Wells, Bath & the Cheddar Gorge

Wells, Bath & the Cheddar Gorge

A superb tour of the West Country visting Bath, Bristol and the Cheddar Gorge

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A superb tour of the West Country visting Bath, Bristol and the Cheddar Gorge

Wells

Wells is an unspoilt market town of outstanding beauty, located in rolling countryside, at the foot of the Mendip Hills. Steeped in history, it is England's smallest city, and one of the most beautiful. Although much of the glory of Wells lies in the past, it is very much a city of the present day, a busy

market town with a long established and popular weekly farmers’ market which takes place every Wednesday, offering a huge variety of local produce. In 2014 Wells Farmers’ Market not only won a Gold Award in the Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Awards, but was also judged ‘Best South West Farmers’ Market’.

 

 

Bristol

Bristol has been named as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit with so many attractions and wonderful countryside.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's maritime masterpiece was the world's first ocean-going, propeller-driven iron ship, built and launched in Bristol in 1843.

After a life as a luxury liner, troop ship, cargo vessel and floating warehouse, Brunel's ss Great Britain was abandoned in the Falklands Islands in 1937. However, she was thankfully salvaged in 1970, towed back to Bristol and has now been fully restored to her former glory.

Its former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, the Harbourside, where the M Shed museum explores local social and industrial heritage. The harbour's 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as contemporary art gallery The Arnolfini.

Cheddar Gorge

At almost 400 feet deep and three miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sights. The gorge would have begun forming about one million years ago during the last Ice Age when water from melting glaciers formed a river, which over time started to carve into the limestone rock creating the steep cliffs you see today. The Cheddar Yeo River gradually made its way underground, creating the famous Cheddar Caves. Gough's Cave is 377 ft deep and is 2.12 miles long and contains a variety of large chambers and rock formations, meet Cheddar Man who once lived there. Duck into secret caves, see the ancient elders' meeting chamber and gasp at the incredible vistas created by stalagmites and stalactites. Be astounded by the soaring chambers of St Paul's Cathedral and the towering spires of Solomon's Temple. Lighting enhances the natural beauty, creating illusions of other worlds and glacial landscapes. Look out for the Black Cat of Cheddar – a shadow cast by the light that looks like a cat wearing a bow tie.

 

Bath

Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa Bath and the stunning countryside surrounding it is one of England's most beautiful places to visit. Bath is a unique city known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture, Roman Baths and splendid Abbey. Honey-coloured Bath stone has been used extensively in the town’s architecture, including at Bath Abbey, noted for its fan-vaulting, tower and large stained-glass windows. The museum at the site of the original Roman-era Baths includes The Great Bath, statues and a temple.

Day 1

Our executive coach leaves Cumbria early morning for the journey south to the Regency Spa town of Cheltenham where we have some time at leisure for a late lunch before continuing to Wells and our hotel, the fabulous Best Western Swan, Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

This morning we head into Bristol, time at leisure to explore some of the attractions of this historic city including Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain; the regenerated waterfront and Bristol's wonderful cathedral. After lunch we travel into the Mendip Hills for a visit to the spectacular Cheddar Gorge. We include a visit to Gough’s Cave and afterwards we have coffee and cake prior to returning to Wells. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

After breakfast this morning, we will step outside our hotel and walk a matter of yards towards the Market Place where the Wells Farmers’ Market will be in full swing. Traditional Somerset cider, preserves, handmade cakes, artisanal breads and local cheeses are just some of the many products sold here by local suppliers at a market that won the Taste of the West’s Gold Award in 2015. After touring the market, we will meet our guide outside our hotel for a walking tour of Wells. We will learn about the history of Wells Cathedral, the famous 14th Century astronomical clock, The Bishop’s Palace, the Town Crier and the remarkable Vicars’ Close. We can then enjoy exploring the many interesting sites which our guide has introduced to us at our leisure. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Full day tour today to the city of Bath. Firstly we are joined by our guide for a city tour showing us the highlights of this magnificent city. After lunch you will have time at leisure to wander around the compact city centre where the many attractions such as the Abbey, Roman Baths, impressive Pulteney Bridge, Guildhall Market and Parade Gardens are situated. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

After breakfast we leave the Swan hotel for the journey home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Swan Hotel

The hotel boasts 48 individually designed non-smoking bedrooms, a courtyard garden, conference facilities for up to 90 delegates and provides the perfect getaway.

The privately-owned 15th century coaching inn faces the west front of Wells Cathedral, with original four poster beds and log fires. A combination of traditional and contemporary cuisine is served in the unique oak panelled restaurant. The hotel has been awarded 2 AA rosettes for its food

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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