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Walking routes

Wiltshire is famous for prehistoric sites and white horses cut into the turf of chalk hillsides and it is also a haven for wildlife. Much of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is particularly suited to travelling on foot.

There are a variety of walks available in Wiltshire from the long distance treks to afternoon strolls. You can find out more about some of the walks available and download walking routes on the Walking in Wiltshire page of the Visit Wiltshire website.

For more information on how the public rights of way networks are managed and how you can get the best from our service, please visit our public rights of way section. You can also visit our Rights of Way - countryside accessLink (Natural England website).

You can find out more information about walking in Wiltshire on the Connecting Wiltshire website, where you can also plan your route using the journey planner.

Walking groups

Walking in a group is a great way to get active and stay motivated. Find out more about walking groups in your area - it's free and fun.

Cycling routes

Cycling is a great way to explore Wiltshire’s countryside. Here are some cycling routes that run through Wiltshire.

The Wiltshire Cycleway (Regional Route 20) is a circular 160 mile (255 kms) route around Wiltshire taking in Salisbury, Amesbury, Marlborough, Malmesbury, Corsham, Bradford-on-Avon, Mere and Wilton.

Kennet and Avon Towpath Cycle Routes is an 84 mile, mainly traffic-free cycle route between Reading and Bath. Cycling is permitted along the entire length of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, except for a short section approximately 600 metres long near Woolhampton.

The PDFSalisbury to New Forest cycle map Salisbury to New Forest cycle map 4mb is a 15 mile route on quiet roads and cycle paths.

The 1 South West adventure cycle map shows tracks that cyclists can legally use in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and grades each route for difficulty.

Town cycle networks show where we are looking to make improvements to cycle facilities in market towns and the recommended routes for cycling in Wiltshire’s market towns.

National Cycle Networks - Wiltshire

National Route 4 of the National Cycle Network is a long distance route between London and Fishguard via Reading, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Swansea, Carmarthen, Tenby, Haverfordwest and St. Davids.

National Route 24 of the National Cycle Network will run from Bath through Radstock and Frome in Somerset, then Warminster and Salisbury to join with National Route 23 at Eastleigh in Hampshire.

National Route 45 of the National Cycle Network will connect Salisbury in Wiltshire with Chester in Cheshire, via Swindon, Cirencester, Gloucester, Worcester and Whitchurch.

You can find more cycle routes as well as helpful tips about cycling, cycle hire locations, cycling groups and mountain biking locations by visiting the Connecting Wiltshire website. You can also plan your route using the journey planner.

Last updated: 13 April 2016



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