Picturesque Lacock, 11 miles east of Bath across the border in Wiltshire, is so pristine that the National Trust owns the entire village. The rows of half-timbered houses date back to the 13th century, as does Lacock Abbey, home to a little museum and some remarkably well-preserved medieval cloisters – you may recognize the latter from the Harry Potter films.
Lacock is a beautiful village and the Abbey was a quiet haven. We visited early on the August bank holiday 2010 and enjoyed a look around the Abbey with relatively few people before heading out into the village. The National Trust website has a 1-2 mile walk around the outskirts of the village with good views to the Abbey, which gave us a chance for more peace and quiet away from the busy village. The only downside was the huge number of wasps around (which had been a problem all summer in 2010).
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