The lovely old market town of Devizes has plenty of history and the town centre is a mile from Southdown. On Good Friday every year the Devizes to Westminster canoe race starts from Devizes Wharf. This starting point avoids the famous Caen Hill flight of 29 locks.
There are many historic buildings, shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Just north of the town, a short walk from our property, is Roundway Hill where the Battle of Roundwaywas fought in 1643. There is a waymarked walking route around the site of the battle. Here too is Oliver's Castle, an ancient hillfort, and Roundway Hill Covert, a 68 acre broadleaf woodland.
It is on Roundway Hill that you will find the most recent of Wiltshire's White Horses, cut to celebrate the Millennium. The views from the hill are magnificent and reach for many miles.
You can hire a cycle, kayak, canoe or narrowboat if you’d like to see the area from a different perspective.
Bath is a fascinating city and within easy reach of us. With its theatres, architecture, shops, museums, parks and restaurants, Bath could keep you busy for several days.
Salisbury- combine Stonehenge and Salisbury for a great day out. Town and country walks, ancient monuments, theatres, old buildings, museums etc can all be found, along with excellent shopping and dining.
Lacockis a very pretty National Trust village, just a short drive away and again, perfect walking country. There is an Abbey (featured in some Harry Potter films) and the Fox Talbot Museum, a pottery, some individual shops and numerous pubs. Lacock is often used for filming period dramas, notably Cranford, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter & Downton Abbey.
Bradford on Avon is a quaint old town not far from Bath. It has a lovely old bridge spanning the River Avon and many interesting old buildings. It also has a wonderful tea shop and walks through the Barton Farm Country Park to Avoncliff.
Marlboroughis a lively market town with a vast array of shops, restaurants and pubs. Marlborough College is right in town and each year plays host to a Summer School with a vast array of subjects from which to choose. With the Savernake Forest just a few minutes away, it’s easy to escape the crowds. The start/end point of the Wessex Ridgeway is here and it’s also on the White Horse Trail, so is a good place to walk.