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Big new riverside development in Bradford on Avon - far too much space for cars and absolutely no sign of any cycle facilities.

Big new riverside development in Bradford on Avon - far too much space for cars and absolutely no sign of any cycle facilities.

Big new riverside development in Bradford on Avon - absolutely no sign of any cycle facilities.

The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, Bradford on Avon

The Kennet and Avon canal towpath, Bradford on Avon

No cycling Location: Mortimer Street, Trowbridge.

Racks on a disused platform at Chippenham station.

Racks on a disused platform.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. A typical Cotswold village, big houses and big cars, and this one has two pubs.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. Enterring the Cotswolds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotswolds

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. We met as many bikes as cars along this road - but it was a Sunday.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. Quite a muddy surface, but a very quiet road.

Wide ramps on this bridge over Chippenham's bypass. A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

Wide ramps on this bridge over Chippenham's bypass. A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

This bridge over Chippenham's bypass has pleasing wide ramps and no annoying chicanes. A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A rising bollard keeps all but "Bus permit holders only" from using this Industrial Estate access.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. Looks like a dead end but there's a bridge over this Chippenham by-pass.

"Advisory Crossing point Give way to motor vehicles" - so not expecting any bikes then? :-) A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. Parked cars make passing on-coming traffic narrow and uncomfortable here.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Biddestone. Parked cars make passing on-coming traffic narrow and uncomfortable here.

The cycle route goes through a fairly new housing development.

This railway bridge is a bit of a gateway to Chippenham.

It looks like this one-way street has a pavement, but there is no kerb. The surface is just a different colour and there's a white line and double-yellow line.

This day time road closure goes a long way to reducing the car dominance of Chippenham. When there is a busy market on (e.g. #34806) asking cyclists to give way to pedestrians or to dismount is probably OK, but banning them at other time ... [more]

Ramp down from the old railway route.

This cattle grid has been covered over but there is one a little further along which is rather severe for bikes.

This fence made a useful workstand for fixing a puncture.

This gateway feature is a little too awkward to get through for a start to a cycle route. The mobility scooter waited patiently for us to pass.

Leaving Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. A faded no cycling sign in a shopping street.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. The spell checker suggested 'Calmer' for Calne. We found it anything but, dominated by this very busy road with heavy goods vehicles.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. Route out of Calne to the left passing the town hall.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. After the tranquility of the cycle route suddenly a very busy road in the middle of Calne. This pavement gets narrower and narrower towards the bridge and this part of the town is totally dominate ... [more]

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. We mistakenly took this footbridge which put us on a busy road.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. A bridge over the Calne arm of the long disused Wilts & Berks canal, see http://wbct.org.uk/

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. A floral gateway to Calne with cattle grid.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. A superb cycle bridge.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. The sign warns that: "The cycleway will be CLOSED to all traffic between Blackdog and Stanley every THURSDAY from 9am to 3:30pm from November to February inclusive."

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. The railway path breaks for a short on-road section.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. A splendid bridge with viewing platform over the River Avon.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. Noble effort seems to have been made here to accommodate riding up this embankment to the old railway line. The wooden wall is pinned back and you can feel it straining.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. Quite a steep and windy zig zag up to the old railway line.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. Path rather narrow here, but riding surface OK.

A nicely generous chicane - but probably like this to help mobility scooters as this path is no cycling.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne. We later discovered that this leg is no-cycling.

A bike ride from Chippenham to Calne.

Chippenham is at a bend on the river.

Bikes parked near the road closure for the market.

Chippenham's High Street is closed to traffic for a street market.

Cycology bike shop in Chippenham http://www.cycologybikes.co.uk/ 01249 461997

Tomorrow I'm going to ride around until I get stopped and claim that my wedding ring is bullion.

Rudimentary cycle parking at a play area

A steep descent to a narrow gate and a railway crossing.

Choke point on a popular route across the Avon, Bradford on Avon.

No cycling on the recreation ground, Bradford on Avon - although it would provide some very useful routes.

NCN routes 45 and 403 leaving Avebury past the tourist information centre

NCN route 403 passing through Avebury (no through route for motor vehicles)

Sensible use of a bus stop signpost!

NCN routes 4 and 403 on the south side of Marlborough

NCN routes 4 and 403 heading west from Marlborough

NCN routes 4 and 403 heading west from Marlborough

NCN routes 4 and 403 heading west from Marlborough

Perfectly cycleable, with care.

Cyclists certainly need to beware pedestrians here, but there's no need for a cycling ban.

Unnecessary cycle ban on a useful link in Marlborough.

Dropped kerbs and parking restrictions needed to open up this link to Marlborough Leisure Centre for cycling.

Cycle parking is provided at Marlborough Leisure Centre - a shame there's almost none in the town centre!

Signs for bike shop in Marlborough

Much more cycle parking is needed in Marlborough

Waitrose is supporting the Marlborough Climate Pledge - how about putting in some cycle parking then?

Cut-through from High St, Marlborough

Cycling is not encouraged in Marlborough

One of Marlborough's two fine churches

Entering Marlborough from the east on NCN route 254

Useful bridleway down the east side of Marlborough

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