Strolling through Wiltshire’s Countryside really shows you rural England at its best. 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 getting about on foot.
There are a great variety of walks available in Wiltshire: something for everyone, 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 to help you understand 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.
Rights of Way - countryside access (Natural England website)
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 is the ideal way to explore Wiltshire’s glorious countryside. It is easy to see why so much of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - rolling hills with spectacular views, peaceful wooded river valleys and prehistoric sites abound. Below are various 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, is free and does not require a permit.
The 1 South West adventure cycle map shows all the tracks cyclists can legally use in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and grades each route for difficulty.
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 45 of the National Cycle Network will connect Salisbury in Wiltshire with Chester in Cheshire, via Swindon, Cirencester, Gloucester, Worcester and Whitchurch
Maps, guides and books
- Salisbury & Wilton walking map Salisbury & Wilton walking map 974kb – printed maps are available from Tourist Information Centres
- Bus walks in Salisbury Bus walks in Salisbury 3mb
- Marlborough cycling map Marlborough cycling map 189kb
- Bradford-on-Avon active travel map
Last updated: 12 March 2013