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Celebrate Wiltshire’s rich history by joining us on this first part of a fascinating journey, in which we explore the spectacular south of the county.
You will enjoy a diverse range of locations from the World Heritage site at Stonehenge to the sad remains of the lost country village of Imber in the middle of Salisbury Plain. Discover the origins of the famous white horses that decorate the downs and the less well-known military emblems carved in the chalk by soldiers stationed in Wiltshire during the First World War, at places such as Fovant, Compton Chamberlayne and Lamb Down Hill.
We will also explore some of the unique customs and traditions of the area, such as the continued commemoration of Oak Apple Day in Great Wishford; and see how the largest flighted bird in the world, the Great Bustard, once a common sight in these parts, has been reintroduced into its natural habitat. Our journey also takes in historic houses, medieval castles and museums such as those at Salisbury and Market Lavington, which provide an insight into the people of the area, the way they lived and their occupations. Other highlights include visits to Warminster Maltings, Britain’s oldest working maltings, and the aptly named Stonehenge Ales at Netheravon.
Our South Wiltshire odyssey also includes features on Downton, on the very edge of the New Forest, Old Sarum, Wilton, Baverstock, Ansty, Tisbury, Fonthill Bishop, East Knoyle, Trowbridge, Potterne, Market Lavington, Shrewton, Ludgershall and Amesbury, before finishing at the majestic Stonehenge.
Complemented by stunning modern film, revealing interviews with an array of informed contributors and rare archive material, this historical tour of South Wiltshire will give you the desire to go out and see these places for yourself.
N.B. Discovering Wiltshire Volume 2, which features the north of the county, is also now available