North Wessex Downs
The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes parts of Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
It covers 668 square miles and extends from Basingstoke and Andover in the south to Reading, Devizes and Newbury in the north, west and east.
The North Wessex Downs forms part of the unique chalk landscape of southern England and is renowned for its sweeping hills, unspoilt villages and stunning views.
The area is popular with horse riders, walkers and cyclists and two long-distance walks, the Wayfarer’s Walk and the Test Way, meet at Inkpen Beacon and allow visitors access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Hampshire.
The Blackwater Valley, a green corridor on the eastern edge of Hampshire, includes nature reserves, the Blackwater Valley Path and sporting opportunities while Highclere Castle, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Milestones living history museum and The Vyne are nearby attractions.
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