Things to Do & Places to Go

At the Heart of an Ancient Landscape

At Sheepdrove you’ll find all the peace and quiet you need to escape the busy-ness of life but if you are in search of adventure and recreation as well as relaxation, our farm is also an an ideal base to explore the ancient landscape of the North Wessex Downs with its picturesque villages and towns. The beautiful scenery of both our farm and the North Wessex Downs is criss-crossed with drovers’ waysides, footpaths, trails and bridle paths ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. The Ridgeway itself, Britain’s oldest road, an ancient track which extends from Wiltshire along the ridge of the Berkshire Downs to the River Thames at Goring Gap, is within walkable distance along one of these drover’s waysides.

Here at Sheepdrove we have some of the darkest skies in the North Wessex Downs and you can see as many as 3,000 stars. Go Stargazing is a useful website that gives more information on how, where, what to see, and equipment when stargazing. It also includes a useful calendar telling you the best nights to go stargazing.

For more things to see and do during your stay at Sheepdrove, do visit the North Wessex Downs website to learn more about the towns and villages, heritage and culture, landscape attractions and outdoor activities this area of outstanding natural beauty has to offer.

  • Walks, Rambles & Hikes
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Family Fun
  • The Great Outdoors

Find a Route
ramblers.org.uk
nationaltrail.co.uk

Road Cycling Routes Around Lambourn
komoot.com
cyclingweekly.com

  • 20 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 30 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 40 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 50 minutes from Sheepdrove

National Trust Ashdown
Lambourn RG17 8RE
Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage OX12 8BL
Lots to offer for an interactive family day out with galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, an Artist/Craft Exhibition space, a Visitor Information Hub, Gift Shop and a excellent Cafe, a delightful terrace and garden offering delicious home-made fare.

Hungerford High Street
Hungerford RG17 0NF
Picturesque market town renowned for its many antique shops, arcades and emporiums.

Hungerford Wharf
Hungerford RG17 0DN
Once a busy industrial canal wharf, Hungerford Wharf is now a picture of tranquility. And a great place to start exploring the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal.

Kennet Horse Boat Company
Hungerford RG17 9UY
Family-run business that operates traditional canal barges for public boat trips and private charters.

Welford Park
Newbury RG20 8HU
Country house and estate with a fabulous snowdrop collection not to be missed in late winter.

Highclere Castle
Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9RN
Country house built in 1679, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The main location for the historical drama series Downton Abbey (2010–15) and the 2019 film based on it.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2TA
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 - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Wilton Windmill
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3SW
Built in 1821 and set high in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in the Wessex region.

English Heritage Donnington Castle
Newbury RG14 2LE
Twin-towered gatehouse of ruined 14th century Donnington Castle built on the crest of a hill overlooking the market town of Newbury.

National Trust Great Coxwell Barn
Faringdon SN7 7LZ
Beautiful 13th-century stone tithe barn built by the monks of Beaulieu Abbey which at that time held a monastic grange (a farm worked for the abbey's benefit) at Coxwell.

Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot OX11 7NJ
Take a trip back in time to the golden age of railways. Open throughout the year, the centre has a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons and workshop buildings including an original 1930s engine shed. There are locomotive running days when you can experience the thrill of steam travel and explore the workshops, museum and shop. Thomas the Tank Engine is also a regular visitor along with his friend the Fat Controller.

Lydiard Park
Swindon SN5 3PA
Historic estate with Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, cafe & tea rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

The Merchant's House
Marlborough SN8 1HN
Constructed by prosperous silk merchant and restored to its former glory, this magnificent seventeenth century timber and brick building is a landmark in the historic market town of Marlborough.

English Heritage Avebury Stone Circle
Marlborough SN8 1RF
Ancient stone circle, museum and manor house in the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

English Heritage Silbury Hill
Marlborough SN8 1QH
The largest artificial mound in Europe, probably completed in around 2400 BC, part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Oxford Museums and University
Oxfordshire OX1 3TD
Home to Britain’s oldest university and a wealth of other historic attractions including Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock OX20 1PP
Historic House, Gardens and World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

The Museum of English Rural Life
Reading RG1 5EX
MERL is England’s most extensive museum dedicated to farming, food, craft, rural life and countryside issues.

  • 20 Minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 30 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 40 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 50 minutes from Sheepdrove

Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage OX12 8BL
Lots to offer for an interactive family day out with galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, an Artist/Craft Exhibition space, a Visitor Information Hub, Gift Shop and a excellent Cafe, a delightful terrace and garden offering delicious home-made fare.

Kennet Horse Boat Company
Hungerford RG17 9UY
Family-run business that operates traditional canal barges for public boat trips and private charters.

Coate Water Country Park
Swindon SN3 6AA
Facilities to keep all members of the family entertained, including nature reserve, lake, café, play area, pitch and putt and splash park.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2TA
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 - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Wilton Windmill
Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3SW
Built in 1821 and set high in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in the Wessex region.

The Watermill Theatre and Restaurant
Newbury RG20 8AE
One of the UK's most successful regional producing theatres set in a beautiful building in a lovely setting. This small, intimate theatre, in which you often feel you are right in there amongst the actors, has a nice bar and restaurant and lovely staff.

Northcroft Leisure Centre
Newbury RG14 1RS
With facilities such as a 25m swimming pool, learner pool, sports hall, squash courts, indoor soft play area with colourful toys and activities plus a popular 71m outdoor swimming pool, families will find plenty of things to do.

The Living Rainforest
Thatcham RG18 0TN
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. Our three glasshouses are home to over 850 types of rainforest plants and animals – including rare and endangered species of global conservation value.

Millets Farm Centre
Abingdon OX13 5HB
Family attraction with Farm Shop, Garden Centre, Falconry Centre, Play Barn, Animal Walkway, Phoebe Wood, Playground and seasonal activities throughout the year including Beach and Maze Maize in the summer, PYO fruit and vegetables and also features independent retail outlets on site and a Carousel ride. Dog Friendly site.

Rockstar Climbing Centre
Swindon SN3 4WH
Wiltshire's premier dedicated indoor climbing centre with Fun Walls adventure climbing arena, High Walls and Bouldering.

Swindon Karting Arena
Wroughton Airfield SN4 0QJ
Covered kart track plus rodeo bull, laser shooting, mini-quad and digger course. Minimoto bikes are available for hire plus the centre is home to the Scott Redding Young Riders Academy, teaching children as young as 5 years old to ride a mini-moto.

Didcot Railway Centre
Didcot OX11 7NJ
Take a trip back in time to the golden age of railways. Open throughout the year, the centre has a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons and workshop buildings including an original 1930s engine shed. There are locomotive running days when you can experience the thrill of steam travel and explore the workshops, museum and shop. Thomas the Tank Engine is also a regular visitor along with his friend the Fat Controller.

Stanton Country Park,
Swindon SN6 7SF
Park and nature preserve with open green space, woodlands, meadows, a series of ponds and streams, wooden sculptures and tree swings.

Roves Farm
Swindon SN6 7QG
Farm fun near Swindon with animal feeding and handling, Pets Corner, tractor and trailer rides, den building, play areas, an indoor playbarn and events.

Lydiard Park
Swindon SN5 3PA
Historic estate with Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, cafe & tea rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

Oxford Museums and University
Oxfordshire OX1 3TD
Home to Britain’s oldest university and a wealth of other historic attractions including Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Finkley Down Farm
Andover SP11 6NF
Children's park with a hands on farm, play barn, restaurant, crazy golf, zip wire and trampolines.

Blenheim Palace
Woodstock OX20 1PP
Historic House, Gardens and World Heritage Site with over 300 years of History and home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family.

The Museum of English Rural Life
Reading RG1 5EX
MERL is England’s most extensive museum dedicated to farming, food, craft, rural life and countryside issues.

  • 20 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 30 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 40 minutes from Sheepdrove
  • 50 minutes from Sheepdrove

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Seven Barrows
Lambourn RG17 8UH
Nationally important for its archaeology as well as its wildlife, this ancient and atmospheric site has a wonderful variety of chalk grassland flowers and butterflies.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Watts Bank
Watts Bank RG17 7RT
Watts Bank is a sunny, chalk grassland slope that provides ideal conditions for wild flowers, butterflies and at least 16 different species of grass.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Letcombe Valley
Letcombe Regis OX12 9JU
A lovely mix of chalk stream, woodland and chalk grassland creates a tranquil haven for wildlife and local people.

National Trust White Horse Hill
Uffington SN7 7QN
Ancient rolling downland, home to an enigmatic chalk hill etching of the Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse, seen leaping across the valley at the northern end within the Ridgeway escarpment.

National Trust Wayland's Smithy
Ashbury SN6 8NX
Chambered long barrow in an atmospheric historic site about a mile's walk along the Ridgeway from the Uffington White Horse.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Snelsmore Common
Newbury RG14 3BQ
Everyone can escape the busy-ness of life by exploring the network of paths across this beautiful and varied heathland that contains a range of habitats including heathland, wet mires and woodland making it home to nationally rare bird species including nightjar, woodlark and tree pipit.

National Trust The Coombes
Hinton Parva SN4 0DH
The Coombes is a steep-sided dry valley formed from ocean chalk. This botanically rich area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and also preserves a large area of medieval strip lynchets cut into the western flank of the valley side.

Coate Water Country Park
Swindon SN3 6AA
Facilities to keep all members of the family entertained, including nature reserve, lake, café, play area, pitch and putt and splash park.

Stanton Country Park,
Swindon SN6 7SF
Park and nature preserve with open green space, woodlands, meadows, a series of ponds and streams, wooden sculptures and tree swings.

Lydiard Park
Swindon SN5 3PA
Historic estate with Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. The children's play area, cafe &tea rooms, events and education programmes make Lydiard Park a great destination for a family day out.

English Heritage Avebury Stone Circle
Marlborough SN8 1RF
Ancient stone circle, museum and manor house in the heart of the Avebury World Heritage Site.

English Heritage Silbury Hill
Marlborough SN8 1QH
The largest artificial mound in Europe, probably completed in around 2400 BC, part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

National Trust Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene
Marlborough SN8 4EQ
Unique sarsen boulder streams which are a rich and diverse natural habitat for insects, birds, flower and lichens. These two special places are remnants of a much larger sarsen stream landscape but they still have a wonderful other-worldly feel about them.

Savernake Forest
SN8 4NE
Special Site of Scientific Interest located a few miles south of the historic town of Marlborough, the Forest has thousands of veteran oaks including the Big Bellied Oak.

Walbury Hill
Hungerford RG17 9EH
The highest chalk down in England at 297 metres above sea level, the highest point in Berkshire and the summit of the North Wessex Downs. Ringing the crest is a large Iron Age hill fort and rom the summit there are lovely views of the Kennet valley.

Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust Bowdown Woods
Thatcham RG19 8DE
Stretching from the vast heathland at Greenham Common down to the River Kennet, this reserve forms part of the West Berkshire Living Landscape, a wildlife trust project to create space for wildlife and people together. The footpaths through the trees are all surfaced, making it great for accessibility, and yet Bowdown Woods is completely off road and so ideal for dog walking and a day out with the kids.

Moor Copse Nature Reserve
Pangbourne RG8 8HE
Beautiful ancient woodland popular with walkers and nature spotters. Three wet woodland copses, a small meadow and a chalk stream. Well served by footpaths and rides connecting the copses and fields.

Chimney Meadows National Nature Reserve
Bampton OX18 2EH
An ancient landscape and a vital refuge for wading birds, Chimney Meadows is the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust's largest nature reserve in Oxfordshire. The Thames Path National Trail runs through the reserve along the river.

National Trust Basildon Park
Lower Basildon RG8 9NR
Enjoy a walk in 400 acres of parkland and woodland, take in the breathtaking views and enjoy the changing colours of the landscape throughout the year.