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Wilton, the ancient capital of Wessex, is a quintessential English market town redolent with history spanning more than 2000 years. The town gave its name to Wiltshire and the famous Wilton Carpets, which are still made there today. Wilton lies 3 miles west of Salisbury, nestling in the junction of the Wylye and Nadder River Valleys and has one of the finest collections of antique shops in the west. Market day is Thursday and, with free parking and cash points, you have easy access to the wide range of traditional family - owned shops, pubs, cafés and other services. Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary's Ruin, you will find the famous Italianate Church and a delightful river walk along the Wylye, running from St John's Square through the Flouse Hole conservation area to Castle Meadow. With Wilton House, the CarpeShopping Village, Wilton offers a unique and varied day out for families of all ages. 10 Miles west of Salisbury at Fovant, the famous regimental badges can be viewed from laybys on the A30. Travel further west and you will find Tisbury, with its own railway station, situated on a steep slope beside the River Nadder. From here you can discover the blood-thirsty past of Old Wardour Castle, as well as simply taking time to explore some of Wiltshire's loveliest villages and footpaths that surround it. The larmer Tree Gardens are to be found in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, rolling chalk downlands which were reputedly the hunting grounds of King John.