Stage 3: Warminster to Marlborough — Wessex Ridgeway
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
382 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
June 18, 2020
The third and final stage of the Wessex Ridgeway, you’ll ride from the town of Warminster to magnificent Marlborough today, passing through the village of Avebury, home to many prehistoric features, and the start of the Ridgeway route (komoot.com/collection/899679).
A little shorter and much less hilly than the previous stages, that might come as a relief with tired legs! You’ll spend the first part of the stage skirting the edge of the Imber Range, a military firing range that’s usually closed to the public. This gives you plenty of fun singletrack and incredible gravel roads that are pretty deserted as you follow the edge.
Pass through Urchfont village as you leave the range behind you heading north, onto lanes, connecting bridleways and a short stint along the Kennet and Avon canal into Devizes. If you’re a fan of beer and brewery tours you’ll love this little town, and the large brick building of Wadworth Brewery.
Head back out into the countryside up Roundway Hill, taking the bridleways into historic Avebury. It’s well worth taking your time to hop off the bike and explore the stone circle and nearby West Kennet Long Barrow here. There are some little cafes and gift shops too in the village.
Soon after Avebury, ‘the Ridgeway’, that starts here, and the Wessex Ridgeway trails split. The former heads off north over Barbury Castle Iron Age Fort, while the Wessex Ridgeway reaches its conclusion in the delightful market town of Marlborough. You’ll find many places to celebrate with lunch or afternoon tea here, after descending over the gorgeous Fyfield Down into the town.
June 19, 2020