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Cycling in Wiltshire

CyclingLooking for information about cycling in Wiltshire? Cycling UK's guide to cycling in Wiltshire gives you routes, events, clubs and advice to inspire you to cycle in the county.

Stonehenge, White Horses, Britain’s best towpath rides, mystic ancient barrows and crop circles – and Swindon: Wiltshire has an unmatched range of must-sees to explore by bike, all set among quite beautiful chalk hills, valleys and country lanes.

Start in Salisbury, with its fine cathedral and its close. Cycle via an old drover’s road up to remote Normanton Down: Stonehenge reveals itself dramatically. Cyclists in the know, though, prefer the village of Avebury, whose ancient stone circle is more accessible and more fun to visit. The Wylye Valley route from Salisbury to Bath (NCN24) passes through typically fabulous valley scenery; the circular 160-mile Wiltshire Cycleway showcases the county, right up to historic Malmesbury in the Cotswolds.

For mountain bikers Avebury, is the start of the Ridgeway, the renowned chalk lane that heads west across England; the first 42 miles are a cycle treat. Another good MTB day or two out is to take an OS map visit all eight Wiltshire White Horses, huge chalk figures cut into the hills in the hills rolling northeast from Westbury (home of the grandest). Exploring the mystic ancient burial barrows and speculative crop-circle country round here makes a great road or off-road tour.

The Kennet and Avon canal, running east from Bath, offers England’s best towpath cycling experience (NCN4). It runs smoothly to Italianate Bradford-on-Avon through unmatched scenery, and into Devizes you have the astounding staircase of nearly 30 locks at Caen Hill, a world canal marvel. All great for families, particularly the Bath-Bradford leg.

And when you need large town facilities, Swindon has three decent local 7-mile leisure routes. Cycling its notorious six-gyratory ‘Magic Roundabout’ is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – as in, ‘never again’.

Cycling groups and clubs in Wiltshire

Swindon CTC (Swindon)http://www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/swindon
Weekend and weekday rides; accompanied children welcome
Organises a range of activities - on and off bike - to suit all levels of cycling
Fitness building, social and training rides, road and circuit races, time trials, cyclocross, MTB
Many types of cycling including road, mountain bike, track, cyclocross and time trials
Resource for all things mountain biking, including Croft Trail and Ridgeway
Holds Saturday and Sunday rides and a midweek ride
Caters for riders of all ages and abilities, with a strong focus on developing young cyclists
For futher information on what to take on a ride and lots more .... visit Witlshrie Cycling website - https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle/cycling-wiltshire

Find out all you need to know to get cycling in Wiltshire.

Connecting Wiltshire - providing information on how to get into cycling, equipment, basic safety, routes and places to ride in Wiltshire.

Breeze - women only cycling

Public rights of way

Wiltshire Cycleway - Wiltshire Cycleway has been split into 16 sections which can be downloaded or printed.

Town cycle networks

Wiltshire Councils website - http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-cycling-walking-and-running

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