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Winterborne Stickland (ST 835 045) and Winterborne Houghton (ST 820 045) lie nestling in the valley bottom between rolling chalk hills at the head of the Winterborne Valley. The name of the valley derives from the fact that under summer conditions there is usually barely a trickle of water flowing down valley, the river or 'bourne' normally only appearing during the wet winter months, a feature characteristic of the chalk downland areas.
Summer and Autumn 2000 were very much wetter than usual leading to widespread flooding throughout the whole country. This gallery taken in early December, a few days after the water had started to subside after yet another period of flooding in the valley gives a flavour of how many of the villages and towns across the county were affected during this period.