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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. National Trust
    Discover the National Trust Properties along the Great West Way.
  2. 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...
  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. 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.
  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. A Guide to the Great Outdoors on the North Wessex Downs
    Click here to see our guide to the great outdoors over the North Wessex Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Explore your Way

  1. Plan Your Way
    Plan your trip along the Great West Way.
  2. How to: Travel the Great West Way by Train
    How to travel along the Great West Way by train.
  3. National Trust
    Discover the National Trust Properties along the Great West Way.
  4. Cities, Towns & Village
    Cities, Towns & Villages along the Great West Way.
  5. 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.
  6. Suggested Itineraries
    For helping planning your Great West Way journey, take a look at our suggested itineraries for some inspiration.
  7. See & Do
    Look at see & do to see what you can get up to along the Great West Way.
  8. How to: Travel the Great West Way by Narrowboat
    Take a look at how we recommend to travel the Great West Way by narrowboat.
  9. Discover Our Way
    Discover our way for insights from residents along the Great West Way.
  10. Bristol Airport
    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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  11. Explore
    Take a look at exploring the Great West Way.
  12. 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.
  13. Stay
    Discover accommodation along the Great West Way.
  14. How to: Drive the Great West Way
    Take a look at the recommended ways to drive along the Great West Way.

Discover Our Way

Bath visitor ambassadors

Our Great West Way: Emily and Christine

We talk to Emily and Christine - the Welcome Ambassador Volunteer Coordinators for Bath - about slow travel, hidden gems and their favourite spots along the Great West Way. Both have lived in the area for many years and having incredible knowledge of the area. They're on hand to point you in the right direction when exploring the city and answer any questions no matter how weird or wacky!

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.
  4. Explore
    Take a look at exploring the Great West Way.
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