North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN
01488 685 440

Woodborough Hill taken from Milk Hill Vale of Pewsey

Woodborough Hill taken from Milk Hill, Vale of Pewsey
© Dave Gray

Wilton Windmill

Wilton Windmill
© Alex Davidson

West Woodhay from Walbury Hill

West Woodhay from Walbury Hill
© Peter Orr

Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill
© Robert Albright

Hackpen Hill

Hackpen Hill
© Andrew Perrott

Explore the Area


Visitors and businesses


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North Wessex Downs Visitor Guide

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England.

We have a host of information here  for visitors, local businesses and everyone who’d like to know more about the North Wessex Downs.  See our Tourism Toolkit  for free materials.

Written in the LandDiscover more about the Archaeology and History of the North Wessex Downs.

'Written in the Land' is a new interactive map based resource which allows you to explore the layers in the landscape.

Visit the Written in the Land Website.



Where are we?

North Wessex Downs Location

The North Wessex Downs AONB is located in the south of England, in an area covering 668 sq miles between Reading and Swindon to the East and North, and Andover and Devizes to the South and West.
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There are many pretty villlages here to explore as well as two bustling market towns: Hungerford "Heart of the North Wessex Downs" and  Marlborough.

What do we do?

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance that natural beauty.