Downton Abbey, Castle Combe & Avebury Circle - September 1-7, 2013
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Downton Abbey, Castle Combe & Avebury Circle - September 1-7, 2013

Introduction

Literature and FilmAncient ManPhotographyGardensEasy-to-Moderate-Walking

Highlights

  • Castle Combe and Lacock, two of England’s loveliest villages
  • The stone circles at Avebury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The House and Gardens at Bowood House
  • A tour of Highclere Castle (TV’s Downton Abbey)
  • A day in Winchester, former capital of Wessex, and a tour of its magnificent cathedral

Walk Summary

Date 01-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13
Trip

6 nights

Terrain
Easy-Moderate

Walk Rating: Moderate. Country byways, well-trodden footpaths, village lanes, low hills. 6-10 miles of walking per day.

Price

US$4,195.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$565.00)

The Walk begins at Castle Combe, arrival at Chippenham Rail Station and ends in Winchester, departure from Winchester Rail Station.

Walk Itinerary

Sunday

We meet for our Welcome Talk and Dinner at our lovely hotel in Wiltshire.

Overnight: Castle Combe

Monday

We explore picturesque Castle Combe, often referred to as the Prettiest Village in England; this idyllic spot has starred in many movies from Doctor Doolittle in 1966 to War Horse in 2010. We will walk in the surrounding Cotswold countryside. This evening, author Jennie Walters joins us to depict life in an English country house from the servants' point of view.

Overnight: Castle Combe

Tuesday

This morning we walk around Lacock, another beautiful village mostly owned by the National Trust, featured in the BBC’s Cranford and Pride and Prejudice and, more recently, Harry Potter. After lunch we reach Bowood House, the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, for a guided tour inside the house and around the private walled gardens, all set in 100 acres of stunning parkland laid out by Capability Brown.

Overnight: Castle Combe

Wednesday

This mormings walk takes us to Avebury, with its Neolithic henge containing three stone circles. Unique amongst megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe and is one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We lunch in a private house near Marlborough College, alma mater of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), and near the site of Jane Seymour's Wolf Hall on the edge of Savernake Forest. In the afternoon, we continue our walk past one of the famous Wiltshire White Horses carved into the hillside before reaching our hotel in Marlborough.

Overnight: Marlborough

Thursday

Today we visit Downton Abbey!  In reality, this is Highclere Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Our morning walk takes us through local footpaths and within the private estate before we stop for a country pub lunch. Our afternoon highlight is a visit inside the castle itself, seeing the actual rooms where the series is filmed.

Overnight: Near Winchester

Friday

We walk to Winchester and spend the day in and around this historic city. We visit the Hospital of St Cross, England’s oldest and most perfect Almshouse, and receive the “Wayfarers’ Dole”, a unique and ancient tradition established almost a thousand years ago. We continue along the river Itchen to our pub lunch. We end our day with a visit to the magnificent Cathedral.

Overnight: Near Winchester

Saturday

Departure at leisure.

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

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Highclere Castle - tv\'s Downton Abbey The Avebury ring is the oldest stone ring that is known to be in existence anywhere in the world. 2500BC Manor Hotel in Castle Combe Castle Combe One of Wiltshire\'s famous white horses Castle Combe cottage Lacock Abbey cloisters Coach house and stables at Lacock Castle Combe Castle Combe Castle Combe Pub in Castle Combe Village Square in Castle Combe Avebury Stone Circle

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