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Rural Escapes

If the great outdoors is your thing then we have the perfect place for you… Wiltshire!

Timeless nature

We are very lucky as we have not one, not two but three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a section of the New Forest National Park and over 8,200 footpaths waiting to be explored here in Wiltshire. Let us help you discover more about our historic landscapes.

Spot our White Horses and chalk carvings

Wiltshire is famous for its chalky landscapes which lend themselves to the historic carvings that have been made on our hills over the centuries. Have you spotted any of the eight White Horses dotted around our county yet? Our oldest, at Wesbury, dates from 1778 yet our most recent one dates from just 1999 and was carved in celebration of the Millennium.

Salisbury Plain – at the heart of Wiltshire

You might have heard of Salisbury Plain which sits in the middle of our county. In addition to being a military training area, the land is home to some unique wildlife including the recently reintroduced Great Bustard – our county’s bird. Within the Plain there is also the abandoned village of Imber which opens at various times during the year.

Wiltshire’s rivers and canals

Follow sections of the Rivers Avon and Thames as they flow through the county on some of the long distance footpaths and look out for kingfishers, water voles and other species which make up the unique flora and fauna of our landscape.

Keen cyclists and walkers should head to the Kennet & Avon Canal for a peaceful day out where you can also hire boats, kayaks and canoes for a gentle amble along these waters. Sections of the Wilts & Berks Canal are being restored around Chippenham too opening up leisure opportunities and chance to spot our local nature. Find out more about Wiltshire's rivers and canals.

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