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