The Chalke Valley is in a very special part of South Wiltshire just north of the Dorset border.

Technically Broad Chalke is about 15 minutes drive west of the ancient Cathedral city of Salisbury and 25 minutes drive from Stonehenge. Spiritually though we are nestled in the heart of a quiet valley of Bronze Age earthworks and forgotten buried medieval villages, protectively encircled by majestic, sheep-nibbled, wild flowered, chalk downland criss-crossed by ancient ox droves and cathedral-like, beech tree lined lanes.

This is Hardy’s Wessex.

The Chalke Valley, for all of its tranquillity, has a lot going on throughout the year. Regulars come for the iconic wild brown trout fishing in our pristine chalk stream and some of the highest partridge in the country at Prescome.

We have history buffs gathering for the annual Chalke Valley History Festival and motor-heads coming to try their luck at the Gurston Hill Climb. As you can imagine, it all makes for fascinating conversations over a pint in the evening.

We are 15 minutes drive from the medieval city of Salisbury with its magnificent 800 year old early English gothic cathedral supporting the tallest solid stone spire in Europe. It also features the largest cloisters, the oldest working clock in the world, the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta.

The Cathedral close is the largest in England and full of lovely buildings and fascinating museums. You can spend the whole day exploring the medieval city, with its timber framed buildings and bustling markets.

The iconic palladian stately home Wilton House, with its world class art collection and exciting adventure playground is only 10 minutes drive away. Old Sarum, an Iron Age fortification enclosing the remains of a royal castle and the predecessor of Salisbury cathedral within its massive ramparts is just north of Salisbury. Another day you can visit the world famous Stonehenge, about 25 minutes drive away. For a really special experience Stonehenge Travel organise private tours walking amongst the stones, another day they can take you further afield to Bath to visit the roman bath complex and the Royal Crescent or to the historic village of Laycock, used as a film set for many period dramas. The Jurassic coast is about an hour’s drive away. There is lots to do.

For a full list of things to see & do, come and grab yourself a drink or a bite to eat and have a chat with Paul our landlord or one of the other friendly staff who would love to help advise on some great things to do.

We also have rooms should you wish to stay
and make a longer trip of it.

We are a rural pub and muddy boots, wet dogs and children are very welcome. 
We are however an adult environment and supervision of the dogs and children
is greatly appreciated for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

“Excellent lunch in middle of long walking day. Pork pie excellent and strawberry soufflé well above posh pub standards. Excellent meal. One of those where you feel happy for an hour afterwards!”

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