North Wessex Downs, Berkshire | Hampshire | Oxfordshire | Wiltshire
The downs are a unique and varied landscape that includes ancient woodlands, open downland and chalk streams. The 668 square miles of the ANOB also include the Marlborough Downs. These are famous for their unspoilt sheltered valleys, as well as hills which are often crowned with beech woods. The woodlands of Chute and the Savernake Forests are all within the ANOB, as are the Thames Basin Heaths.
The downs are part of the North Downs which stretch from Dorset in the West to Kent in the East, running almost parallel to the South Downs . Walbury Hill , just south of Hungerford in Berkshire, is the highest point on the downs reaching 974 feet.
The ancient Ridgeway , which is often described as Britian’s oldest road, passes through the downs and is still a popular route for those wishing to visit the area.
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