Are you looking for fun days out in and about Wiltshire? Get the family days on and enjoy nature, waterfalls and wildlife at Golden Valley
Beautiful nature beyond words and thriving wildlife that is a wonder to behold. History so ancient and mysterious we may never know the truth it holds. These are just two descriptions I can give personally about Wiltshire and its surrounding areas. It is also an amazing place to enjoy a day out with the family whether it’s enjoying nature. The many trails and public gardens or even some of the history on offer. It really is a magical place.
Settled in the South East of the UK and the place I have grown up. Wiltshire really is a fabulous place to both live and visit if you are lucky enough to do so. It has such a mix of everything you may want from green rolling hills and beauty beyond comparison. To quaint villages and towns to schmooze and peruse. History oozing from every corner and most buildings have so much to offer.
Wiltshire Country Side
For anyone who was raised in Wiltshire you will be very familiar with the view of a White Horse. The Iron Age hill figures are massive and made with chalk. Believed to created to commemorate a victory in battle led by King Alfred of Wessex against King Guthrum of East Angles. These have now become very popular walking destinations and a great day out in Wiltshire with the family.
The many public gardens both in around Wiltshire will leave you feeling as if you’re in an episode of Downton! The many woods and walking trails that are available is never ending.
Wiltshire History and Pop Culture
Whether it’s stately homes such as the gorgeous Bowood House and Gardens or even Lacock Abbey. The Abbey is a huge favourite amongst Harry Potter fans being one of the locations used as Hogwarts. Mostly interior corridors but the buildings immense beauty makes it stand out. The Abbey also stands in the stunning Wiltshire village of Lacock which hasn’t changed in over 200 years.
Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle are just two of the many historical monuments that are on offer to visit and enjoy. Thanks to the National Trust with their amazing buildings, gardens or the many National Trust museums they have to offer. Why miss out?
To The City
Being where it is Wiltshire is very lucky that it is right in the middle of lots of really great cities. Bath, Bristol, Swindon and even a historical city Salisbury. Each offering great entertainment, food and shopping options as well as a history of its own. From bowling to the cinema and all your favourite places to eat. Some you may never have tried and many you’ll return to again and again.
Golden Valley Wick
In-between two of the cities list above, Bristol and Bath, is the beautiful village of Wick which is home to its own local nature reserve. Only a 20-minute drive from Bath City centre and 25 from Bristol it really is a beautiful, relaxing place to reconnect with nature. Now, not technically Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, but close enough for a day trip for those who live there or those visiting.
A stunning forest of English Oak, Whitebeam Lime, Ash, Beech trees and more this really is a fantastic natural habitat. Full of wonderful animals and trails to walk. Including the Pushchair and wheelchair friendly Red Ochre trail. This will lead you to the mine through the stunning forest. Or follow the Raven’s Rock trail to be rewarded with stunning views of the quarry and Cotswold hills. Raven’s Rock trail is not easily accessible to pushchairs or wheelchairs so keep that in mind.
We enjoyed all of the animals, trees, views and nature and are excited to go back for another visit. It really is such a place of tranquil, natural revitalisation. I felt so good after spending time there and the kids had a wonderful time.
This is a nature reserve and as such, it is not pruned to perfection. Keep young children in their buggy or on reins as there are places they could fall. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times to keep them and others safe. Parking can also be a problem and you’re are not permitted to park at the local village hall. Please park legally and respectfully when visiting Golden Valley.
Do you love a day in nature with your family? Do you particularly love Wiltshire or the South West? There are so many gorgeous places of interest in Wiltshire, you’re spoiled for choice! Let us know your suggestions in the comments below. Would love to know where you guys love to visit.
Lots of Love,