Country Pursuits

Country Pursuits


Trail hunting takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Trails are laid across the Marlborough Downs, Salisbury Plain and the Pewsey Vale and the day usually ends in a farmhouse where our generous hosts provide an excellent tea.

Beagles at Marlborough

The Marlborough College Beagles were founded in 1952 by two pupils, James Bouskell and Nick Wykes.  In 2005 the hounds were moved from the College to Conholt Park in Hampshire and were re-named the Marlborough and District Beagles.

In 2007, we merged with the Palmer Milburn pack to become the Palmer Marlborough Beagles and the hounds are now kennelled near Hungerford.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon shooting was introduced at Marlborough in 2005.

Lessons are organised at Barbury Shooting School, near Wroughton, which is about twenty minutes away from the College. The cost is £40 per session. All equipment is provided but students can keep their own guns at the shooting school.

There is an annual House match held at Barbury. Trophies are awarded for the best team and the top boy and girl shots. Occasionally there are matches against other schools.

Fly Fishing

The College owns a half mile stretch of the river Kennet, a chalk stream renowned for its brown trout. In addition, there are two lakes stocked with rainbow trout.

The Fly Fishing Club is open to all pupils and staff. Membership costs £50 each year to cover the costs of stocking the fishery.

Fly Fishing is also available as a Lower School option in the first half of the Michaelmas and Summer Terms.

Professional tuition in casting and angling is provided by Paul Maslin (Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Angling).