Walks, sport and recreation
Walks in and around the town: there are interesting alleyways, footpaths and open spaces to explore (see the Town Guide for a town centre map). If you'd like to follow a structured walk, try the blue plaque trail or pop into the White Horse Bookshop on the High Street to pick up local historian David Chandler's book 'Place Names of Marlborough' which lists eight walks around the town together with maps - from just over a mile exploring alleyways to 2 hour walks incorporating town, villages and countryside. The book shop also has a variety of other local maps and books, such as walks incorporating coffee shops and pubs. For history buffs, you might be interested in the Marlborough Tank Island War Walk, about two miles around the town, produced by the Kennet Valley at War Trust and available for download.
Other walking and cycling routes and ideas: VisitWiltshire, The Old Railway Path linking Marlborough to Chiseldon and Coate Water in Swindon, Monthly organised walks on the Marlborough Downs, The Ridgeway, North Wessex Downs AONB suggested walks, Pewsey Vale Trail, Wilton Windmill Circular Walk, on and off-road cycle trails. Connecting Wiltshire has some good cycle maps, or try South West Adventure Cycle Map. Get Wiltshire Walking's "Marlborough Walk Fit" group has a regular starting time every week. For the ambitious, walk 50 km over eight walks in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site - the Stonehenge & Avebury Walking Challenge, or try the 90 mile Wiltshire White Horse Trail. More on walking and cycling in Wiltshire from Wiltshire Council. There are many events that take place along The Ridgeway each year. See www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/events for more details.
Marlborough Leisure Centre is open to all, with a swimming pool, gym, sports hall and more.