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Discover the Great West Way®

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

Great West Way Map
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. A Guide to History Through the Ages Along the Great West Way
    Discover history through the ages along the Great West Way over the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  2. Kennet and Avon Canal
    The beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal (or K&A as its known) flows along 87 miles of the Great West Way. From Bath to Reading, it winds through quintessential rolling Wiltshire hills, bustling towns and even a World Heritage Site. Since 1810, narrowboats have drifted along at four miles an hour, plying their trade from Bristol to London. Today, you'll find a mixture of holiday and live-aboard boaters, all seeking the calm and tranquillity that comes from life on or by the water.
  3. City Culture Break
    Discovering the bright lights beyond London. If you’re an urban adventurer, you’re probably wondering what other cities you should...
  4. Festivals & Events Guide
    Dates for your calendar, from music festivals to royal races... There’s a huge range of fun festivals and events to attend along the Great..
  5. 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,...
  6. Rural Life Guide
    Escape to the country for farmers' markets, shepherd huts and cosy pubs.

Explore by Rail, Boat, Bike, Foot, Car and Coach 

  1. Boats
    Boat accommodation along the Great West Way.
  2. Great West Way Travel Magazine
    Discover the latest edition of the Great West Way Travel Magazine by clicking here.
  3. 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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  4. Water Sports
    Water sports along the Great West Way.
  5. How to: Travel the Great West Way by Narrowboat
    Take a look at how we recommend to travel the Great West Way by narrowboat.
  6. Great West Way Discoverer Pass
    Find out about our Great West Way Discoverer Pass to make it easier for you to travel along the Great West Way.
  7. Attractions
    Attractions along the Great West Way.
  8. Glamping & Camping
    Glamping & camping spots along the Great West Way.
  9. National Trust
    Discover the National Trust Properties along the Great West Way.
  10. Food & Drink
    What and where to eat and drink along the Great West Way.
  11. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    Discover the areas of outstanding natural beauty along the Great West Way.
  12. Suggested Itineraries
    For helping planning your Great West Way journey, take a look at our suggested itineraries for some inspiration.

Discover Our Way

Our Great West Way: Amy Waller

Our Great West Way: Amy Waller

Amy Weller has worked her way up to become Team Manager of Carnivores at Longleat, just off the Great West Way, in Wiltshire. Amy helps look after the parks lions, cheetahs, tigers, hyenas and wolves and successfully bred cheetah Wilma and Carl bringing Longleats first litter of cheetah cubs into the world. Click here for more of an insight into the life of a zookeeper. 

Our Great West Way: Tom Newey

Our Great West Way: Tom Newey

Tom Newey is the Chief Executive of Cobbs Farm Co. Ltd in Hungerford, West Berkshire. The Farm Shop & Kitchen, internationally award-winning Alder Ridge Vineyard and a 55 acres soft fruit PYO keeps Tom on his toes day-to-day but doesn't mind an escape to Bath towards the West of the route every so often. He must clarify though as a Cornish boy, the jam ALWAYS goes on before the cream in a cream tea.

Our Great West Way: Trevor Heeks

Our Great West Way: Trevor Heeks

Trevor Heeks has been Trowbridge Town Crier for 33 years! A popular face in the lcoal community, as well as a broad in the twinned German town of Leer, Trevor loves meeting visitors and helping make their visit more of an experience. His love for the Kennet and Avon Canal shines through and he says you can't explore the West Country without tasting the cider, of course!

Plan Your Way

  1. Stay
    Discover accommodation along the Great West Way.
  2. Create Itinerary
    Create a personal itinerary for your trip along the Great West Way.
  3. Plan Your Way
    Plan your trip along the Great West Way.
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