In a Nutshell
One of the prettiest villages in England, Castle Combe is a tranquil haven in the south Cotswolds. It retains much of its historic charm, with little more than a pub and a hotel to put it on the map apart from its beauty. Combine this with Lacock for a day out.
Parking and Pooping
The village is in Wiltshire, south of the M4 approx 10 miles from Bath. Approaching on the B4039, you'll turn off toward the village and almost immediately see a dedicated car park on the right hand side. There is very little parking in the village itself, so you are best to use this free car park at the top of the hill and walk down toward the village. On quieter days, you can try driving down the hill to see if you can park on the roadside nearer the village, but don't be tempted to try your luck on the double yellows - they are regularly patrolled.
There are grassed areas by the car park and sections of grass around the High St so pup should be fine.
There is little through traffic in this small village, so walking is generally easy. Take the hill down from car park, you'll be walking partly on the pavement and part on the road, but it's a pleasant walk down. In the village, the pavements are adequate and again the roads very quiet.
Keeping the Humans Amused
There are only a couple of shops in the village, so the key reason for visiting is to take in the views and the architecture. The market cross at the village centre provides a key focal point. Take a walk down to the end of the main street and you'll find the bridge and the almost too perfect setting of the river running alongside the cottages on Water Lane.
The village is also the location of the Manor House Hotel, a luxury hotel and spa that is a favourite for wedding parties. Take a walk along West St - where the cottages become hotel rooms - and into the Manor grounds.
The White Hart pub in the centre is dog friendly and has a rear garden as well as some seating to the front. The Castle Inn Hotel on the opposite side of the market square also has seating at the front and both places make a great spot to sit, enjoy a drink or a light bite and take in the surroundings.