Around the Chalke Valley

In the very south west of Wiltshire the River Ebble runs from its source at Berwick St John some 15 miles east until it joins the River Avon just south of Salisbury. The river bisects two parallel ranges of chalk downland upon the top of which run two ancient ridgeways. The area between these ridgeways is what we know as the Chalke Valley. This is a gentle open free flowing stretch of country with a few deep hollows carved by glaciers out of the downs. The ground shifts and modulates, but nowhere is it sharp or harsh. It is a soothing landscape, which to me is God’s own country.