My Southern England trip continues as I edge closer to my time ending in Salisbury. As I write this post, it’s a washout as the Brits like to say. In other words, it’s raining heavily. Therefore, yesterday was my big excursion; I visited Lacock and Bath in one day … and without a car. Here’s how it went:
I took the train from Salisbury station to Trowbridge. I have to admit I much prefer the buses because they’re much cheaper and you get to see much more sitting atop the double decker. The train costs 10 pounds for only a 30 minute or less trip. The day before I took a bus ride for 30 minutes for 3 pounds, 80 pence. It’s a huge difference to a budget traveler.
I got off at Trowbridge, a bit lost, but a nice Brit walked me to the town center and showed me to the right bus. Trowbridge is the county seat and a busy, little town, and I was glad I was able to see it. I hopped aboard the 234 (or you can take the X34) toward Chippenham. I made sure it stopped at Lacock, even though it clearly said it on the sign. The bus cost 4 pounds, 15 pence.
The ride was charming on my absolute favorite, the double decker bus. We went through villages and farmland and even got to see a version of a British trailer park.
Then we arrived at Lacock after a 30 minute or so ride. Lacock is the National Trust village where scenes from world-famous BBC films such as the original Pride & Prejudice (the Colin Firth version) and Cranford were shot. Scenes from two Harry Potter films were shot here as well.
Lacock is a step back in time. It looks like an 18th to 19th century, English village. The English tudors, flower boxes, lush green landscapes help the tourist step back in time. It was easy to see how Lacock was a film set. Simply throw down some dirt for the roads and place actors in old-fashioned clothes and you’re ready to shoot.
I walked around Lacock, winding through the cobblestone streets, peering up at the perfect English cottages, adoring a kitten in a window (see photo) and even stopping off at the bakery to smell some goodies. I stopped outside The Abbey and took some photos through the fence and thought of Jane Austen. This was a perfect setting for her novel.
After sitting on a bench and eating in Lacock, I walked down the road towards Chippenham and caught the X34 (you can also take the 234) to Chippenham. Only a 10 minute ride and 2 pounds, 40 pence, I got off at the Chippenham bus station. Alas, there was a bus waiting to go to Bath. I hopped aboard for 4 pounds, 45 pence.
It took over an hour to get to Bath. The bus was not double decker, and the ride was uneventful until we approached just outside of Bath …
Please continue reading about my travels in Bath on the Editorial Director’s Forum.
And don’t forget to read about my non-touristy, Stonehenge visit.
– Jennifer, Editorial Network Diector