Wiltshire is famous for its Fields of Gold; on your bicycle you might get in the same frame of mind as pop star Sting when he wrote his famous song! Beyond the great empty vistas, Wiltshire is also home to two famous Unesco World Heritage Sites; Avebury and Stonehenge. Other marbles of the county are the ancient Savernake Forest, the special Fyfield Down with its ancient glacial valley, the amazing Caen Hill Locks on the Avon & Kennet Canal, various chalk white horses and charming towns such as Marlborough and Devizes. On the south end of the vast Salisbury Plains lies Salisbury with England's highest cathedral and the ruins of the Old Sarum settlement.
If you fancy a long weekend or mini break with cycling in Wiltshire we recommend you taking your bicycles on the train to either Salisbury or Bedwyn. From Salisbury, simply follow signposted National Cycle Route 45 via Old Sarum to Amesbury, where you can link with our Wiltshire route pack, connecting to Wiltshire's greatest sites. When taking the train to Bedwyn, you can hit our route pack straight away. To explore Stonehenge and Avebury fully, it is best to walk rather than to cycle. Our route pack includes suggestions on where to lock up bicycles and features information on the best walks around both ancient monuments.
Our Cycling in Wiltshire route also features cycling in The Cotswolds via historic Bradford on Avon and Bath and contains the following:
Route 1: Great Bedwyn - Marlborough/Avebury or Amesbury/Stonehenge - Devizes - Bradford on Avon - Bath (via Avon & Kennet Canal route and Two Tunnels Greenway) - Bristol
Route 2: Amesbury (from Salisbury) - Stonehenge - Upavon - Devizes - Bradford on Avon - Bath (via Avon & Kennet Canal route and Two Tunnels Greenway) - Bristol
Total distance: 116 miles (186 km); cycle paths: 44%, quiet roads: 50%, roads with regular flow or possibly fast moving traffic: 6%, busy main roads with adjacent footpath: 0%
Grading: Routes in Wiltshire moderate with some serious climbing, all routes in The Cotswolds generally easy with some short climbs. All Cotswolds routes suitable for younger children, routes in Wiltshire suitable for children who have completed Bikeability Level 2.
Highlights: Savernake Forest, historic Marlborough, Fyfield Down Reserve, Avebury ancient stone circle, Wiltshire hills. Crofton Beam Steam Engines, Salisbury Plains, Stonehenge ancient stone circle, white horses, Avon & Kennet Canal Route, Caen Hill Locks & aqueducts, historic Bradford on avon, City of Bath, Two Tunnels Greenway, Bristol and Bath Railway Path, Cotswolds countryside, Avon Valley heritage railway, cycling into Bristol
Our Cycling in Wiltshire routes are part of our London-Land's End Cycle Route Book. This guide book provides great value for money, includes GPS-tracks and features many more regions other than just Wiltshire!