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Walk of the Week: Downton Abbey to Bath

The latest edition to our English tours, Downton Abbey to Bath, offers an insight into quintessential England - full of lush green countryside and charming villages, interspersed with some of the most fascinating historical sites the country has to offer. After a day of walking and taking in the historical sites, you can stop off at a traditional English pub and have a taste of some delicious local food.   If you’re keen to explore Southern England and have a love of history or period dramas, then this tour will definitely be your cup of tea!

Downton Abbey to Bath

Avebury Stone Circle

Where is it?

Starting in the historical market town of

Newbury (60 miles west of London), you’ll be walking west through country lanes, canal paths and ancient forests, ending in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.

Downton Abbey to Bath

Walking the Wessex Ridgeway

In a nutshell:

Distance: 53 miles Grading: Easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of footpaths, village lanes, wooded trails and canal paths. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

Downton Abbey to Bath

Bluebells in Savernake Forest

Why walk it?

The epitome of quintissential England, this tour offers endless green countryside, the chance to explore the stunning Marlborough Downs (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) as well as walking through the serene Savernake Forest – filled with ancient oak trees and bluebells in the spring, you might even spot some of the local wildlife!

Walking along the Wessex Ridgeway National Trail footpath, you’ll get to see the neolithic stone circle at Avebury, the largest stone circle in Europe. You’ll also have free time to wander through the historical city of Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and experience first hand the imaculately preserved Roman baths.

The TV series may have ended but you can still walk in the footsteps of your favourite Downton Abbey characters. On day two of your trip, you'll spend the day exploring the stunning grounds and estate of Highclere Castle. For period drama fans, make the most of your time in Bath and visit the Jane Austen Centre, which will give you an insight into the life of Bath’s most famous resident.

Downton Abbey to Bath

Roman baths in Bath (a UNESCO World Heritage site)

Planning your walk:

Macs Adventure offers an 8 day and 7 night trip that includes accommodation with breakfast, luggage transfer, maps and route notes. This trip can be made between April and October, although accommodation is in very high demand during the Newbury Races. We recommend avoiding starting your trip on these dates, which can be found here. Contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information or you can read about this trip on our tours page.

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