Aldbourne is a beautiful village about 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. It is in a valley in the south slope of the Lambourn Downs, part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From here an unnamed winterbourne flows and joins the River Kennet 4 miles (6.4 km) … [Read more…]

North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty The North Wessex Downs is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England. Our location within the glorious landscape of the North Wessex Downs ensures wonderful walking and cycling within moments of the front … [Read more…]


Swindon is one of the larger towns in Wiltshire with a population of around 150,000. History The original Saxon settlement of Swindon sat in a defensible position atop a limestone hill. It is referred to in the Domesday Book as Suindune, believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon words swine and dun meaning ‘pig hill’, … [Read more…]


Ridgeway The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway described as Britain’s oldest road having been in use for over 5,000 years. At 85 miles (137 km), the route follows the chalk hills between Overton Hill, near Avebury, and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire and represents part of a route in use since Neolithic times. Specifically, the Ridgeway … [Read more…]


Ogbournes Follow the sign on the opposite side of the road from Rossendale and you will be on the cycle path from Chiseldon to Marlborough which will take you through the ancient villages of Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew and Ogbourne Maisey. For the sporting minded, on the way is the spectacular Ogbourne Downs … [Read more…]

Ogbourne Maisey

Ogbourne Maisey The hamlet on the banks of the River Og, just south of Ogbourne St Andrew, is dominated by commuter housing and race horse stables on the narrow road that leads over the downs to Rockley.   Back to Ogbournes

Liddington Castle

Your Chiseldon B&B lies under the lee of Liddington Castle, a late Bronze Age and early Iron Age hill fort. It is sited on a commanding high point close to The Ridgeway and covers an area of 3ha. Liddington Castle was one of the earliest hill forts in Britain, with first occupation dating to the … [Read more…]

Draycot Foliat

A few hundred yards off the old Ridgeway and about a half hour walk from your Chiseldon B&B is the small hamlet of Draycot Foliat. In addition to houses and farms there is a small Airstrip, if you decided to arrive by plane. There is also a model helicopter instruction centre and frequently model jets … [Read more…]

Coate Water Country Park

A short drive north from Rossendale Bed and Breakfast towards Swindon brings you to Coate Water which offers the visitor a great day out for relaxation or more energetic activities. You can try your hand at pitch and putt or one of the orienteering courses. If you just want to relax, there are areas to … [Read more…]


Introduction Rossendale B&B is located on the edge of Chiseldon, a village in the borough of Swindon,under the lee of the Marlborough Downs. It is a mile south of junction 15 of the M4 motorway, on the A346 between Swindon and Marlborough. The village has a school, Chiseldon Primary School, an 13th Century Anglican Church, … [Read more…]