of<br />

pumpkin patches where<br />

you can pick your own<br />

pumpkin this Halloween.<br />

Try the Pumpkin Fest at<br />

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm where<br />

you can pick your own,<br />

there are talks about creepy<br />

crawlies, and the Owl of<br />

the World Trail. Head east<br />

of the city to Avon Valley<br />

Wildlife and Adventure<br />

Park for the Pumpkin Patch<br />

Nights where there are fair<br />

rides, or south of the city is<br />

Pumpkins at Farrington’s<br />

2-5<br />

OCT<br />

28<br />

OCT<br />

Wake The Tiger: Danse Macabre<br />

Visit Bristol’s newest attraction this<br />

Halloween for a special event with<br />

live bands, DJs, and performances<br />

Terrifying Turnip Trail at Brunel’s SS <strong>Great</strong> Britain<br />

Reveal truths about ‘All Hallows Eve’ customs and traditions<br />

from Victorian times as Gothic characters and horror monsters<br />

roam the ship with extra gruesome sights, sounds and smells<br />

21-31<br />

OCT<br />

Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein –<br />

After Dark: Purgatory<br />

An intense multi-sensory horror<br />

event for those aged 15 and above<br />

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FROM<br />

<strong>07</strong><br />

OCT<br />

FEAR, Avon Valley Scream<br />

Park<br />

Award-winning event<br />

FEAR is gearing up for its<br />

biggest scare experience<br />

this year called<br />

#ABloodyGoodNight<br />

along with thrilling<br />

fair rides, street<br />

entertainment, and the<br />

famous fire display<br />

22-30<br />

Visit Dyrham Park this<br />

October half term to<br />

find scarecrows through<br />

the parkland and collect<br />

All Hallows' Eve clues<br />

©National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra<br />

22-23<br />

OCT<br />

Halloween Spooktacular at<br />

Wookey Hole<br />

Get into the spirit of Halloween<br />

at the Home of the Witch<br />

UNTIL<br />

30<br />

OCT<br />


Photography Fortnight<br />

Learn about Henry Fox<br />

Talbot's photographic<br />

discoveries through a trail<br />

22-30<br />

During October half term<br />

Prior Park Landscape<br />

Garden will be offering a<br />

Halloween inspired trail.<br />

Find the clue hidden in<br />

the pumpkin patch!<br />

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Arts and Events Cultural Calendar<br />


FROM<br />

18<br />

NOV<br />

Christmas at Blenheim<br />

Palace<br />

Three unmissable<br />

experiences in one iconic<br />

Oxfordshire setting; The<br />

story of The Snow Queen,<br />

Christmas Market and<br />

Illuminated trail are back<br />

with stunning trails in the<br />

Palace and the worldrenowned<br />

gardens<br />

05 Nov – 31 Dec<br />

Don't miss the Christmas<br />

exhibition at Fisherton<br />

Mill featuring 18 artists<br />

and makers and other<br />

festivities and fun<br />

8-12<br />

NOV<br />

Sarum Lights – Renaissance<br />

Jaw-dropping light displays,<br />

evocative music and breathtaking<br />

Renaissance art<br />

10<br />

NOV<br />


Bath Adventures Ghost Hunters<br />

Silent Disco Tour<br />

join Bath Adventures through<br />

the streets of Bath and dance!<br />

01 Nov – 31 Jan 2023<br />

Jump aboard a festive tea<br />

cruise with French<br />

Brothers for a 2½ hour<br />

christmas journey<br />

complete with a luxurious<br />

afternoon tea<br />

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Arts and Events Cultural Calendar<br />


FROM<br />

17<br />

NOV<br />


Christmas at Kew<br />

A botanical world filled with seasonal<br />

cheer. The magical trail will light up Kew<br />

Gardens as you’ve never seen before,<br />

making the perfect festive winter evening<br />

– as one of the UK’s leading Christmas<br />

experiences. Discover sparkling tunnels of<br />

light, dancing waterside reflections, glitter<br />

balls and trees drenched in jewel-like colour<br />

on your way to the panoramic Palm House<br />

light display<br />

FROM<br />

25<br />

NOV<br />


Christmas at Stourhead illuminated tour<br />

Stourhead is a Palladian house and<br />

garden described as a ‘living work of art’.<br />

The curated trail features the stunning<br />

Christmas Cathedral, in which more than<br />

a thousand pea lights will be woven into<br />

the forest landscape. Marvel at the ‘Sea<br />

of Light’, neon stars wrapping trees and a<br />

brilliant super nova, providing plenty of<br />

selfie moments along the way<br />

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FROM<br />

17<br />


8 JANUARY<br />

RHS Glow 2022 at Wisley<br />

Wander the new trail<br />

around the garden<br />

and see some of<br />

Wisley’s iconic sights in<br />

breathtaking beauty as<br />

amazing illuminations<br />

light your way. This year<br />

there will be more light,<br />

fire and fountain displays<br />

than ever before.<br />

4-10 December<br />

Sail with Hobbs of Henley<br />

on a Thames Christmas<br />

Party Cruise enjoying a 3<br />

course meal and dancing<br />

away to their resident DJ<br />

FROM<br />

05<br />

NOV<br />


The Festival of Light, Longleat<br />

Meet characters from the Roald<br />

Dahl stories and watch the<br />

enchanted Christmas Tree show<br />

FROM<br />

12<br />

NOV<br />


Christmas at Waddesdon<br />

A festive extravaganza returns to<br />

Buckinghamshire with magical<br />

lights and the gardens aglow<br />

Find out more<br />

Click here to stay<br />

up-to-date with our<br />

festivals and events<br />

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<strong>Way</strong>s to travel the<br />

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

It’s fun to travel under your own steam. Welcome to a journey<br />

through time – an adventure across England by car, rail, boat, foot, bike<br />

or a combination of all. Start planning your journey of discovery here...<br />

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Hiring a bike and cycling along the canal, countryside<br />

paths and trails, taking a walk through picturesque<br />

villages and visiting our three Areas of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty and three UNESCO World Heritage<br />

sites by foot is a beautifully scenic experience.<br />

Whether you’re up for a lengthy hike in the<br />

Cotswolds, a cycle ride racing down the 13.7km (8.5<br />

miles) steeply twisting Swinley Red trail with its<br />

berms, drops and white-knuckle descents, or just<br />

fancy a potter around some village antique shops,<br />

walking and cycling is a wonderful way to explore.<br />

You can cycle the entire length of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Way</strong> via National Cycle Route 4, which links up<br />

regional cycle routes such as the Thames Valley Cycle<br />

Route and the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route.<br />

The National Trails website gives details of longdistance<br />

walking trails along the route: The Cotswold<br />

<strong>Way</strong>, The Ridgeway and the Thames Path.<br />

Go to Sustrans for more (shorter) cycle routes on the<br />

National Cycle Network, in and around the touring<br />

route. There are also some excellent routes along the<br />

Wiltshire Cycleway, including a picturesque 15.3k<br />

between Corsham and Bradford on Avon.<br />

Be sure to read the Information Points page to find<br />

out where to pick up local maps and walking trails.<br />

Plus, download our <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> map before you<br />

set off.<br />

Did you know? Bristol was officially Britain’s first<br />

cycling city. Join the locals with a ride on a<br />

pay-as-you-go YoBike, hire a tandem or go on a<br />

Cycle the City tour of Bristol's best landmarks.<br />


The Kennet & Avon Canal is a wonderful way to<br />

travel along part of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. This ribbon<br />

of beauty and history stretches between Reading and<br />

Bristol and is looked after by the Canal & River Trust.<br />

Slow down and enjoy all 87 miles of the Kennet<br />

& Avon Canal as part of your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

adventure, using our Kennet & Avon Canal map.<br />

Hire a boat or hop on a barge tour for the ultimate<br />

experience in slow travel. Multiple companies<br />

operate along the River Thames and the Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal. Visit Thames and The Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal Trust are useful places to start.<br />

You can canoe, kayak or book one of the numerous<br />

boat trips. Passing through countryside, market<br />

towns and picturesque villages, the canal offers an<br />

abundance of natural beauty, fascinating wildlife,<br />

outstanding canal structures, fabulous vistas and<br />

heritage galore. The lazy pop pop pop of the engine<br />

while you travel slowly through attractive towns like<br />

Hungerford, quaint villages such as Wootton Rivers<br />

and architectural masterpieces like Bath.<br />

Of course, the famous Caen Hill Lock Flight in<br />

Devizes is a real wow – look up from the bottom of<br />

the 16 locks that form the main ‘staircase’ – now<br />

that’s one way to get boats to travel uphill.<br />

Take a look at our Marina page for hire boats and<br />

boat tours and find details of river transport options<br />

in the capital on the Transport for London website.<br />

Did you know? Queen Elizabeth II reopened the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal in 1990 after a passionate<br />

band of volunteers gave it an impressive revamp.<br />

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BY CAR<br />

A road trip adventure along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

allows you to linger as long as you want in each<br />

destination, and even venture off on a complete<br />

tangent if the mood takes you – take a look at our<br />

suggested itineraries to help you make a start.<br />

The main road between London and Bristol is the A4<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> Road, based on an ancient horse track<br />

and later, one of King Charles I’s <strong>Great</strong> Roads, which<br />

facilitated the establishment of the British postal<br />

service – The Royal Mail.<br />

The A4 cuts a fairly direct path between the two<br />

cities, allowing you to travel the distance in less than<br />

2 hours 30 minutes if you wanted to. Of course, if<br />

you’re travelling by car, half the pleasure is being<br />

able to pull off and explore whenever you like.<br />

Wherever you decide to base yourself along the<br />

touring route, there’ll also be charming country lanes<br />

and winding rural roads to enjoy. Jump in the car and<br />

see where you end up.<br />

You may find the AA’s Route Planner tool useful for<br />

planning your road trip. Also, our pages on car hire<br />

and travel tips could be of interest – especially if this<br />

is your first time driving in the UK.<br />

If you want to hire a car for your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

adventure, you’ll find plenty of car hire companies<br />

in just the places you’d expect – airports, larger train<br />

stations, cities and towns, for example Auto Europe<br />

and Practical Car & Van Rental.<br />

Did you know? The first mail coach was introduced<br />

between Bristol and London in 1784.<br />

BY TRAIN<br />

Making tracks on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> can point you<br />

at endless amounts of history and fun facts to be<br />

discovered along its length from London to Bristol. In<br />

one go the journey is just 1hr 40min, but by stopping<br />

off you can explore the route in your own time<br />

turning it into a holiday adventure of a lifetime.<br />

Relax and journey along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> using<br />

the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer pass. It includes<br />

unlimited Off-Peak train travel from London<br />

Paddington with <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway along the<br />

route to Bristol Temple Meads via Reading and<br />

Swindon, or Newbury and Pewsey, with options<br />

to branch off towards Salisbury via <strong>West</strong>bury (or<br />

London Waterloo to Salisbury with South <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway). It also includes unlimited travel on listed<br />

bus services along the routes. The rail route is<br />

marked on the map with a green line. Choose from<br />

an East, <strong>West</strong> or Global one-day or seven-day ticket<br />

to enjoy your <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> adventure.<br />

You can purchase the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer<br />

pass online at GWR.com or from your local station.<br />

They come in the form of a standard orange ticket,<br />

clearly showing the route you have purchased<br />

and whether it is valid for one day or seven. If you<br />

are travelling from overseas, international passes<br />

(similar to a BritRail pass) can be purchased online<br />

at ACPRail.com or via your travel agent, where<br />

discounted international rates apply and with no offpeak<br />

travel time restrictions.<br />

Did you know? The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway runs<br />

along the full distance of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

– from London’s Paddington station to Bristol<br />

Temple Meads.<br />

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North Wessex Downs<br />

Marvel at the prehistoric stones of<br />

Stonehenge and Avebury, the Wiltshire<br />

White Horses and the White Horse<br />

at Uffington. Take time to visit<br />

Highclere Castle, where Downton<br />

Abbey was filmed, and get lost in the<br />

mysterious hillforts, neolithic burial<br />

mounds and genteel country houses.<br />

The Chilterns<br />

Characterised by neat farmland,<br />

ancient woodland and chalk downland.<br />

The Chilterns is a haven for wildlife<br />

including red kites. Explore the<br />

fabulous trails of The Ridgeway and<br />

the Chiltern <strong>Way</strong> Circular passing<br />

sparkling-clear chalk streams.<br />

The Cotswolds<br />

The Cotswolds <strong>Way</strong> starts in Bath<br />

and follows north for 102 miles,<br />

to the well-to-do market town of<br />

Chipping Campden. Explore Corsham,<br />

Castle Combe and Dyrham Park,<br />

or just take in the views: gentle<br />

hills, sweeping valleys and summer<br />

wildflower meadows dotted with<br />

warm limestone homes. This is<br />

England at its prettiest.<br />

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Gourmet Guide to<br />

Food and Drink<br />

From the wild creativity of Bristol’s street food scene, to the glamour of<br />

London’s high profile restaurants, there’s a tantalising buffet of food and<br />

drink experiences along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

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Michelin Starred and Fine Dining<br />

Sit down to a meal of gastronomical delights at one<br />

of the award-winning fine-dining establishments<br />

along the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Sample sumptuous<br />

tasting menus created by Michelin-starred chefs,<br />

innovative dishes featuring local produce, and<br />

traditional English delicacies cooked to perfection.<br />

The Vineyard, Stockcross, Berkshire<br />

Not only is The Vineyard a luxury five-star hotel<br />

and spa, it also has a fine dining restaurant and<br />

30,000-bottle wine cellar. Head chef Robby Jenks is<br />

at the helm of this 3AA Rosette restaurant. Diners can<br />

choose from an à la carte or tasting menu where they<br />

can enjoy dishes such as veal sweetbread ravioli with<br />

pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin and brown butter sauce<br />

or roast brill, brassicas, caper berries and almond.<br />

Stockcross, Newbury<br />

Bulrush, Bristol<br />

One of the recent additions to the Michelin Guide,<br />

Bristol-based restaurant Bulrush is certainly on many<br />

a foodie’s ‘must visit’ list. Chef Proprietor George<br />

Livesey’s imaginative and well-balanced menu is<br />

chock-full of seasonal ingredients which are either<br />

organic or have been foraged.<br />

21 Cotham Rd S, Bristol<br />

THE PIG-near Bath<br />

You don't have to be staying at THE-PIG-near Bath<br />

to book a table at their impressive Kitchen Garden<br />

restaurant. Home to quite a few four-legged and<br />

feathered friends, it is the farm to fork experience<br />

that has made the PIGs so successful. THE-PIG-near<br />

Bath rear their our own chickens and pigs for eggs<br />

and pork meaning they can be sure of their quality<br />

and provenance, ensuring they lead happy lives.<br />

Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath<br />

Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath<br />

Located in the renowned Queensberry Hotel, Olive<br />

Tree is a 3 AA Rosette restaurant in the heart of the<br />

beautiful city of Bath. It is a contemporary British<br />

restaurant offering informal fine dining under the<br />

direction of award-winning head chef, Chris Cleghorn.<br />

This is the only restaurant in the city to be awarded a<br />

Michelin Star. Chris’ menu is quintessentially British<br />

with Mediterranean influences.<br />

4-7 Russell St, Bath<br />

The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire<br />

If you love theatre, Heston Blumenthal’s renowned<br />

eatery in Bray offers the perfect destination, serving<br />

innovative modern British cuisine in the most<br />

spectacular of settings. Heston has previously been<br />

described as the ‘Willy Wonka of British gastronomy’<br />

and diners who would like to eat at his three-Michelinstarred<br />

wonderland pay £325 up front for a ‘ticket’ –<br />

providing them with access to the 17-courses on offer<br />

that showcase his multi sensory cuisine.<br />

High St, Bray<br />

The Dining Room, Malmesbury, Wiltshire<br />

Michelin’s European Young Chef of the Year Niall<br />

Keating showcases his skills as Executive Chef at this<br />

one Michelin star dining room restaurant at Whatley<br />

Manor Hotel. Serving seasonal British produce<br />

influenced by his world wide travels.<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa, Easton Grey,<br />

Malmesbury, Wiltshire<br />

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons,<br />

South Oxfordshire<br />

Described as ‘Oxfordshire heritage meets French<br />

flair’, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred chic<br />

restaurant has earned itself a global reputation<br />

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for fine gastronomy and creative cooking. Diners<br />

continue to be charmed by both the setting<br />

(country-house luxe) and the delicious treats on<br />

offer which includes the likes of spiced monkfish,<br />

ravioli of pumpkin and smoked trout amongst others.<br />

Church Road, <strong>Great</strong> Milton, South Oxfordshire<br />

The Miller of Mansfield, Berkshire<br />

Despite its intriguing name, the Miller of Mansfield<br />

is situated in the sweet village of Goring-on-Thames.<br />

This 18th-century country pub has been given a<br />

contemporary twist and can be defined as ‘Modern<br />

European’ which has earned two AA Rosettes<br />

and offers refined modern British dishes from the<br />

freshest seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.<br />

High Street, Goring on Thames, Reading<br />

The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Nr. Marlborough<br />

Owned and run by Sue and Roger Jones, this Michelin<br />

Star gem has received worldwide accolades for its<br />

food and has also been critically acclaimed for its<br />

900 bin Wine List. Offering three menus, to include<br />

an eight course evening gourmet which changes daily<br />

to reflect the best seasonal ingredients.<br />

Little Bedwyn, Nr. Marlborough, Wiltshire<br />

The Hand and Flowers, Marlow<br />

The Hand and Flowers is the only pub in the UK<br />

with two Michelin stars and with celebrated chef<br />

Tom Kerridge at the helm it is easy to see why. The<br />

restaurant has a rustic feel which is complemented<br />

by the refined British cuisine on offer.<br />

126 <strong>West</strong> St, Marlow<br />

Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire<br />

Chef André Garrett’s innovative dishes, meticulous<br />

preparation and elaborate finishes showcase his<br />

exquisitely crafted creation. Produce is locally<br />

sourced and is highly seasonal – guests can choose<br />

between an à la carte menu or an eight-course<br />

tasting menu.<br />

Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Berkshire<br />

Paco Tapas, Bristol<br />

An ever changing menu combining traditional tapas<br />

with personal interpretations from Michelin starred<br />

Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. Staying true to the<br />

vibrant and comforting flavours of his heritage, with<br />

jamón ready to carve, padrón peppers roasting over<br />

the wood fire and sherry straight from the barrel.<br />

3a Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6FU<br />

Queens Arms, East Garston, Berkshire<br />

Perfectly placed as a stop-over destination within<br />

an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This award<br />

winning, pub, restaurant and hotel (with its own<br />

private lodge) serves seasonal British cuisine.<br />

East Garston, Berkshire<br />

The Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire<br />

Bray is the place for foodies to be! The Waterside Inn<br />

which is under the leadership of chef patron Alain<br />

Roux has held three Michelin stars for over thirty<br />

years. Expect the most exquisite Classic French<br />

cooking coupled with the most impeccable service.<br />

Ferry Rd, Bray, Berkshire<br />

Red Lion Freehouse, East Chisenbury<br />

Husband and wife team, Guy and Brittany Manning<br />

modestly describe themselves as “just a couple<br />

of chefs working to create a place with real soul”.<br />

Sourcing from the best possible producers, talent<br />

and hard work has earned the duo, and their team,<br />

one Michelin star status and a restaurant “where the<br />

food has personality, the surroundings are relaxed<br />

and the hospitality is warm and sincere”.<br />

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The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is the only place<br />

where you can experience all five of the<br />

UK's Three Michelin Starred restaurants.<br />

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay<br />

Royal Hospital Road, London<br />

gordonramsayrestaurants.com/<br />

restaurant-gordon-ramsay<br />

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester<br />

Park Lane, London<br />

alainducasse-dorchester.com<br />

Sketch – the Lecture Room & Library<br />

9 Conduit Street, London<br />

sketch.london/the-lecture-room<br />

The Waterside Inn<br />

Ferry Rd, Bray<br />

waterside-inn.co.uk<br />

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck<br />

High Street, Bray<br />

thefatduck.co.uk<br />


The Dining Room, Whatley Manor<br />

Easton Grey, Malmesbury<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

Red Lion Freehouse<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

Dining Restaurants<br />

You’ll find many of the restaurants along the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> are dining rooms within our<br />

Ambassador hotels. You’ll also find several celebrity<br />

chefs including Rick Stein, Pierre Koffmann and<br />

Marco Pierre White.<br />

Abbey Hotel Kitchen, The Abbey Hotel Bath<br />

Under the helm of Head Chef Marcus Bradley, Abbey<br />

Hotel Kitchen is in the perfect central Bath location.<br />

This relaxing and vibrant space offers high energy,<br />

attentive service and delicious fresh food and drinks<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

The Orange Artichoke, Apex Hotel, Bath<br />

Perfectly placed in the heart of Bath, you’ll never<br />

be far from the action when you eat at The Orange<br />

Artichoke. Allow them to curb your cravings with<br />

locally sourced food, drink and delicious delicacies in<br />

contemporary, chic surroundings.<br />

apexhotels.co.uk<br />

Beau’s Bar and Restaurant at Donnington<br />

Grove Hotel & Country Club<br />

Set amidst beautiful parkland with the River<br />

Lambourn winding through the grounds, this<br />

Newbury restaurant has large picture windows to<br />

make the most of the picturesque river views.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

The Brasserie at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel<br />

With glorious river views and a stunning bar and<br />

terrace, The Brasserie offers upscale dining in the<br />

heart of Windsor. Large windows let you watch boats<br />

and swans glide down the Thames as you enjoy the<br />

delicious all day menu and fine wines.<br />

sirchristopherwren.co.uk<br />

Cedar at the Langley<br />

Dining experiences here are inspired by the bountiful<br />

English countryside. Savour delicious cuisine in<br />

our elevated restaurant overlooking the grounds,<br />

featuring sumptuous meals crafted with natural<br />

ingredients.<br />

marriott.com<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen<br />

Uncomplicated dishes that explore and showcase<br />

the freshest and very best ingredients. Chef Patron,<br />

Robert Clayton ensures that every dish is prepared,<br />

cooked and presented to perfection.<br />

claytonskitchen.com<br />

Cloisters Restaurant, Bailbrook House Hotel<br />

Tucked away in the historic mansion is Cloisters<br />

restaurant where the heritage of this country house<br />

hotel in Bath really comes into its own, with original<br />

archways made from traditional Bath stone.<br />

handpickedhotels.co.uk<br />

Cricklade House & Spa<br />

The chefs at Crickdale are passionate about using<br />

great local produce and change their menu monthly.<br />

Enjoy a three course meal, a traditional Sunday Roast<br />

or Afternoon Tea of finger sandwiches, homemade<br />

scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes.<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

The Gainsborough Brasserie<br />

The Restaurant with its Georgian architecture,<br />

original artwork and impressive wine wall is open to<br />

hotel guests and non-residents. Enjoy contemporary<br />

British cuisine inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients<br />

in a stylish and relaxed environment.<br />

thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk<br />

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There are many ways to sample the best<br />

local cuisine on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>,<br />

from city tours and hands-on cookery<br />

classes to nostalgic river cruising.<br />


A Taste of England<br />

atasteofenglandtours.com<br />

Around and about Bath<br />

alainducasse-dorchester.com<br />

Savouring Bath<br />

savouringbath.com<br />


Vaughan’s Kitchen<br />

White Horse Business Centre, Devizes<br />

vaughanskitchen.co.uk<br />


Hobbs of Henley<br />

hobbsofhenley.com<br />

Bristol Packet Boat Trips<br />

bristolpacket.co.uk<br />

Thames Rivercruise<br />

thamesrivercruise.co.uk<br />

French Brothers<br />

frenchbrothers.co.uk<br />

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The Restaurant, No 15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

Open for a show-stopping supper or lovely lunch<br />

while you’re exploring the city of Bath. Seasonal<br />

local meat, fresh fruit and veg are sourced from<br />

Buxton Butchers and family-run grocers, Lovejoys,<br />

and as for bread and baked goodies, there’s nowhere<br />

better than beloved Bath institution, Bertinet Bakery.<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk<br />

The Dower House Restaurant, The Royal<br />

Crescent Hotel & Spa<br />

Award winning dishes are created with passion and<br />

served with pride by award-winning Head Chef<br />

Martin Blake and his team.<br />

royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

Guyers House Hotel & Restaurant, Chippenham<br />

Set in a lovely old house with its own kitchen garden<br />

and orchard the pretty dining room restaurant offers<br />

a menu of finely cooked modern British cuisine.<br />

guyershouse.com<br />

Heyworth Restaurant, Henley<br />

Greenland’s Hotel<br />

Here you can enjoy an evening meal prepared by<br />

passionate chefs with menus designed using seasonal<br />

produce and locally sourced ingredients.<br />

hospitalityuor.co.uk<br />

Windsor & Eton Brewery, Leaf<br />

at The Castle Hotel<br />

From comforting classics to light bites and<br />

delectable vegan options, British artisan cheeses and<br />

local beers visit Leaf, serves dishes made from the<br />

finest locally sourced produce with a wide-ranging,<br />

modern menu.<br />

castlehotelwindsor.com/dining/<br />

The Moonraker Hotel Brasserie<br />

Like the seasons, menus change as Xavier and his<br />

team use fresh local produce to create and showcase<br />

some old-fashioned classics, putting the hotel<br />

Brasserie firmly on the culinary map. They have a<br />

walled garden used as the setting for their smokery<br />

which they use to smoke their meat and fish.<br />

moonrakerhotel.com<br />

The Old Bell Hotel, Saints & Sinners<br />

Home to some of the most delicious food in the<br />

Cotswolds serveing a menu of dishes made from<br />

deliciously fresh, locally sourced ingredients.<br />

The Old Bell Hotel is a Grade I listed hotel, rumoured<br />

to be England’s oldest hotel, located next door to<br />

Malmesbury Abbey.<br />

oldbellhotel.co.uk<br />

Plum + Spilt Milk, <strong>Great</strong> Northern Hotel<br />

An award-winning restaurant in the heart of King's<br />

Cross, offering a beautiful seasonal modern-British<br />

menu, with locally sourced ingredients. In an elegant<br />

yet cosy atmosphere, surrounded by the views of<br />

King’s Cross and St Pancras.<br />

plumandspiltmilk.com<br />

Rick Stein, Marlborough<br />

Rick Stein’s Marlborough restaurant brings a taste<br />

of Cornwall to the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>. Located on<br />

Marlborough High Street, serving a combination<br />

of classic seafood dishes, excellent wines and with<br />

plenty of coastal charm.<br />

rickstein.com<br />

The Roseate Hotels, London, Reading and Bath<br />

All three of The Roseate Hotels, Roseate House in<br />

London, near Hyde Park, The Roseate in Reading and<br />

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Discover crisp, white, award-winning<br />

bubbly varieties<br />

Alder Ridge Vineyard<br />

Between Hungerford and Marlborough<br />

alderridge.co.uk<br />

Aldwick Estate Vineyard<br />

Nestled beneath the famous Mendip Hills<br />

aldwickestate.co.uk<br />

Bluestone Vineyards at Cholderton<br />

Rare Breeds Farm<br />

10 acre on-site boutique vineyard on the<br />

McConnell family farm in Wiltshire<br />

bluestonevineyards.co.uk<br />


Enjoy wine tastings, taprooms and tours<br />

Bristol Brewery Tours<br />

Mardyke Wharf, Bristol<br />

bristolbrewerytours.com<br />

Bristol Hoppers<br />

Walking Tours of Bristol's Craft Beer Scene<br />

bristolhoppers.co.uk<br />

The Bath Brew House<br />

14 James Street <strong>West</strong>, Bath<br />

thebathbrewhouse.com<br />

Wadworth Brewery<br />

Northgate Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire<br />

wadworth.co.uk<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery<br />

The Old Dairy, Yattendon<br />

wbbrew.com<br />

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The Roseate Villa in Bath, located in a quiet corner of<br />

the city, offer exceptional dining in their restaurants.<br />

roseatehotels.com<br />

Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood Hotel, Spa &<br />

Golf Resort<br />

Laid-back, countryside dining with picture perfect<br />

views. The Two AA Rosette Shelburne Restaurant<br />

serves delicious food from seasonal menus every day.<br />

From long, lazy lunches to romantic moments over<br />

cocktails, you will enjoy a range of mouth-watering<br />

dishes prepared with passion and served with flair.<br />

bowood.org<br />

The Swan Bradford On Avon<br />

Locally sourced produce, beautifully prepared and<br />

cooked to perfection.Open for breakfast, lunch,<br />

dinner, Sunday carvery, coffee, or a light snack and a<br />

glass of wine or pint of local ale.<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

Woolley Grange Hotel<br />

With so many ingredients plucked from their own<br />

kitchen garden, it’s more about wheelbarrow yards<br />

than food miles at Woolley Grange. Visit for fine<br />

dining or family dining.<br />

woolleygrangehotel.co.uk<br />

Mark’s Bar, Riverside Hotel, Salisbury<br />

Mark’s Bar is truly a fabulous place to enjoy a<br />

relaxing drink, lunch or dinner with friends. Opening<br />

out on to a terrace overlooking the river and<br />

Salisbury Cathedral, on a summers day, it certainly<br />

will be the place to be - with a great choice of wines,<br />

Champagnes, premium spirits and cocktails.<br />

riversidesalisbury.co.uk/salisbury-food-and-drink/<br />

Pubs and Inns<br />

From traditional thatched village inns to modern<br />

gastropubs with spacious beer gardens perfect for<br />

families to enjoy the summer sunshine<br />

Red Lion Freehouse<br />

East Chisenbury, Pewsey<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />

The Bear Hotel, Devizes<br />

2-3 The Market Pl, Devizes<br />

thebearhoteldevizes.co.uk<br />

The Black Swan in Devizes<br />

The Market Place, Devizes<br />

blackswandevizes.co.uk<br />

The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill<br />

Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Reading<br />

butcombe.com<br />

Crown & Anchor Inn<br />

Ham, Wiltshire<br />

crownandanchorham.co.uk<br />

The Crown, Tolldown<br />

Toll Down <strong>Way</strong>, Dyrham, Chippenham<br />

butcombe.com<br />

The George Inn, Norton St Philip<br />

High Street, Norton St Philip, Bath<br />

butcombe.com<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Brewery Taproom and Kitchen<br />

The Old Dairy Frilsham Farm, Yattendon<br />

wbbrew.com<br />

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Helen Browning’s Royal Oak<br />

Cues Ln, Bishopstone, Swindon<br />

helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk<br />

The Newbury<br />

137 Bartholomew St, Newbury<br />

thenewburypub.co.uk<br />

The Prince Street Social<br />

Crown House, 37-41 Prince St, Bristol<br />

princestreetsocial.com<br />

Queens Arms, East Garston<br />

Newbury Rd, East Garston, Hungerford<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk<br />

The Royal Oak Yattendon<br />

The Square, Yattendon RG18 0UG<br />

royaloakyattendon.co.uk<br />

The Royal Windsor Pub<br />

Datchet Rd, Windsor<br />

theroyalwindsor.co.uk<br />

The Swan Bradford On Avon<br />

1 Church St, Bradford-on-Avon<br />

theswanbradford.co.uk<br />

Three Tuns Freehouse<br />

1 High St, <strong>Great</strong> Bedwyn, Marlborough<br />

tunsfreehouse.com<br />

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Gourmet Guide to Food and Drink<br />

Tea Rooms & Cafés<br />

Whether it’s a quick cuppa with breakfast or a<br />

full-blown afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches,<br />

indulgent cakes and tasty scones, you'll find plenty<br />

of lovely cafes and tea rooms to enjoy along the<br />

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

Aldermaston Tea Rooms<br />

Traditional Tea Rooms in a lovely setting by the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal. Leaf tea, cream teas, apple pie,<br />

canalman's lunch, whippy ice cream and more.<br />

facebook.com/aldermastontearooms<br />

Canal Trust Café<br />

A beautiful tea rooms and licensed cafe situated in<br />

Bradford on Avon along the Kennet & Avon Canal.<br />

with lovely gardens and delicious food and cakes.<br />

facebook.com/Canal-Trust-Cafe<br />

Teashop by the Canal<br />

Set in a unique grade II listed building by the Kennet<br />

& Avon Canal, blending the warmth of Italian culture,<br />

with fine and splendid rituals of English Cream Teas.<br />

teashopbythecanal.co.uk<br />

The Bridge Tea Rooms<br />

Housed in a former blacksmith's cottage dating<br />

from 1502, this quintessentially English tea room<br />

offers the very best in traditionally British afternoon<br />

tea. With delicate bone china, the finest leaf teas,<br />

and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving<br />

homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches.<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

Honeystreet Mill Cafe<br />

Situated in Pewsey Vale, Honeystreet Mill Cafe offers<br />

a range of delicious fresh and local food open for<br />

breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Treat yourself to<br />

a chilled glass of prosecco on the terrace, and watch<br />

the world go by Wiltshire-style.<br />

honeystreetboats.co.uk<br />

Spring's Café and Restaurant<br />

Located at Thermae Bath Spa, Springs Café and<br />

Restaurant combines beautiful Georgian architecture<br />

with classic, contemporary style. Throughout the day<br />

and evening, spa users can enjoy delicious dishes and<br />

interesting drinks from an extensive menu.<br />

thermaebathspa.com/springs-cafe-and-restaurant<br />

The Tutti Pole<br />

A family run restaurant close to the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal in a grade ll listed building, serving quality<br />

homemade food and luxury afternoon teas.<br />

thetuttipole.co.uk<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt, The National Arboretum<br />

During your visit to <strong>West</strong>onbirt The National<br />

Arboretum stop off at the restaurant for freshly<br />

prepared hot and cold refreshments including soups,<br />

sandwiches, savoury snacks, cakes and pastries.<br />

forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/restaurant<br />

Windsor Castle Undercroft Café<br />

The first café for visitors to Windsor Castle has<br />

opened in Edward III’s medieval Undercroft, which<br />

for centuries served as the Castle’s main wine cellar<br />

and is one of the oldest surviving spaces in the<br />

1,000-year-old royal residence.<br />

windsor.gov.uk/food-and-drink<br />

Lido Spa & Restaurant, Bristol Lido<br />

Spanish and Mediterranean menus, open kitchen<br />

with hot blazing Italian clay oven and bespoke<br />

charcoal grill by the grade 2 listed outdoor pool.<br />

lidobristol.com/restaurant-and-tapas-bar<br />

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


Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

North Parade, Bath<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

Cricklade House<br />

Common Hill, Cricklade, Swindon<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

The Bridge Tea Rooms<br />

Bridge Street, Bradford on Avon<br />

thebridgetearooms.co.uk<br />

No15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney, Bath<br />

15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney Street, Bath<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk<br />

The Pump Room Restaurant<br />

Searcys at the Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath<br />

thepumproombath.co.uk<br />

The Roseate Hotel, Reading<br />

26 The Forbury, Reading<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate<br />

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa<br />

16 Royal Crescent, Bath<br />

royalcrescent.co.uk<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa<br />

Easton Grey, Malmesbury<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

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Where to Stay on<br />

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

Staying overnight on the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> makes for a wonderful trip,<br />

whether on a romantic weekend away or a week-long adventure<br />

BATH<br />

Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

Abbey Hotel is located perfectly central in the city of<br />

Bath, making it an ideal place to stay to when exploring<br />

the city. Independantly owned, this unique hotel offers<br />

an intriguing blend of stylish comfort, vibrant and<br />

eccentric contemporary art, and historic character.<br />

abbeyhotelbath.co.uk<br />

Dukes Hotel<br />

One of Bath’s most prestigious streets, this beautiful,<br />

boutique, guest house stands on <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

Street. Whether it is the high ceilings, sash windows<br />

or hand crafted Sanitan bathroom suites, each room<br />

uniquely reflects an era of Georgian elegance and charm.<br />

dukesbath.co.uk<br />

The Apartment Bath<br />

From Nespresso to Nintendo, The Apartment, Bath<br />

is a two-bedroom apartment in central Bath on<br />

Widcombe Parade, and the perfect home from home<br />

for guests exploring the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>.<br />

apartmentbath.com<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath occupies a quiet corner of<br />

the city, overlooking the tranquil Henrietta Park.<br />

Encompassing two characterful converted Victorian<br />

houses, the Villa offers 21 rooms with exclusive<br />

features. The Villa also has a private garden where<br />

you can relax and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea.<br />

roseatehotels.com/bath/theroseatevilla/<br />

Tucking Mill, Bath Apartments and Cottages<br />

Family owned range of award-winning luxurious<br />

properties including three cottages at Tucking Mill<br />

with outstanding views, and two apartments just 10<br />

minutes’ walk from Bath city centre.<br />

bathselfcatering.net<br />

YMCA Bath Hostel<br />

YMCA Bath Hostel is a city centre hostel with all<br />

the attractions located within walking distance;<br />

The Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Bath Rugby<br />

Ground, The Circus and Bath Abbey to name a few.<br />

Affordable, clean accommodation ideal for families,<br />

couples, and backpackers on a budget.<br />

ymcabath.org.uk<br />

Bath Apartment Breaks<br />

Two luxurious self-catering apartments in Bath, each<br />

perfect for four guests. One apartment is on the<br />

ground floor and has its own sun-trap patio area with<br />

outside seating, whilst the other is on the first floor<br />

and has two small balconies off the living area.<br />

bathapartmentbreaks.co.uk<br />

Bath Area Self Catering<br />

High quality, luxury self-catering holiday cottages<br />

and apartments in Bath and the surrounding areas<br />

of Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. These<br />

properties are ideal for exploring the <strong>West</strong>ern part<br />

of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> including Wiltshire, the<br />

Cotswolds, Bath and Bristol<br />

bathselfcatering.com<br />

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No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

To be found at the heart of Bath’s<br />

fashionable society, No.15 <strong>Great</strong><br />

Pulteney is an elegant and vivacious<br />

townhouse hotel on the very grandest<br />

street in Bath. Comprising 40 bedrooms,<br />

a cocktail bar, restaurant and boutique<br />

spa, No.15 exudes understated<br />

sophistication and luxury.<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk/no-15-bath<br />

Brooks Guesthouse B&B<br />

Brooks Guesthouse Bath is an award winning four<br />

star boutique guesthouse in Bath city centre with 22<br />

uniquely furnished bedrooms with an eclectic mix of<br />

antiques, modern pieces and designer wallpapers.<br />

brooksguesthouse.com<br />

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa<br />

Where dapper country house hotel meets hospitality<br />

with imagination, charm and spirit, surrounded by<br />

private gardens and set in glorious, rural Wiltshire.<br />

You might also enjoy a visit to sister hotels , The Bird<br />

& Homewood<br />

bishopstrowhotel.com<br />

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Abbey Hotel, Bath<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two historic<br />

buildings with Georgian and Victorian facades in<br />

the heart of Bath. Named after the artist Thomas<br />

Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is welcoming and<br />

elegant. there are 99 berooms and suites with views<br />

across the city to surrounding countryside.<br />

thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk<br />


Royal Berkshire – Exclusive Collection<br />

Royal Berkshire is a country house located in the<br />

heart of Ascot, perfect for overnight stays, with 66<br />

luxury bedrooms. The grounds are charming, perfect<br />

for a wedding location or event, with a private walled<br />

garden and a beautiful fountain plaza.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/royal-berkshire<br />


Brooks Guesthouse B&B and Rooftop Retro<br />

Rocket Caravans, Bristol<br />

A boutique contemporary guesthouse situated<br />

smack bang in the heart of Bristol's old town next<br />

to St Nicholas Market and just a short stroll to the<br />

vibrant Harbourside.<br />

The caravans are British built and capturing the<br />

glamour of the timeless vintage aluminium design<br />

with all the lux of a modern hotel room and beautiful<br />

rooftop views of Bristol City Centre.<br />

brooksguesthousebristol.com<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport<br />

This is the ultimate hotel in terms of design, comfort<br />

and convenience, being on the doorstep of Bristol<br />

Airport – the only hotel within walking distance of<br />

the terminal. Spend a day exploring Noah's Ark Zoo<br />

Farm, Cheddar Caves and Gorge or Cabot Tower.<br />

hilton.com<br />

The Bristol Wing part of YMCA<br />

The Bristol Wing is a boutique hostel in Bristol city<br />

centre in the Grade II listed old Police Headquarters.<br />

Since the first lockdown it has been repurposed<br />

and provided a safe place for people at risk of<br />

homelessness – it is now being fully refurbished with<br />

plans to re-open Spring 2023. Located only a short<br />

walk from some of the best bits of Bristol including<br />

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Bristol’s harbourside, Bristol Shopping Quarter and<br />

the Old City.<br />

thebristolwing.co.uk<br />


The Manor House – Exclusive Collection<br />

This 14th century luxury hotel and golf club is<br />

perfect for romantic nights away, with Michelin<br />

starred dining and a dedicated gin bar. Head into the<br />

picturesque village of Castle Combe or play a round<br />

at the championship 18-hole golf course. Situated in<br />

365 acres of rich parkland and widely regarded as a<br />

real hidden golfing gem in the Cotswolds.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house<br />


Pythouse Kitchen Garden<br />

You’ve heard of restaurants with rooms – now we<br />

bring you the restaurant with a glamping village.<br />

Six bell tents and a cosy shepherds’ hut sit in an<br />

orchard near this lunchtime-only restaurant.<br />

They share showers, a cocktail area, kitchen and<br />

dining area.<br />

pythousekitchengarden.co.uk<br />


Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

From its lofty position near Priddy, the highest<br />

village in the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Club Site is<br />

surrounded by spectacular landscapes, great for<br />

walking, cycling, caving and rock climbing. Less than<br />

five miles from the campsite is Cheddar Gorge, one<br />

of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks.<br />

Explore its extraordinary subterranean stalactite<br />

show caves and spectacular panoramic views.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

Perched on the banks of the River Thames, this<br />

lovely campsite has a rural feel despite being just<br />

50 minutes from Central London by train. Walkers<br />

will enjoy the Thames Path Nature Trail – a longdistance<br />

towpath trail that starts in the Cotswolds<br />

and meanders through Chertsey towards the heart of<br />

London. It’s a peaceful and scenic trail that’s ideal for<br />

people of all ages and abilities.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />

Mill Farm Glamping<br />

Enjoy the best of the beautiful British countryside<br />

from the comfort of a luxurious canvas lodge on this<br />

family-run, organic farm. Meet the ducks, dairy cattle<br />

and donkeys. Have fun on Farmer Joe's organic farm<br />

tour. Walk, ride, paddle, fish – or just soak up the sun<br />

and the tranquil scenery. It all adds up to a unique<br />

break that you – and your family or friends – will<br />

treasure for a lifetime.<br />

millfarmglamping.co.uk<br />


The Greenlands Hotel<br />

Set within the 30-acre Henley Business School estate<br />

in the Oxfordshire countryside, this magnificent<br />

Grade II Listed Building is steeped in history dating as<br />

far back as 1480. There are 100 bedrooms including<br />

eight luxury balcony rooms with views across the<br />

Chiltern Valley and the grounds leading to the River<br />

Thames. There's a fitness centre, tennis courts, giant<br />

lawn chess and footpaths leading into the Chiltern<br />

Hills. Located less than three miles from the centre<br />

of Henley-on-Thames home to the famous annual<br />

Henley Royal Regatta, five miles from the riverside<br />

Georgian market town of Marlow and a short car<br />

journey to Windsor and Oxford.<br />

hospitalityuor.co.uk/accommodation<br />


Herongate Apartments<br />

Welcome to Herongate Apartments, a collection of<br />

four purpose built self serviced/serviced apartments<br />

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Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa<br />

Whatley Manor is a grown-up getaway in the<br />

heart of the Cotswolds set in 12 acres of gardens.<br />

Try Grey’s Brasserie for a leisurely lunch, dinner<br />

or chilled glass of wine. Or the innovative tasting<br />

menu with specially selected wines in The Dining<br />

Room. There's also The Green Room where chefs<br />

prepare small plates of expertly crafted food in<br />

front of you, Aquarias Spa and even a cinema.<br />

whatleymanor.com<br />

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Club<br />

Donnington Grove, a three star country-house hotel<br />

in Newbury, is situated in 500 acres of beautiful<br />

grounds that include an 18 hole championship golf<br />

course, beauty and treatment rooms at Avalon<br />

Retreat, Clay Shooting and the New Beau's Bar<br />

and Restaurant. It is a fascinating destination with<br />

more than a whiff of English decadence. Built in<br />

'Strawberry Hill Gothic' style, this 250 year old,<br />

charming building has a unique heritage.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

The Chequers Hotel<br />

This former 18th Century Coaching Inn comprises<br />

56 bedrooms, a business and meeting centre and<br />

an intimate restaurant serving modern British and<br />

European cuisine.<br />

donnington-grove.com<br />

conveniently located just minutes walk from<br />

Hungerford High Street and the beautiful Kennet &<br />

Avon Canal. The apartments are situated next door<br />

to Herongate Club and all guests over the age of 16<br />

years can enjoy complimentary access to the gym<br />

and pool as well as discounts off classes and the<br />

fabulous Honesty Cafe.<br />

herongateservicedapartments.com<br />

LONDON<br />

Roseate House London<br />

Located near Hyde Park with stunning views over<br />

leafy <strong>West</strong>bourne Terrace. John Constable, son of the<br />

famous landscape artist, once lived there, and Oscar<br />

Wilde married at St James’ Church opposite. The<br />

hotel comprises of three restored, mid-19th century,<br />

Grade II listed townhouses originally built in 1842<br />

which still retain the grace and charm of the original<br />

Victorian architecture. Located on a street steeped in<br />

history in a haven of tranquillity.<br />

roseatehotels.com<br />



The Chilterns View<br />

The Chilterns View offers luxury lodge<br />

accommodation overlooking the beautiful Chiltern<br />

Hills. Guests love the privacy and seclusion of these<br />

lodges with wonderful south-facing views and hot<br />

tubs. Sit around the fire pit with a glass of fizz to<br />

watch the sun set over the hills, and in the daytime<br />

you can relax by the pond or take a walk to one of<br />

the many fine pubs and eateries in the area.<br />

thechilternsview.co.uk<br />


Hilton Reading<br />

Ideally located off junction 11 of the M4, the<br />

Hilton Hotel in Reading offers a warm and inviting<br />

atmosphere. Bedrooms feature air conditioning,<br />

wired and wireless Internet access, laptop safes, mini<br />

bar, on-demand movies, a spacious workdesk and<br />

famous Hilton Serenity bed system. Access to the<br />

24-hour LivingWell Health Club is included.<br />

hilton.com<br />

Novotel Reading Centre<br />

Perfectly suited in the heart of the town. Many of<br />

Reading's best restaurants, bars and shops are just<br />

a stone's throw from the hotel, and you are close<br />

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

Whately Manor Hotel & Spa, Malmesbury<br />

to Windsor and Oxford, and family attractions like<br />

Legoland, Reading Museum, Reading Abbey Ruins<br />

and Forbury Gardens Public Park. Reading train<br />

station is a two-minute walk away and Thames<br />

Valley Park is just a shuttle bus away.<br />

all.accor.com/hotel<br />

The Roseate Reading<br />

Described as 'The UK's Sexiest Townhouse Hotel' by<br />

The Evening Standard, The Roseate Reading is also<br />

recognised for its artful conception and luxury.<br />

roseatehotels.com/reading/theroseate<br />

SURREY<br />

Pennyhill Park – Exclusive Collection<br />

There are only a few places able to offer such a<br />

diverse range of experiences as Pennyhill Park.<br />

Set in 123 acres of Surrey countryside with a host<br />

of individual experiences, they offer exceptional<br />

overnight breaks, Michelin starred dining, bespoke<br />

weddings, distinctive meetings and events, family<br />

celebrations and an award-winning spa. There are<br />

two award-winning restaurants, The Ascot Bar, and<br />

The Spa including a state-of-the-art fitness suite,<br />

treatment rooms, nail bar, hot tubs and indoor and<br />

outdoor pools.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park<br />

Walton on Thames Camping and Caravanning<br />

Club Site<br />

Tucked away in rural Surrey, you’d hardly know<br />

Walton on Thames Club Site is just half an hour from<br />

Central London. For a hearty dose of adrenaline,<br />

head to the much-loved theme parks of Thorpe Park,<br />

Chessington World of Adventures, and Legoland,<br />

where kids (and big kids too) can go wild on wacky<br />

rides and looping rollercoasters. For something a<br />

little more sedate, head to Hampton Court Palace,<br />

once the palatial home of King Henry VIII and his<br />

six wives, to experience Royal life by exploring<br />

the splendid interiors and wandering around the<br />

magnificent estate with its rich variety of gardens<br />

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The Kingsbury @ No7 & No8, Marlborough<br />

and plants.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


Rose & Crown Inn, Ashbury<br />

Located in a charming ‘off the beaten track’ village at<br />

the foot of the rolling countryside of the Lambourn<br />

Downs and historic sites of the Vale of the White<br />

Horse. This village inn boasts an exceptional menu<br />

and very comfortable rooms. It has a unique<br />

atmosphere and very much reflects the gentle pace<br />

of a friendly and welcoming ‘unspoiled’ village inn.<br />

roseandcrownatashbury.co.uk<br />


The Queens Arms Hotel<br />

The Queens Arms is an award-winning hotel, pub and<br />

restaurant with its own private lodge.<br />

Situated in the beautiful village of East Garston,<br />

between London and the <strong>West</strong> Country yet in the<br />

heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The<br />

Queens Arms features 12 bespoke bedrooms, a large<br />

friendly bar with log fire that leads into the dining<br />

room, a south facing patio and a large enclosed<br />

garden. Children and dogs welcome.<br />

queensarmseastgarston.co.uk<br />


Salisbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

Within easy reach of some of the most famous sites<br />

in England. The historic centre of Salisbury, known<br />

as ‘the city in the countryside’, is an easy two mile<br />

walk from the campsite and offers many must-see<br />

attractions including the famous cathedral.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />

The Merchant’s House Hotel, Salisbury<br />

37 newly and beautifully refurbished en suite<br />

rooms located in the city centre. A must visit is The<br />

Merchant’s Bar with open fire and wonderful choice<br />

of wines, beers and spirits.<br />

themerchantshousehotel.co.uk<br />

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Riverside Hotel, Salisbury<br />

Set in beautiful grounds leading down to the River<br />

Nadder and just a short stroll from the historic<br />

Salisbury city centre, this charming and newly<br />

renovated hotel consists of 38 beautifully restored<br />

bedrooms, some that enjoy stunning views over<br />

the river to Salisbury Cathedral. In 2022 the hotel<br />

and grounds underwent a major yet sympathetic<br />

refurbishment to restore and bring back to life<br />

this charming contemporary manor house hotel –<br />

previously it was the Grasmere House Hotel. Built<br />

in the 1800s by the Wort family the Riverside Hotel<br />

was one of the first houses built in Harnham.<br />

riversidesalisbury.co.uk<br />


Church Farm Country Cottages<br />

Enjoy a rural location on a working sheep farm<br />

staying in award-winning single storey cottages and<br />

barn conversions with exposed beams and vaulted<br />

ceilings. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty you can enjoy walking and cycling from your<br />

doorstep or it is a short journey to Bradford on Avon,<br />

Longleat and the World Heritage City of Bath.<br />

churchfarmcottages.com<br />

Cumberwell Country Cottages<br />

Set in a peaceful, rural location, these seven unique,<br />

luxurious and spacious self-catering cottages are set<br />

in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside on the edge<br />

of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just five<br />

miles from the World Heritage city of Bath and one<br />

mile from the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon.<br />

cumberwellcountrycottages.com<br />

Timbrells Yard<br />

Timbrells Yard is a stylishly revamped riverside inn<br />

at the heart of beautiful Bradford-on-Avon. It has<br />

award-winning food and 17 super stylish bedrooms.<br />

Grade II listed, it is family and dog-friendly, and has a<br />

wonderful terrace on the banks of the River Avon.<br />

timbrellsyard.com<br />

Woolley Grange Hotel<br />

Surrounded by 14 acres of stunning grounds, Woolley<br />


The Kingsbury @ No7 & No8<br />

Boutique hotel come Airbnb with modern,<br />

keyless entry system allowing you to come<br />

and go as you please. All rooms have been<br />

lovingly and individually designed to offer<br />

quality, comfort and style, for you to relax and<br />

enjoy your stay. Fun dining concept including<br />

fabulous afternoon teas and cocktail making in<br />

the restaurant (book in advance).<br />

thekingsbury.co.uk<br />

Grange is a Jacobean manor house offering a warm<br />

welcome to families, with award-winning children's<br />

facilities, a beautiful spa, and great food using<br />

fresh produce from the walled kitchen garden. For<br />

a stargazing evening stay in one of the new Luxury<br />

Glamping Suites, you also have access to the historic<br />

hotel and its facilities, including heated indoor and<br />

outdoor swimming pools, spa, OFSTED-registered<br />

childcare and The Hideout Pizza Cafe.<br />

woolleygrangehotel.co.uk<br />


Best <strong>West</strong>ern Plus Angel Hotel, Chippenham<br />

Superbly located five miles from the M4 between<br />

Bath and Swindon. This 400-year-old coaching inn<br />

has been sympathetically extended to include a<br />

gym, indoor pool, courtyard garden and bedroom<br />

wing. The addition of a stylish new brasserie, bar<br />

and lounge create the ideal surroundings to relax.<br />

A perfect base for enjoying motor racing at Castle<br />

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Rowley Cottage at Iford Manor<br />

Surrounded by nature in the beautiful Iford<br />

Valley and set within the Grade 1 listed<br />

Iford Manor Gardens, this luxury, self-catering<br />

period cottage is in an idyllic setting. Recently<br />

renovated, with three en-suite bedrooms,<br />

sleeping six it is the perfect base to explore<br />

from. Just 15 minutes from Bath.<br />

ifordmanor.co.uk/stay<br />

Combe, the Badminton Horse Trials, Longleat Safari<br />

Park and Swindon designer shopping village.<br />

angel-hotel-chippenham.com<br />


Cliffe Farm Dairy<br />

Self-catering accommodation in the heart of<br />

Wiltshire; ideal for families looking for that quiet<br />

escape. A secluded and unique cottage on a working<br />

farm. This special place offers uninterrupted views<br />

and wonderful walking opportunities.<br />

cliffefarmdairy.co.uk<br />

Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site<br />

This peaceful campsite beside the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal is perfect for walking, cycling, and exploring<br />

the region’s many historic attractions. Head out on<br />

a scenic walk to the historic market town of Devizes<br />

along the towpath, passing the Caen Hill flight of 29<br />

locks – one of the longest continuous flight of locks<br />

in the country, rising 237 feet over two miles. In the<br />

bustling market town of Devizes, visit the Wiltshire<br />

Museum with its award-winning galleries and<br />

ancient gold collection, pop into the Kennet & Avon<br />

Canal Trust Museum to learn more about the local<br />

waterways. Head to Wadworth’s Brewery to take a<br />

tour and sample ales at the visitor centre, and see the<br />

famous shire horses making deliveries. If you fancy<br />

stretching your legs, take the five-mile circular walk<br />

from Devizes to Roundway Hill, taking in stretches of<br />

the Kennet & Avon Canal, with opportunities to take<br />

longer walks by joining the Mid Wilts <strong>Way</strong>, Wessex<br />

Ridgeway or the White Horse Trail.<br />

campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk<br />


The Old Bell Hotel<br />

A comfortable, country hotel full of character and<br />

charm, reputed to be the oldest purpose built hotel<br />

in England (c.1220) and Grade I Listed. The hotel<br />

nestles in the beautiful medieval Cotswold town of<br />

Malmesbury and is 75 yards from the famous Abbey<br />

House Gardens with over 2000 roses.<br />

With crackling log fires, cosy corners, squashy sofas,<br />

plump duvets, fine linen and fabulous food and wine<br />

– this is pure indulgence.<br />

oldbellhotel.co.uk<br />

Pettifers Hotel<br />

Pettifers Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind<br />

and explore. You've got the fabulous Cotswold Water<br />

Park, Highgrove, <strong>West</strong>onbirt Arboretum, Tetbury,<br />

Malmesbury and Cirencester all on the door step –<br />

perfect for family stays and mini breaks, plus they are<br />

super dog friendly too so no need to leave your four<br />

legged friends behind!<br />

pettifershotel.co.uk<br />


Holiday Inn, Salisbury – Stonehenge<br />

This modern friendly hotel has over 100 air<br />

conditioned bedrooms and is the nearest hotel<br />

to Stonehenge, offering a stylish, contemporary<br />

gateway to the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> and to the<br />

picturesque county of Wiltshire and beyond.<br />

Enjoy easy access to the colourful landscape of sights<br />

and attractions dotting the English countryside.<br />

hisalisbury-stonehenge.co.uk<br />

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Rowley Cottage at Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon<br />


Cricklade House Hotel<br />

Standing in over 30 acres of peaceful, secluded<br />

grounds on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cricklade<br />

House Hotel offers a traditional, warm and friendly<br />

welcome for those in search of tranquility, comfort,<br />

good food and wine, with extensive recreational<br />

facilities. This beautiful and dignified country<br />

house, 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 building,<br />

making the most of the hotel's elevated position,<br />

with wonderful panoramic views over the Wiltshire<br />

countryside. The ideal location for exploring the<br />

wonders Wiltshire and the surrounding area have to<br />

offer – with brilliant links to both the M4 and M5 and<br />

through to Oxford.<br />

crickladehotel.co.uk<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon<br />

<strong>West</strong> of Swindon, this relaxing hotel is an excellent<br />

base for touring the beautiful <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong><br />

countryside including the Wiltshire Downs and<br />

the Cotswolds, visiting pretty villages such as<br />

Chippenham and Marlborough, and, for a truly<br />

memorable experience, you'll find the World<br />

Heritage Site of Avebury nearby too.<br />

The accommodation comprises 171 bedrooms with<br />

61 Deluxe rooms and eight Suites and for food and<br />

drink head to The Larder Restaurant and Bar.<br />

hilton.com<br />


Totteridge Farm Camping Pods<br />

Totteridge Farm Camping Pods offer a wonderful<br />

English countryside experience, for those who<br />

want to be close to nature without giving up home<br />

comforts. Step out of your timber lodge into the<br />

fresh calm of a rural Wiltshire morning, explore the<br />

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Avebury and Stonehenge Private Guided Tours<br />

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

Find out more online or call Laurence<br />

oldburytours.co.uk | +44 (0)7947 488665<br />






The <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> caters to the desires of<br />

all travellers, with its mix of quirky glamping<br />

and camping sites, pretty countryside B&Bs,<br />

cool city hotels, traditional village pubs and<br />

even fancy castles and stately homes<br />

towns, villages and trails of the Vale of Pewsey, or sit<br />

out under the stars around a wood fire with a glass<br />

of farm-grown English wine. There are five luxury<br />

log pods in total, and they are exclusively for adults<br />

(for ages 18 and above), with fantastic views over<br />

the Pewsey Vale, and with the home comforts of a<br />

hot shower and a King Size bed in a double-glazed,<br />

underfloor-heated. There is plenty of choice for<br />

walking, cycling or even kayaking, with many dog<br />

friendly pubs nearby. Come home to your own firepit,<br />

spectacular sunsets and dark skies. There is also an<br />

all-weather shelter and BBQ area.<br />

totteridge-farm.website/camping-and-holidays<br />

Troutbeck Guest House<br />

The Red Lion Freehouse and Troutbeck Guest House<br />

at East Chisenbury have gained quite a reputation<br />

for providing the best of Wiltshire's food, drink<br />

and accommodation in a truly beautiful setting.<br />

The thatched pub now holds a Michelin star for<br />

its outstanding food, but has never changed its<br />

relaxed, distinctively 'pubby' atmosphere. If there<br />

were any improvements to be made to the Red<br />

Lion experience, it could only be the addition of a<br />

cozy, classy guest house to go back to after a lovely<br />

meal. In December 2012 the Red Lion opened a<br />

newly converted bungalow to its loyal following – a<br />

gorgeously polished accommodation sat right on the<br />

bank of the River Avon.<br />

redlionfreehouse.com<br />


Lainston House – Exclusive Collection<br />

Lainston House is a 17th century luxury hotel,<br />

offering luxurious stays, award-winning dining,<br />

bespoke meetings and memorable weddings. It is<br />

also home to the Season cookery school with awardwinning<br />

chefs and renowned external experts.<br />

Tucked away in 63 acres of rural Hampshire<br />

countryside, you can enjoy both a remote and<br />

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages<br />

Luxuriously-appointed self-catering cottages<br />

situated in glorious Berkshire countryside.<br />

These 17th century former barns and stables,<br />

renovated by the Betts family farm, provide<br />

everything you need for a luxurious stay on the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> and with a village community<br />

shop and café next door for fresh food.<br />

stayatmanorfarm.co.uk<br />

relaxing escape in the country or a more activity<br />

filled getaway with lots to do on site, as well as so<br />

many attractions on your doorstep. Individually<br />

designed rooms and suites with beautiful walks and<br />

bike rides in the grounds, inspiring cookery classes<br />

in Season and delicious dining in The Avenue or<br />

their brand new restaurant, The Wellhouse. Not to<br />

mention outstanding afternoon teas in the drawing<br />

room and casual dining in The Cedar Bar. Head out<br />

to explore local attractions, with the historic city of<br />

Winchester, Bombay Sapphire distillery, Marwell Zoo<br />

and Paultons Park all within 15 miles.<br />

exclusive.co.uk/lainston-house<br />

Plan your complete trip<br />

One of the most exciting ways to<br />

travel the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> is to<br />

stop somewhere new each night.<br />

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Prepare before you go<br />

There’s nothing like a good map to make you feel like a true adventurer<br />

This <strong>Way</strong> for a Journey of Discovery<br />

Download our 'This <strong>Way</strong> for a Journey of Discovery'<br />

map of the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong>, and get a sense for<br />

the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. Will you<br />

venture out to explore the mysteries of the North<br />

Wessex Downs? Make a summer solstice pilgrimage<br />

to Stonehenge? Or set off to photograph the pretty<br />

villages of the Cotswolds?<br />

Food and Drink Map<br />

Food lovers can download our food and drink map for<br />

an overview of the incredible culinary delights available<br />

along the route, featuring local breweries, Michelin<br />

starred dining, farmers' markets, afternoon tea, food<br />

and drink festivals, quaint country pubs and more.<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal map<br />

Take a look at our Kennet & Avon Canal map to find<br />

out about travelling along the beautiful and historic<br />

canal that stretches between Reading and Bristol.<br />

Looked after by the Canal & River Trust, you can<br />

explore the towpath by foot or bike – or float gently<br />

along on a narrowboat, canoe or kayak.<br />

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

incredible attractions, beautiful landscapes and top<br />

places to stay, eat and drink – you are ultimately<br />

your own tour guide. Please do wander off course<br />

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

our maps. This dreamy part of England is set up for<br />

surprising discoveries.<br />

Click here to book online<br />

with prices from just £24.<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer Pass<br />

Tickets for the <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Railway can be bought from<br />

ticket offices at stations along<br />

the route but for cheaper tickets<br />

and no queues we recommend<br />

buying in advance. There are<br />

three <strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer<br />

routes available, (East, <strong>West</strong> or<br />

global) giving you the opportunity<br />

to explore your chosen area in<br />

one-day instalments or over the<br />

duration of a week.<br />

Click here to download the<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Discoverer Pass<br />

Click here to download<br />

This <strong>Way</strong> for a Journey of Discovery<br />

Click here to download the<br />

Food and Drink Map<br />

Click here to download the<br />

Kennet & Avon Canal map<br />

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Aerospace Bristol<br />

Alder Ridge Vineyard<br />

Aldermaston Tea Rooms, Visitor<br />

Centre, & Shop<br />

Aldwick Estate<br />

All Saints Church<br />

American Museum & Garden<br />

Apex Hotel<br />

Apsley House<br />

Ascot Racecourse<br />

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum<br />

Auto Europe<br />

Avebury<br />

Bailey Balloons<br />

Barrington Court<br />

Bath Apartment Breaks<br />

Bath Area Self Catering<br />

Bath Bus Company<br />

Bath Insider Tours<br />

Berkeley Castle<br />

Best <strong>West</strong>ern Plus Angel Hotel<br />

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa<br />

Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve<br />

Blenheim Palace<br />

Bluestone Vineyard<br />

Bombay Sapphire<br />

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection<br />

Bowood House & Garden<br />

Bozedown Alpacas<br />

Bradford on Avon Town<br />

Bristol Airport<br />

Bristol Cathedral<br />

Bristol Community Ferry Boats<br />

Bristol Packet Boats<br />

Bristol Tandem Hire<br />

Britains Best Heritage Tours<br />

British Museum<br />

Brooks Guest House Bath<br />

Brooks Guest House Bristol<br />

Bruce Branch Boats<br />

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

Calne Town<br />

Canal & River Trust<br />

Canal Trust Café<br />

Castle Combe Circuit<br />

Cheddar Camping and Caravanning<br />

Club Site<br />

Cheddar Caves<br />

Cheddar Gorge<br />

Chippenham Museum and Heritage<br />

Centre<br />

Chippenham Town<br />

Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm<br />

Church Farm Country Cottages<br />

Clayton’s Kitchen<br />

Cliffe Farm Dairy<br />

Clifton Suspension Bridge<br />

Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen<br />

Corsham Town<br />

Cotswold Water Park<br />

Cricklade House Hotel<br />

MV Barbara McLellan<br />

Crofton Beam Engines<br />

MV Jubilee<br />

Crop Circle Visitors Centre & Exhibition National Garden Scheme<br />

Crown & Anchor<br />

National Trust<br />

Cumberwell Country Cottages Newark Park, Ozleworth<br />

Devizes Camping and Caravanning Newbury Racecourse<br />

Club Site<br />

No. 1 Royal Crescent<br />

Devizes Town<br />

No.15 <strong>Great</strong> Pulteney<br />

Devizes Wharf Tea Room<br />

North Wessex Downs AONB<br />

Donnington Grove Hotel & Country Novotel Reading Centre<br />

Club<br />

Old Sarum<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton, Swindon Oldbury Tours<br />

Dukes Hotel<br />

Original Wild<br />

Dyrham Park<br />

Parkway Shopping Centre<br />

Exclusive Collection<br />

Pennyhill Park<br />

Fashion Museum Bath<br />

Pettifers Freehouse Hotel<br />

First <strong>Travel</strong> Solutions<br />

Pewsey Vale of Tourism Partnership<br />

Fisherton Mill<br />

Prior Park Landscape Garden<br />

French Brothers<br />

Reading Museum<br />

Galahad Tours<br />

Reading UK<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

Red Lion Freehouse<br />

<strong>Great</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Way</strong> Official Tour<br />

REME Museum<br />

Operators<br />

River & Rowing Museum<br />

Hampton by Hilton Bristol Airport Rose & Crown Inn<br />

Henley Greenlands Hotel<br />

Roseate House London<br />

Henley Rowing Association<br />

Royal Berkshire, Sunninghill<br />

Henley on Thames<br />

Royal Borough of Windsor &<br />

Herongate Apartments<br />

Maidenhead<br />

Hilton Reading<br />

Salisbury Cathedral<br />

Hobbs of Henley<br />

Salisbury, Stonehenge and Sarum<br />

Holiday Inn, Salisbury - Stonehenge Tours<br />

Honey Street Boats<br />

Sally Narrowboats<br />

Hungerford Town<br />

Savouring Bath<br />

Iford Manor Gardens<br />

Shaw House<br />

Jones’s Mill at The Vera Jeans Reserve Skydive Netheravon<br />

Kennet & Avon Trade Association South <strong>West</strong>ern Railway<br />

Kennet Horse Boat Company<br />

St Peter’s Church<br />

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Stay in Bath<br />

Village<br />

Stasher<br />

Lainston House<br />

Steeple Ashton<br />

Live Escape Salisbury<br />

Stonehenge<br />

WWT London Wetland Centre Stourhead<br />

Longleat<br />

Strawberry Hill House & Garden<br />

Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve Studley Grange<br />

Lytes Cary Manor<br />

Sulis Guides<br />

Mad Max Tours<br />

Teashop by the Canal<br />

Maidenhead Heritage Centre<br />

Thames Lido<br />

Malmesbury Town<br />

Thames Rivercruise<br />

Manor Farm Courtyard Cottages The Abbey Quarter<br />

Marlborough College Summer School The Bridge Tea Rooms<br />

Marlborough Town<br />

The Bristol Wing/YMCA<br />

Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein The Castle Inn & Bakers Cottage<br />

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet The Chequers Hotel<br />

Swindon<br />

The Courts Garden<br />

Merchants House<br />

The Crown & Anchor<br />

Mill Farm Glamping<br />

The Gainsborough Bath Spa<br />

Mompesson House<br />

The Guild Wiltshire<br />

Monkey Island Estate<br />

The Holburne Museum<br />

Montacute House<br />

The Jane Austen Centre<br />

Museum of East Asian Art<br />

The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust<br />

The Kingsbury @ No.8<br />

The Manor House<br />

The Merchant’s House<br />

The Merchants House Hotel<br />

The Museum of English Rural Life<br />

The Old Bell Hotel<br />

The Pound Arts Centre<br />

The Queens Arms Hotel<br />

The Riverside<br />

The Roman Baths<br />

The Rose of Hungerford<br />

The Roseate Reading<br />

The Roseate Villa Bath<br />

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath<br />

The Royal Windsor Pub<br />

The Swan Hotel<br />

The Tutti Pole<br />

The Watermill Theatre<br />

The Wave<br />

Thermae Bath Spa<br />

Timbrells Yard<br />

Tintinhull Garden<br />

Totteridge Farm Camping Pods<br />

Tour and Explore<br />

Tourism South East<br />

Tours 2 Order<br />

TransWilts Community Rail<br />

Troutbeck Guest House<br />

Trowbridge Town<br />

Tucking Mill View<br />

Turner’s House<br />

Tyntesfield, Wraxall<br />

University Of Bristol Botanic Gardens<br />

Vaughan’s Kitchen<br />

Vintage Classics<br />

VisitBritain/VisitEngland<br />

Visit Gloucestershire<br />

Visit Highworth<br />

Visit Newbury<br />

Visit Thames<br />

Visit <strong>West</strong> - Bath<br />

Visit <strong>West</strong> - Bristol<br />

VisitWiltshire<br />

We The Curious<br />

Wellington Arch<br />

<strong>West</strong> Berkshire Museum<br />

<strong>West</strong>onbirt, The National Arboretum<br />

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa<br />

Whitchurch Silk Mill<br />

Wilton Shopping Village - The Guild<br />

White Horse Inn<br />

Wilton Windmill<br />

Wiltshire Museum<br />

Wiltshire Stonehenge landscape<br />

Windsor Carriages<br />

Windsor Castle, Royal Collection Trust<br />

Windsor Duck Tours<br />

Woolley Grange Hotel<br />

Wyvern Theatre<br />

YMCA Bath Group<br />

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