At one end you have London, the ideal entry point with its world-renowned royal sights and rich cultural heritage. Then at the other, Bath and Bristol. Close neighbours geographically, but with distinct personalities. While Bath is loved for its classical Georgian architecture and romantic literary connections, Bristol is a riot of alternative art, music and dining experiences, famous for nurturing pioneering spirits Brunel and Banksy. In between lie relaxing riverside towns like Henley-on-Thames, characterful villages like Pewsey and plenty of lush, green landscapes.
These places are all intrinsically linked, and well worth visiting in their own right, but the Great West Way offers more than getting from A to B...
It’s for slow travellers just as interested in the journey, and the colourful characters encountered along the way. And the big adventures that lead to unexpected diversions. The long-awaited pilgrimage to Stonehenge, perhaps, that leads to the secret stones of Avebury and 4,000 years of history you never knew existed. It’s about saying yes to new experiences and delighting in smaller, simple, special things - as well as the superlatives.
The Great West Way was made for self-guided travel, whether solo or with friends and family. The sort that enlivens your senses and makes you see the world afresh. Thanks to the A4 Great West Road, the Great Western Railway, the River Thames, the Kennet and Avon Canal, and multiple foot and cycle paths, you can choose how you get around.
You can mix and match your modes, too, depending on the length and breadth of your trip. Whatever crazy combination of boat, bike, car or train enables you to explore the attractions that most excite you, from the famous to the far-out.
Now is the time to go in search of the real England. Find out more on our See & Do pages for some exciting things to do, get a local's view on our Discover Our Way pages and check out our suggested itineraries. After all, you never quite know what awaits the curious around the next corner. Discover your way.
Swindon is proud to be featured on this route of discovery.
To find out more about the Great West Way, visit the website HERE.