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Walks, Sports and Recreation

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Marlborough has clubs and societies catering for most sport across the age groups and includes a well-equipped Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, fitness suite, sports hall and more. There’s no excuse for not keeping fit here!

Most Saturdays, there's a free 5 km parkrun on The Common, click here to read more or register to take part.  

For golfers, Marlborough Golf Club on The Common welcomes visitors, as does the club at Ogbourne Downs which is just a short drive north of town.

The town also has a variety of sport and leisure activities and clubs including bowls, amateur boxingcricket, football, hockey, horse-riding, rugby and tennis. For model enthusiasts, there's also Marlborough Model Flying Club that meets on The Common.

The Marlborough area is a walkers’ paradise; plan your own routes or find help from the many websites now available with downloadable walks. Here are a few ideas to get you going!

Walks and Cycling

In town there are interesting alleyways, footpaths, riverside parks and open spaces to explore. If you'd like to follow a structured walk, try the short (just over a mile) self-guided blue plaque walk, 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. Marlborough's location also offers plenty of opportunities for walkers and cyclists to explore the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.

 

The Savernake Tree Trail

The Savernake Tree Trail
Discover the ancient oaks of Savernake Forest

Approx. 6 miles (with a shorter Acorn Walk option for little legs)

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Who lived here?

Who lived here?
Discover Marlborough's 10 blue plaques on a town centre walk

1.3 miles

Read more

World War 2

World War 2
Marlborough War Walk

A Town centre walk - about 2 miles

Read more

Hill figures

Hill figures
There's a White Horse hill figure in Marlborough: discover more (or all!) of Wiltshire's White Horses

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Old Railway Path

Old Railway Path
A foot & cycle path following a disused railway line going north from Marlborough, linking with a number of rights of way along its route

7 miles one way

Read more

Walk to Avebury

Walk to Avebury
7 miles one way.

Explore part of the ancient landscape of the North Wessex Downs on this lovely cross-country walk on part of the Wessex Ridgeway, also known as Green Street

Read more

Beautiful downland

Beautiful downland
Explore the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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The Ridgeway

The Ridgeway
This national trail passes close to Marlborough

There are car parks at Hackpen Hill overlooking a White Horse hill figure and on the A4 between West Overton and West Kennett

For a taster try this 5 mile circular walk including Barbury Castle Hill Fort

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Wilton & Crofton

Wilton & Crofton
Circular walk, about 1.5 miles

Includes Wilton Windmill, Wilton Water and Crofton Beam Engines besides the Kennet and Avon Canal

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Woodland

Woodland
The West Woods are alive with flowers in the spring (anenomes, wild daffodils and bluebells). Savernake Forest is more than 1,000 years old containing some ancient trees

OS Explorer Map 157

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Sarsen stones

Sarsen stones
Fyfield Down Nature Reserve is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site and is within walking distance of Marlborough (approx. 3 miles). You can cycle here too: route 45 of Sustrans National Cycle Network links Chester to Salisbury and passes through Wiltshire

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Ancient landscapes

Ancient landscapes
Take the Stonehenge & Avebury Walking Challenge

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Cyclists stop here

Cyclists stop here
Connecting Wiltshire has some useful cycle maps

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Map

It is worth picking up OS Explorer Map 157/Marlborough and Savernake for all the footpaths and points of interest in and around the area.

OTHER SITES

Other sites where you can find walks in the wider Wiltshire landscape: 

VisitWiltshire

Visit Pewsey Vale

John Harris's Walking in Wiltshire

 

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