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One day tour Avebury and the Ridgeway

This 1 day tour covers approximately 25 miles.

Please note that a good proportion of this route is off road. This route does take you along quite long stretches of the Ridgeway. The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway described as Britain's oldest road. The parts that we cycle along in Wiltshire are mainly on the high ridge (with fantastic views) and are well defined and well used walking and cycling paths.

Some typical questions we have been asked about this route:

Will I need a mountain bike? No although the route does use a lot of off road tracks and bridleways there is no need to use a mountain bike. A normal leisure bike will be just fine.

Will it be muddy? It could be. If there has been much rain then the Ridgeway can get a bit muddy in places.

Overview and highlights

This is a 1 day tour starts and finishes in the Wiltshire market town of Marlborough. Passing the world famous Marlborough College we head out westwards as we pass through a ribbon of small villages. At the village of Lockeridge you can stop to look at the Sarcen stones in Lockeridge Dene.


Lockeridge Dene

We then go on to East Kennet. Here you can take a small diversion to see Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow.

Silbury Hill

We then move on towards Avebury. Getting there means cycling past the West Kennet Avenue. This is an 'avenue', originally of around 100 pairs of prehistoric standing stones.

The West Kennet Avenue

Then it’s on to the world famous Avebury. Here you will have time to look around and take a stroll among the stones.

Avebury

Once you have seen all there is to see in Avebury we head into the heart of the Wiltshire downs, and go back onto the Ridgeway. Here we will be riding mostly on top of a ridge and gain the views are spectacular. After a couple of miles you can stop to explore the Hackpen White Horse.


Hackpen White Horse

We continue along the high ridge of the Ridgeway until we come to Barbury Castle. Barbury Castle is not in fact a castle, but an Iron Age hill fort. It is situated on the top of Barbury Hill, which, under ideal weather conditions, commands a view across to the Cotswolds and the River Severn.


Barbury Castle

We now climb down from the high Ridgeway, but stay off road until we pass close by the village of Chiseldon. From there we skirt around the base of another Iron Age hill fort - Liddington Castle, before once more climbing up to the high ridge of the Ridgeway again. We follow this for the next 4 miles until we drop down again near the village of Ogbourne St George. From here we take a few more miles of back lanes and byways until we get back to Marlborough. We should be back in Marlborough early to mid afternoon.