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The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, England


The Chilterns

North Wiltshire, where the Cotswolds meet the Wiltshire Downs, is an area of rich countryside with a peaceful ancient landscape, historic market towns and timeless golden stone villages.

Much of the District is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a film-maker’s dream. Visit Castle Combe, voted again as England’s most picturesque village and the National Trust village of Lacock, which has provided the romantic setting for many Jane Austen Classics and is the ‘bewitching’ Hogwarts location for scenes in Harry Potter. Lacock is the only 15th-century village to be preserved by the National Trust and in the Abbey, Fox Talbot pioneered photography.

Malmesbury is England’s oldest borough with the remains of its impressive Norman Abbey and the Market Cross, one of the finest surviving medieval market crosses in England. View the White Horse carved into the rolling downs at Cherhill near Calne.
Visit the imposing stately homes of Bowood, set in glorious parkland, with an exciting Adventure Playground, 13th Century Lacock Abbey and Corsham Court, internationally renowned for its art treasures. Enjoy the glorious gardens of Abbey House in Malmesbury, Pound Hill and Sheldon Manor Chippenham.

Trace the history of the famous wool and Bath stone industries in the Corsham Heritage Centre and the architectural heritage in fine houses, country manors and Weavers’ Cottages in Corsham.

Get away by exploring the miles of cycleways, bridleways and footpaths that cross the district. Take part in many exciting water sports at Cotswold Water Park with its Children’s Beach, choose from eight golf courses or indulge in being a racing driver at Castle Combe Racing Circuit.

Easy access from the M4 and regular intercity Rail Services, just one hour from London, makes North Wiltshire an ideal base from which to explore the nearby areas of Bath, Stonehenge and the glorious Cotswolds.
Throughout the year North Wiltshire hosts many major events including the Chippenham Folk Festival, the North Wiltshire Classic Car Discovery Tour, Corsham Music and Arts Festival, Calne Music and Arts Festival and Calne Country Music Festival.
Friendly country pubs offer traditional Wiltshire fare and quality inspected accommodation from homely B&B’s, working farms and town centre coaching inns to luxurious country house hotels ensures a memorable stay at any time of year.

For more Information please contact:
High Wycombe Tourist Board
Pauls Row, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
HP11 2HQ
Email:  tourism_enquiries@wycombe.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)+44 (0)1494 421892

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