North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN
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Within and close by the North Wessex Downs there are many picturesque market towns and villages with much to offer the day or weekend visitor.
If you’re interested in antiques there are lots of interesting shops and dealers in the Marlborough, Hungerford and Pewsey ‘Triangle’. The close proximity of these towns and villages means you can you can browse lots of different antique dealers in a day. For those with an interest in history there are fascinating museums and visitor centres in Devizes, Pewsey, Wantage and Whitchurch. They give an insight into the way of life and landscape of the area from prehistoric times to the present day and are well worth a day out. The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through Devizes, Hungerford, Pewsey and Kintbury, giving them a shared industrial heritage which is now a focal point for walking, cycling and boating.
The market towns all have their distinctive character with independent shops, superb pubs, restaurants and plenty of B&Bs and hotels. During the summer many of the towns and some of the larger villages have music and arts festivals, carnivals plus special events around Christmas.
The Villages of the North Wessex Downs have their own distinct architectural character and include a high proportion of listed properties. In these villages you will find atmospheric Medieval churches dating back to the 12th century plus there is a wonderful Roman villa site with mosaic at Littlecote near Ramsbury. A mix of building styles can be found, mostly influenced by the geology on which the North Wessex Downs sits. From the use of Sarsen stone in the Marlborough Downs and Pewsey
Vale and chalk block cottages of the Berkshire Downs, to the eye catching ‘Flint Knapping’ of the Bourne Valley. More information can be found in a leaflet called ‘Diversity in Stone’, available to download here.
View some of the characteristic Towns and Villages of the North Wessex Downs here