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Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

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sandy, utah
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Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

I'm wondering of the following routes suggested by google maps, which would be the most scenic:

A46 and A420, 13.9 mi, 29 mins

Seway Lane, 11.3 mi, 29 mins

A4 via Colerne, 12.4 mi, 28 mins

We don't have much time to spend there. Will we be able to see the most picturesque part of the village in under an hour? Where would be the best place to park and is it free? Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

Don't know where you got those travel times from but they more than likely very wrong (x5) !

Especially during rush hour out of Bath.

Anyway, why the rush; and is Castle Combe the only place you are planning on dropping in to for "under an hour" ?

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2. Re: Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

We'll be leaving Bath after lunch. Is google maps really that wrong on understating times? Castle Combe is one of those optional villages to see but I'd really like to detour and drop by for at least a short visit on our way to Wales.

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3. Re: Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

I would recommend the route out of Bath that goes via Weston and Lansdown; then take the A420 through Marshfield and Ford. You can then take a left in Ford up a narrow road or a little further on take a left via Yatton Keynell.

After your visit backtrack to the A46 junction with the A420 and head north to the M4 before heading west to Wales.

The car park in Castle Combe is a little way up hill from the village itself but sometimes you can be lucky and get a park in the village itself. If you have passengers that don't do hills it could be worthwhile dropping them off in the village before parking.

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4. Re: Most scenic route from Bath to Castle Combe

Hi

Where are you staying in Bath?

If you are staying towards the south of the city (so Oldfield Park/Widcombe/City Centre) I would take a different route out of town.

Instead of going on the A4, head out to Bathampton on the A36 (signposted Warminster) and cross over the River Avon using the 200 year old toll bridge over the pretty weir (toll is 60p from memory). and cross over to Batheaston.

When you get up into Batheaston you turn right and travel to Box. Once you have gone past the town of Corsham, take a left at the Cross Keys Inn to take you through the village of Biddestone (cute duck pond) and on to Castle Combe.

Castle Combe isn't huge so you ought to be able to detour to wander up and down in an hour.

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