North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN
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The North Wessex Downs AONB covers 1,730 sq km (the third largest AONB nationally) but has a population of only 125,000 people.
Hungerford and Marlborough are the two largest settlements, with a combined population of 14,000. Yet the AONB is surrounded by the significant urban centres of Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke, Andover, Swindon and Didcot, collectively providing a population of over 1.2 million within 20 minutes of the AONB. It is crossed east-west by the M4 and north-south by the A34.
The AONB encompasses 173 parishes. It straddles the boundaries of two counties, three unitary authorities and four district/borough councils.