Around Marlborough

on 05 April 2016.

around 1

The countryside around Marlborough is among some of the loveliest in the whole of England. The Marlborough Downs form part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an ancient chalk downland steeped in mysticism. This is the land of ley-lines and white horsesaround 1, ancient burial mounds, stone circles and at harvest time the crop circles which have defeated the sceptics who have tried to prove they are man-made.

Perhaps the most famous site around Marlborough is the Avebury Stone Circle, a awe inspiring pre-historic World Heritage Site thought to be over 4000 years old and considered a Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape of the highest importance. The experience of wandering around Avebury knocks spots off its nearby, more famous cousin, Stonehenge, because you can wander freely among the stones at a fraction of the price without the crowds. Also, Avebury, uniquely, has a village built within the circle itself and for some of us the appreciation of pre-historic landscapes comes so much easier with a pie and a pint to hand.

There are some fabulous walks around Avebury, with other monuments such as the West Kennet Long Barrow within easy walking distance.around 1 Also close-by, just one mile west of West Kennett along the A4 is Silbury Hill, another deeply mysterious monument whose purpose and significance are unknown. Built around 2400 years ago, Silbury Hill is Europe's largest man-made mound, on a scale similar to the Egyptian pyramids.

Very close to Marlborough lies the glorious Savernake Forest, 2750 acres of old woodland, most of which is designated as a Special Site of Scientific Interest. Mostly composed of oak, sweet chestnut and beech, the forest offers some spectacular walks and in most places dogs are welcome.

In a county steeped in chalk horses, Marlborough of course, has its very own White Horse. Not easily visible, the Marlborough Horse is the smallest in Wiltshire and the best place to view it is from a footpath which runs from Preshute House to the A345, about 500 metres from Marlborough College. The Marlborough White Horse is a good option when you want to stay close to town.

Also close to town is the beautiful Vale of Pewsey which divides the Marlborough Downs and Salisbury Plain, centred around the delightful small town of Pewsey.

Share this article on Facebook :

marlborough newsfeed
It's miserable out there and we're all still broke after Christmas but here's something to lift the spirits that we can all afford

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
Many of us make doomed resolutions for the New Year; we are going to get fit, join a gym or give up smoking and swearing.

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
Of the thirteen white horses carved into hillsides across Wiltshire, eight are still visible and of these the Marlborough White Horse is the smallest.

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
Welcome to the beta pre-launch version of the Marlborough TOWNSITE™ where you can already browse articles on shopping, eating, events, history and activities in the most attractive and vibrant town in Wiltshire.

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
Within five miles of each other, west of Marlborough and close to the Bath Road (A4) exist two spectacular Mounds whose origins have spun mystery and conjecture for centuries.

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
Marlborough is a seriously good shopping destination and it would not be difficult to divest yourself of the entire contents of your wallet during a gentle stroll along its pavements

Read more

marlborough newsfeed
On any given week there are dozens of small but fascinating events happening in Marlborough

Read more