BATH, England -- Whether clients are visiting Bath to conduct
business or for leisure purposes, they should consider spending at
least a day discovering the surrounding countryside.
After all, Bath is the centerpiece of a rich tapestry woven with
rolling green hills, medieval villages, stately homes and gardens,
castle ruins and wandering rivers.
In order to encourage visitors to explore the area, Wiltshire
& Bath Tourism created a guide called the Magical Ring. The
24-page booklet takes visitors on a driving route through some of
the area's major attractions and lesser-known places of interest
and provides a brief history of each site.
The route is slated to take a full day; however, it can be
altered for half-day or two-day tours, depending on time
Some of the highlights of the ring are:Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Here, visitors can explore the
ruins of a 14th century castle, including the well-preserved
chapel, which houses paintings and a crypt.Bradford-on-Avon. Lying in a valley of the River Avon, this
14th century town of stone houses, which sits next to Kennet &
Avon Canal, is a good place to shop for crafts or stop for a cup of
tea or coffee.Castle Combe. This quintessential English village retains its
15th century appearance and is an ideal setting for a quiet stroll.
It was the setting for the filming of the original "Dr.
Copies of the guide as well as other area publications and
videos are available through the Bath and North East Somerset
Council, (011) 44-122 547-7719; fax (011) 44-122 547-7221. --