Thanks! Actually, the monument, and the white horse, is right behind my mother-in-law's house in Cherhill. Believe me, I'm always being told how to pronounce words the right way!
Actually, doing the journey in the way I described is not as difficult as it may sound - the buses between Calne and Chippenham run every 20 minutes and Chippenham is not a bad place to while away half an hour or so if you need to.
If using the Wigglybus seems a little daunting, a taxi from Cherhill to Calne would probably cost just under £10.
Unfortunately, some of my fellow Trip Advisors are rather quick to dismiss the idea of using public transport in the UK and seem very keen to recommend hiring a car. Bus services in Wiltshire are not that bad - honest - and in this case I would suggest that trying to hire a car in Cherhill (or even Calne) is likely to be a lot more hassle than using the bus, although it would certainly give you the opportunity to explore further afield.
"Unfortunately, some of my fellow Trip Advisors are rather quick to dismiss the idea of using public transport in the UK and seem very keen to recommend hiring a car. Bus services in Wiltshire are not that bad - honest"
2 points there, I'll take the last first.
THREE buses to travel 10 miles, and one of them is hourly (and almost certainly wont coincide with the timing of the others. in that case I think I should be extremely quick in recommending a car, whether it be private or taxi.
Re "dismiss the idea of using public transport in the UK" I think you should look at my posts here where I usually advise people to use trains rather than drive. Please dont generalise from me recommending one specific instance where a car/taxi is much more realistic , to me recommending it " in the UK'. In Lacock, yes.
Might I politely recommend that whilst you're staying in Cherhill (where I lived for four years in the bungalow on the crest of the main A4 road), you make a trip to see Devizes? It's a medieval town with a castle, a great free museum, loads of antiquities, some wonderful old architecture, haunted pubs and hotels, quaint tea-shops and cafes, and the widest market place in southern England. It's a very friendly small town and also boasts Wadworth's Brewery which occupies the site of the old North Gate to the town.
It won't take long from Cherhill - go down to the 40mph limit at the start to Calne, turn left across Blacklands Hollow (signposted for Bishops Cannings), keep going for 4 miles till you come to the junction, turn right and you'll be in Devizes in 3 minutes.
Sorry if this sounds odd but could you borrow a bicycle for the day?
Doesn't sound in the least bit odd. Actually, my first thought was to rent a bicycle as biking is one of my hobbies. However, I haven't been able to locate a bike rental shop in the Calne/Cherhill area. It's not worth it to me to go all the way to Swindon to rent a bike.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have visited Devizes on a number of occasions as one of my in-laws used to live there. Though, I haven't visited the castle. Maybe I'll do that on this trip.
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