Cycling in Wiltshire
The beautiful chalk hills and valleys of Wiltshire are setting to some of the UK’s most magnificent, and mystical places. See more on an electric bike, take steep climbs in your stride, get up close to the action and go further than ever before. Cycling means no parking stress (or costs), just plan your route via a few ‘watering holes’ and take in the beauty and magic of Wiltshire. The Wiltshire Cycleway is a 160 mile, circular route around some of the finest sights the county has to offer. Along this route you’ll cycle along some of the best towpaths in Britain, you’ll see ancient barrows and crop circles along with majestic buildings and monuments steeped in history. We are picking out some highlights in this blog especially for you and your bike.
Begin at Sailsbury to see Salisbury Cathederal, be impressed by the tallest (slightly wonky) spire in Britain, surrounded by Cathederal Close, it’s easy to understand why Salisbury is a place of pilgrimage. This ‘living church’ offers tours and is home to some very discerning Peregrine Falcons. Call in to view the cathederal’s 1215 Magna Carta, marvel at the skill of the craftsmen, have a coffee (and cake?) and jump in the saddle of your Mark 2 electric bike.
Stonehenge Via National Cycle Route 24 and 45
This ride is a climb of around 200 feet and should be around 12 miles. Head north out of town following cycle route 24, cross over Choristers Square keeping the square on your left, and on to the High Street (cycle route 45) and cycle through High Street Gate. At the end of the High Street turn right onto Silver Street and follow the road left into Minster Street, keep left to stay on Minster Street which will lead you into Castle Street. Turn left at Avon Approach to cross the river, turn right to follow the route North along the River Avon until the right turn to stay on the cycle route. The cycle route is marked all the way, running parallel to the river. You will cross the A36, where you can laugh at the people in their cars getting no exercise or fresh air. Cross over the River Avon again and at the end, turn left onto Stratford Road. After 4 miles you will be crossing back over the river to see The Bridge Inn on your left (in case you are tempted). 1.4 miles later you will be turning left, following National Cycle Route 45, past Lake Farms and on towards the A303 to see Stonehenge on the horizon, awaiting your arrival in spectacular style. Prices, opening times and information can be found on the English Heritage Site.
Return Journey to Sailsbury Cycle Route 24
You can return to Salisbury via the National Cycle Route 24. From Stonehenge, head north west towards the A344, turn left onto the A344 then take the first exit onto the A360 at Airman’s Corner. Almost a mile later you will take the third exit onto the A303 (only for a mile). After another mile you need to turn left and continue on that road for 3.4 miles (very easy on an electric bike), you’ve got this. At the end of the road turn left onto the A36, Little Wishford Equestrian is ahead of you at the junction. After passing The Swan at Stoford, an 18th Century pub, you’ll turn right into West Street then first left into South Street. Carry on on route 24 for 2.5 miles and turn left at the end onto West Street, pass The Bear Inn and The Greyhound Inn on the left as you continue into Silver Street, Wilton. At the roundabout, turn right into Salisbury Road (A36) then after 0.4 miles take the first right into Netherhampton Road, left into Lower Road and stay right after the village hall to stay on Lower Road. After 1.7 miles you will reach a roundabout, turn right (2nd exit) to enter Mill Road, carry on until you reach the High Street on the right and you will find yourself back at Choristers Square, continue on to the Salisbury Cathederal.
Feel good, you are amazing, look what you and your electric bike have achieved.