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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. Evening Entertainment Guide
    Night owls will have lots of larks along the Great West Way... The adventure doesn’t end after a day out seeing the sites or...
  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. Royal Connections Guide
    One hopes you enjoy England’s splendid royal family attractions… Since the ancient route that inspired the Great West Way...
  5. 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.
  6. Industrial Heritage Break
    Steam trains, cranes and canals offer an insight into the region’s past...

Explore by Rail, 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. Active England Tours
    Walking and cycling tours fit for all the family.
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  9. Top 10 Places for Family fun
    Top 10 places for family fun along the Great West Way.
  10. National Trust
    Discover the National Trust Properties along the Great West Way.
  11. Activities
    Browse all the latest activities available along the Great West Way.
  12. Rail
    The Great West Way by rail.

Discover Our Way

Our Great West Way: Jane Meadows

Our Great West Way: Jane Meadows

Jane Meadows has been working at Bowood for the past 36 years and is now a Bowood stalwart working in the admissions kiosk at The Woodland Gardens. In preparation for the new season, Jane is busy sorting out the kiosk and is putting her 'rhododendron head' back on ready for all the questions she will be asked about the beautiful plants at Bowood. 

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Our Great West Way: Richard Jones

Caen Hill Locks, DevizesRichard Jones currently works as a Waterways Operative along the Kennet and Avon Canal for the Canal and River Trust. He says everyday is unique with the role and location being both different and challenging but that doesn't stop him on the day to day grind. 

Our Great West Way: Leon Troake

Our Great West Way: Leon Troake

Leon Troake is the operations manager at Cheddar Gorge and Caves, just off the Great West Way. He helps to manage the south side of Cheddar Gorge which consists of a number of caves and the highest inland cliff formation in Britain, it's also where the first complete skeleton was found! He says 'expect the unexpected' as his day is rarely the same. 

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  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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