North Wiltshire Rivers Route
This is a an excellent, largely off road, cycling and walking path that runs along National Cycle route 4 from Melksham to Avebury. It takes you to historic towns and villages, along delightful rivers and through some splendid Wiltshire countryside.
The route starts by the River Avon in Melksham and heads towards the historic village of Lacock where you will find the National Trust owned Lackock Abbey.. The route continues through Chippenham where you can enjoy another riverside stretch along the River Avon and then along the River Marden to Calne. The final section takes you through Cherhill, where you will pass the Cherhill White Horse, and then onto Avebury with its fascinating ancient stones. You can explore the site of the Avebury Stones using google street view below.
North Wiltshire Rivers Route Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
North Wiltshire Rivers Route Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
North Wiltshire Rivers Route OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
North Wiltshire Rivers Route Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
North Wiltshire Rivers Route Pubs/Cafes
On the route take a stop for refreshments at the George Inn in Lacock Village. Established in 1361 the inn has an amazing history and is famous for its medieval open fire place with a dog wheel. You can find it on West Street at postcode SN15 2LH.
In the village of Cherhill, near the White Horse, you will find the Black Horse. The pub has an interesting history dating back to the 18th century when it was a coaching inn. It is notable for being the hideout for the infamous Cherhill Gang, a group of highwaymen that would rob passers by naked to avoid being caught. They have a charming interior with interesting artwork on the walls. There's also a good menu and an outdoor area as well. You can find them at a postcode of SN11 8UT for your sat navs. The village is also worth exploring with a number of picturesque thatched cottages and an old church to see.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks page.