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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 403, 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.


Waymark: National Cycle Route 4 signage
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: National Cycle Route 4 signage
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
World Heritage Site
Start: ST907640 - Melksham, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SU102699 - Avebury, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Chippenham Town Council - Chippenham Leisure & Recreation Wilts & Berks Canal Towpath


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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OS Landranger Active 173
OS Explorer 156, 157
OS Explorer Active 156, 157

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Route Profile:

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

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