Local Holiday Destinations

child cycling in Savernake

When deciding on where to go on holiday it’s tempting to think the further away the better … but as we live in a beautiful part of the world why spend hours travelling elsewhere? Here are our suggestions for wonderful places to stay less than 30 miles away. If you have any suggestions for local holiday destinations, please send them to penny@pennypost.org.uk.

Cotswold Water Park

We’ve had a lovely camping holiday at the Cotswold Water Park – just 30 miles from us. Close enough to home for non-campers to visit for the day but once you’re there you feel as if you’re in another world. We camped at Go-By-Cycle Campsite which is very close to Lake 32, home to the Cotswold Country Park’s sandy beach and lots of activities including zorbing, wakeboarding, kayaking and Head4Heights climbing. Our boys also did stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing at South Cerney Outdoor Centre on Lake 12. The only thing missing from a beach holiday was the salty water and we didn’t really miss that at all.

The Go-By-Cycle campsite is next to the Spine Road, so the traffic was sometimes noisy, but we soon got used to it and the friendliness of the owners and the convenience of being able to cycle 5 minutes to the lakes made up for it.

Savernake Forest

Postern Hill Campsite in the Savernake Forest next to Marlborough is a tranquil site with no showers (so there are few 18 – 30 year olds!) and it’s easy to make last minute bookings. It is a very Eco site (has won lots of green awards) and has local wildlife guides. You can even rent bat detectors from the campsite to hear bats after dark. The staff are immensely helpful – they fixed a broken tent pole for us.

You can easily spend a day on cycle or foot exploring the forest, picking wild raspberries, playing tracking games and visiting the ancient oaks (the Savernake has more ancient trees than some whole countries in Europe). Hug a tree to discover how old it is: if one person can hug a tree it’s about 100 years old, if it takes two people, the tree is 200 years old.

If it’s wet then just head into Marlborough to enjoy the lovely cafes, frequent markets, or browse Oxfam’s secondhand bookshop. Or kill a couple of hours following the Marlborough Murder Mystery trail from www.treasuretrails.co.uk.

Pewsey Vale

The Pewsey Vale is within easy reach of many world-renowned visitor hotspots such as Salisbury, Avebury, Stonehenge, Longleat, Bath, Caen Locks, Wilton Windmill, Crofton Pumping Station and Stourhead. It is an ideal place to stay whilst you take day trips to the larger attractions.  The excellent visitpewseyvale.co.uk website provides information on:


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