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  1. Tailor make your Great West Way experience
    Wootton Rivers Lock, Wiltshire
  2. A spectacle around every corner
    Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. Travel along the way in style
    Travelling with Great Western Railway along the Great West Way
  4. Walk this way (Walk our Way)
    Bath Skyline Walk
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Areas Along the Great West Way 

Along The Way

  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. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Discover the areas of outstanding natural beauty along the Great West Way.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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  1. Suggested Itineraries
    For helping planning your Great West Way journey, take a look at our suggested itineraries for some inspiration.
  2. Top 10 Scenic Cycle Routes
    Top 10 scenic cycle routes along the Great West Way.
  3. The Best: Events to Plan your Visit Around
    The best events along the Great West Way to plan your journey around.
  4. Explore
    Take a look at exploring the Great West Way.
  5. Great West Way Travel Magazine
    Discover the latest edition of the Great West Way Travel Magazine by clicking here.
  6. How to: Drive the Great West Way
    Take a look at the recommended ways to drive along the Great West Way.
  7. Top 10 Most Fascinating Country Houses
    Top 10 most fascinating country houses along the Great West Way.
  8. The Best: Luxury Hotels to spend the Night
    The best recommended luxury hotels to spend the night along the Great West Way.
  9. Top 10 Gorgeous Gardens
    Top 10 gorgeous gardens along the Great West Way.
  10. Walking
    Walking along the Great West Way.
  11. Top 10 Free Things to do
    Some of the best things in life are free, including these things to do along the Great West Way! Discover more here.
  12. How to: Travel the Great West Way by Train
    How to travel along the Great West Way by train.
  13. 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...
  14. How to: Travel the Great West Way by Narrowboat
    Take a look at how we recommend to travel the Great West Way by narrowboat.
  15. Top 10 Ridiculously Pretty Villages
    Top 10 ridiculously pretty villages along the Great West Way.
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