Knights Medieval Castle

Taster Break – Short breaks in Wiltshire

Rural England at its best. A heady mix of centuries old castle, immense medieval villages and atmospheric rural countryside.

Wiltshire is a county with a big heart, big landscapes and a human history that spans back 6000 years. This makes it fascinating to explore on foot.

Foot Trails began close by to this trail and I grew up in the county of Wiltshire, so we’ve used our local know-how, which has come from over 2 decades walking Wiltshire’s paths, to create this short break in the English countryside.

The trail can be enjoyed as a 3 or 4 night stay. Add in a day trip to the nearby medieval city of Salisbury, you can follow our trail across the water meadows to arrive to The Cathedral, voted England’s best view in Country Living magazine.

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Wiltshire Village Church

Taster Break – Staying in One Place

This short walking break is where you stay in one place – each day enjoy a different and varied walking trail and return to your host inn at the end of the day. The trail is great for a short relaxing break or those new to walking & hiking on multiple days.

There are few places where you can get a sense of escape but this area is one. Idyllic countryside, beautiful and peaceful, stunning walks filled with adventure and discovery and a dose of the medieval. Character cottages and villages, ancient churches, tales of knights and a 14th century castle ruin.

The trail can be enjoyed as a 3 or 4 night stay. We do highly recommend the 4th day trip to the nearby medieval city of Salisbury, where you can follow our walking trail to the city or make your own adventures.

Trail highlights include:

• Explore medieval villages with centuries old cottages and churches
• Climb stone stairs of a 14th century castle with its great banquet hall
• Enjoy secret walks and paths to escape the modern world
• Lose yourself in beautiful views, agriculture heritage and old English tales
• Enjoy wild flowers including bluebells in spring

To request a detailed mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Map Wiltshire Holiday

Getting to Wiltshire

The trail begins to the west of Salisbury, Wiltshire.

The nearest train station for arrivals is at Tisbury, Wiltshire. Travel is approximately 100 minutes from London Waterloo. The journey time by car, about 2 hours from London.

The suggested international airport is London Heathrow which offers an easy transfer and around two hours to the start of the trail. There is also a regional airport at Southampton International with trains to Salisbury. Airport cars often make the most convenient transfer and we can arrange this for you.

If you would like help or advise with your travel plans, please just ask.

Cosy Country Inn

About the accommodations

Where you stay is a key part of your Foot Trail & experience. One of the reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation.

The country inns and country pubs where you stay are small, personal and friendly with excellent hospitality. Each one is in an English village with comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and drinks to enjoy with dinner after your walk.

Alison, Foot Trails founder, chooses each inn personally. Centuries old, each building provides a relaxing and authentic setting in which you can kick off your boots and eat dinner at the end of an inspiring day on the trail.

Your accommodation will be in a 17th century, former coaching inn which welcomed horses and carriages making their way from London to the West Country delivering post. They often had to contend with highwaymen first!

You will find lots of character and an historic building with wooden beams, a huge real fireplace and traditional bars. There is also a lovely garden here and plenty of outdoor space in which to relax.

You will receive full details and website addresses of our suggested accommodation with your itinerary when we confirm availability of your trip.

Wardour Castle in Wiltshire

Costs & Availability

Knights Medieval Castle is a 3 or 4 night short walking break. The trail is available year round. You can start on any day of the week (subject to availability). The best start day is a Monday.

Prices start from:

3 night stay
Winter – £240 p/person
April & October – £280 p/person
May & September- £325 p/person
June to August – £305 p/person

4 night stay
Winter – £295 p/person
April & October – £355 p/person
May & September- £395 p/person
June to August – £380 p/person

*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis

Included:

• Walking know-how and local expertise
• Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk
• Help and support before & during your trip
• Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season
• Custom made & crafted Walk and Explore Box
• 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
• Detailed itinerary & 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

How to book?

Just get in touch to let us know your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an itinerary.

We will provide you with a full detailed itinerary with price quote before you book.

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From our guests

“We had a fantastic time. The walks were just what we wanted with so much to see. Both of us were very impressed by the pre-holiday pack. The Inn was great with lovely accommodation and superb food.
The walk cards were very clear, but it was helpful to have the maps as well. With my Mum’s map reading skill and my uncanny ability to tell left from right, we managed not to get lost at all. I have been really impressed by Foot Trails mix of friendliness and professionalism and would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone else.”
Helen

“Just thought to drop you a quick line to thank you for our recent holiday. The walking was wonderful in some lovely countryside, and the Inn was fantastic – the food was incredible! We had mixed weather but that is to be expected!

We have already recommended you to friends, and hope you have a lovely summer.”
Stephen

“Thank you for arranging our very first walking holiday last weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed it and loved all of the walks. The Inn was very nice too and the food wonderful. I very much fell in love with that part of South Wiltshire and would definitely go back. Thanks again. All the best.”
Tracy and Phillip

Lunch at country pub

How do I find my way?

Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.

Where will I be walking?

Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.

To request a detailed mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

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