Cycling Guide: Old Sarum - Stonehenge - Woodhenge
From the site of the original Salisbury cathedral, to the atmospheric Neolithic sites of Stonehenge and Woodhenge, this route is ideal for those who want a lengthy cycle through the Wiltshire countryside and 5000 years of history.
This suggested course makes strong use of the Wiltshire Cycle Way, which runs from Old Sarum all the way up to Amesbury. You may find other paths on the way but be aware that not all will be suitable for road bikes.
Please check the individual site pages for the latest information regarding facilities and opening hours.
- DISTANCE – Approximately 17 miles (27.4 km) one way, or 27 miles (43.5 km) with a return trip.
- TIME – Approximately two hours one way, or three and a half hours with a return trip.
- TERRAIN – Mostly paved surfaces and relatively flat, this route makes use of the Wiltshire Cycle Way up to West Amesbury.
- DIFFICULTY – Intermediate/Enthusiast. Good fitness and road experience is recommended (the latter due to a section on the often busy A303).
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EXPLORE OLD SARUM
Site of the original Salisbury, this mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark during 5000 years of history.
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Dating from about 2500 BC, markers now replace rings of timber posts, which once possibly supported a ring-shaped building. Discovered in 1925 when rings of dark spots were noticed in a crop of wheat.
Our suggested route starts at Old Sarum – a site with over 2,000 years of history, during which the Romans, Normans and Saxons all left their mark on the landscape. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral, conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte, and discover the Iron Age hill fort where it all began.
0.1 MILES | 0.2 KMTURN LEFT ON TO A345
Leave Old Sarum and turn left on to the A345. Follow the road for a short distance and take the first left, which will loop you around to a T-junction. Turn left on to Phillips Lane and follow for about half a mile / 5 minutes.
1.4 MILES | 2.3 KMJOIN THE WILTSHIRE CYCLE WAY
Turn right on to section 7 of the Wiltshire Cycle Way (running from Salisbury to Amesbury). Follow the signs and continue along this peaceful, scenic route for around 3 miles.
4.5 MILES | 7.2 KMTURN RIGHT TO STAY ON THE WILTSHIRE CYCLE WAY
Continue on the Wiltshire Cycle Way for 3.5 miles (taking approximately 20 minutes) until you reach a T-junction.
7.9 MILES | 12.7 KMTURN LEFT ON TO STONEHENGE ROAD
Leave the Wiltshire Cycle Way. At the T-junction, follow the brown signs for Stonehenge and turn left on to the aptly-named Stonehenge Road.
8.5 MILES | 13.7 KMJOIN THE A303
This section of the route is much busier, so be mindful of road traffic as you merge on to the A303. As you follow the road, you'll start to see your first glimpses of Stonehenge in the distance ahead to your right.
11 MILES | 17.7 KMTURN THE 3RD EXIT AT THE ROUNDABOUT
Take the 3rd exit to turn right and join the A360 toward the Stonehenge car park and visitor centre. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit once again to enter the site.
You've arrived! Take in the unforgettable atmosphere of perhaps the world's most famous prehistoric monument. You can also explore the exhibition in the visitor centre to discover how the Stonehenge builders worked, and walk amongst the Neolithic houses to experience how they lived.
12 MILES | 19.3 KMEXIT STONEHENGE, TURN RIGHT
When you’ve finished exploring, leave Stonehenge and turn right on to the B3086.
13.1 MILES | 21.1 KMTURN RIGHT ON TO THE PACKWAY
At the crossroads, turn right on to The Packway and follow for about 2 miles.
15 MILES | 24.1 KMTURN RIGHT ON TO WILLOUGHBY ROAD
Leave The Packway and turn off right on to Willougby Road. Follow this narrowing road until you see signs for Fargo Road ahead.
15.4 MILES | 24.8 KMTURN LEFT ON TO FARGO ROAD
Follow this quiet road as it twice kinks right to left and - after about a mile and a half - Woodhenge will appear on your right.
You've arrived! Woodhenge is a Neolithic site built around 2500BC. It was discovered by aerial photography in 1925, when rings of dark spots were spotted in a crop of wheat. Today, concrete markers show the positions of the timber posts.
For a return trip to Old Sarum, follow the A350 south in to Amesbury. Turn right on to the High St and follow the road around the corner as the street becomes Church Street and then Stonehenge Road. Take the next left turn and you will be back on the Wiltshire Cycle Way heading south toward Salisbury/Old Sarum.
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