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Area of outstanding natural beauty

Area of OutstandingBeautyLambourn and the Lambourn Valley are included in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Open Downland around Lambourn is  the heart and core of the North Wessex Downs, forming an elevated chalk landscape of subtle curves and undulations. Open expansive views are punctuated by clumps of beech woodland crowning the downland summits, forming prominent landmarks. Sparsely populated, the downlands possess a strong sense of remoteness and isolation. Predominantly in arable cultivation, these are landscapes of great seasonal variation. Again, this area contains a wealth of archaeology. The carefully managed gallops which are also found here have produced some of the most famous names in English racing.

The status of AONB brings special focus to the area. For more information go to: