River Bourne, Wiltshire
The River Bourne is a river
A river is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river. In a few cases, a river simply flows into the ground or dries up completely before reaching another body of water. Small rivers may also be called by several other names, including...

 in the English
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 county of Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a ceremonial county in South West England. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It contains the unitary authority of Swindon and covers...

, and a tributary
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 of the River Avon.

The Bourne's source is at the eastern end of the Vale of Pewsey
Vale of Pewsey
The Vale of Pewsey or Pewsey Vale is an area of Wiltshire, England to the east of Devizes and south of Marlborough, centred on the town of Pewsey.-Geography:...

, near the village of Burbage
Burbage, Wiltshire
Burbage is a village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. It is about south of Marlborough and west of Newbury.-Local government:...

. The river cuts through the chalk escarpment
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 at Collingbourne Kingston
Collingbourne Kingston
Collingbourne Kingston is a village and civil parish about south of the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several villages on the River Bourne, which is a seasonal river usually dry in summer....

, to flow south across Salisbury Plain
Salisbury Plain
Salisbury Plain is a chalk plateau in central southern England covering . It is part of the Southern England Chalk Formation and largely lies within the county of Wiltshire, with a little in Hampshire. The plain is famous for its rich archaeology, including Stonehenge, one of England's best known...

 through the villages of Collingbourne Ducis
Collingbourne Ducis
Collingbourne Ducis is a village and civil parish on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several villages on the River Bourne, which is a seasonal river usually dry in summer.The United Kingdom Census 2001 recorded a parish population of 849....

, Tidworth
Tidworth is a town in south-east Wiltshire, England with a growing civilian population. Situated at the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain, it is approximately 10 miles west of Andover, 12 miles south of Marlborough, 24 miles south of Swindon, 15 miles north by north-east of Salisbury and 6 miles east...

, and Shipton Bellinger
Shipton Bellinger
Shipton Bellinger is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England.Shipton Bellinger is located around north-east of the town of Amesbury and north-east of the city of Salisbury. It lies on the A338 and is close to that road's junction with the A303...

. Here its course becomes more south-westerly, through Cholderton
Cholderton is a village in the Bourne Valley of Wiltshire, England, close to the border with Hampshire.Cholderton Charlie's Farm, one of 16 Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved farm parks, is located here.-External links:****...

, Newton Tony
Newton Tony
Newton Tony is a rural village and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire, close to the border with Hampshire. Situated in the Bourne Valley, Newton Tony is approximately north-east of its post town, Salisbury. At the 2001 United Kingdom census, the parish had a population of 408...

, Allington
Allington, Salisbury
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, Porton
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, Winterbourne Gunner
Winterbourne Gunner
Winterbourne Gunner is a small village in the UK but seems larger, as it joins on to Winterbourne Dauntsey, which itself is joined on to Winterbourne Earls. It is located in Wiltshire in England about five miles northeast of Salisbury situated on the A338. The Defence CBRN Centre is located to the...

, Winterbourne Dauntsey
Winterbourne Dauntsey
Winterbourne Dauntsey is a village in Wiltshire, England, near Salisbury just off the A30 London Road. It adjoins the villages of Winterbourne Earls and Winterbourne Gunner...

, Winterbourne Earls
Winterbourne Earls
Winterbourne Earls is a village in Wiltshire, England, near Salisbury. It adjoins Winterbourne Dauntsey.-Facilities:*The anglican parish church is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels.*There is a primary school for boys and girls up to the age of 11....

 and Laverstock before joining the Avon near Salisbury.

The Bourne valley is followed for its entire length by the main A338
A338 road
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Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England. According to the 2001 Census the town has a population of 163,444, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. It is also the largest settlement between Southampton and Plymouth...

) road, which continues south of Salisbury along the Avon valley.
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