Bradford on Avon is the last outpost of the Cotswolds. A town straddling both river and canal it is immensely picturesque, and neither as well-known nor as crowded as Bath. Bradford grew wealthy from the wool trade and a generous share of the profits went on exquisitely carved corbels and town houses in buttery ashlar stone. The Saxon church is a rare survivor famous for two soaring stone angels.
We begin with a two-course carvery lunch at midday. Afterwards we take a few steps to enjoy the heart of Bradford followed by an entertaining coach tour taking an attractive route to enjoy the Bath skyline before dipping into the valley to see the highlights of the Georgian city - all from the coach - the Royal Crescent, Queen Square and beautiful Pulteney Bridge with the River Avon cascading over the weir.
We stop in the National Trust village of Lacock, where the new houses are 18th century! You will have time to buy refreshments.
There is a refreshment stop on the outward journey at Rownham Services.