Melksham: Castles, baths and more stones

This week, we continued dropping into nearby communities and sites.

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

We started with a visit to the medieval Farleigh Hungerford Castle, 14th century ruins in Somerset, which borders Wiltshire, where we are staying.

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Avebury

Avebury henge and stone circle and Stonehenge (see Melksham: Sticks and stones), together, form a World Heritage Site. Originally built more than 4,000 years ago, the Avebury stone circle is the largest in Britain.

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A dovecote, where a hundred doves were housed to provide food for the manor.
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Avebury Manor (we didn’t go inside, though you can)

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Silbury Hill, the largest man-made mound in Europe, built in approximately 2400 BC

Bath

With the help of a kind neighbour (who looked in on the dogs we are caring for) we managed a day trip to Bath. We took the bus right from Melksham, heeding warnings that there is no parking to be had in Bath. The bus trip made for a relaxing transport for Ken, who is usually focused on maneuvering through roundabouts instead of the surroundings.

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Roman Baths

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Pulteney Bridge (1774) and the Bath Weir
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Bath Abbey (from the Roman Baths)
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Inside the Bath Abbey

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Advertising for a Bath tour of a different sort
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Through a flower shop window on the Pulteney Bridge

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Bradford-on-Avon

On another day, we returned to Bradford-on-Avon sans dogs so we could wander in the village.

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This one is for you, Sara! (It wasn’t the right time to go in for pie, though.)

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TripBits

  • Farleigh Hungerford Castle: £5.20/adult (concession price at age 60, free with English Heritage membership).
  • Avebury Henge: Free to wander through.
  • Bus from Melksham to Bath: £13 for both of us for an all-day pass.
  • Roman Baths, Bath: £15.50/adult (concession price at age 65).
  • Bath Abbey: Recommended donation of £4/person.
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  1. I agree with Debbie, great photos. I really enjoy staying tuned to get a look at what you guys are experencing through the lens. Cheers.

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    1. It’s great to share with someone who appreciates the blog. And we love it when people drop us a note, so thank you for that. Sorry I missed you when we were in Calgary. Next time?

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