The Royal Oak - Wootton Rivers - Pub, Restaurant, B&B in Marlborough, Wiltshire The Royal Oak - Wootton Rivers - Pub, Restaurant, B&B in Marlborough, Wiltshire

Local Attractions

The Royal Oak at Wootton Rivers is situated perfectly to discover the many attractions and scenic beauty that Wiltshire offers.

Wootton Rivers is situated on the historic Kennet and Avon Canal, where you can take beautiful canal walks. Boat trips and canal cruises can be organised from Pewsey Wharf Canal Charter to take you down stream to the village of Pewsey, home of the oldest carnival in Wiltshire. Wootton Rivers is set in the ancient royal hunting ground of Savernake Forest established in the 11th Century by William Conqueror. Although the Savernake Forest is no longer used as a hunting ground it is still possible to enjoy a wide variety of field sports there with the Gauntlett Sporting Company, especially clay pigeon shooting. Wootton rivers is famous for being the filming site of comedy 'The River', staring David Essex.

Within 5 miles is the historic market town of Marlborough with its medieval buildings, and brilliant antique stores. Continuing through Marlborough on the A4 towards Devizes the Neolithic mound of Silbury Hill appears, the largest man made mound in Europe. Just beyond Silbury Hill is one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, the great stone circle encompassing the mystic village of Avebury. One and a half miles south of Averbury, you can visit West Kennet Long Barrow, a neolithic tomb dating from 3650BC.

10 miles away is the garrison town of Tidworth, with a golf club and polo club. Country walks of the area are beautiful, and you're usually able to spot a few crop circles, or Wiltshire's famous white horses. Or, take a good cycle ride through Wiltshire instead.

Passing through the glorious countryside of the Salisbury Plain the ancient site of Stonehenge is less than 25 miles away. Stonehenge is situated on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Salisbury with its charming buildings dating back to the 14th Century, including a grand cathedral. Old Sarum, the site of a large Iron Age hill fort used by the Romans, with ruined castle and cathedral nearby. Woodhenge is approximately 2 miles from Stonehenge, thought to be a religious based ceremonial area, and the first signs of community orginization. From Woodhenge many walks start, for history lovers a must is the Stonehenge landscape walk, passing Woodhenge, Durrington Walls, The Avenue, Cuckoo Stone and King Barrow Ridge.