Often overlooked, this pretty Wiltshire village is a real gem with some quirky cultural links and surrounded by inviting countryside.
Aldbourne has everything you’d want – a picturesque village green, two friendly pubs, a beautiful church, delightful thatched houses and even a village pond. About 20 minutes from Marlborough or Swindon, there are fabulous walks up to the open downland (follow the road behind the church) where you can feel miles away from it all, with open skies and skylarks hovering above you. If you keep going you will come to four prehistoric barrows which were featured in a Dr Who episode from the early 70s. After your walk try the local Post Office with it’s café and deli and a warm welcome from the owners.
During World War II Aldbourne also functioned as a base for the American 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Easy Company as featured in the series ‘Band of Brothers’). In the Blue Boar pub on the green you can learn all about their time in the village. The Heritage Centre has more information about the village and its history – open at weekends only part of the year so check the website for details. Aldbourne is also a great start or end point for cyclists with miles of quiet roads and beautiful country lanes to explore. And of course two traditional pubs to finish off your day!