Mike Marshman heads to the north east of the county to discover more about village life in Aldbourne and Baydon.

The north eastern edge of the Marlborough Downs is a very dry area. Not in respect of pubs, for both Aldbourne and Baydon still have some open, but in its landscape. Aldbourne is sited at the junction of five dry valleys with the only stream a small tributary of the Kennet rising south of the village and flowing in a sixth valley to Chilton Foliat. Baydon, which is thought to be Wiltshire’s highest village at 750 feet, has no natural surface water and villagers had to rely on deep wells until piped water arrived in 1936.

In the video we discover more about the vibrant and sociable village of Aldbourne, when we met with Alison Edmonds and her King Charles Spaniel, Hamish.

You can discover more about these Wiltshire villages in the September issue of Wiltshire Life on sale across the county, from Thursday 1st August.

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