Explore the Natural Beauty of North Wessex Downs


Enjoy the English countryside on foot, on horseback or on bike in the North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty.

With open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams, the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an ideal place for rural activities.

There are ample opportunities for walkers in this area with the long distance footpath, The Ridgeway as well as walks along the Kennet & Avon Canal tow path and across the Avebury World Heritage Site. Discover the World Heritage Site Avebury Stone Circle through to the West Kennet Long Barrow. Look across at Silbury Hill, the largest manmade mound in Europe and see if you can spot any of the chalk White Horses that dot the landscape.

Explore the area on horseback with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre or enjoy some off-road cycling. Within this AONB you’ll also discover the market town of Marlborough, Wilton Windmill, Crofton Beam Engines and the Kennet & Avon Canal.  

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