The Marlborough Downs and Savernake Forest provide some of the best cycling opportunities in the country!
Use the Parklands Hotel as your base for exploring this beautiful and historic area. Guests can take advantage of
- Our special Packed Lunch
- Cycle Storage
- Cycle collection
- Our local knowledge, ideas and maps
- Drying room and storage
- Hearty evening meals
Off-road 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.
The network of well-maintained routes allows you to enjoy the peace of ‘off-roading’ at your own pace and in harmony with the countryside. Friendly country pubs and village shops are never far away and can supply all your daily needs. Many of Wiltshire’s attractions and most scenic towns and villages (such as Longleat, Stourhead, Lacock and Marlborough) are accessible from the Wiltshire Cycleway, which connects many of the off-road routes. Away from the high profile attractions, you can be sure that your peace will not be disturbed by crowds of other cyclists; Wiltshire’s magnificent countryside remains a largely undiscovered secret.
The Kennet and Avon Towpath Cycle Routes
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 Kennet and Avon Cycle Route is an 84-mile mainly traffic-free cycle route between Reading and Bath, which passes through Wiltshire’s beautiful countryside.
The cycle route follows National Cycle Network Route 4, the full length of which extends from London to St David’s on the Pembrokeshire coast. Along the central section of the canal between Marsh Benham and Devizes in Wiltshire, the towpath is less suitable for cycling and cyclists can continue between these points following the Route 4 signs on quiet roads before rejoining the canal towpath east of Devizes. A number of shorter routes using the towpath have also been devised.