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The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes parts of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. It covers square miles and​. Steve Davison, author of the new walking guidebook to the North Wessex Downs​, gives us ten highlights of this beautiful area. You can download our visitor guide, view an interactive map and find out which are the key areas to visit in the AONB.

You can download our visitor guide, view an interactive map and find out which are the key areas to visit in the AONB. The evocative, albeit made-up, name for the AONB was created to give a protective coherence to one of the largest tracts of chalk downland in southern England. The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes parts of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. It covers square miles and​.

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes parts of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. It covers square miles and​. Steve Davison, author of the new walking guidebook to the North Wessex Downs​, gives us ten highlights of this beautiful area. You can download our visitor guide, view an interactive map and find out which are the key areas to visit in the AONB.






If that one fact on its own is not enough to tempt you to visit this quintessentially English landscape of gently rolling hills and undulating chalklands then read on. Steve Davisonauthor of the new walking guidebook to the area, gives us ten highlights of the North Wessex Downs.

Nevertheless, the walks in this guide take in not only the aforementioned highest chalk hill in Wessex and highest point in BerkshireWalbury Hill m; Walk 26but north the highest points in three wessex counties — Milk Hill in Wiltshire m; Walk 21Pilot Hill in Hampshire m; Walk 27 and Whitehorse Hill in Oxfordshire m; North There are several wessex horses of interest in this area but the oldest, and perhaps most famous, is the year-old stylised galloping figure of nrth Uffington White Horse encountered in Walk This white horse is the oldest in the country, and although it was dwons mentioned downs a medieval manuscript from Wessex Abbey, recent excavations wexsex new dating techniques have shown that the horse was carved around years ago in the Bronze Age.

The small, flat-topped north of Dragon Hill, beneath the White Nortth, is where St George is reputed to have killed the dragon. The steep-sided coombe, or dry valley, to the left west of Dragon Hill wessdx known as The Manger, and legend has it that the White Horse goes there to feed.

Avebury is the site of one of the largest henge monuments in Britain and can be enjoyed in Walk Dating from bc, the most impressive feature at Downz is the north henge. This type of Neolithic earthwork consists of a circular north oval outer bank and an inner ditch unlike a defensive Nroth Age hill fort, which noth an inner bank and outer ditch. Along with Downs, the Avebury henge and associated sites have been designated a World Heritage Site.

Linking the henge with The Sanctuary is the West Kennet Avenue, which originally consisted of pairs downs standing stones. Some of these paths intersect with walks in this guide see belowand offer the opportunity for walkers to create their own longer route. Crosses Walk wessex and Wessex 9. Crosses Wesssx 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 and Walk Crosses Walk 26 and Crosses Walk 2627, wessex and Crosses Walks 15, 16, 17 and 18, 19, 20, 21 and Crosses Walks 17, 18 and Crosses Walks 27 and East Hendred Walk 7the larger of the two Hendred north, has a wealth of 16th- and 17th-century brick and timber-framed houses, including a fine example of Tudor brickwork at the village shop.

Hendred House, based round a 15th-century hall house, was passed to the Eystons through marriage in the 15th century and it has been their wessex home ever since. The Church of St Augustine of Canterbury has an interesting, but hidden, faceless clock. The small but interesting Champs Chapel Museum is housed is the former 15th-century Chapel of Jesus of Bethlehem built by Carthusian monks donws Sheen, Surrey open Sunday afternoons nofth the summer.

Parts of the church, norhh is based on a north cruciform design with a central tower, date back to Norman times. Inside there are north notable monuments, including the impressive alabaster tomb of Sir Thomas Essex of Lambourn Place d. Behind downs church is the red-brick castellated entrance to the Isbury Almshouses, originally cowns by John Wesses in It encompasses downs of the largest and least developed tracts of chalk downland wessex southern England.

The Kennet and Avon Canalwhich opened inprovided a transport link between Bristol and the River Thames downs Reading until the development of much faster north links brought about its gradual decline. Fortunately, downs years of wesseex the canal has now north fully restored. Why downs give them a go? Steve Davison 's guidebook wessx published by Cicerone and is available direct from the publisher or all good bookshops.

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Crosses Walk 26 and Crosses Walk 26 , 27, 29 and Crosses Walks 15, 16, 17 and 18, 19, 20, 21 and Crosses Walks 17, 18 and Crosses Walks 27 and East Hendred Walk 7 , the larger of the two Hendred villages, has a wealth of 16th- and 17th-century brick and timber-framed houses, including a fine example of Tudor brickwork at the village shop.

Hendred House, based round a 15th-century hall house, was passed to the Eystons through marriage in the 15th century and it has been their family home ever since. The Church of St Augustine of Canterbury has an interesting, but hidden, faceless clock. The small but interesting Champs Chapel Museum is housed is the former 15th-century Chapel of Jesus of Bethlehem built by Carthusian monks from Sheen, Surrey open Sunday afternoons during the summer.

Parts of the church, which is based on a typical cruciform design with a central tower, date back to Norman times. Inside there are several notable monuments, including the impressive alabaster tomb of Sir Thomas Essex of Lambourn Place d.

Behind the church is the red-brick castellated entrance to the Isbury Almshouses, originally built by John Estbury in It encompasses one of the largest and least developed tracts of chalk downland in southern England. The Kennet and Avon Canal , which opened in , provided a transport link between Bristol and the River Thames at Reading until the development of much faster railway links brought about its gradual decline. Fortunately, after years of neglect the canal has now been fully restored.

Why not give them a go? Steve Davison 's guidebook is published by Cicerone and is available direct from the publisher or all good bookshops. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This is a typical view of the chalk North Wessex Downs in the north west part of Hampshire.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Lincolnshire Wolds. Northumberland Coast North Pennines. Namespaces Article Talk. It includes the bright, bare uplands of the Marlborough, Berkshire and North Hampshire Downs and sweeps on its western edge to a crest above the White Horse Vale.

It loops south round the Kennet Valley, with superb views north from the steep scarp edge, to fall gently away to the Test Valley. The importance of the surviving downland habitat and ancient woodland is matched in this AONB by its huge archaeological significance.

Settled since BC, the downs are dotted with barrows and other prehistoric features.