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Grand West of England Self-Guided Tour (14 Nights)

Tour code: WOESG14

Tour Overview

This itinerary links the Wessex tour seamlessly with the Cotswolds tour to produce a superb 14 night comprehensive West of England itinerary. The tour takes you to the Kennet and Avon Canal, The Deverills, the Wylye Valley, Salisbury Plain, the Vale of Pewsey, the Marlborough Downs and the Cotswolds.

Starting out from the historic city of Bath you head west along the River Avon, through the town of Saltford, passing onto Pensford and then Chew Magna, alongside the lovely Chew Resevoir.  You then climb up through the Mendips to wells for a two night stay.  You have a great clockwise loop from Wells that concentrates firstly on Glastonbury, then the Somerset Levels, the Avalon Marshes and finally the possibility to visit Cheddar Gorge.  From Wells you head via the Longleat Estate and into the village of Heytesbury.  From here you ride through the beautiful valley of the River Wylye, complete with picture postcard villages, before arriving in the historic Salisbury.  There a various great loop options available here, but you may want to take time to visit Salisbury Cathedral or nearby Stonehenge. From Salisbury you head  toward Amesbury, where you can stop for a bite to eat.   You then ride north, continuing to follow the River Avon through a series of villages to Upavon, where you bear west, bypassing Pewsey and following a series of quiet country lanes to Devizes, for another two night stopover.  Again, there are several loop options available from here, with varying difficulty.  Potential stops can include the ancient site of Avebury, Marlborough and the Kennet and Avon Canals. 

From Devizes you head on to the village of Tetbury, and then on toward Bourton-on-the-water. Riding just to the north of the village of Northleach you visit the hamlets of Compton Abdale, Hazleton, Turkdean and Farmington before reaching your destination of Bourton-on-the-Water – the Cotswold’s very own Little Venice.  You then have a choice of loop ride from here, with plenty of points of interest to squeeze in. 

After leaving Bourton-on-the-Water behind you climb to Great Rissington, then east to historic Burford following the northern bank of the River Windrush.  There is then a gentle descent into Cirencester, for your final two night stay.  From here you head back toward Bath for the final night of a memorable holiday.  You can choose between the road route into Bath or to cross over the toll bridge and pick up the Kennet and Avon canal towpath into the city.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • Exploring the wonderful Georgian city of Bath
  • The Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Longleat Estate
  • Stourhead House
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Stonehenge
  • Prehistoric Avebury
  • The many charming towns and villages of the Cotswolds
  • The valley of the River Coln
  • Malmesbury Abbey


  • Avebury
  • Georgian Bath
  • Glastonbury Tor
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Tranquility


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending an extra night or two in Bath at the beginning or end of your riding.


Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Bath - - - -  
2 Bath Wells 51 614   Bath - Bristol Rail Trail; Chew Valley Lake; Cheddar Gorge; Wookey Hole Cave
3 Wells Wells 53 411 Wells Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, Glatonbury Tor, Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset Levels
4 Wells Heytesbury 60 799 Stourhead; Longleat House; The Deverills; Shearwater
5 Heytesbury Salisbury 31 166   Wylye Valley, Wilton House, Salisbury
6 Salisbury Salisbury 54 523 Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Woodhenge
7 Salisbury Devizes 58 425     Salisbury Plain, Vale of Pewsey, Pewsey White Horse
8 Devizes Devizes 61 498 Avebury, Marlborough, Savernake Forest
9 Devizes Tetbury 55 313   Kennet and Avon Canal Path, Lacock Abbey, The Fosseway
10 Tetbury Bourton 60 824     Chavenage House,
11 Bourton Bourton 57 655 Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden,  Broadway Tower,  Snowshill
12 Bourton Cirencester 56 542 Burford,  Northleach, Chedworth Roman Villa
13 Cirencester Cirencester 42 388   Coln Valley; Bibury; Arlington Row; Cotswold Wildlife Park
14 Cirencester Bath 61 444     Malmesbury Abbey, Castle Combe, Kennet and Avon Canal

Day-by-Day Summary

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
Basic cost per person sharing 1275*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 480
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 225
Road 350
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 475
Each additional person 25

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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