Wiltshire and the Southern Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty yet it remains largely undiscovered and has a wealth of interesting tracks and footpaths. The chalk Wiltshire Downs are a haven for wild life and endemic flora. The Downs enable the walker to experience breathtaking Wiltshire scenery whilst the villages with their thatched roofs and warm stone walls are a pleasure to see.
This short weekend break of walks will enable you to see some of the historic and interesting countryside of this delightful part of Wiltshire Cotswolds. You will have the opportunity to visit the interesting village of Castle Combe and the picturesque National Trust village of Lacock which has been the setting for many a well known film and TV series.
Your accommodation will be at the 3 star Leigh Park Hotel which is located on the outskirts of the historic market town of Bradford on Avon, within walking distance of this interesting town. It is nine miles from the City of Bath.
We leave the village of Castle Combe and walk to join the MacMillan Way, which winds itself along the side of By Brook. Our route then takes us into open countryside to the village of West Kington and across meadows and through woodland back into the village of Castle Combe.
This delightful walks takes you from the historic town of Bradford-on-Avon along the Kennet and Avon Canal to the village of Westwood and onto Iford with it's beautiful bridge and Georgian manor house. You then continue across fields and through woodland to Freshford before reaching Avoncliff with it's magnificient aquaduct. You then return to Bradford-on-Avon along the canal.
This circular walk takes you from the National Trust vilage of Lacock across fields and through woodland to join a track alongside the disused Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. We then cross Bowden Park and continue across fields to join the banks of the River Avon to take us back to Lacock.