Malmesbury is introducing new guided walks in a bid to get visitors to spend longer in the town.

The £6 walks will be held on Thursday afternoons, starting on April 14.

They will begin at the town hall at 2.30pm and will include tales like that of Eilmer, the 11th century local monk who pioneered gliding by leaping from a tower with wings attached to his hands and feet. He broke both his legs.

The guided walk programme has been created by the Malmesbury Town Team working with the museum, civic trust and town council.

Campbell Ritchie, chair of Malmesbury Town Team, said: “Malmesbury, the queen of hilltop towns, has so many stories to tell. Walkers will learn tales of saints, kings, flying monks, battles, rogues, heroes and heroines, and tigers, around every corner.”

He added: “We have had great success with guided walks before but this is the first time we have established a regular programme that can be booked in advance.

"As well as offering a new fun attraction, our aim is to encourage more visitors to spend longer enjoying our great town.

“There will also be special themed walks for St Aldhelm’s day, the jubilee and the 350th anniversary of the Malmesbury witch trial."

Tickets are available from Malmesbury Town Hall and Eventbrite.