If you are travelling to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath you should consider a short, seven-mile detour to Bradford on Avon.

This attractive Wiltshire town, originally named ‘Broad Ford,’ straddles the river and it’s the perfect place to head when the sun is out. There are plenty of parks and riverside walks, and you’ll find an extensive range of cafes and restaurants, many offering outdoor eating spaces. It’s a foodies treat!

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We loved the choice of over a dozen fancy pies at the Bear Inn Ale, Pie and Cider House – if the thought of eating rabbit brings on a Watership Down guilt trip, you could opt for Mediterranean vegetables with the cheese-of-the-moment haloumi! Wash that down with a pint of the cider. You’re only ten minutes drive from the Somerset border, so why not?

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The town’s wealth came from woollen mills and these handsome, honey-coloured buildings have now been converted into trendy apartments and bars and even a B&B. You can buy local arts and crafts in galleries built into a series of stone arches known as The Vaults. There are lots of high-end craft, art and gift shops. It’s the sort of place where you can buy stylized images of the town as wall prints in most shops.

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One of the town’s most popular attractions is its Saxon church, which was built in the 10th century.

A pleasant way to spend a few hours if you’re visiting Wiltshire or the Southern Cotswolds.

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