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Mountain Bike Guide Wiltshire


Guide Book

Twenty five circular routes along some of the most ancient tracks in Britain with sketch maps and details of the nearest railway stations.

Range of ride lengths and difficulty to suit variety of abilities.

Includes 5 'Megaride' combinations. For the Mega rides, Ian has linked together pairs of routes to create rides of between 45-75km.

Why not challenge yourself on on of these epics, or create your own from a combination of the other 20 routes!

See below for route details

Book Details: ISBN 0948153601
Published 2000, Ernest Press
Author: Ian White. Book Size: A5. 200 Pages.

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The Mountain Biking Routes

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.

 

Route 1. Compton Abbas, Ashmore & Melbury Hill

Grade: Moderate. Distance: 25km

Steep rolling countryside with good open tracks and grassy hills. The route starts and finishes at the top of one of the highest hills in Dorset – bonus points for making it non stop to the top!

Ashton Keynes & The Cotswold Water Park

Easy. Distance 14km(8.5 miles)

A short ride to get things going and no hills!

Pewsey Wharf and Honeystreet

Easy. Distance 17km (10.5 miles)

One for dry conditions. Makes use of the Kennet and Avon canal towpath

The Bedwyns, Crofton and Durley

Easy. Distance 22km (13.5 miles)

Mainly hard tracks and tarmac passing through delightful countryside. No major climbs but it is an undulating landscape with quite a few hills.

Bradford on Avon, Chalfield and Avoncliff

Easy. Distance 26km (16 miles)

One for a wet day. There aren't that many bridleways in this part of Wiltshire but the winding lanes around Conkwell are almost as good!

Bulford Ranges and the Old Marlborough Road

Easy and moderate routes. Distance 15km (9.5 miles) or 29km (18 miles)

A good chunk runs through the Bulford Army Ranges so plan your ride for a non-firing day! The landscape is a mixture of grassland, pasture, scrub and woodland plantations criss-crossed by tank tracks and range roads.

Tytherington and Great Ridge

Easy/moderate. Distance 18km (11 miles)

Picturesque villages, quiet country lanes to brooding woods which cover the Great Ridge.

Shearwater and Horningsham

Easy/moderate. Distance 15km (9 miles)

A short hilly route with good off-road sections.

Groveley Wood

Easy/moderate. Distance 21km (13 miles)

An easy first half followed by a more testing ride back along the old Western Drove Road.

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Over the Ranges - Larkhill and Westdown

Easy/moderate. Distance 28km (17.5 miles)

This route runs through the Larkhill and Westdown Artillery ranges so only go on no firing days .A ride that will take you deep into the heart of Salisbury Plain

Aldbourne, the Ridgeway and Sugar Hill

Easy/moderate. Distance 25km (15.5 miles)

This route follows tracks, field bridleways and a section of the Ridgeway path. Mainly reasonably easy going but with several steady climbs.

Urchfont Hill and the Westbury White Horse

Easy/moderate 42km (25 miles) & moderate/hard routes (46km (29 miles)

You can make this ride as easy or as difficult as you want. Choose either a straightforward out and back along the hard tracks of the Ridgeway and Imber Ranges Perimeter Paths or add in less frequented bridleways to explore some of the combes that cut into the northern edge of the Salisbury Plain.

Knap Hill, West Woods and Martinsell Hill

Moderate. Distance 20km (12.5 miles)

A mixture of forest tracks, minor roads and grassy ridgeway. This route offers a pleasant contrast between forest tracks of West Woods, and the wide open vistas of the Tan Hill Way, which overlooks the Vale of Pewsey from Martinsell Hill and the crests of Oare Hill, Golden Ball Hill and Knap Hills.

Bishopstone, the Ridgeway and Uffington White Horse

Moderate. Distance 25km(15.5 miles)

Reasonably good tracks, several steady climbs and some bumpier sections to test your stamina.

Tytherington and Great Ridge

Moderate. Distance 25km (15.5 miles)

One of the authors favorite areas of Wiltshire. Wild and solitary. A high proportion of grassy tracks plus some hard stony tracks.

Castle Combe and the Fosse Way

Moderate. Distance 33km (20.5 miles)

One for a dry day as the off roads are very heavy going when wet. A ride that takes the southern end of the Cotswolds with warm honey-coloured limestone oozing from every village and hamlet.

Pepperbox Hill and Nomansland

Moderate. Distance 32km (20 miles)

This SE corner of Wiltshire is unlike the rest of the county, and along the border with Hampshire has a New Forest feel to it. The woods here lie on sandstone rather than chalk, and in spring and early summer are colourful with purple rhododendron.

Along the Salisbury Ridgeways

Moderate. Distance 41km (25.5 miles)

This route follows two very well preserved ancient routes: the Shalston Drove and the Ox Drove.

Chitterne, Orcheston and Stonehanger

Moderate. Distance 38km (23.5 miles)

A mixture of hard stony tracks and grassy bridleways plus minor roads.

Avebury, Fyfield Down and Barbury Castle

Moderate. Distance 29km (18 miles)

A downland ride with one or two steady climbs.

Cherhill White Horse, Windmill Hill & Avebury

Moderate. Distance 29km (18 miles)

A route steeped in history and taking in some fine downland for good measure.

The Wansdyke and Tan Hill

Moderate. Distance 32km (20 miles)

A fine mountain biking route taking in some of the highest parts of the Wiltshire Downs.

Inkpen Hill, Tidcombe and Fosbury

Moderate/hard. Distance 35km (22 miles)

Good variety - ancient ridgeway, secluded combes, pretty villages, hamlets and wooded byways. Some good descents and climbs in and out of steep sided valleys.

White Sheet Hill and the Deverills

Moderate/hard. Distance 33km (20.5 miles)

This route takes in some of the best downland in south west Wiltshire, offering good riding and wide airy views.

Devizes, Roundway Down and Chittoe

Hard. Distance 30km (19 miles)

Not very hilly but lots of churned up bridleways that are pigs when wet!

Martin Down, Tollard Royal and Win Green

Hard. Distance 43km (26.5 miles)

Fine scenery and plenty of interest on this route with open chalkland, pretty villages, the woodlands of Cranborne Chase and Vernditch Chase, and the sweeping views from Pentridge Hill, Win Green and Ox Drove Ridgeway.

Megarides

Five suggestions for a challenging day out - strictly for fit and experienced mountain bikers!

Megaride 1: Great Ridge Grind

Hard - 48km (30 miles)

Megaride 2: Along the Ridgeway

Hard 45km (28 miles)

Megaride 3: Pewsey Down Explorer

Hard 45km (28 miles)

Megaride 4: Kennett Killer

Hard 56km (35 miles)

Megaride 5: Following the Northern Perimeter

Hard 70km or 74km (43 /46 miles)




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