Bradford on Avon
A beautiful historic market town that is one of the highlights of the Heart of Wessex Line. The town is built on the steep banks of the River Avon, with ranks of old weavers’ cottages and grand clothiers’ houses on its streets and ancient alleyways. The community once thrived from the textile industry and there are still old mill buildings beside the River Avon which runs through the town. Amongst historic architectural jewels are the tiny St Laurence church, a Saxon building that is at least 1000 years old, and the magnificent C14th Tithe Barn in the beautifully restored Barton Farm complex, with tea rooms, workshops and the Granary Trading Company.
This is great place to access the Kennet & Avon Canal for a walk along the towpath. The famous Lock Inn Café is a short walk away, and their jolly website (“Fun with Dick & Jane”) offers bike and canoe hire for a great family day out on the canal. Bradford on Avon Tourist Information Centre and Pavilion Cafe is open daily and is situated in Westbury Gardens next to the historic town bridge with its intriguing “lock up”. There are some great independent shops and cafés in the town, some of which are situated in the old Shambles with its half-timbered buildings.