Down your way - Wiltshire Walking Short Break

Enjoy a self guided walking break in Wiltshire and explore the interesting old market towns. Visit the town of Marlborough nestled in the folds of the Wiltshire Downs, where the valleys of the River Kennet and the River Og meet.

Prices From £183.00

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: B&B or Inn
  • Start/Finish: Marlborough
  • Distance: 64km / 40 miles
  • Duration: From 3 to 6 days
  • Availability: All year, any day start
  • Altitude:

There are four circular walks for this Wiltshire walking short break with four separate options between six days and five nights and three days and two nights.  All have a choice of accommodation in an inn or B&B

Two night - Three day to Five night - Six day options available.

Walk One - The first walk will take you under the bridge of Marlborough College which was founded in 1843 as a school. The walk continues to Wansdyke, which means 'Woden's Ditch'. On this walk you will also witness a mysterious defensive earthwork that runs for over 60 miles from Bristol to Marlborough. You then walk on to witness the famous chalk figure that is the Marlborough White Horse. The Horse is one of eight of various shapes cut by young William Canning with the help of his friends.

Walk Two – The second walk takes you to Ogbourne Maizey and the Manor House. This is an unusual and delightful example of a major building that incorporates local flint for a large part of its structure. After this you will continue on to Mildenhall, a pretty little village, pronounced Minal by the locals. It stands close to the site of Roman Cunetio, an important town that grew around a junction on the road from Bath to Wanborough. If you have worked up a thirst you may also want to visit the delightful Horseshoe Inn along the main road to the left (not 4 night, 3 or 2 night options).

Walk Three - Tour around some of the 4,500 acres of these historic landscaped woods which are a haven for wildlife with 25 species of butterflies, roe and fallow deer and various woodland flowers and birds. Once you are in the woods it's tempting to just follow your nose along the multitude of tracks and paths! (not 3 or 2 night options).

Walk Four - The stones at Avebury are an impressive sight on this walk. The Avebury ring is the oldest stone ring that is known to be in existence anywhere in the world and is even older than Stonehenge! The walk continues on to Fyfield Down, a National Nature Reserve and one of the most important geological sites in Britain. The walk ends as it started passing the expansive sports fields of Marlborough College (not 2 night option).

Key Details:

  • Three day, two night or four day, three night itinerary to choose from.
  • This tour will start and finish in Wiltshire.
  • During this tour you will walk approximately 4-10 miles per day.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 64km / 40miles.

Essential Information:

  • Suitable clothing (Waterproofs etc) will be required
  • Backpack with water bottles will also be required
     

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday, including:

  • The White Horse
  • Wansdyke Earthwork
  • Saracen Stones
  • Devils Den Burial Chamber
  • Roman Road
  • Race Horse Gallops
  • Traditional Olde English Inns

Getting to Wiltshire

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport options operating to and from Wiltshire.

By Car – Wiltshire can be located by car from the M4 Motorway.

By Air – There are a number of airports close to Wiltshire including Bristol and Birmingham.

For more information on getting to Bath please the VisitWiltshire website.

Included
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone app with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Wiltshire

There are four circular walks for this Wiltshire walking short break with four separate options between six days and five nights and three days and two nights.  All have a choice of accommodation in an inn or B&B

Two night - Three day to Five night - Six day options available.

Walk One - The first walk will take you under the bridge of Marlborough College which was founded in 1843 as a school. The walk continues to Wansdyke, which means 'Woden's Ditch'. On this walk you will also witness a mysterious defensive earthwork that runs for over 60 miles from Bristol to Marlborough. You then walk on to witness the famous chalk figure that is the Marlborough White Horse. The Horse is one of eight of various shapes cut by young William Canning with the help of his friends.

Walk Two – The second walk takes you to Ogbourne Maizey and the Manor House. This is an unusual and delightful example of a major building that incorporates local flint for a large part of its structure. After this you will continue on to Mildenhall, a pretty little village, pronounced Minal by the locals. It stands close to the site of Roman Cunetio, an important town that grew around a junction on the road from Bath to Wanborough. If you have worked up a thirst you may also want to visit the delightful Horseshoe Inn along the main road to the left (not 4 night, 3 or 2 night options).

Walk Three - Tour around some of the 4,500 acres of these historic landscaped woods which are a haven for wildlife with 25 species of butterflies, roe and fallow deer and various woodland flowers and birds. Once you are in the woods it's tempting to just follow your nose along the multitude of tracks and paths! (not 3 or 2 night options).

Walk Four - The stones at Avebury are an impressive sight on this walk. The Avebury ring is the oldest stone ring that is known to be in existence anywhere in the world and is even older than Stonehenge! The walk continues on to Fyfield Down, a National Nature Reserve and one of the most important geological sites in Britain. The walk ends as it started passing the expansive sports fields of Marlborough College (not 2 night option).

Key Details:

  • Three day, two night or four day, three night itinerary to choose from.
  • This tour will start and finish in Wiltshire.
  • During this tour you will walk approximately 4-10 miles per day.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 64km / 40miles.

Essential Information:

  • Suitable clothing (Waterproofs etc) will be required
  • Backpack with water bottles will also be required
     

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday, including:

  • The White Horse
  • Wansdyke Earthwork
  • Saracen Stones
  • Devils Den Burial Chamber
  • Roman Road
  • Race Horse Gallops
  • Traditional Olde English Inns

Getting to Wiltshire

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport options operating to and from Wiltshire.

By Car – Wiltshire can be located by car from the M4 Motorway.

By Air – There are a number of airports close to Wiltshire including Bristol and Birmingham.

For more information on getting to Bath please the VisitWiltshire website.

Included
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Smartphone app with GPS
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Meals
  • Transport to and from Wiltshire
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