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Tour of churches and pubs make for great combination in Wiltshire

Posted on 15th September 2016

Thanks to a campaign by Visit Wiltshire, the “Saints and Sinners” trail is inspiring people to visit the county.

Ruins of St Leonards Church, Sutton Veny

The tourism organisation has paired historic churches in Wiltshire with a number of great local pubs. Many of the churches and pubs alike are steeped in history and go back centuries.

“It might be at the end of a country lane that churches like this might be as well known as other places,” Visit Wiltshire’s Florence Wallace told ITV. “And therefore by highlighting those we can hopefully make sure people stop and see the beautiful historic importance of places like this.”

The entire tour can be downloaded here.

All Saints’ Church in Alton Priors is on the tour. With Norman features, this simple medieval church has fantastic views of the Alton Barnes White Horse. The tour also includes the 14th century church of St Mary’s, Old Dilton.

After looking at the various churches, participants on the trail can visit a paired pub or two. Local pub owners who are included in the tour love the idea of being connected to the famous churches.

“We have people going through to Dorset, through to Devon, through to Cornwall but increasingly people are becoming aware of the fact that Wiltshire has something within itself that is as interesting as anywhere else around can offer”, said Charles Luxton, who owns The Beckford Arms in Tisbury.

His pub has been paired with St Leonard’s Church – a partial ruin of a church – in Sutton Veny. In all, there are four historic churches and four great country pubs on the tour. For those enjoying a cottage holiday in Wiltshire, it is the perfect way to explore the region.

Image Credit: Trish Steel (geograph.org.uk)