Lacock - a village stroll
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Walk Route Description
Lacock was once a busy town. Today it feels more like a village with a few shops, a number of pubs and restaurants and of course Lacock Abbey. The National Trust own much of the village and Lacock Abbey so it is likely to be well protected from modernisation. Fox-Talbot, one of the great pioneers of photography, lived in the village and there is a museum featuring his work.
This short stroll provides an introduction to the village and hopefully provides a photographic impression of what you will see. The start is the National Trust pay and display car park (grid ref. ST918682) signed from the A350 Chippenham to Melksham road.
Exit the car park and follow the footpath into the village. Passing the entrance to Lacock Abbey (which could also be included in this stroll), the path leads you into High Street, where apart from cars, you are immediately transported back to another age and it becomes clear why the village is used in so many period films. The attractive houses and shops are not museum pieces but people's homes and businesses so please treat them with respect. Continue along High Street to the T-junction.
Turn right into West Street and continue north to the next junction. Turn right into Church Street and continue to St Cyriac's parish church at the eastern end of the village. This 15th church has an interesting interior and is worth a visit. After exploring the church return the way you came and turn first left into East Street. At the end of this street on the left hand side you will see the lock-up and the beautiful tithe barn which is being restored.
To return to the car park, turn left and follow the road back to the start.
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