Wiltshire Off The Beaten Path

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Wiltshire Off The Beaten Path

  • New Hall Hospital at Bodenham

    In 1939 New Hall at Bodenham was requisitioned by the Army & in 1944 General Dwight Eisenhower slept there prior to the Normandy Landings on D-day. After the war Lord Radnor purchased New Hall to save it from becoming a Lunatic Asylum. From 1947 New Hall was used as a training school for nurses. It is now a Private Hospital. Capio New Hall Hospital...

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  • COWS LINING UP

    It's fun to view the landscape while driving around. We spotted this unusual sight - at least for us. A lot of cows were all lined up in a row going to their barn for milking. They really looked funny that way instead of their usual lying in the field or standing up eating.

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  • SILBURY HILL

    Silbury Hill is very close to Avebury and Stonehenge.. another reminder of how long man has inhabited this part of England. Originally, begun in 2400 B.C. - yes, it's that old - Silbury Hill sits quietly near a car park one can pull into. I advise reading the website below for interesting archeological and historical facts about this mound....

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  • Bowood House

    People visit Bowood House between Calne and Chippenham every year. While there is nothing wrong with stumping up the cash to look round the house there are great public footpaths around the surrounding lakes and woodlands. Very well sign posted and if you drift of the route a gamekeeper will no doubt put you right very quickly.I'd suggest either...

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  • Stonehenge & stories

    The last time I came here was in July, the whole place was packed with tourists. There is stories that Stonehenge was built by the druids for sacrificial ceremonies. It was in medival times that Stonehenge started to have an appeal on the people, & not just another pile of rocks. It's £5 for adults & £2 for children to get in. Then you go down a...

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  • Odstock & Nunton Village

    Just down the hill from Salisbury district hospital are two small villages called Odstock & Nunton. You can get to the village of Downton this way by bike by cycling through the village of Bodenham & along a cycle track which passes a river. It's quite pleasant, but please watch out as some cars come along this narrow streatch. There’s also a pub...

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  • Barford St Martin

    Barford St.Martin is a little, village in South Wiltshire sited 2 miles from Wilton, the ancient capital of Wessex & some 13 miles from Shaftsbury. It is on the junction of the A30 & the B3089. The river Nadder runs through the village & Barford is known as one of the Nadder valley villages. Its history can be traced back to the 11th Century &...

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  • Great Wishford village

    Most people connect the village with Oak Apple Day on May 29th, when the villagers get up in the early hours to gather oak boughs from nearby woods. The event marks an ancient decree that lets people to get wood from Grovely Woods; the day includes a trip to Salisbury, dancing in the Cathedral Close, & brass band music back in the village. Knights...

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  • Grovely Woods

    Grovely Wood is a big region of woods that is now owned by the Forestry Commission ''Grovely Grovely & all Grovely" is the cry of local people from Great Wishford as they use their ancient right to collect firewood from the nearby woods. Festivities are held early on Oak Apple Day - May 29th - & the villagers restate the ancient law with...

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  • The Bustard Inn

    Sometimes called something else, & you can probably imagine what that is. The Bustard is in a remote location on Salisbury Plain, The Bustard Inn gives guests the best of numerous worlds - great walking & wide-open spaces, access to some of the most historic sights in the country, & a lovely escape from the bustle of city life. charmingly & modest,...

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  • Amesbury Village

    Amesbury is a little Wiltshire town. It lies on the River Avon, eight miles north of Salisbury, at a point where the main road from London to Exeter bridges the river. The chalk downlands of Salisbury Plain surround the town, pocked with the remains of earlier civilizations like Neolific & Bronze Age people. Until the current century Amesbury...

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  • Pewsey Village

    Pewsey is in the county of Wiltshire in the southern part of England. While mainly a quiet village of about 5000 residents, Pewsey has in current years become a pleasing place to live by those looking to travel to London, as it gives quick a quick route to Paddington station by train. Pewsey village boasts the "Oldest Carnival in Wiltshire",...

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  • Alderbury

    This is a small village which has Saxon roots, the village is on the site of a Roman settlement. Variouse flints & tools have been discovered there, which can be seen in Salisbury Museum. There is a pub at Alderbury called The Green Dragon & has featured in Charles Dickens book " Martin Chuzzlewit" under the name "The Blue dragon". The author...

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  • South Newton

    What can I say about this small Wiltshire village. It's about five miles from Salisbury, has many farms including our farm at Chillhampton which has been in the family since the 1850's. Two other villages Stoford & Wishford are connected to South Newton, & the River Nadder runs through the centre.The Black Swan pub is near South Newton, it's faced...

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  • Village of Barford St Martin

    This small village is about 2 miles from Wilton, & is situated in a quiet location on the junction of the A30 and the B3089. The River Nadder runs through farmland here, & there is also the Barford Inn. Also here is the Countryside Unit at Dairy Lane, which is owned by Alabre Christian Care centre's. It was once part of a farm, but was turned into...

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  • Wilton, Ancient capital of Wessex

    The market town of Wilton is a small Saxon settlement nr Salisbury. It’s famed for its carpet making factory which has been around for years, making carpets for grand houses & The Royal family. You can have tours round the factory & its part of Wilton shopping village. There are many shops in Wilton including: Reeve The Bakers, Antiques place,...

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