Beautiful Wiltshire is characterised by chalk hills and valleys and the mainly rural location offers some stunning views. The Marlborough Downs are in fact part of the North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The great wild expanse of Salisbury Plain is well known for the ancient monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury but also as the training ground for the British Army and the home of the county bird, the Great Bustard.
The county has one city – Salisbury – and twenty one towns including Swindon (the largest) and Wooton Bassett (now famous as a town that without fail remembers the military fallen).
Landlocked Wiltshire neighbours Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire. Its highest point at 295 m is Tan Hill–Milk Hill ridge in the Pewsey Vale. The 2001 Census recorded over 610,000 inhabitants in industries from the military to farming.
The ancient county town used to be Wilton, but that has since changed to Trowbridge where Wiltshire Council is now based.