If being in East Chisenbury isn't enough (our village is in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and this part of the River Avon is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest) then here's a big, fat list of other things to entertain yourself with if a simple walk isn't enough.

For more places and further information please go to www.visitwiltshire.co.uk


J Horton Shooting Club

Widdington Farm, Upavon, SN9 6EE

Tel: 01980 630990

Open for clay pigeon shooting from March to August. You need to bring your own gun but can pretty much just turn up.

2.6 miles / 8 mins

Famous Fishing

Avondale, Netton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6AW

Tel: 01722 782858

Web: www.famousfishing.co.uk

Famous Fishing is the leading provider of chalk stream fishing and offers the discerning fly fisher access by the day to all the best beats within striking distance of The Red Lion, including the rivers Avon, Wylye, Nadder, Ebble, Kennet and Lambourn, not to mention the legendary Test and Itchen and their tributaries, all of which are still within an hour’s drive. Guides, tuition and equipment hire are available. Please call William Daniel to reserve your day.

13 miles / 22 min


Nr Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Web: http://www.stonehenge.co.uk

Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery. To complete your journey, visit the superb gift shop and the Stonehenge Cafe. Audio tour available in ten languages; easy disabled access; hearing loop and Braille guide available.

9 miles/18 mins

Old Sarum

Castle Road, Salisbury SP1 3SD

Web: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/old-sarum/

Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for a day out to Old Sarum, 2 miles north of where the city stands now. The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark. Today, 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site.

13 miles/28 mins

Manningford Trout Fishery

Manningford Bohune, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 6NR

Tel: 07544 801844

Web: http://www.manningfordtroutfishery.net

Fed by the pristine waters of the Hampshire Avon, Manningford is one of Wiltshire's best known fisheries. It is set in the heart of the Pewsey Vale and consists of a 4.5 acre and 1.25 acre lakes along with a smaller "catch and release" lake for Brown & Rainbow trout fishing. There is also a Fly Fishing School and you can hire all the necessary equipment for day’s fishing on site.

4 miles/9 mins

Pewsey Carnival

Web: http://www.pewsey-carnival.org.uk

This is Wiltshires Oldest and Biggest Illuminated Carnival, established in 1898. Events throughout September culminating with the Main Procession usually on second to last Saturday in the month, this year it was on 22 September, starting at 7.30pm

6 miles/9mins

Upavon Golf Club

Douglas Avenue, Upavon, SN9 6BQ

Tel: 01980 630281

Web: http://www.upavongolfclub.co.uk

Upavon Golf Club has been running since 1912 and is open all year around.

2.2 miles / 6 mins

Visiting the Great Bustard Project

Salisbury Plain

Tel: 07817 971 327

Web: http://www.greatbustard.org

You can visit the exciting Reintroduction Project at its home in the rolling Wiltshire countryside. The Great Bustards here are wild and free-flying and catching your first glimpse of them is an experience not to be underestimated. Reintroducing Great Bustards to the wild in the UK is history in the making, it is these first birds that are the start of a self sustaining population. Take a tour of the project site, meet the team behind the project and see the birds for yourself. To book a visit for only £10, call: 07817 971 327. Children absolutely love it.

10mins away

Mottisfont House & Garden

Mottisfont, Near Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LP

Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont

Romantic house, with an amazing rose garden when in season.

25 miles/50 minutes

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

Lacock SN15 2LG

Tel: 0124973 0459

Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock/

A picture perfect village, used in many BBC costume dramas (Pride & Predjudice, Cranford) and a Harry Potter film (Abbey).

20 miles/42 mins

Bowood House & Gardens

Calne SN11 0LZ

Web: http://www.bowood.org

Bowood House and Gardens combines historic learning and spectacular surroundings with the thrill of adventure for children aged two to twelve. The ‘Capability Brown’ park includes a 40-acre lake, waterfall and provides ample space for games and picnics. The superb adventure playground boasts a life-size pirate ship, high level rope-walks, giant slides, and famous Space Dive. There is an indoor Soft Play Palace for younger children and Birthday Party packages available.

20 miles/42 mins

The City of Salisbury

Weyhill, Andover SP11 8DY

Web: http://www.hawkconservancy.org

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a conservation charity and award winning visitor centre set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, with over 150 birds of prey on display, from owls to eagles! Every visitor can hold a British bird of prey and there are extra activities during weekends and school holidays for our younger visitors; including tractor rides, runner duck racing, Raptor Passport Trail, and ferret racing.

18 miles/40 mins

Thruxton Circuit

 SP11 8PW

Tel: 01264 882222

Web: http://www.thruxtonracing.co.uk

With over 30 years of experience, Thruxton Circuit offers driving experience to suit everyone, from driving a Land Rover, to fast racing cars, also Lotus, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin and a Lamborghini.


Wilton Windmill

Wilton, Near Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3SW

Web: http://www.wiltonwindmill.co.uk

Built in 1821, the windmill was fully restored in 1976 and is the only working windmill in Wessex, producing stone-ground, whole-meal flour. Ground floor display covers history of milling as well as a video of the mill in operation. Access to ground floor practicable for the disabled. During the Windmill open season (Easter to the end of September) flour can be bought at the windmill caravan shop during opening hours (Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm).

14 miles/35 mins

Avebury Manor

Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1RF

Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

Avebury Manor has been home to many families since its creation in the 1500s. Located on the edge of the largest stone circle in the world and on the site of a former priory, this is a house with a fascinating past.

The Manor Reborn, presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin, is a 4 part landmark BBC One series which follows a lively team of historians, designers and volunteers as they refurbish the 500 year old Manor.

The finished rooms evoke the personalities of the families that lived there and the atmosphere of the eras in which they lived.

14 miles/35 mins

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1RF

Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue. 
Originally erected about 4,500 years ago, many of the stones were re-erected in the 1930s by Alexander Keiller. The circles and henge enclose part of the village. The Avebury landscape is a World Heritage Site. There is a National Trust shop and a nice café.

14 miles/35 mins

Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Library and Gallery

41 Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NS

Tel: 01380 727369

Web: http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk

The Museum, Library and Gallery are home to outstanding collections tracing the history of Wiltshire over the last 6,000 years.

12 miles/23 mins

Caen Hill Locks

Avon Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1PR

Web: http://www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/directory/3044/caen-hill-locks

The flight of 29 locks were engineer John Rennie's solution to climbing the very steep hill in Devizes, and were the last part of the 87 mile route of the Kennet and Avon canal to be completed.

12 miles/27 mins

City of Bath

Web: http://www.visitbath.co.uk

A world heritage City, Bath has a lot to offer from architecture, history, culture to shopping and entertaining for all the family. It’s a fantastic day out for all.

34 miles/1 hour 4 mins

Highclere Castle

Highclere, Park Newbury RG20 9RN

Web: http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk

Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and also features as Downton Abbey, the hugely successful drama series. The House is open on certain days of the year only, so please check the website for further details.

29 miles/55 mins

Longleat House & Gardens, Safari Park

Warminster BA12 7NW

Web: http://www.longleat.co.uk

Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. Forty years ago they the doors of the first Safari Park outside of Africa was opened. Since then it’s been the number 1 attractions park in the UK. You can just go and visit the House and the Grounds or just visit the Safari Park or both. In any case, you will have an amazing day out.

28 miles/55 minutes

Stourhead Estate

Near Mere BA12 6QD

Tel: 01747 841152

Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Stourhead is a palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden, at the heart of a 2,650-acre estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for nature conservation.

34 miles/1 hour

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway

Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA

Tel: 01793 466637

Web: http://www.steam-museum.org.uk

The Museum is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.

26 miles/55mins

Lydiard House & Park

Lydiard, Tregoze,
 SN5 3PA

Web: http://www.lydiardpark.org.uk

Lydiard Park is the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke. Open all year round, Lydiard Park includes the striking Palladian house and St Mary’s Church packed with intriguing monuments to the St John family. The grounds are open every day and entry is free. Rolling lawns and shady trees provide pretty, picnicking areas in the summer. There is a huge children’s play area, with modern swinging and climbing equipment, offering lots of active play for children of all ages. Wide, accessible pathways open up this 260 acre site to walkers, joggers, cyclists and wheelchair users.

25 miles/51 mins

White Horse Trekking Centre

Codford, Warminster BA12 0JZ

Tel: 01985 850395

Web: http://www.whitehorsetrekking.co.uk

The White Horse Trekking Centre lies in the beautiful Wylye Valley between the open spaces of Salisbury Plain and the woods of the Great Ridge, providing the ideal setting for riding bridleways, un spoilt plain and ancient woodland. The Centre is BHS approved, open all year round and offer riding and instruction for individuals and groups from the young novice to the experienced rider.

22 miles/35 mins

Wilton House

The Estate Office, Wilton, Wiltshire SP2 0BJ

Web: http://www.wiltonhouse.com

Wilton House, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery but now set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland, with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder and Palladian Bridge. Programme of special events throughout the year. For younger visitors there is an exciting adventure playground and quizzes in the house and grounds.

18 miles/40 mins

Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta

Salisbury SP1 2EJ

Web: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

The cathedral was built in 1258 with the tower and spire (Britain’s tallest) added 50 years later. The cathedral is more than a historical monument, it’s a place of prayer and pilgrimage for visitors from all over the world. Magna Carta (Latin for "Great Charter") is one of the most celebrated documents in English history. At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world. A visit to view the best preserved original Magna Carta in the Chapter House is for many visitors the highlight of their time at Salisbury Cathedral.

17 miles/38 mins

Crop Circles

Web: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com

Encounters of the third kind… Crop Circles are usually first seen in late April and continue to appear throughout the summer months as the crops are ripening. Most frequently these art forms have appeared in Wiltshire near ancient monuments. For more information on Crop Circles and Crop Circle Tours visit the website below; once on the site type ‘Wiltshire’ into the Search for listings of all the crop circles in the area.

Cholderton Charlie's Rare Breeds Farm

Amesbury Road, Cholderton SP4 0EW

Web: http://www.choldertoncharliesfarm.com

Cholderton Charlie's is a Rare Breeds Farm and Play Park in a converted milk dairy farm, set in beautiful countryside just 10mins drive from Troutbeck. 
 In addition to our special events and daily activities, they have animals to see and pet, outdoor play areas, a large indoor soft play area, tractor rides (season and weather permitting), sandpits and a woodland to explore! A great, fun day out for all the family!


Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Church Farm, Stanton St Bernard,
 Nr Marlborough SN8 4LJ

Web: http://www.pewseyvaleridingcentre.com

One of the largest riding centres in Wiltshire with stabling for over ninety horses. Facilities include a large indoor school, two full size outdoor menage, cross country course and the lecture room.

9 miles/18 mins

White Horse Trail

Pewsey White Horse & Alton Barnes Horse

Web: http://www.wiltshiretouristguide.com/Articles/Article_67.asp

The White Horse Trail Wiltshire is a 90 mile walk taking in all eight existing white horses cut into the county’s chalk hillsides. It is named for the chalk figures carved into the hills. Generally they stand out clear and bright and can be seen for many miles around and are probably best appreciated from a distance. However, it is very rewarding to be able to stand on or nearby a White Horse you have been walking towards for many miles. The Pewsey Horse (closest to Troutbeck) is on Pewsey Hill and also overlooks the Vale of Pewsey. This horse was cut in 1937 to replace (but not cover) an earlier version which had become completely overgrown, to commemorate George VI’s coronation. It measures 29½ metres nose to tail and 10½ metres ear to hoof. The Alton Barnes Horse can be found between Walkers Hill and Milk Hill in the Pewsey Down Nature Reserve, close to Adam’s Grave, another long barrow. This is one of the highest points in Wiltshire with magnificent views and the horse can be seen from 22miles away! The Horse was cut in 1812 and measures 49 by 55 metres. It was paid for by Robert Pile from Manor Farm – who ended up paying twice because the first contractor absconded with the money.

6 miles/9 mins

Skydive Netheravon

Army Parachute Association Airfield, Camp Netheravon, Wiltshire SP4 9RY

Tel: 01980 628250

Web: http://www.netheravon.com

Skydive Netheravon is the trading name of the Army Parachute Association and been in operation at the Netheravon airfield for over 50 years. They are the largest and busiest skydiving club in the UK doing an average of over 30,000 skydives each year, open to civilian and military members, recognized as a premier skydiving facility for both students and experienced jumpers, or in tandem with an instructor. Probably the best way to see the Wiltshire countryside from above.

4 miles/9mins

Oldbury Guided Tours

Pick-up from here at the Red Lion!

Tel: 0044 (0)7947 488665

Web: http://oldburytours.co.uk

Oldbury Tours offer bespoke full or half day guided tours of the prehistoric sites of Wiltshire for couples or groups of up to six. All tours are designed to suit the group's requirements. A full day tour can include Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill and many more wonders of the ancient world. Most sites can be visited by car but Oldbury Tours can also guide you on foot to lesser known sites set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside - well worthwhile! Your personal guide has expert local knowledge and a degree in archaeology and classics. Prices start at £65 per person (including local pick up, all transport costs and entrance to Stonehenge itself and Devizes museum)*. Children 5 - 15 £8.70 (SH entrance fee), under 5 free. *based on a group of 4 adults.

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