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The Cotswolds village of Biddestone in Wiltshire

Biddestone Tourist Information and Travel Guide

Biddestone is a small, rural and rather picturesque village in north west Wiltshire, England, with a population of a few hundred. It is situated near Castle Combe (4 miles), Lacock (5 miles), Corsham, Giddeahall and Chippenham (4.7 miles).

Biddestone has a small Norman church (St. Nicholas's), two pubs (the Biddestone Arms, and the White Horse) and a duck pond situated in a green at the centre of the village. There are also two smaller chapels, one of which is closed, and the other recently reopened for its 150th anniversary in 2004. There is also a sports ground where football, cricket and tennis are played. A new village hall was opened on this site in 2003.

The settlement dates from Saxon times, though most buildings are from the late 18th century. Towards the edges of the village, the buildings tend to be from the 20th century.

Local industry is mainly agricultural, however most working residents commute to neighbouring towns. As public transport is limited to an infrequent bus service, most travel by car. A sawmill on Challows Lane is run by a local resident, producing items for many different functions. There is plenty of bed and breakfast accommodation in the village, providing a resource for tourism.

The brook called the Wavering flows through the village.

The classical village centre of Cotswold stone houses surround a large green and duck pond. Just off the centre is a beautiful 12th Century Norman Church, and all around the village are local footpaths for those who like a short or a longer walk.

Charming stone-built, tiled 18th century cottages and houses with gated, walled gardens situated round a large village green and duck pond. This is most peoples idea of the English country village.

The 17th century Manor House has older out-buildings and a large garden which occasionally opens under the National Gardens Scheme.

The village inn, next to the duck pond, the village school, old stone barn and village pump under a tiled roof all add to the charm.

Looking across the village green. The White horse Inn is on the right. The Biddestone Arms is a little further on.

Wiltshire is renowned for its eight white Horses, and is dissected by the Kennet and Avon Canal. The area provides many opportunities for walking and cycling being on the Macmillan way and Wiltshire Cycle Way.

For those interested in golf there are six golf courses nearby.

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