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 -
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-
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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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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