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Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

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Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

Does anyone know an easy way to travel by bus to visit Avebury and/or Glastonbury as a day trip from Bath? Thanks.

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1. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

I don't think you will find an easy way. There is hourly bus service from Bath to Wells, First Badgerline 173, which takes about 1h 15m. From Wells there is infrequent bus service to Glastonbury, taking about 20 min. If you have a long wait in Wells, you may want use the time to visit the marvellous Wells Cathedral. If that is not interesting, you may want to spring for a taxi; the distance isn't far.

To get to Avebury from Bath, I think you would need to take a train to Swindon, then bus from Swindon to Avebury.

If you put First Badgerline into your search engine, you should get to the schedules for the First Group's bus services in this area.

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2. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

For Avebury - http://www.wdbus.co.uk/htm/ta/index.asp

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Hi

For Avebury, take the train to Trowbridge, then catch the X49 Trans Wilts Express bus which travels to Swindon and will drop you off in Avebury right outside the Red Lion pub on the bends in the village.

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isnt there a 'mad max' trip that covers all this from bath?

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5. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

Joe

There was a posting last week about this Mad Max thing but it seemed terribly hectic to me, as it crammed in 4 or 5 sights inside a few hours. The buses from Trowbridge to Avebury run once an hour so trixie could spend some time at Avebury and then get a regular hourly bus back to Trowbridge.

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6. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

This topic is actually covered on the Trip Advisor "inside Bath" public transport page

The easiest ways of getting from Bath to Avebury are as follows:

- Bus X72 to Devizes Market Place then transfer onto "Swindon" bus 49 to Avebury;

- Train to Swindon, then walk to bus station to catch "Salisbury" bus number 5 / 6 or "Trowbridge" bus number 49 to Avebury.

- Take a Mad Max Tour ( www.madmaxtours.co.uk ).

Travelling via Trowbridge is best avoided as can be difficult to locate the bus stop for the Avebury bus.

The bus timetables can be found at:

Service 5 / 6: www.wdbus.co.uk/htm/ttNorthern/index-n.asp

Service 49: stagecoachbus.com/timetables/49BookletOutput…

Service X72 (and bus 173 to Wells): firstgroup.com/ukbus/…

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Hope this isn't too late to be useful.

The buses from Wells to Glastonbury go every half hour throughout the day. (375/376) but the Bath-Wells buses do take the very slow scenic route. Another way from Bath would be to take bus X39 from the bus station (every 12 mins) to Bristol, get off at the train station, Temple Meads, in Bristol, cross the road and catch the 375(to Bridgwater) or 376 (to Yeovil) both via Wells and Glastonbury. Bath-Bristol 45mins, Bristol-Glastonbury 1hr 10 min, you can buy a day ticket from the bus driver, the Firstday ticket, currently £8, which will take you anywhere in the south-west; you could travel from Bath to Penzance in a day if you got up early enough

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8. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

Why would you add another 45 mins to the journey and extra cost, by going to Bristol from Bath first ? You have to consider the waiting time at the bus stop and the connections too.... If you choose the wrong time of day - you'll get stuck in the regular traffic jams along the roads between Bath and Bristol..... and the journey is hardly picturesque...

Bath to Wells is around the same travelling time on the bus as Bristol to Wells.... and yes... it's all scenic whichever way you go..... you're crossing the Mendip hills and the view from the top of the hill driving in from Bath, as you drop down into the little city of Wells is magnificent ... right across the Somerset levels to Glastonbury Tor... Wells is hidden in the dip - a lovely surprise when you arrive..

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9. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

Why travel from Bath to Wells via Bristol? It takes a little less time and the Bristol-Wells bus is straight down the main road, while the Bath-Wells bus follows an extraordinarily winding route, quite nausea-inducing (I am a regular traveller on that route) Also, anyone with a Britrail pass could travel Bath-Bristol on the train in 10 mins.

But I would strongly recommend a visit to Wells cathedral en route to Glastonbury.

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10. Re: Buses from Bath to Avebury and Glastonbury

The Bath to Wells bus, takes only main roads - as all buses do. It follows the ancient Fosse Way - an ancient Roman road ( the modern one follows it quite closely) and is quite straight - most of the way. There are a couple of 'bends' as the road avoids a couple of hills and valleys. It goes through the Binegar/Gurney Slade area in a sort of 'turn back' to cover the villages... then straight back over the top of the Mendips to Wells ! I still maintain that the view at the top of the Bath road into the city of Wells is more exciting than the one coming down fhe Bristol Road from the Mendip Mast.

In my opinion, the Bristol bus way (admittedly, it is A roads and they are wider) is more boring and more like driving down a motorway for the lack of local landmarks .... so perhaps the visitor will just have to weigh up the two him/herself, go to Wells by one route and return by the other.... .

Whichever way you choose to travel - have a great time, trixie57 - Wells Cathedral, Bishops Palace with moat and swans, Vicars Close (oldest, continuously inhabited, purpose built, mediaeval street in England - if not Europe) will enchant you and Glastonbury - with the anicent ruins of the Abbey, the Chalice Well spring, the Tor with its tower and views over the Wetlands to the Bristol Channel and the Quantocks.... not to mention the esoteric little shops selling gemstones, its farmers' market selling 'real' food, and places advertising 'healing'..... Enjoy your trip !