Wiltshire Cycle Routes
Wiltshire is an interesting and attractive county with plenty to see and do for the cyclist.
The main highlights in the county are the Kennet and Avon Canal with its cycle friendly towpaths, and of course Salisbury with it's glorious cathedral.
Also check out the Wiltshire Cycleway with 168 miles of cycling through lovely countryside including the beautiful Avon Valley with its fine river and Salisbury plain with the famous ancient stone circles of Stonehenge.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Wiltshire Cycle Map
There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here
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|Bath to Chippenham||26 miles (42 km)||Follow NCN route 4 from Somerset into Wiltshire on this attractive water based ride. The route starts on Pulteney Bridge in Bath and follows the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Avon to Bradford-on-Avon. From there you continue along the canal to Semington where you will turn north towards Melksham. From here a short on road section leads you back onto the River Avon which you will follow into Chippenham.|
|Bath to Longleat Safari Park||28 miles (45 km)||Follow NCN route 4 and the Wiltshire Cycleway through Somerset and Wiltshire to this popular tourist attraction. The route starts on Pulteney Bridge in Bath and follows NCN route 4 and the River Avon to Bradford-On-Avon. You'll then turn south east along the Wiltshire Cycleway to Westbury on minor roads before finishing on the cycle paths through Longleat Park finishing at Longleat House.|
|Biss Meadows Country Park||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy a peaceful riverside walk or cycle along the River Biss in this lovely country park in Trowbridge. The park has a series of nicely laid out paths so makes for a nice traffic free cycle or walk. Biss Meadows is located very near Trowbridge town centre so is easily accessible. There's also a variety of wildlife with herons and Kingfishers visitors to the park.|
|Bradford-on-Avon to Hungerford||50 miles (80 km)||Follow NCN route 4 from Bradford-on-Avon to Hungerford via Chippenham and Avebury on this route through the countryside.|
Highlights include a stretch through Avebury site of the ancient stone circles and the pretty village of Calne (below). Also look out for the famous Cherhill White Horse also pictured below.
This is an attractive route with lovely views of the Wiltshire countryside and several off road sections.
|Bristol to Trowbridge||30 miles (48 km)||This lovely largely traffic free route takes you along NCN route 4 from Bristol to Bath and Bradford-on Avon before finishing in Trowbridge.|
Highlights include the Bristol-Bath disused railway path and a lovely stretch along the River Avon.
|Chippenham to Calne Railway Path||6 miles (10 km)||This is a nice easy cycle or walk along the disused railway path from Chippenham to Calne. It follows NCN route 403 and includes lovely riverside runs along the River Avon and the River Marden. The route is almost entirely traffic free so is an ideal option for a family cycle ride or easy walk|
|Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway Path||9 miles (14 km)||This is a nice easy cycle or walking route along the now disused Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway.|
It starts in Marlborough where you cross the River Kennet and head into the countryside along the path. You will pass through the pretty villages of Ogbourne St Andrew and Ogbourne St George before finishing at Chiseldon. This is a nice easy, traffic free ride so ideal families looking for a safe route. This route is also suitable for walkers looking for a peaceful easy walk.
This route links nicely with the Chiseldon Timberland Trail which runs on from Chiseldon to Swindon.
You could also visit Coate Water Country Park which has nice cycling and walking trails around a large lake.
|Chiseldon Timberland Trail||4 miles (6.5 km)||This short easy cycle or walk trail runs from Swindon to Chiseldon along the old Swindon to Marlborough railway line.|
The trail starts near Swindon Country Cricket Ground and heads to the lovely Coate Water Country Park where you can hire boats or try your hand at the crazy golf. The route then joins the disused railway path which takes you to Chiseldon and includes a stretch through a delightful bluebell wood. For walkers the best start point is at Coate Water where there is parking next to the trail start.
|Coate Water Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||This is a short circular walk around the delightful Coate Water Country Park in Swindon. The walk begins at the car park and takes you around the 70-acre lake and through the wildflower meadows. The park is a great place to bird watch with Herons, Shags and Grebes among the visitors to the lake. Also look out for deer and foxes in the wildflower meadows. The park also has a Ranger Centre and Information Point and a pitch and putt.|
Although the route below is devised for walkers the park also has a cycle path running along the lake. For more details visit the Information Point at the car park.
To extend your outing you could pick up the Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway Path from the village of Chiseldon. The climb to Liddington Hill also starts from Chiseldon. It's a nice climb which includes a visit to Liddington Castle Hill fort which dates from 7th century BC.
|Cotswold Water Park||10 miles (16 km)||This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers. |
The western section of the park shown in the map is located between Swindon and Cirencester. There is also an eastern section located near Fairford and Lechlade.
|Gillingham to Frome||19 miles (31 km)||This route follows NCN routes 25 and 24 from Dorset to Somerset. The route starts near the train station in Dorset based Gillingham and heads north on quiet country roads. You'll soon come to Stourhead Gardens - an 18th century landscaped garden owned by the National Trust that is well worth a visit. You then continue onto a lovely stretch through the Longleat Estate. If you have time, Longleat House is another route highlight well worth stopping for, with beautiful grounds and a safari park to enjoy. The final stretch takes you through a woodland section and then along country lanes to Frome, where you finish near the train station.|
|Gillingham to Warminster||21 miles (33 km)||This route follows NCN route 25 from Dorset to Wiltshire. The route starts near the train station in Dorset based Gillingham and heads north on quiet country roads. You'll soon come to Stourhead Gardens - an 18th century landscaped garden owned by the National Trust that is well worth a visit. You then continue onto a lovely stretch through the Longleat Estate and Longleat Centre Parcs. If you have time, Longleat House is another route highlight well worth stopping for, with beautiful grounds and a safari park to enjoy. The final stretch takes you to Warminster on quiet roads.|
|Lydiard Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Located on the edge of Swindon is this splendid park with 260 acres of lawns, woodlands and pasture for visitors to walk or cycle through. Here you will find the beautifully-restored State Rooms of Lydiard House, with its original furnishings and portrait gallery. There is also an ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden and a children's play area.|
To continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Mouldon Hill Country Park. Here you'll find a pretty lake, the River Ray, a section of the North Wilts Canal and nice views from the park's high points.
About a mile to the north east you'll find Shaw Forest Park. The park has nice footpaths with ash/willow woodland, wildflower meadows, grassland and ponds. There's also Peatmoor Lake where there is a nice walking trail to try.
|Marlborough to Reading||43 miles (70 km)||This lovely ride takes you along NCN route 4 from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Reading in Berkshire via Newbury & Hungerford.
Much of the ride is traffic free with a long attractive stretch along the Kennet and Avon Canal and a lovely run through Savernake Forest at the start.
|Marlborough to Swindon||26 miles (42 km)||Follow regional routes 20 and 26 from Marlborough to Swindon through some lovely Wiltshire countryside. |
The route starts near the Marlborough White Horse and heads east along the River Kennet to Ramsbury via Stitchcombe and Axford. You then head north to Wanborough and then onto Liddington before a pleasant strech around Coate Water Country Park takes you to the outskirts of Swindon.
|North Wiltshire Rivers Route||25 miles (40 km)||This is a an excellent, largely off road, cycling and walking path that runs along NCN 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.
|Salisbury Off Road Explorer||31 miles (50 km)||This circular route follows a series of excellent off road tracks around Salisbury. Most of these trails are quite stony so a hybrid or mountain bike is advised. |
Since this route is almost entirely off road it is also suitable for walkers looking for a long distance walk.
|Salisbury to Romsey||19 miles (31 km)||Follow NCN route 24 from Wiltshire into Hampshire on this pleasant route. The route starts near the centre of Salisbury and heads east into the countryside on quiet roads. There is then a pleasant stretch along the River Dun leading to the National Trust owned Mottisfont Abbey.|
The route then turns south following the River Test through Tinsbury and then onto Romsey finishing at the train station.
This is a fairly easy ride with plenty of waterside sections that has decent views of the surrounding countryside.
|Salisbury to Southampton||33 miles (53 km)||Follow NCN routes 24 and 23 from Wiltshire into Hampshire on this pleasant route. The route starts near the centre of Salisbury and heads east into the countryside on quiet roads. There is then a pleasant stretch along the River Dun leading to the National Trust owned Mottisfont Abbey.|
The route then turns south following the River Test into Romsey before joining NCN route 23 near Eastleigh where you will pass through Lakeside Country Park with 60 acres of Lakes and woodland.
There is then a pleasant stretch along the River Itchen taking you to the Southampton docks where you will finish on the Town Quay.
|Salisbury to Stonehenge||12 miles (20 km)||Starting in Salisbury head north to Salisbury Plain along NCN route 45 and enjoy the unusual atmosphere at famous Stonehenge.|
You start at the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral and head through the north gate before joining the River Avon which you follow to the outskirts of the town. The route then passes the ancient settlement of Old Sarum before rejoining the river to West Amesbury via Woodford Bridge. A short on road stretch then takes you to Stonehenge, part of the National Trust's Stonehenge Landscape
|Salisbury to Swindon||53 miles (86 km)||This ride takes you through the heart of Wiltshire along NCN route 45 with the famous Stonehenge as a major route highlight. The ride starts in the centre of Salisbury near the tourist information centre and heads north along the River Avon towards Amesbury where you will find the iconic Stonehenge. There then follows a lovely long stretch through Salisbury Plain, before an on road section takes you to Avebury - site of the ancient stone circles. From here you head into the Marlborough Downs, before a series of country roads and off road paths take you to the finish point in Swindon, finishing near the tourist information centre.|
|Salisbury to Warminster||17 miles (28 km)||This ride follows NCN route 24 along quiet country roads from Salisbury to Warminster.|
The ride begins at Salisbury train station and follows the River Nadder to Wilton where you will pass the superb 16th century Wilton House. Often described as England's most beautiful country house the estate also boasts splendid gardens and is well worth visiting if you have time.
The route proceeds through the Wylye Valley, passing along the River Wylye and through the pretty villages of Great Wishford, Wylye, Boyton and Sutton Veny. The final section sees you cross the River Wylye and pass the lovely Smallbrook Meadows Nature Reserve, before leading you through Warminster where you finish at the train station.
|Swindon to Cirencester||19 miles (30 km)||This route follows NCN route 45 from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire taking you through a lovely part of the Cotswolds. The route starts in Swindon Old Town and follows an off road cycle path into the countryside. A dismantled railway line takes you to Cricklade before more off road paths take you through Cotswold water park - the UK's largest water park with 133 numbered lakes.|
An on road section then takes you into the finish point in Cirencester near the abbey grounds.
|The Ridgeway||43 miles (69 km)||This is the cycle friendly opening 43 miles of The Ridgeway - one of the UK's National Trails.|
This section runs from Overton Hill, near Avebury in Wiltshire, to Streatley, in Berkshire, on the River Thames. The path passes through some lovely scenery including rolling downland and the woods and valleys of the Chilterns. Highlights on the route includes Wayland's Smithy - a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb, and the Uffington White Horse in the Berkshire Downs.
This ride is only really suitable for mountain bikes, taking place on an off road track from start to finish.
|Three Downs Link||102 miles (164 km)||This is a walking and cycling path following bridleways through Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The trail runs from Exton, in Hampshire, to Dean Hill, near Hungerford. You will pass through open chalk downland, along rivers and canals and through some pretty villages.
The route passes through or near Basingstoke, New Arlesford, Malborough, Winchester, Newbury and Hungerford. It uses the South Downs Way National Trail for part of the route and also links with the Ridgeway National Trail. It is waymarked with a light blue arrow.
For cyclists a mountain bike is advisable as most of the route takes place on off road tracks.
|Trowbridge to Marlborough||40 miles (65 km)||Follow NCN route 4 from Trowbridge to Marlborough on this waterside ride. Much of the ride follows the Kennet & Avon Canal passing through Devizes and Wooton Rivers before the final stretch takes you through Savernake Forest to Marlborough on the River Kennet.|
|Warminster to Frome||11 miles (18 km)||Follow NCN route 24 from Wiltshire into Somerset on this ride through the splendid Longleat Estate. The ride passes through woodland and then the deer park, with Longleat House stately home another highlight. With 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland cycling through Longleat is a wonderful experience.|
After leaving the park you head towards Frome crossing the River Frome as you go. The ride finishes in Frome town centre near the tourist information centre and rail station.
|Warminster to Salisbury||24 miles (38 km)||This route starts at Warminster train station and soon joins the Wiltshire Cycleway Wylye Valley route at Sutton Veny. |
After a few miles you'll enter a lovely off road stretch through Grovely wood just outside Wilton before following the Wiltshire cycleway from Wilton to Salisbury. The ride finishes with views of the River Avon before finishing just outside the famous cathedral.
|Wessex Ridgeway Trail||62 miles (100 km)||Follow the Wessex Ridgeway Trail and enjoy specatular views of the Dorset countryside on this shared walking and cycling path.|
The trail begins at Tollard Royal in Wiltshire and heads to Hambledon Hill passing through Ashmore Wood and crossing the River Iwerne on the way.
A short section along the river Stour and a wooded spell through Blandford Forest take you to Ibberton and then onto Up Cerne and Maiden Newton. You then head to Beaminster before passing through the beautiful Marshwood Vale and finishing on the jurassic coast at Lyme Regis.
|West Woods||4 miles (7 km)||This large area of woodland near Marlborough has miles of hard surfaced cycling and walking trails to try. It's nice for an easy family cycle and there are more challenging tracks for mountain bikers. Walkers can also enjoy various waymarked trails and an easy access route. The woods consist of a beautiful plantation of beech trees with carpets of bluebells in the spring.|
The Wansdyke Path runs through the woods so you could pick this up to continue your exercise. You could also reach the woods from Marlborough by following the Wansdyke Path south west from the town centre for about 2 miles.
|Wiltshire Cycleway-Bradford-on-Avon to Mere||28 miles (45 km)||This is the first section of the Wiltshire Cycleway which runs for 160 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county.|
The ride starts at Bradford-on-Avon and first heads to Farleigh Hungerford where you will cross the River Frome and pass the castle ruins. You then head to Dilton Marsh with a pleasant run along the River Frome and a short section through the pretty Brokerswood country park to enjoy. From here the route follows more country lanes before a lovely stretch through the Longleat Estate. Here you will pass the Safari park and Longleat House both of which are well worth stopping at.
A short on road stretch then takes you to the next major route highlight at Stourhead Gardens - an 18th century landscaped garden owned by the National Trust. The last section then takes you through Wolverton to the finish point at the pretty town of Mere.
Good access points for this route are the train stations at Bradford-On-Avon or Dilton Marsh. The railway at Gillingham in Dorset is also not far from the end of the route at Mere.
|Wiltshire Cycleway-Malmesbury to Bradford on Avon||25 miles (40 km)||This is the fifth and final section of the Wiltshire Cycleway which runs for 160 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county.|
The route starts in Malmesbury, near the Abbey, and heads south through Dunley Wood, Yatton Keynell, Biddestone and Corsham to Bradford on Avon. The route passes along a series of country lanes and through a series of picturesque villages. You will also pass near National Trust owned Great Chalfield Manor. This beautiful medieval manor boasts a moat, barns, gatehouse, delightful parish church and beautiful gardens so it well worth the small detour if you have a bit of time.
|Wiltshire Cycleway - Great Bedwyn to Malmesbury||35 miles (57 km)||This is the fourth section of the Wiltshire Cycleway which runs for 160 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county.|
This section begins near the train station in Great Bedwyn and heads to Ramsbury where you join a lovely riverside run along the River Kennet to Marlborough. A series of country lanes then take you through Clyffe Pypard, Bushton and Tockenham before crossing Somerford Common and Braydon Wood near Brinkworth. Shortly after the ride ends by crossing the River Avon and finishing in Malmesbury near the Abbey.
|Wiltshire Cycleway - Mere to Salisbury||31 miles (50 km)||This is the second section of the Wiltshire Cycleway which runs for 160 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county.|
This leg starts at Mere and passes along quiet country lanes to Salisbury via the pretty villages of Donhead St Mary, Broad Chalke and Bishopstone.
Highlights include two pleasant riverside runs along the River Ebble and the final stretch along the River Naddar into Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral.
Just before Salisbury you will also pass the impressive Wilton House and Gardens. With magnificent state rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens, Wilton House is a major attraction on this section of the route.
Good access points for this route are the train station at Gillingham in Dorset, near the start of the route, or Salisbury station at the other end.
|Wiltshire Cycleway - Salisbury to Great Bedwyn||32 miles (51 km)||This is the third section of the Wiltshire Cycleway which runs for 160 miles through some of the most beautiful countryside in the county.|
You start off in Salisbury and head north along the River Avon to Amesbury via Great Durnford. This section also passes the fascinating Iron Age Hill Fort at Old Sarum, where 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site.
From Amesbury, you continue north along the Avon to Haxton where the route heads turns through Salisbury Plain to Collingbourne Ducis on the River Bourne. The final section then follows more country lanes and a short waterside section along the Kennet and Avon canal to Great Bedwyn.