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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Blunsdon to Marlborough and Aldbourne Loop|
|Distance : miles (km)||48.96 (78.79)|
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|This is a road route, mainly on country roads, but with elements of A and B roads, especially towards the finish.
Leave Blunsdon, heading across the A419 on the A4311, then turn right, off the A4311 onto Lady Lane. Follow Lady lane left around the track, through the roundabout at Blunsdon St Andrew and onto Tadpole Lane. Follow Tadpole Lane and the signs for Purton to the B4553 crossroads.
Go straight across the crossroads onto Packhorse Lane, B4553, still heading towards Purton. As the B4553 sweeps right, take the left hand turn, off the B4553 and onto Cricklade Road, still heading for Purton. Follow the road into Purton.
In Purton sweep right onto the High Street and follow this to the bottom of the High Street where it sweeps left, becomes Restrop Road, and heads towards Wootton Bassett. Follow the road through Greatfield and Hook, over the M4 and on till the A3102 roundabout.
At the roundabout, go straight across onto the A3102, and follow this into Wootton Bassett High Street. At the traffic lights, opposite Lloyds Bank towards the Old Nic pub, turn left, off the A3102 and onto Station Road.
Follow Station Road as it sweeps right and at the bottom of the hill take the road straight over, Marlborough Road, signposted Broadtown, over the railway bridge. The first big hill is here and its a toughie!!!
Follow this road through Broadtown and Broad Hinton, turning right off Broad Hinton High Street onto Summers Lane. Follow this road to the A4361, main Swindon - Devizes crossroads.
At the crossroads go right onto the A4361 and then first left off again. Go up to the big hill and follow the road through Rockley into Marlborough on Free's Avenue. Continue till the T junction.
At the junction, turn left onto The Common, then right (careful - busy road) onto Herd Street, A346. Follow the A346 for a few hundred yards, then go left, sign posted Ramsbury, onto St Martins.
Follow the road as it sweeps right and left through Mildenhall, continues on through Axford, and then turns sharp left. With about 2 miles to go to Ramsbury, take the left fork in the road, heading you away from Ramsbury and towards Aldbourne. This is a bit of a slog and exposed to the elements. Follow the road to the crossroads, where you turn right onto Hilldrop Lane, then first left off again. This road then leads you to enter Aldbourne on Soutward Lane.
As you arrive in Aldbourne, on Soutward Lane, you descend down a steep hill, turn right onto Farm Lane, and follow the road to the water pump. Turn left onto South Street, B4192, and as it sweeps left, take the turn off to the right. Folloe this to the T junction and turn right (sign posted Baydon), onto Oxford Street. Follow the road down for about 300 yards and then you will see a left fork, before the steep hill (phew!), signposted to Swindon. Take this turn off onto Lottage Road.
Follow this road out of Aldbourne and down to the very end onto a T Junction. At the junction, turn left and go through the tunnel under the M4. Continue on this road till the crossroads.
At the crossroads, where the Sheppard's Rest used to be, turn right and follow the signposts towards Hinton Parva. Keep following this undulating road past Hinton Parva, through Bishopstone, Idstone, and then finally into Ashbury (nice place to stop for a pint).
At the first T junction, turn left onto Chapel Road, which swings right to an offset crossroads, just past the White Heart. Turn left, onto Station Road, B4000, down the hill, which is steep and fast and signposted to Shrivenham.
Follow the B4000, with a kink across the railway bridge, to Shrivenham.
In Shrivenham, follow the B4000 as it swings right onto Townsend Road, and then after 100 yards swing left onto Highworth Road. Follow the B4000 across the bridge over the A420 and down to the B4508 junction on the right. Take care in the 'big' dip on this road. Although you have the priority, cars may not see you if you are approaching at 40mph. They may therefore join the B4000 from the B4508 and cut across your path. Continue to follow the B4000, as it swings left here, towards Highworth.
As you arrive in Highworth take the second exit off the A361 roundabout, onto Swindon Street, A361. Follow this to the staggered crossroads and turn left at the lights, off the A361 and onto Cricklade Road, B4019, heading for Swindon.
Follow the B4019 back to the start point at Blunsdon.
Follow this road back to Swindon and there is a pub along here called the Freke Arms and they do nice food and well kept local brews!
This road spits you out by the Blunsdon Stadium where you started.
IN ICY WEATHER DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ROUTE. THE ROAD BETWEEN BROADTOWN AND MARLBOROUGH WHICH CROSSES THE RIDGEWAY IS VERY EXPOSED AND AS SUCH IS OFTEN CLOSED.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Broad Hinton - White Horse
Hackpen Hill - White Horse