Wiltshire

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The Ghost Village of Imber

The Ghost Village of Imber “Little Imber on the down, seven miles from any town” The remote settlement of Imber dates from at least Saxon times but is now an uninhabited “ghost village” within the MoD’s training grounds on Salisbury Plain. Traditionally reliant on agriculture, the townsfolk were evicted in December 1943 by the British …

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Lost Village of Snap

The Lost Village of Snap

Snap: Exploring England’s Lost Villages For several hundred years Snap was an outlying hamlet of Aldbourne in Wiltshire, its few inhabitants (never more than 40-50) eking out a precarious existence as agricultural labourers. 19th century changes in farming practice led to gradual depopulation and in 1905 Snap Farm and next-door Leigh Farm (now, confusingly, known …

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Devil's Den Marlborough

Devils Den Marlborough

In the Lair of the Devil The Devil’s Den is a stunning feature of Wiltshire’s ancient landscape, set in a beautiful location on Fyfield Hill near Marlborough. However, much like this walk, there is something of the curate’s egg about it with a few unfortunate aspects to offset the good parts. The Den originally formed …

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A Horse and a Smithy

Wiltshire Walk: White Horse, Pubs, Views! A Horse and a Smithy  – 3-5 miles/4-8 km – 1-2 hours – OS Explorer 170 – Vale of White Horse Uffington’s famous White Horse needs little introduction – some 3000 years old, its minimalist design is instantly recognisable and unlike any other chalk figure in the world.  Indeed, …

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