Where you can go Mountain Biking
There are several places in Wiltshire to go mountain biking. You can find out more information through the Cyclists Touring Club (CTC). There is also a very active Mountain Bike Club in Swindon called MB Swindon, who put on regular group rides for members.
Make sure you ride in areas where mountain biking is permitted. You can cycle on all the bridleways and byways in Wiltshire, and there are a few permissive paths as well.
- The Rights of Way map
- Permissive paths map – make sure you check whether walking or cycling is permitted on these Wiltshire paths
- Access Land – you can walk on access land without sticking to the paths, but cycling may not be permitted
The best locations in Wiltshire are:
The Croft Trail
The Croft Trail is managed and maintained by MB Swindon, but is open for all to use. Located off Pipers Way (opposite Nationwide HQ), you can find more information on the MB Swindon website.
The Tidworth Freeride Bike Park
The site is run by the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with CTC and Tidworth Freeride. CTC membership is required. The closest rail stations are Grately or Andover.
The Ridgeway National Trail
The Ridgeway is 87 miles (139km) through ancient landscapes, over rolling, open downland. It is largely made up of bridleways and byways in Wiltshire. The Trail starts by West Overton which is 9 miles north of Pewsey station. Another good access point is Barbury Castle which is 3 miles north-west of Marlborough.
The Coate to Marlborough railway path
This route is part of Sustrans network (Route 45 and Route 482) – this section runs mostly along the line of the former Swindon, Marlborough & Andover Railway. Find out more at Sustrans.
Cranbourne Chase AONB
There are a number of routes suitable for mountain bikes in the Cranbourne Chase AONB. Check the route description to see whether the routes are on-road or off-road.
You can also find out more about local routes from our cycling groups.
King Alfred’s Way
King Alfred’s Way is a 350km loop around historic Wessex including Salisbury Cathedral, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Avebury and iron age forts. This cross-country route can be ridden over a few days as a bike-packing trip. Please be aware that there are several sections that cross busy roads and we advise caution if you follow these routes, particularly the A30 near Old Malthouse Lane. We recommend dismounting and using the subway to cross the A303 at Countess Roundabout (a route which will be improved as part of Highways England’s A303 scheme).