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THE PLANNER

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GETTING THERE

The Great Western Railway covers most locations, served by buses and coaches from main towns like Swindon, Bradfordon-Avon, Westbury, Salisbury, Marlboroug­h and Chippenham. www.gwr.com

WHERE TO STAY

In Salisbury, stay at the four-star White Hart Hotel, a 17th-century central coaching inn in the heart of the city; or try a country pub with rooms. The

Bell at Ramsbury has comfortabl­e rooms and a celebrated restaurant whose food and drink is sourced from the Ramsbury Estate; while the Red Lion in Pewsey Vale offers Michelin-starred dining and five riverside rooms with private balconies overlookin­g the water. For a cottage stay with character, rent Grade II-listed Rowley Cottage in the grounds of Iford Manor. www.mercure.accor.com; www.thebellram­sbury.com; www.redlionfre­ehouse.com; www.ifordmanor.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

There are numerous excellent pubs in Wiltshire. Try

The Bell on the Common in the village of Broughton Gifford near Bradford-on-Avon, where a large village green, swaying with long grass and wildflower­s and complete with a duckpond, hosts summer cricket matches. On the Kennet & Avon Canal in the village of Avoncliff, the Cross Guns has a fascinatin­g history dating back to the mid-15th century and idyllic views. In the picturesqu­e Woodford Valley a few miles north of Salisbury, the Bridge

Inn has a garden overlookin­g the Avon and a cosy interior warmed by a wood burner. www.bellonthec­ommon.co.uk; crossgunsa­voncliff.com; www. bridgeinn-woodfordva­lley.co.uk

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