Discover the Great West Way

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The Great West Way

Whatley Manor is delighted to be part of a fabulous initiative to encourage tourists to discover the South West via the London to Bristol corridor.

Launched in 2018  The Great West Way touring route covers approximately 125 miles. The route joins up many of England’s iconic attractions and destinations between London and Bristol and has been created to make it easy to explore famous landmarks, historic houses and hidden gems as you venture South West.

Suitable for various modes of travel including car, rail, coach, bike, and boat and even on foot. If you are flying in to Bristol or Heathrow it is easy to pick up the trail.

There are a variety of themed itineraries including food and drink, heritage, film and countryside.

The Top ten market towns route features our local town, Malmesbury, England’s oldest borough and home to a Gothic 12thcentury Abbey, the high street is now filled with lovely independent shops too.  Also on this route are nearby Corsham and Bradford on Avon, both beautiful little towns seeped in history and easily explored on a day outing with Whatley Manor as your base.

Malmesbury also features in the Top ten scenic cycle routes taking in the Fosse way, ten miles of Roman road that once ran from the southwest to the north east of England. This is a short but very pleasant stretch to cycle.

However you choose to explore the Great West Way makes it so easy to discover this rather beautiful corner of England, watch the video to find out more and we hope to welcome you for afternoon tea, lunch or a relaxing stay as part of your adventure.

Discover the Great West Way –  click to watch the video 


From 24th - 26th December the Whatley Manor will be closed to non residents. If you need to contact us please send an email to and one of the team will respond. Thank you