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Wessex Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: WOESG7A

Tour Overview

The Wessex tour explores the counties of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire and the biking routes showcase a tremendous variety of spectacular landscapes. The limestone hills, gorges and caves of the Mendips, the low-lying meadows and moors of the Somerset Levels, the beautiful valley of the River Wylye, the vast expanse of Salisbury Plain, the tranquil beauty of the Vale of Pewsey and the sweeping Marlborough Downs are each explored in turn.

In addition to the beauty of the landscape, the region is rich in history, legend and folklore. The prehistoric sites of Stonehenge and Avebury are in Wiltshire, while Camelot, the legendary court of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, was sited close to Glastonbury in Somerset. Amongst the numerous architectural treasures are the cathedrals of Wells and Salisbury, Longleat House, Wilton House and Lacock Abbey. Wiltshire is also particularly renowned for the frequency of UFO sightings and the appearances of crop circles.

Starting out from the beautiful city of Bath, you head first along the traffic-free Two Tunnels NCN route, the head east through the village of Hinton Charterhouse.   From there you ride through the picturesque Longleat Estate before arriving in Heytesbury.  The next morning your ride takes you through the valley of the River Wylye, passing through countless quaint villages, before arriving in the historic Salisbury for a two-night stopover.  There a various great loop options available here, but you may want to take time to visit Salisbury Cathedral or nearby Stonehenge.

From Salisbury you head  toward Amesbury, where you can stop for a bite to eat.   You then ride north, continuing to follow the River Avon through a series of villages to Upavon, where you bear west, bypassing Pewsey and following a series of quiet country lanes to Devizes, for another two night stopover.  Again, there are several loop options available from here, with varying difficulty.  Potential stops can include the ancient site of Avebury, Marlborough and the Kennet and Avon Canals.  Your final ride from Devizes takes you west, where you have a couple of options in getting back to Bath for your final night.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • The Kennet and Avon Canal cycleway
  • Bradford-on Avon Tithe Barn
  • Stourhead House and Gardens
  • Longleat House and Estate
  • The beautiful Wylye Valley and its picture postcard villages
  • Wilton House
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Stonehenge
  • The stone circles at Avebury
  • Lacock Village and Lacock Abbey


  • Somerset Ride
  • Wells Cathedral
  • Wessex Road
  • Wiltshire Chalk Horse
  • Wookey Hole


  • To lengthen the tour, consider spending an extra night or two in the lovely city of Bath.


Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Bath - - - -  
2 Bath Heytesbury 58 782     Kennet and Avon Canal Path, Bradford-on-Avon, Longleat House, Shearwater
3 Heytesbury Salisbury 31 166   Wylye Valley, Wilton House, Salisbury
4 Salisbury Salisbury 54 523 Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Woodhenge
5 Salisbury Devizes 58 425     Salisbury Plain, Vale of Pewsey, Pewsey White Horse
6 Devizes Devizes 61 498 Avebury, Marlborough, Savernake Forest
7 Devizes Bath 42 365 Kennet and Avon Canal Path, Lacock Abbey, Castle Combe, Bathhampton

Day-by-Day Summary

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
Basic cost per person sharing 740*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 245
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 135
Road Bike 225

Pannier Rental 10
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 295
Each additional person 20

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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