Steve Davison
Photographer & Writer
The North Wessex Downs
The Areas of Oustanding Natural Beauty have been described as the jewels of the English landscape and the North Wessex Downs, the third largest AONB, is no exception. Its predominant feature is the underlying chalk geology and it covers one of the most continuous tracts of chalk downland in England.

This book explores the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in depth, covering the geology and landscape, prehistoric treasures and more modern developments, from the Kennet and Avon Canal to crop circles.

The archaeology of the area is both rich and varied, with a number of impressive monuments, including the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury - which forms part of a World Heritage Site, the truly beautiful Uffington White Horse and the magical Wayland's Smithy, plus a myriad of Bronze Age barrows and Iron Age hill forts.

Hidden amongst the folded contours of this chalk countryside are picture-postcard villages with thatched cottages, historic churches and magnificent stately houses, while out on the open downs views stretch over rounded chalk hills, with wide open skies above.

Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd

ISBN (13): 978 0 719805 813

Publication Date: November 2013

The book is available from the publisher at, through local bookshops and online, including Amazon; signed copies are available from the author via the Contact Page.


1 Geology and the Landscape

2 History - from the Stone Age to the Present Day
- Archaeology Uncovered - from Causewayed Camps to Medieval Castles
- North Wessex at War

3 North Wessex at Work
- From the Land to Science
- Boats, Trains and Cars
- Tourism

4 Towns and Villages
Wilton Windmill near Great Bedwyn
The Wansdyke, Vale of Pewsey
Image North Wessex Downs book cover
Image The Wansdyke Vale of Pewsey
Image Wilton Windmill Wiltshire
Image North Wessex Downs AONB map

5 From Stately Homes to White Horses
- Stately Homes
- Interesting Churches
- Monuments, White Horses and Crop Circles

6. Writers and Artists
- The Bloomsbury Set
- Writers of Prose and Poetry
- Artists of Land and Light

7 Wildlife
- The Flora and Fauna
- From National Nature Reserves to Wildlife Trust Reserves
The North Wessex Downs AONB - overview map
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