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 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.
Two walks that start and finish in the town centre and explore nature reserves following the river Kennet
There's a White Horse chalk hill figure in Marlborough: discover them all (in Wiltshire and Oxfordshire) by following our trail
Discover the ancient oaks of Savernake ForestApprox. 6 miles (with a shorter Acorn Walk option for little legs)
Discover Marlborough's 10 blue plaques on a town centre walk1.3 miles
Marlborough War WalkA Town centre walk - about 2 miles
A foot & cycle path following a disused railway line going north from Marlborough, linking with a number of rights of way along its route7 miles one way
Marlborough is in the heart of the AONB. Explore the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and download walking routes here
This national trail passes close to MarlboroughThere are car parks at Hackpen Hill
overlooking a White Horse hill figure and on the A4 between West Overton and West KennettFor a taster try this 5 mile circular walk including Barbury Castle Hill Fort
A long-distance walking, cycling and riding route with the Vale of Pewsey at its heartSet in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this route takes in downland, woodland, farmland, country lanes, picturesque villages and the Kennet & Avon Canal. For cyclists, the route is just over 72 miles and for walkers just over 77 miles.
Fyfield Down is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site and is within walking distance of Marlborough (approx. 3 miles). Until recently it was a nature reserve: in 2021 the govt announced it would be delisted and managed by Natural England. You can cycle here too: route 45
of Sustrans National Cycle Network links Chester to Salisbury and passes through Wiltshire
Take the Stonehenge & Avebury Walking Challenge
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
Pewsey Vale Circular Walk - A long-distance walking, cycling and riding route with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart
John Harris's Walking in Wiltshire
Things Helen Loves
SlowWays - national walking network
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