Great West Way

Great West Way ‘Excursions’ Familiarisation Visit

Saturday 25 January – Sunday 26 January

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Introduction to England’s Great West Way

Follow the paths taken by generations of travellers and discover an essential strand of England. Based on one of the first Great Roads commissioned by the Kings of England, the Great West Way winds its way through lush green landscapes filled with the world-famous and the yet-to-be-discovered. Touch Royal Windsor, Roman Bath and timeless Stonehenge, immerse yourself in English village life and Bristol’s city energy.

On the Great West Way, extraordinary history rubs shoulders with everyday life. Traditional pubs and inns with World Heritage Sites on their doorsteps, serving craft ales and local farm food. Churches which have watched over their parishes for centuries. Independent shops and galleries filled with contemporary designs and creations.

You don’t have to travel far to explore further and delve deeper into England. The Great West Way links London with Bristol through 125 miles of twists and turns and new discoveries. Explore by road, by railway or by waterway. Slow right down, base yourself along the route, walk it or cycle it.

Welcome to the real England. It’s England undiluted. It’s England concentrated. 

Attendees: tbc

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS ITINERARY IS PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Saturday 25 January

15.00

Depart Excursions at Alexandra Palace

(1 hour 40 mins / 50 miles)

17.00

Dinner and overnight at

Hotel Novotel Reading Centre
25b Friar St, Reading RG1 1DP

Sunday 26 January

08.30

Depart Hotel in Reading
5 mins / 1 mile

08.45 – 09.45

Thames Rivercruise
 Caversham Pier, Thameside Promenade, Caversham, Berkshire, RG1 8BD
10 mins / 2 miles

10.00 – 11.00

Museum of English Rural Life
 University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, 
Berkshire, RG1 5EX
55 mins / 41 miles

12.00 – 12.30

Marlborough College Summer School
Meet and Greet talk and tour

45 mins / 25 miles

13.15 – 14.30

Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury?
for lunch

15 mins / 7 miles

14.45 – 16.30

Westonbirt – The National Arboretum
Forestry Commission, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS
Tel: 0300 067 4890
2 hours 20 mins/ 109 miles

 

Return to: Hotel Novotel Reading Centre 25b Friar St, Reading RG1 1DP

to collect cars or alternatively Reading Train Station.

 

Useful Contacts:

VisitWiltshire/ Great West Way:

Florence Wallace - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0) 7436488860

Visit Reading:

Alex Brannen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0) 7914 762601

Visit Thames:

Karen Roebuck - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +44 (0) 7714 338998

Cotswold Tourism:

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