Pilgrim: Cycle Ride
Start at St Giles' church car park
From the church car park, with the church in front of you, follow the redway to the right, that takes you back towards Portishead Drive. Go over Portishead Drive and across the footbridge that takes you over Snelshall Street.
Follow the redway to your left
After crossing over the bridge follow the redway to your left. After a short distance turn left to cross over Priestly Drive and join a pathway that takes you downhill to Tattenhoe Valley Park, past a striking veteran pollarded ash tree on your right, a large pond on your left until the pathway reaches a junction.
Turn right along the brook
Turn right here, the brook will be in front of you at this junction and then on your left as you cycle along Tattenhoe Valley Park. Follow this path along the valley, right to the edge of the park.
Right up the grassy track
At the end of the park, take a right turn, uphill, along a grass track through a wide grassed area with hedgerows either side. The track then narrows to join an old bridleway and is part of the Midshires Way and the Swans Way.
Onto Shenley Road
This narrow track comes out on to the Shenley Road, with Kingsmead to your right. Cycle along a short section of the Shenley Road and then turn left to re-join the Swans Way pathway. This time the track is wider. After you have passed Briary Plantation to your left and a footpath that leads to the village of Whaddon, the earthwork remains of Snelshall Priory lie in fields on the edge of the city to your left. Continue straight ahead however, passing the ancient meadow of Oxley Mead on your right. Continue along the track until you reach Oakhill Wood to your left.
Right onto the redway
Turn right at the first redway you see after reaching the wood and continue along this redway, with Oxley Park to your right. Follow the redway over the footbridge which passes over Tattenhoe Street. Shenley Wood will now be on your left. Keep going along this redway that follows the boundary of the ancient woodland. When you reach the corner of the wood, Foxcovert Road will be in front of you. At this corner is an ancient oak tree.
Down past Westbury Arts Centre
Turn right here and cycle along Foxcovert Road, downhill, with Westbury Arts Centre to your right and re-join the redway on the right that takes you parallel to Childs Way, which is on your left.
Left through the underpass
Turn left down into the underpass going underneath Childs’s way, then turn right going underneath Tattenhoe Street to bring you up parallel once more, but on the other side of, Childs Way. There will be allotments on your left. Continue along the redway until you meet Powis Lane.
Left into Powis Lane
Turn left into Powis Lane and at the end of the lane turn left and over Cranbourne Avenue on to the redway that circles the cricket green. Follow the redway around the cricket green then turn left, still along the redway in the direction of Chaffron Way and the shops. The redway takes you through Westcroft, a play area will be on your right before you cross over Wimborne Crescent, with the shopping area to your left and then you cycle downhill and under Chaffron Way.
Around Howe Park Wood
After you exit this underpass Howe Park Wood will appear on your left. Follow the redway, with the ancient woodland on your left until just before you reach the Passive House, on your left, on Hengistbury Lane.
Through the orchard
Turn right here, through a small orchard and go straight along the pathway that takes you past medieval fishponds, on either side and back to St Giles Church. The car par where we began is on your right.