The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB)

is one of England’s finest landscapes and yet while many people would know the

Cotswolds and the Chilterns, the North Wessex Downs is much less widely recognised,

even by the people that live here, which is a shame as there is much to discover here.

The area, characterised by rolling chalk hills and downland has a rich

archaeological heritage, picturesque villages and towns, sparkling streams and

tranquil wooded areas all ready to be explored and enjoyed.

The North Wessex Downs make up the third largest of Britain’s 46 AONBs

covering an area of 668 square miles and taking in 173 parishes including the

historic towns of Hungerford and Marlborough.

Scratch the surface of the North Wessex Downs and you’ll find what really makes

it tick - chalk. The area lies at the heart of the chalk band that stretches across

Southern England. The area offers wildlife a diverse range of special habitats. The

chalk grassland is a rich habitat teeming with farmland birds, chalk loving flowers

and rare butterflies.

The area is well worth exploring whether that means the great outdoors or some

more specific attractions. The big open skies with their panoramic views make the

countryside ideal for bird-watching, cycling, walking, fishing riding and star gazing

on clear nights.

If you’d like to find out more take a look at our website where you’ll find an

interactive map with information local walks, rides and a list of events happening

across the area.

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Woodland Owners
Don't Miss this!

Make your Woodland Work for You

3 May Dinton, Salisbury

This one-day event has been designed for owners of woodland with untapped potential. It is being organised by the North Wessex Downs AONB and Cranborne Chase AONB together with the Forestry Commission.

By the end of the day, participants will better understand the potential for their woodland and where to go to for advice.

Read more about why we are running this event

Our Town of Highworth


Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Highworth LINK - “Bringing the people to the people”