Please Note: this walk has already happened.
This easy-going, gentle walk of around three quarters of a mile begins at the Tourist Information Point at George Lane car park. Led by local historian Nick Baxter, the Wiltshire History Man, the River Kennet is followed to explore water meadows, connecting Marlborough’s history within its chalk downland setting. The site of the Town Mill reveals a close past connection between the urban and the rural. Once dominated by the tanning and rope-making industries, Kennet Place and The Parade were central too to education and Protestant non-conformity, as well as public houses!
Marlborough’s earliest settlement lay around The Green, once renowned for its sheep-fairs and its sawpits! The walk finishes at St. Mary’s church, which dates back to the Normans. Bullet holes from the 1642 Royalist attack mark this place as the last stand of Roundhead defenders. Parts of the church were rebuilt in “puritan” style, during the English Republic, following fire damage.
This walk is suitable for all ages and mobility, as we take a route avoiding steps. The start and end of the walk is easily reached by public transport
- Booking: £5 per person – booking essential – 20 places
- Distance & approximate duration: 1 mile – 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: Easy
- Accessibility: Suitable for everyone. Wheelchair friendly and family friendly.
- Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome
- Nearby Refreshments: Plenty of cafes and pubs in Marlborough
- Closest Toilets: Toilets at the start
- Meeting point: Tourist Information Point, George Lane Carpark, Marlborough SN8 1BE. What3Words: ants.stick.hindered
- Public Transport: Marlborough is well connected by buses which all stop in the High Street
- Parking: George Lane Pay and Display Car Park
For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.