London to Salisbury

Old Feb 4th, 2006, 08:30 PM
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London to Salisbury

Any recommendations on the best way to get from Heathrow to Salisbury in early July? If we take the train do we have to go into London first? Anyone ever used a hired car, such as Ray Skinner's service, for such a trip?
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Old Feb 4th, 2006, 09:54 PM
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Have you read Sarum by Edward Rutherford? Read it before you go to Salisbury. Amazing.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 03:05 AM
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www.nationalexpress.com shows direct buses, taking about 2 hours and leaving Heathrow at 11.45, 16.55 and 20.10.

Otherwise you could take the Railair bus from Heathrow to Woking and a train from there. Both the Railair buses and the Woking-Salisbury trains run half-hourly during the week. The bus takes about 40 minutes and the train just over an hour.
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Old Feb 5th, 2006, 06:51 AM
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starrsville, can you tell us a little more about Sarum? I'm going on a day trip to Salisbury in April and I could use a good read for the long flight. Thanks.
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P_M - Three of Rutherfurd's (note the spelling) novels -- "London", "Sarum" and "The Forest" are all wonderful and were major best sellers.

London about London of course, Sarum about Salisbury Plain/Stonehenge/Sarum, and The Forest about the New Forest and Hampshire.

They each follow about the same format - basically following a family saga from neolithic times up to modern day, incorporating a LOT of real people and events.

All three are massive - 800 to nearly 1000 pages.
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Massive - but incredibly readable. Sarum may be the most fascinating book I've ever read. Parts of the book come back to me at the strangest times - and I read it almost two decades ago. If your trip is in July, you have plenty of time
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