Ancient Landscapes of Wessex

The landscape of Salisbury Plain and the North Wessex Downs is steeped in ancient history. The town of Amesbury on the edge of Salisbury Plain is considered to be the oldest settlement in Britain, having been continuously inhabited since 8820BC, and the evidence is apparent in the surrounding countryside which is littered with a dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age burial sites, standing stones, flint workings and mysterious chalk hill figures. Stonehenge and Avebury are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Originally a Neolithic axe traders' route which connected the Dorset coast to the coast of The Wash in East Anglia, the ancient Ridgeway, Britain's oldest road, has been in use for at least 5,000 years. It provided a dry, high level route with good visibility which was easy to protect against possible attack. Nowadays it provides wonderful recreational walking through a timeless landscape. 

 

                                   Tim Gartside / age fotostock
 
 
Of course, the North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) has plenty to offer aside from history. The countryside is a mix of rolling chalk grassland, secluded river valleys, attractive villages, meadows, arable fields and pockets of deciduous woodland. The calcareous grassland supports an abundance of wild flowers, butterflies, insects and birds. This is great countryside for spotting both ground nesting birds and birds of prey, and during June and July wild orchids grow in profusion.
 
 
 Robert Harding Picture Library
 
 

Highlights of the walks will include the far-reaching views from the high points of Barbury Castle, Morgan's Hill and Walkers Hill, the Bronze Age Uffington White Horse, mysterious Silbury Hill, the Neolithic chambered tombs at West Kennett and Wayland Smithy, the reconstructed Woodhenge, and the world-famous stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury.

Bed & Breakfast option

Your holiday in Wessex will be based at a comfortable family-run guest house in the market town of Devizes. Your room will have ensuite bathroom facilities and you will have a choice of continental or full English breakfast. Devizes has a good range of hotels and pubs serving meals in the evening.

Dinner Bed & Breakfast option

Your holiday in Wessex will be based at The Peppermill [AA***** restaurant with rooms] in the centre of Devizes. The small boutique-style hotel is situated in one of the oldest buildings in Devizes (c. 1450) and combines period charm with an excellent standard of comfort and cuisine. The restaurant holds two sought-after AA rosettes for the quality of its food and service. All bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities.

What's included in the price of this holiday?

 


 

Bed & Breakfast
Holiday Options

EasyEasy
Code:ALWSB3
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:3
Price:£305.00
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EasyEasy
Code:ALWSB5
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:5
Price:£540.00
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EasyEasy
Code:ALWSB7
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:7
Price:£655.00
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  • All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
  • Single traveller supplement; £40 per night (More about single supplement).
  • Discounts available for parties of three or more guests.

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Holiday Options

EasyEasy
Code:ALWSH3
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:3
Price:£370.00
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EasyEasy
Code:ALWSH5
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:5
Price:£800.00
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EasyEasy
Code:ALWSH7
Grade:Easy - Moderate
Nights:7
Price:£985.00
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  • All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
  • Single traveller supplement; £50 per night (More about single supplement).
  • Discounts available for parties of three or more guests.

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Travel information
Rail: Swindon
Onward travel: Public bus or taxi

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