Rising east from the city of Bath is the rolling rural landscape of Wiltshire with its world class heritage, eye-catching chalk horses and picture-postcard villages.
Bradford-on-Avon is a bustling market town, packed with specialist shops and art galleries. Located on the edge of the Cotswolds the town is dominated by the River Avon. The ancient bridge in the centre of the town remains its natural focus and the view beyond looks to hillside weavers' cottages and the river bank flanked with nineteenth-century former cloth mills. Other historic buildings worth a visit are the Saxon Church of St Laurence, The Hall and the cavernous Tithe Barn.
Travelling north from Bradford-on-Avon is the market town of Corsham which owes its prosperity to the wool trade and quarrying of the golden Bath Stone. Close by is Corsham Court, one of England's finest stately homes set in 17 acres of glorious gardens with a 350 acre Capability Brown park beyond. It houses one of the most important collections of Old Master Paintings in private ownership in Britain. Nearby is the village of Box, home to the famous railway tunnel built by Brunel.
Other Wiltshire villages of note include Castle Combe, set in a wooded Cotswold valley and almost too good to be true. This is a picture postcard village of low-slung stone cottages set by a babbling brook and fourteenth-century Manor House Hotel. Close by is the well-known racing circuit at Castle Combe where speed enthusiasts can attend race meetings, test out their own car or bike. Like Castle Combe, the National Trust village of Lacock is quintessentially English. Its mix-and-match collection of half-timbered and stone houses and abbey is often used as a film location.
Other Wiltshire highlights include the impressive house and safari park at Longleat, featuring wild animals, boat cruises and priceless treasures. Garden-lovers will also be delighted by the National Trust's Stourhead House and Garden and the Peto Garden at Iford Manor, an award winning, Grade I, Italianate garden.
Wiltshire has much to offer the visitor including the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Avebury with their shared 6,000 years of history, eight white chalk horses, the Kennet and Avon canal and the delightful city of Salisbury with its medieval cathedral.