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Knights Medieval Castle Independent (self-guided) holiday, staying in one place


Knight's Medieval Castle Idyllic rural England with an historic twist I love this. There are few places where you can truly escape the trappings of the modern world, but this is one. Idyllic rural countryside, beautiful and peaceful, stunning walks filled with adventure and discovery and a smattering of our hand-picked country inns and country pubs. As the name suggests this holiday has a medieval feel, with centuries of history, castles and of course knights tales which you will discover. Foot Trails – Helping you walk England's rural canvas.

Contents Where is South Wiltshire?

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Walking grades? Oh no!

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Knights Medieval Castle - explained

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Included in your holiday

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Prices & booking

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“Beautiful countryside,excellent walking routes and accompanying notes,a welcoming inn with surprisingly good food.”

“We really enjoyed the walks and got the relaxation, fresh and country side that we wanted.”

Richard & Ros

“What can I say, what a special time I have had, a lovely time, just for me. The walking was magical. It has been just as lovely as I hoped.”

Joanne

“Also all the Inns you recommended on walks were great, friendly and had lovely food.”

Janice & Peter


Where is South Wiltshire? Wiltshire is a county in South West of England. South Wiltshire is an ancient and historic place, to the north of Dorset and west of Hampshire. People first settled in south Wiltshire 6000 years ago, giving the area a rich history.

How to get here? A Knights Medieval Castle is located near Salisbury in Wiltshire. This trail can be enjoyed with or without the use of a car. Travel is about 2-hour drive from London by car. The nearest train station for arrivals is at Tisbury, Wiltshire, 90 minutes from London Waterloo. A short transfer by taxi from the station (which we can organise for you) and you will be at the start of your trail. From further afield, the nearest airports are at Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham and London Heathrow. Airport cars often make the most convenient transfer and we would pleased to help you with this.

Walking grades? Oh no! We are often asked, why do you not grade your walks? We answer quite simply because a Foot Trail is all about enjoyment and not the physical challenge. We hope you will take the opportunity to stop and enjoy the views the villages the local churches and of course the lunch time pubs.


Along the way you will find a mix of open country, some stiles and the odd hill, but never too many. As we tailor all our itineraries it means we can find daily trails to suit you and can give you a mix of distances depending on your walking appetite.

Walk this way.. Foot Trails are different. We don't rely on the national trails, we use our local knowledge and expertise to create your trails and holiday. This means you will explore off the beaten track, discover places most don't know exist, and enjoy amazing sights and peaceful walking. If you have any questions just give us a call on +44 (0) 1747 820 626 and we will be pleased to help with your plans.

Knights Medieval Castle - explained Highlights from the trail • Explore medieval villages with centuries old cottages and churches • Climb stone stairs of a 14th century castle with its great banquet hall • Truly escape the modern world and enjoy secret walks and paths • Relax at a 14th century thatched country inn that is steeped in character • Lose yourself in beautiful views, agriculture heritage and old English tales • Enjoy wild flowers including bluebells in spring


A sample daily itinerary Every Foot Trails holiday is personalised and tailored. Here's an example itinerary but everything from 3 to 14 nights is possible. Knights Medieval Castle is available as a 3 or 4 night holiday 'staying in one place'. Example 4 night / 5 day itinerary Day 1; Relax and Refresh Relaxation in the country starts here. Much loved award winning 14th century thatched country pub with flagged stone floors and wooden beams. Enjoy the 2 mile complimentary trail if you want to explore your local area. Day 2; 'Knights of the Medieval Castle' Beautiful and peaceful walk, through stunning countryside with a rare truly old English feel. A country walk that leads you to a string of medieval villages with thatched cottages and historic churches. Right on the Dorset and Wiltshire border. After lunch at a gorgeous country pub, with wooden beams and a huge fireplace, you will arrive at a spectacular medieval castle, England's only hexagonal castle, Wardour. Here you can climb the grand staircase, admire the former banqueting hall and wander the peaceful lake filled grounds to admire this wonderful castle. Elsewhere in your walk tales of knights of the crusade, some of whom are said to be buried at the local church. Day 3; 'The Stonemason's Tale' From the area where the stone was quarried for Salisbury cathedral, and for the Romans before that, follow the story of the stonemason.


Babbling chalk stream run clear as you walk through these pretty south Wiltshire villages. There are stunning spires, (one designed by Sir Gilbert Scott who designed the Houses of parliament at Westminster). Explore old manors and medieval architecture, set in beautiful peaceful countryside, where you can enjoy the sights, and peace for your own thoughts as you walk. Back for a hot bath or shower before dinner by the fire. Day 4; 'Beckfords Folly' A wonderfully rural walk, through little known and peaceful swathes of glorious English countryside. On the ridge the patches of woodland are filled with many wild bluebells in spring. The landscape you explore is gentle and ancient, full of natural wonder, and dotted with thatched cottages, a grain barn on cobbles and weeping willows. You can even end your walk with a Dorset cream tea by the river! Day 5; Refreshed and inspired After a leisurely breakfast its time to journey onwards.

Your English country inn You can walk and enjoy your creature comforts too. Foot Trails is the only travel company to specialise solely in English country inns. With lunchtime country pubs on our walks it’s leisurely lunches on route and by evening the chance to unwind and relax over great food. Why an inn? An inn has a unique character. It is a small intimate place, a place where chatter, enjoyment, local flavours and character all combine to give you the ultimate relaxing experience.


Rooms and food are all excellent, indeed in many cases award winning, but there is none of that bland hotel or formal white dining after a day in the country. You will find a bar that has welcome and atmosphere and dinners of local flavour that delight. To us it’s all part of being in the country. Your Wiltshire holiday is based in an award winning country inn in quite possibly one of the most idyllic settings. This unspoilt 14th century inn has wonderful old beams and a thatched roof and has been Wiltshire dining pub of the year on more than one occasion. We call this inn 'Rustic', it offers cosy bedrooms that have a touch of comfort and country and a cosy bar to relax in at the end of the day. There are roaring log fires to take the chill out of the evening and for summer days gardens and outside areas.

Included in your holiday Insider know-how at your fingertips Our local knowledge and expertise in your own individual itinerary. Best days to explore certain places, good times to set off so you arrive for lunch, where to park. We make the suggestions, you decide. Escape the hordes Award-winning walking. Expertly crafted trails – well and truly off the well trodden trail. Inspiring and varied. We leave no stone unturned in the quest for your perfect walk. Chilled out stays in an English country inn Relaxation with peace of mind. Real ale, wine, passionately prepared food and creature comforts – all in delightful village locations. Our hand-picked country inns are a much loved part of the Foot Trails experience.


Leisurely breakfasts To set you up for the day – proper meaty bacon, freshly laid eggs, fresh ground coffee and more. Discovery Trail Guides Our innovative trail cards are robust and waterproof. They feature easy to follow directions, perfect whether you can map read or not. Local stories and legends are included to enjoy as you walk. Proper full Scale Ordnance Survey Maps Follow your progress for those who prefer to map read (your trails are clearly marked) and keep as a souvenir of your trip. We only use proper full scale maps, not photocopies. Nature and wildlife We love to inspire you in rural England’s natural world. It’s part of the adventure. Identify wildflowers, trees and animals with our complimentary nature guides included in your walk pack. Lunch like a King We meticulously plan your trails with a great lunch in mind. Stop at a country pub or buy a picnic on route, we’ll tell you how. Much better than carrying a squashed sandwich or a rumbly tummy.


Prices & Bookings 3 and 4 night holidays are available year round. Your holiday will be planned for you to your dates and for how long you wish to stay. There are no fixed scheduled dates. Prices start from: £295 per person* for 3 nights £375 per person* for 4 nights 2 night short breaks available (01 October to 31st March) from £189 person*. *Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis Included: • Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season • Tailored walk and explore pack • Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof) • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions) • Plastic map holder • Local stories and histories • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book • Sweets (for a boost on route) • Your en-suite accommodation • Breakfasts. • Drop off service when it makes for a better walk.


To book Call +44 (0) 1747 820626 with your chosen date, we will then confirm your place for you upon which a 35% deposit will be payable. Full balances due 8 weeks before arrival. PayPal & all major credit & debit cards accepted.

Contact us +44 (0) 1747 820 626 (landline) 056 0366 7087 (voip) Enquire@FootTrails.co.uk www.FootTrails.co.uk www.facebook.com/foottrails www.twitter.com/foottrailsUK www.issuu.com/foottrailsUK Alison Howell's Foot Trails The Studio 16 Abbey Churchyard Bath BA1 1LY


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