Walks, Sports and Recreation
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 boxing, cricket, 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: please make sure you follow the countryside code and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
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 where you can find walks in town as well as the wider Wiltshire landscape:
Visit Pewsey Vale
Walking & Cycling Itineraries in the Pewsey Vale
John Harris's Walking in Wiltshire
Things Helen Loves
SlowWays - national walking network
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