By the River Avon in Malmesbury.

By the River Avon in Malmesbury.

Malmesbury sits on a flat Cotswolds hilltop at the convergence of two rivers. From the west, the infant Bristol Avon flows from Sherston and from the north west, a tributary either known as the Tetbury Avon, River Avon (Tetbury branch) or, locally, The Ingleburn. They flow within 100 yards (91 m) of each other but are separated by a narrow and high isthmius just a few yards across, which forces the Bristol Avon south and the Tetbury Avon east.Malmesbury is a market town and civil parish in the southern Cotswolds in the county of Wiltshire. It became prominent in the Middle Ages as a centre for learning focused on and around Malmesbury Abbey, the bulk of which forms a rare survival of the dissolution of the monastries Once the site of an Iron Age fort,it is the oldest borough in England, created around 880 AD by charter from Alfred the Great.

(photo by kind permission of www.hobbiesphotographic.co.uk)