We were really excited to take part in the third North Wessex Downs AONB Walking Festival this June. Our ramble across the network of drover’s roads, waysides and footpaths that criss cross the farm took place on the last day of the festival. Afterwards we were joined by Lambourn based archeologist Bob Brewer for an introduction to the history of the ancient landscape at Sheepdrove and a short tour of the ancient woodland and the constructed wetlands that clean the waste water from the farm, the venue and the cottages.
The North Wessex Downs Walking Festival was originally launched to encourage us lucky folk who live here to rediscover and explore this beautiful heritage North Wessex landscape. There is really something for everyone with nearly 30 walks with opportunities to seek out wildlife or history, visit a working farm or simply soak up the views from the top of the downs and the majority of the walks are free (but pre booking is essential).
It’s well worth signing up to the North Wessex Downs AONB newsletter to hear about their events programme, including Dark Skies events and the Annual Forum which always features such interesting speakers and of course the Walking Festival.
North Wessex Downs Website