Ford, Near Chippenham, Wiltshire – Things to Do

Wiltshire is beautiful, quiet county with grassy uplands, rolling plains and picture postcard villages, like Ford near Chippenham. Ford is a small village offering a perfect retreat for anyone who wants to escape from the hustle and bustle of town and city life. Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, there are several opportunities for remote walks along the nearby river and throughout the miles of unspoilt countryside and picturesque villages.

Wiltshire is on the edge of the West Country on one side and the Cotswolds in the northern part of the county. It is also surrounded by counties of Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Much of Wiltshire is agricultural and a very large part is devoted to pasture land.

Salisbury, the county town, is particularly beautiful and dominated by its Cathedral and spire. This is the tallest in England and rises majestically over Salisbury plain. The nearest city, Bristol, has fantastic shopping, museums, and theatres, offering a lively alternative for day or night activities. The World Heritage Site of Bath Spa is a few miles drive away from Ford, with its Roman Baths and Abbey, stunning Georgian Architecture and rugby stadium, home to Bath Rugby. You can also visit the Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s most remarkable spa, pool and relaxation centre. It is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in natural hot water, which has fed the same springs in Bath for thousands of years.

If you like history you can visit the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, an intriguing visitor attraction and museum celebrating Bath’s most famous resident, offering an insight into life during regency times. There are also several National Trust properties in the county, like Dyrham Park and Lacock Abbey, the magnificent Stonehenge, Avebury stone circles, and the famous limestone white horses. Stonehenge is an ancient stone circle and one of the most famous World Heritage sites, shrouded with mystery and magic. It is an impressive prehistoric monument surrounded by burial mounds and other circular stone monuments.

You can also visit Longleat in Warminster, Bowood, the magnificent family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, Corsham Court and Wilton House, Stourhead. For the more adventurous you can experience kart racing and off-road driving at Castle Combe, situated 4 miles from Chipenham and 12 miles from Bath. The Circuit also offers great driving experience days where you can drive cars like the Formula Ford racing car, the powerful Subaru Impreza WRX and the stunning Lotus Elise, and experience the Rally School, providing an exhilarating rally experience on the purpose built special gravel rally circuit.

If you want somewhere to stay to visit all the attractions of Wiltshire and experience the idyllic Wyvern Valley try The White Hart at Ford. It is everything you would expect from a rambling 16th century Coaching Inn, situated beside a babbling trout stream, the hotel offers the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy total peace and relaxation.



Source by Kate Christie