We picked up a rental car in Bath – a silver Vauxhall Corsa, almost identical to the one we had in Scotland in 2019. We then hit the road (driving on the left side of course) and had two great day trips.
The first village we visited was Bradford-on-Avon, a historic market town that can be traced back to Roman times.
We stopped in the village of Shaftesbury, a small market town in Dorset with a history going back to Saxon times. We strolled around looking at the buildings and had a hearty lunch.
Our final stop of the day was Avebury. Stonehenge and Avebury are both Neolithic stone circles located southwest of Bath. We visited Stonehenge in 1983 and don’t believe the stones have changed since then (except we were able to get much closer to them than you can today). Everyone visiting the UK should see Stonehenge, but having done that, we chose Avebury for this trip.
Avebury is unique for its vast size – a village is tucked into its centre and roads travel between its stones. The stones date to 2800 BC – six centuries older than Stonehenge. You are able to walk right up to the stones, and also visit with the sheep grazing in their shadows.
It was a great day trip! We would definitely recommend visiting these villages and most especially, Avebury.
Bev & Harvey