Cycling in Wiltshire
Cycling in Wiltshire's peaceful, glorious countryside will show you rural England at its very best. The Wiltshire Cycleway threads its way through Wiltshire along quiet country lanes and passes many of the county's most attractive places to visit. The 160 mile cycle route is supplemented by a network of shorter loops offering a wide choice of distance and terrain.
A great off-road cycling route is to follow along the Kennet & Avon Canal tow path. On this route you will pass the Crofton Beam Engines, Caen Hill lock, Pewsey Wharf and the historic towns of Bradford on Avon and Devizes.
Hire a bike or join a cycle tour
Want to get cycling but not sure where to begin? Why not join Heritage Cycle Tours for one of their cycling tours of the county? And if you are looking to hire a bike, try out Hayball Cyclesport in Salisbury.
Download some of our cycling routes
Cycle maps and routes for various towns including Chippenham, Bradford on Avon, Marlborough, Salisbury and Trowbridge can be downloaded from the Connecting Wiltshire website. You can also download the following routes:
Cycle Route 1 - Avon Valley Explorer
45 km/ 28 miles 5-6 hours Moderate
Follow the Avon River from the Vale of the White Horse via Stonehenge and Old Sarum Castle to Salisbury Cathedral. Combine with the Wylye Valley and Salisbury Plain Explorers for a spectacular three-day circular navigation of South Wiltshire.
Cycle Route 2 - Wylye Valley Explorer
33 km/ 20.5 miles 4-5 hours Moderate
From the Cathedral City of Salisbury past the majesty of Wilton House, take the back road through the Wylye Valley past some of Wiltshire's finest chalk downland to the market town of Warminster. Combine with Avon Valley and Salisbury Plain Explorers for a spectacular three-day circular navigation of South Wiltshire.
Cycle Route 3 - Salisbury Plain Explorer
53 km/ 33 miles 6-7 hours Moderate
Cycle the range from Westbury White Horse to the Pewsey Vale. From tanks to wild orchids, explore this unique cycle route around the Imber and Larkhill military ranges. Combine with Avon Valley and Wylye Valley Explorers for a spectacular three-day circular navigation of South Wiltshire.
Cycle Route 4 - Woodford Valley Circuit
26 km/ 16 miles 3 hrs 30 mins Moderate
Explore some of Wiltshire's finest villages, delight in the natural beauty of the River Avon and see the ancient archaeology of Old Sarum and Stonehenge.
Cycle Route 5 - Wylye Valley and Grovely Ridge
27 km/ 17 miles 4 hours Moderate OR 15 km/ 9.25 miles
Cycle the quiet, broad avenues of Grovely Wood then descend into the tranquil Wylye Valley for refreshments and an easy ride home. Choose from the long or short option to suit your time.
These Wiltshire cycle routes have been funded by Leader + Sustain the Plain initiative and the SW RDA Rural Renaissance funding.
Search for cycle friendly places to stay
Many of our accommodation providers offer special facilities for cyclists from secure bike storage through to maps and route suggestions. Listed below are providers that offer such facilities.
Click on the listings below for further information and to book your cycling break...
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- Guest Accommodation
Country house set in an acre of mature gardens. Ideal touring centre. Close to Longleat and Stourhead Gardens.
Telephone+44 (0)1747 860219
- Bed & Breakfast
Quiet residential area, one mile from city centre with view to the Cathedral spire. Twenty minutes' walk into city.
Telephone+44 (0)1722 335031
- Bed & Breakfast
Sixteenth-century thatched cottage; heated and with log fires. Country location, convenient for Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford.
Telephone+44 01793 790508
- Guest House
Spacious Edwardian house, beautifully furnished. Large car park at rear, away from main road. Well kept garden and lawn.
Telephone+44 (0)1722 413329
- Bed & Breakfast
An 18thC cottage with original beams. Ideal position for touring Stourhead, Stonehenge, Shaftesbury and other local attractions. Close to A303 midway for London, Devon and Cornwall.
Telephone+44 (0)1747 840477