My main interest is in the history of our Wiltshire towns and villages, especially those that have been used for film locations and period dramas such as Lacock and Castle Coombe.
Since joining Oldbury Tours, I have gained a new appreciation of the archaeological area I live in. I regularly cycle to Avebury from my home in Cherhill. For instance, I never knew that the sarsen stones at Avebury and Stonehenge are from the same place close to where I live and that they formed under water millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth!
I have learned so much and will enjoy sharing these nuggets of information with travellers as we tour around.
I love organising the various itineraries; for instance: archaeological sites, British Royalty, Stately homes and gardens, Vintage cars, crop circles, churches, military sites, local markets, Cotswold villages, Canals and Waterways, Public Houses and coaching Inns.
Subject to opening times, visits can be arranged to manor houses and gardens, Lacock Abbey, Bowood House, Highgrove Gardens. Entry prices are not generally included in the cost of the tour.
Travellers can sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery. As we drive through the downs and rolling countryside, we will inevitably pass some of the chalk white horses carved into the hillsides
On a private tour, we can stop whenever suits our travellers to go for a stroll along a riverside or pop into a café for a traditional cream tea or some local ice cream or we could book a table for lunch at one of the ancient coaching inns along our route.
I am continually learning about the locations we visit. It doesn’t really feel like work ….. I love driving and each tour feels like a day trip out for me too! Meeting lots of new and interesting people and hearing about where they live is lovely. Sharing information and seeing and listening to the visitors as they see the sights for the first time is a real buzz.
Lacock is probably my most favourite village with many examples of 15th century buildings and a wonderful Abbey. The Abbey has so much history and fascinating links with Salisbury Cathedral. Malmesbury has an amazing 12th century abbey and history.
Castle Coombe is a very pretty typical Cotswold village with old stone weavers cottages and a market cross. There are so many to choose from!
But I guess one of the most impressive towns has to be Salisbury.
So many interesting and quaint buildings, plus of course a magnificent 13th century Cathedral and Chapter House, where one of the original Magna Carta is housed.
One of the most scenic and unspoilt ‘off the beaten track’ drives will take travellers through the Vale of Pewsey which runs along the edge of the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Passing the Alton Barnes Chalk White Horse, the tranquil village of Honeystreet can be found with its quaint canal side café and crop circle exhibition. The outbuildings of an old saw mill has unusual handmade furnishings, jewellery and trinkets for sale.