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National Cycle Route 4 signageNorth Wiltshire Rivers Route

40 km / 25 miles

The North Wiltshire Rivers Route, which is part of National Cycle Route 4, is now complete. It is a footpath/ cycleway linking Melksham, Lacock, Chippenham, Calne, Cherhill and Avebury. Further to the West it links with Bradford on Avon, Bath, Bristol and Gloucester, and to the East with Marlborough, Newbury, Reading and London.

Much of the route follows traffic free paths through a diverse natural landscape and near to monuments, sites of historic interest, industrial archaeology, public art and other attractions. The route runs through the historic centres of Calne and Chippenham, where it forms part of the local town cycle/ walking network. It crosses three spectacular bridges (including the first Millennium Bridge in the UK), each of which is specifically designed to enhance its location.

The final section of the North Wiltshire Rivers Route, linking Chippenham with Reybridge, Lacock and Melksham opened in 2004. It is an extremely beautiful route, passing through the spectacular landscape alongside the River Avon and the Wilts & Berks Canal, currently being restored by volunteers. It is a great way to get to Lacock, and to destinations further afield.

Photograph: Bridge over Wilts and Berks Canal, Castle Field Park, Calne.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: National Cycle Route 4 signage Waymark: National Cycle Route 4 signage
Attributes: Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; River; World Heritage Site
ST907640 - Melksham, Wilts
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SU102699 - Avebury, Wilts
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Web Sites: North Wiltshire Rivers Route
  Wilts & Berks Canal Towpath Project

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet: North Wiltshire Rivers Route (North Wiltshire District Council)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 173
OS Landranger Active: 173
OS Explorer: 156157
OS Explorer Active: 156157

Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Wessex Ridgeway; White Horse Trail; White Horse Trail via Wansdyke
Other Paths: Celtic Way; Great Stones Way; Great Stones Way Avebury Loop; Land's End Trail; Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath
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Route Profile:

40.4 Km (25.1 miles)
364 m (1,194 ft) ascent
178 m (584 ft)  maximum height