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Find out more about different areas of the Great West Way by clicking on the locations below.

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Bath & Bristol
Cotswolds
Wiltshire
Berkshire
Thames
  1. Bath & Bristol
    At the western end of the Great West Way you’ll find Bristol and Bath. A blessing for the urban adventurer since these 2 cities are so close together geographically - just 15 minutes by train - yet miles apart in character.
  2. The Cotswolds
    The Cotswolds offers the sort of chocolate box views that many imagine when they think of England. Its honey-coloured limestone villages and rolling farmland, dotted with curly-haired Cotswold sheep, make up the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country.
  3. Wiltshire
    Between London and Bristol & Bath, and venturing up into the Cotswolds, you’ll find the county of Wiltshire. Patchwork fields, chalk plateauxs and irresistibly pretty villages. It’s not all rural heartland, of course, there’s market towns and a city to explore too...
  4. Royal County of Berkshire
    Considering its proximity to London, this home county is big on old English charm. With its leafy villages, wild pastures and horse-drawn canal boats, you can hop off the train and feel as though you’ve travelled back in time a few hundred years.
  5. Thames
    A boat ride on the River Thames reveals a real spectacle of sights, winding out of London via some of the capital’s most magnificent attractions - the Houses of Parliament, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens. But as you venture further west, new spectacles unfold.
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Along The Way

  1. City Culture Break
    Discovering the bright lights beyond London. If you’re an urban adventurer, you’re probably wondering what other cities you should...
  2. Bristol Airport is located just a few miles south of Bristol City Centre with direct services to over 100 destinations across Europe.
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  3. Luxury Break
    Classic cars, spas and country house stays… If you’re looking to live the high life on the Great West Way, we have lots of...
  4. Wellness Guide
    Take some time out for yourself along the Great West Way. Whether you’re keen on keeping fit or prefer taking it easy in a luxury spa,...
  5. Houses & Gardens Guide
    Exploring English stately homes, gardens and occasional palaces can be the ultimate escapism. There are so many fascinating houses and gardens...
  6. Family Fun Guide
    From Legoland to Longleat, there’s lots kids will love. If you’re bringing the whole gang, you’ll want some ideas for things...

Explore by Boat, Bike, Foot, Car and Coach 

  1. Cycling
    Cycling along the Great West Way.
  2. Bristol Airport is located just a few miles south of Bristol City Centre with direct services to over 100 destinations across Europe.
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  3. Suggested Itineraries
    For helping planning your Great West Way journey, take a look at our suggested itineraries for some inspiration.
  4. Discover Our Way
    Discover our way for insights from residents along the Great West Way.
  5. Walking
    Walking along the Great West Way.
  6. Boats
    Boat accommodation along the Great West Way.
  7. Road
    Road routes and information along the Great West Way.
  8. They offer high spec tandems to hire, for you to explore the city, the region or even further. Discover the fun of riding a tandem for yourselves. Twice as nice.
  9. Top 10 Lovely Places to Stop for a Cup of Tea
    Top 10 lovely places for a cup of tea along the Great West Way.

Discover Our Way

Our Great West Way: Peter Rollins

Our Great West Way: Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins first started off as a tour guide escorting tours through the former Soviet Union, Mongolia and China in the 1980s. In 1990, Peter changed direction and became the Tourism and Marketing Manager at Bath Tourism and is now part of the team at Thermae Bath Spa, Bath.

Our Great West Way: Martin Whittle

Our Great West Way: Martin Whittle

Martin Whittle, 54, has been head horseman at Wadworth Brewery in Devizes, Wiltshire, for ten years. He is the fourth generation in his family to work with heavy horses. He is married to Vicky, who works at Wadworth too. They have three sons, two of whom also work at the brewery. Martin and his team of four look after the brewery’s three shire horses and can be seen five days a week out and about in Devizes making deliveries, as well as at shows and on pub visits. 

Our Great West Way: Bob Evans

Our Great West Way: Bob Evans

Bob Evans has been a steward on the SS Great Britain in Bristol since 1985 and chief steward for ten years. His encyclopaedic knowledge of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s pioneering steel-hulled passenger ship and passion for the city has won the 76-year-old many awards, including a gold medal in the Outstanding Customer Service category of the Enjoy England Awards in 2009.

Our Great West Way: Jonathan Hobbs

Our Great West Way: Jonathan Hobbs

Jonathan Hobbs is managing director of boating firm Hobbs of Henley. He is the fifth generation of his family to run the firm, which was founded by Harry Hobbs in 1870. Jonathan has just been appointed as a Queen’s Waterman, following in the footsteps of his dad, Tony.
 

Discover Our Way: Anne Bartlett

Discover Our Way: Anne Bartlett

Anne Bartlett is a Blue Badge tour guide and tour director. She takes coach tours all around the Great West Way, telling them about its history, culture and heritage. She lives in Cheltenham with her husband, who is an architect. 

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