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5 reasons why you have to visit Wiltshire

Posted on 20th May 2014

If you fancy a romantic breakaway or a family holiday and you want to stay in the UK, then the county of Wiltshire is the perfect place for you.

There are a number of Wiltshire attractions that will amaze you and here we have given you five of the best.

Canals

The county is blessed with a variety of different waterways and canals, and people looking to go on relaxing Wiltshire cottage holidays should try and take a stroll beside one of them.

Some of the best canals and rivers in Wiltshire are the Wilts and Berks Canal, the Avon and the River Thames.

The county also has a number of chalk streams, winterbournes, lowland clay rivers and limestone rivers, which are all recognised nationally as being areas of interest in England.

Image Credits: K J Payne (flickr.com)

Cycling

There are plenty of things to do in Wiltshire and one activity that is extremely popular in the county is cycling.

Wiltshire is renowned for being one of the top places to go in England for cycling as the region boasts a number of stunning cycle routes.

The Wiltshire Cycleway, for example, offers cyclists stunning views of the countryside as it zig zags across the county through quiet country lanes and past some major attractions in Wiltshire. The route is 160 miles in total, but also offers short loops for beginners and families to have fun on.

Longleat

One of the main Wiltshire attractions is Longleat House, Gardens and Safari Park as thousands and thousands of people visit the attraction every single year.

The house offers visitors excellent examples of Elizabethan architecture, whilst Longleat Safari Park gives visitors a close-up look at some of the world’s most amazing animals.

Longleat Safari Park was the first of its kind when it was built back in 1966 and today it still attracts hoards of people.

The Longleat Gardens are a must-visit as the lawns are manicured to perfection and the colourful flowers (especially in summer time) really catch the eye.

To visit Longleat or to find out their latest news, click here.

Image Credits: Iain Wanless (flickr.com)

Salisbury Cathedral

People staying in affordable Wiltshire holiday cottages have to visit the hugely impressive Salisbury Cathedral.

The cathedral is spectacular and has Britain’s tallest spire and the UK’s largest Close (around 40 hectares big) and largest Cloisters. The cathedral’s Quire stalls are also the largest in the UK and are the most complete as well.

If that is not enough to tempt you, then the sight of the original Magna Carta, the best preserved of only four left in the world, certainly will impress. The Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral is on the UNESCO Memory of the World register due to its importance and rarity.

Visit the Salisbury Cathedral website here.

Walking

With approximately 8,200 paths and walkways, Wiltshire certainly is ideal for those of you looking to explore the county.

Around half of the county has been given the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty distinction and walking is the best way to get closer to the county’s beauty.

Some of the region’s most popular walks include Clarendon Way – a 24 mile walk that connects Winchester with Salisbury – and the Thames Path walk, which passes through the county’s peaceful meadows and its quaint villages.