For the size of the town, Calne has stacks of history; much of it is evident in the Heritage Quarter, centred around St Mary’s Church and the Green on the banks of the River Marden, edged by historic buildings that once served as workshops for the prosperous woollen trade; the 17th century almshouses are particularly charming. It’s a nice enough place to stop for a pokey about if the weather is good; there are independent shops and cafes, and a canal and river park where the townsfolk take their kids for a paddle.
One of Calne’s claims to fame is that the traditional ways of curing ham and bacon were invented here, but perhaps of more interest now is the Atwell Motor Museum. If your tum starts rumbling sit in the sunshine outside Sampaguita Café, or go and have a bite to eat at The Lansdowne Strand Hotel.
All information correct at the time of writing