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Summary

Self guided walking across the Longleat & Stourhead landscapes

Enjoy the serene Wiltshire countryside and stay at the Bath Arms, a stylish boutique hotel on the Longleat Estate.

No of Nights: 2

Stay: Country Pub with Accommodation / Inn

Grade: Easy-Moderate

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Relaxed and serene walking in Wiltshire’s favourite ancient landscapes: Longleat and Stourhead. Stay at the Bath Arms, a stylish boutique hotel on the Longleat Estate where you will delight in sophisticated comfort and award-winning cuisine. Or choose the 18th-century 4-star Spread Eagle, a lovely old inn with rooms on the Stourhead estate.

Enjoy

  • varied, flexible, relaxed and expertly-crafted walks in two of England’s most treasured and most loved landscapes
  • ancient rolling downland and prehistoric landscapes
  • world-famous gardens with numerous classical features; Elizabethan Longleat House
  • quintessentially-English villages complete with thatched cottages
  •  a choice of delightful quality inns offering comfortable en-suite accommodation and excellent food
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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 1 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Longleat & Stourhead Landscapes.

Guest reviews

  • Very many thanks for organising such an enjoyable weekend at Longleat. I very much enjoyed the break and felt re-energised after it! It was all excellent.
    - Wendy Mathys, Sutton, Surrey

Itinerary

Day One
Having settled into your Inn, enjoy dining at the excellent restaurant.

Day Two
Choose to walk all day (8 miles) or only in the morning (5 miles) or in the afternoon (3 miles). This enables you to combine walking with visiting the National Trust’s beautiful Stourhead. Or stay a third night to enjoy it all - the choice is yours.

The morning walk features White Sheet Hill with wonderful views over chalk downland to King Alfred’s Tower and across Blackmore Vale to the Dorset downs beyond. This prehistoric landscape is rich in ancient monuments including an Iron Age Hillfort and a rare Neolithic camp. Lunch at the Spread Eagle Inn at Stourton with its picturesque 18th-century cottages, ancient church and medieval cross. The afternoon walk encircles what is arguably one of the finest landscape gardens in the world, known simply as ‘Paradise’. Enjoy secluded woodlands, glimpses of numerous classical features, lakes and splendid and unexpected vistas. The rolling beauty of this rich and varied Wiltshire landscape has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. (8 miles/12.8 km or 5 miles/8 km or 3 miles/4.8 km, moderate walking).

Day Three
Today's walk includes Lord Bath’s 'Heaven’s Gate' on the Longleat Estate with its opulent and exquisite Elizabethan mansion in a glorious, wooded, lakeside setting. Your first glimpse of Longleat as you gently climb Prospect Hill is unforgettable; it looks like a fairy-tale palace from a distance. Meander along paths lined with azalea and rhododendron, superb panoramas stretching to the distant Mendip Hills taking your breath away. Here there are no crowds: simply enjoy the wonderful setting of this magical place and discover that there is far more to Longleat than its famous safari park! Our afternoon walk guides you around the quintessentially-English village of Horningsham, punctuated with pretty thatched cottages, also part of the Longleat Estate.

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Hotels

Stay at The Bath Arms in the quintessentially-English village of Horningsham, dotted with picturesque thatched cottages. The Bath Arms is stylish and quirky, relaxed and informal. Situated within Lord Bath’s magnificent Longleat Estate, here you will find nothing is too much trouble. The Bath Arms has been awarded two AA Rosettes for the quality of the food which is consistently excellent, home grown where possible, or sourced within 50 miles.

Alternatively, you could stay at the 18th-century Spread Eagle at Stourton on the famous Stourhead Estate. The setting is superb, just minutes from the world-famous gardens, and the inn itself is full of character with stone floors,  beams and windows looking out on to a beautiful courtyard.

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Grade of the walks

The walks are suitable for any normally fit person, able to walk between 4 miles (6.5 km) and 8 miles (13 km) on varied terrain for between 3 and 5 hours with a break for lunch. There is an option on both days to walk only in the morning or in the afternoon, spending part of the day visiting Stourhead’s magnificent, world-renowned gardens and impressive Palladian mansion. Again, on the second day, if you prefer to combine walking with sightseeing, walk just in the morning or afternoon and spend half the day exploring the wonderful Longleat estate. Expect some gentle ascents and descents from time to time.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person: from £245 for 2 nights, depending on choice of accommodation, room type and season, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double. Please enquire for single occupancy, car-free or more nights.

Price includes:

    • Personalised itinerary
    • High-quality en-suite accommodation
    • Full English breakfasts
    • Recommendations for lunch and dinner and, where applicable, coffee or tea breaks
    • Detailed route directions in easy-to-handle A5 format
    • Marked-up Ordnance Survey map and map case
    • Commentary notes on features of interest along the way
    • Details of places to visit
    • Nature guide to help identify common species
    • Travel information
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Flights

By road: total mileage from central London 110 miles

By rail: hourly trains from London Paddington to Frome (2.15 hours) with onward travel by taxi (4 miles).

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