Village walk around Lacock

Lacock, Wiltshire SN12 2LG

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The apple orchard at Lacock Abbey © Sue Carter

The apple orchard at Lacock Abbey

The Pack Horse Bridge in Lacock © NTPL Tymn Lintell

The Pack Horse Bridge in Lacock

A view of some of the many cottages on the High Street of Lacock Village © Arnhel de Serra

A view of some of the many cottages on the High Street of Lacock Village

Route overview

This easy walk takes you around the beautiful medieval village of Lacock and explores some of the off-the-beaten-track paths within easy reach of the village centre.  Picturesque cottages, a ford for little toes to splash in and views of traditional English countryside mean it has something for all.

Kindly written by Ian Clements

Route details

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Map showing Village Trail around Laccock
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Hither Way car park, grid ref: ST918682

  1. From the main car park entrance cross Hither Way and take the signposted path through the trees to the village.

  2. Pass the entrance to Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum on your right.

  3. At the old Tithe Barn turn right into East Street and then right again into Church Street.

  4. Just before St Cyriac's church, turn left into a small lane called Nethercote.

    Show/HideSt Cyriac's church

    The church was mainly built in the 1400s when the village was at its prime, with the abbey at its centre and a prosperous wool trade. St Cyriac was a child martyr in Roman times.

    The apple orchard at Lacock Abbey © Sue Carter
  5. At the packhorse bridge, over the Bide Brook, bear right and continue up the lane to the end.

    Show/HidePackhorse bridge

    This bridge was built in the 1700s to give an alternative route to the ford it crosses. The brook is the Bide Brook, although the Saxons called it lacuc or little stream.

    The Pack Horse Bridge in Lacock © NTPL Tymn Lintell
  6. Turn left to cross a stile into a field. Turn half right (diagonally); there are some tall poplar trees beyond the hedge ahead. You should aim about 20yd (18m) to the left of these poplars to cross the stile in the hedge.

  7. Turn left along the pavement and continue ahead to the village. This was the old main road before the building of the bypass.

  8. Cross the town bridge over the Bide Brook and continue ahead up West Street.

  9. Turn left at the war memorial into High Street. The National Trust shop is on your left. You should now follow the outward route back to the car park.

    Show/HideLacock village

    Lacock remains much as it looked in the 18th century. The lively town of two hundred years ago, with its shops, businesses and crowded market, can still be imagined. It has often been used as a filming location for period dramas including Pride and Prejudice and Cranford, as well as some of the Harry Potter films.

    A view of some of the many cottages on the High Street of Lacock Village © Arnhel de Serra

End: Hither Way car park, grid ref: ST918682

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.25 miles (2km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 156
  • Terrain:

    This short walks is mostly on pavements, with stiles into and out of one field. Dogs welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: Buses from Frome and Chippenham. See Traveline South West website for details

    By train: Chippenham, 3 miles (4.8km)

    By car: 3 miles (4.8km) south of Chippenham on A350 signposted Warminster/Poole and then Lacock. If usingSat Nav, enter Hither Way, Lacock. Follow parking signs to main car park (charge applies for non-National Trust members). No visitor parking on village streets

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