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Chalke Valley village found on the River Ebble near Salisbury

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All Saints church by Mike Searle [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Broad Chalke is a village found halfway along the Chalke Valley, in the south of Wiltshire - it is only a few miles from Salisbury too. The village is well situated for exploring the county’s top visitor attractions and places of historical interest.

Broad Chalke was home to several famous people over the years who drew creative inspiration from the Salisbury countryside. On the banks of the River Ebble, which feeds the water cress beds, the village is the calm heart of a parish of the same name. The village has a café, a church and a convenience store.

Wiltshire woodland

Broad Chalke is a mile or two from the beautiful nature reserve Martin Down; rare wild flowers and butterflies can be found in the droves. An unusual area full of rises and dips, this remote area was once used by the British Army for exercises. Remnants of a shooting range can be seen here and there. Take a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet of the downs.

Broad Chalke was once home to the famous photographer Sir Cecil Beaton. He is known to have taken photographs of his many famous guests at Reddish House. Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp also owned Reddish House during the late 20th century. The fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett also lived in the village and no doubt wrote a large amount of his amazing books there. Nearby Gurston is the site of a ‘hill climb’ a compelling motorsport event with cars competing to climb the downs in the fastest time.

Take a visit to Salisbury – a walk around The Close to see the Cathedral with its cloisters and the tallest church spire in the UK. Tours of the Cathedral’s interior occur regularly but you can also walk freely throughout. The classic Water Meadows, a short walk away offer iconic rural views of the Cathedral. A mile or two out of town are the remains of the ancient Old Sarum, the original town settlement. Much remains of the Royal Castle, the foundations of Salisbury’s first Cathedral, and the walled town and fort. It also presents flawless views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. The site is managed by English Heritage.

“Broad Chalke was home to several well-known people over the years…”

We have some lovely cottages in and around Broad Chalke. Why not browse our collection of holiday cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Salisbury Cathedral

A true jewel in anybody’s Wiltshire holiday itinerary, see the UK’s tallest church spire.

Martin Down

Take a countryside walk on the Wiltshire downs for views and peaceful surroundings.

Old Sarum

Visit the original ruins of the city of Salisbury before it moved southwards to the river.

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