Winter Walks in Wiltshire
Being in an area of outstanding natural beauty, our luxury hotel in Wiltshire has many picture perfect wintery walks for you to undertake. The leafy county of Wiltshire is an area full of character and charm – at the Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, we are fortunate enough to have the benefits of both historical towns and countryside experiences right on our doorstep. For your very own adventurous ambles into the great outdoors this year when staying with us, look no further….
Take a stroll around the picturesque town of Warminster. Situated on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, this is a region that is rightly considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounding the small historical town are many smaller villages for you to explore. For instance, the Smallbrook Meadows Nature Reserve is teeming with wildlife; you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the water voles! For history devotees, a walk around Warminster’s Saxon settlements and other historical sites cannot be missed.
Just a 45-minute drive from your luxury hotel in Warminster lies the prehistoric site of Avebury. While the ancient circle may be lesser known than its stony sister Stonehenge, this complex is in fact, the largest in Europe and dates back 4,500 years ago. This is a walking destination not only for the historically inclined but for anyone with a curiosity for the unusual! It is reported that this is the only location in the world where you will find a village with a chapel and a pub inside a stone circle. The mysteries of this World Heritage Site are displayed in theAlexander Keiller Museum where you can learn more about its ancient inhabitants and purpose.
Christmas at Stourhead Estate
Built in the 1740s, the magnificent vista of Stourhead Estate is a befitting setting for your Christmas photo album. Just a 25-minute drive from our family hotel in Wiltshire sits 2,650 acres (11 km²) of breathtaking gardens and scenery. A popular walking location all year round, during the winter season the grounds transform into a magical setting. On your walk, stumble upon the Gothic Cottage – owing to its concealment amongst the foliage and trees its mystical appearance has a fairytale ambience. Overlooking the lake you can explore the impressionable Temple of Apollo. With its classical architecture, it is unsurprising that the grand building was one of the film locations for the romantic classic, Pride and Prejudice.
After a long day’s exploration and sightseeing, proceed back to one of the best luxury hotels in Warminster; thaw your chilly limbs by the open fire, recall the days’ events and indulge in some exquisite fine dining in our 2 AA rosette awarded restaurant. Still feeling tense? There is always the option of our impeccable spa facilities and treatments to alleviate those wintery walk aches!