The Market Town of Devizes situated in the centre of Wiltshire is a great place to start. The town offers nearly 500 listed buildings, has a castle and a great brewery. The town itself is a great place to wander around with some impressive architecture. The Kennet and Avon canal runs through the town and this is my top recommendation for you. The Canal is a peaceful place to be, but has plenty of things to spot both on and off the water. To the west of the town is the impressive Caen Hill locks. A flight of 29 locks make up this impressive heritage site. The walk down is brilliant, the walk back however may take slightly longer. On a summer’s day, there is nothing better than watching the narrow boats float by using the flight of locks.
About a mile away from the locks is Foxhanger Campsite. A great place to stay if visiting Devizes or the local town of Melksham or Trowbridge. Check for opening information before travelling
The village of Lacock is owned by the National Trust and will be familiar to many who enjoy the Harry Potter films, Pride & Prejudice and many other period dramas. The village is largely unspoilt by any modern developments and is home to the impressive Lacock Abbey.
The Abbey played a starring role in the development of photography and currently hosts the Fox Talbot museum. The village is worthy of a walk around to spot any buildings that have appeared in films or TV dramas. In fact, if you are interested in filming locations, just up the road is the town of Corsham, where its high street was used in series 1 of Poldark.
Check with National Trust regarding Abbey opening times, parking and social distancing measures in place. Pre-booking may be required.
The White Horses
White Horses are an iconic symbol of Wiltshire and currently there are 8 impressive hillside carvings. The oldest of these White horses is Westbury, which dates back to 1778. The hill figure is located on the edge of Bratton downs and is just below the Bratton Iron age hill fort. The carving is an impressive sight. You can get up close and personal by parking on the hill and walking around the hill fort. The hill boasts some impressive views of North Wiltshire and on a clear day Beckfords Tower which overlooks the city of Bath.
Please note: the car park can be busy at peak times
Although Longleat Safari has recently re-opened in limited capacity as of June 15th, there is still plenty of the Longleat estate to explore, one of those areas is Shearwater Lake. The lake is man-made and is one of 5 lakes on the Longleat estate. The Lake attracts anglers, cyclists and walkers. It’s especially great for dog walks too. The lake is surrounded by woodland and makes for an excellent backdrop for any picnic. Parking can be an issue in peak times, but well worth the visit especially for a stroll on a summer evening.
Longleat has had to restrict access for angling for the time being, but you can keep an eye on updates here