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Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

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Puyallup
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Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

We will be staying with family in Reading. Part of the time will be on our own. Interested in Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath and are thinking this would make a good "loop" we could drive on our own, overnight stay? I understand we can buy ticket to access inside ropes at Stone Henge? We are amateur photogs and would like to get early morning shots. Suggestions? Bath, Salisbury, Bristol? We are in 60's, go at a slower pace and as mentioned will be a bit laden with camera gear (hence renting a car). HAve drivein in UK before ( W. Sussex.....local roads were extremely narrow and a bit confusing but we managed...will have GPSs this time). Ideas?

Bingley, United...
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1. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

Stone Circle access at Stonehenge (note one word) is either before or after normal hours

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

As for GPS it will take you the quick route, not the pretty route - get a proper road atlas to see what lies just off that quick route

theaa.com/route-planner/…planner_main.jsp

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2. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

<<As for GPS it will take you the quick route, not the pretty route >>

Alan, it will take you whatever route you set, which might be via succession of pretty villages (which you'd have to tell it to go via so you should look at a map), or it will specifically keep you off the main roads should you wish. However for Reading to Stonehenge, you are best advised to get to Stonehenge by the fastest route which is M3/A303 and then take the pretty route afterwards. The huge benefit of GPS is you can concentrate on the driving, not being an expert map reader, and you can also detour off your planned route on the spur of the moment, if you see something interesting.

Bodori, the drive you are thinking about would be easy to do, it would be a good idea to stop overnight in Bath as the furthest point, but you should find somewhere to stay that has good parking as you wont be using the car to get around in Bath.

Devizes, United...
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3. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

Hi there

Bear in mind too that you could use the old A4 route (this links London to Bristol, via Reading) either on the way out or the way home as this goes right past Silbury Hill and West Kennet long barrow. Just a one mile diversion from the A4 at Beckhampton will take you to Avebury where you have the stone circle ( far more impressive in my opinion than Stonehenge) plus the house, gardens, museums and a couple of places for a spot of lunch.

U.K.
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for Avebury, Egypt
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4. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

I think that joeintheuk has the right idea: take the "fast", most direct route from Reading to Stonehenge and overnight at Bath.

Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bath can easily fill a whole day, the return journey can then be spent idling from one pleasant sight to another - Lacock village, Devizes, Avebury all lie on a route south of the M4, then you may consider crossing the motorway east of Swindon and taking minor roads through the Lambourne downs (Uffington White Horse country) and approaching Reading from the north.

Hampshire, United...
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5. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

And as for special access, do check here that your dates are available. Sometimes they don't have special access anyway ("maintenance"), or else all the slots are filled. It's something you have to pre-book; you can't just turn up, for example.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

Puyallup
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6. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

Sorry for delay in responding....had a family emergency, now resolved. Thanks for the information. I do like the idea of going our farthest point and then working our way back. We do love our GPS and are hoping it will take some of the stress of being in unfamiliar territory ...

Puyallup
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7. Re: Stone Henge, Salisbury, Bath

Thank you for the link. I had read about how to get special access. Will cross our fingers on that one!

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