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Heading towards Bath 2

White horse

sunny 29 °C
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We left Neverathon and headed towards Bath on the way we stopped off at the Westbury white horse and Braxton camp - formerly Iron Age fortification not much left other than grassy mounds. The single lane road to the top of the mountain was tricky but worth the effort. Surprising that in fact there are multiple versions and they are now painted concrete. While we were there a crew had abseiled down and was working on the horse. There was a steep drop off and good view across Westbury, it’s clear why the site was selected to be an fort.

Off again to the Kennett Avon canal where there is an Aquaduct rather than locks. Once again it was down a tight single lane which had us 2nd guessing if we were going the right way. However at the end, many cars were parked telling us it was the correct location. It really was an amazing feat of engineering and was quiet and peaceful except for the occasional express train passing through. We wandered along the canal for a short while and the returned to the car.
We also spent time in Bradford upon Avon a quaint town with churches, little shops and steep hills. Tight and step narrow streets and lots of people. Navigating the streets takes time and patience but we managed to find a budget friendly park beside the train station. Even though the heat was oppressive, we walked through some of the town and visited the church of the Holy Trinity and the Saxon church across the road. We then walked to the other side of town to see the Tithe Barn - a barn the nuns used to keep the parish tithes in which has medieval roof trusses. Given its age and construction material, it was very impressive. An ice cream later and a run in to people who were on the tour in the car park and we headed across to Bath.

Posted by bonne vie 14:10 Archived in United Kingdom

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