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Seven hills explored in new book

(December 08, 2011)
Warminster’s hills are a rich source of fascination for UFO spotters, orchid enthusiasts, walkers, archaeologists and butterfly fans alike.

Now The Hills of Warminster, a brand-new guide by Warminster writer Victoria Coombes, brings together information about these local landmarks for the first time, including flora and fauna, historical background, archaeology and access details.

Sitting at the western edge of Salisbury Plain, Warminster has seven hills - including three Iron Age hill forts - literally on its doorstep.

The new publication dedicates a page to each hill, with photography, and includes a map showing footpaths and parking directions for access.  As some of the hills form part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area and are owned by the Ministry of Defence, information is included about the restrictions for walking on military land.  Details are also given of museums where excavated artefacts can be seen.

Living within sight of three of the hills, author Victoria Coombes says: “I wanted Warminster to have something in writing to celebrate its hills.  We’re so lucky to have access to this wonderful countryside.   Not only can we enjoy seeing hills on our horizons but we also have the freedom to walk over them.”

Journalist and writer Victoria is a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines.  She is the author of Take the Footpath, 40 walks in the Salisbury area and was until recently publisher of a Warminster-based community news website.  

 T he Hills of Warminster is available from Tuesday 6th December at the Warminster Information Centre in the Central Car Park, BA12 9BT (01985 218548),  price £2.50. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-1pm)

Contact details for media: Victoria Coombes 01985 214223 or email [email protected]

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