Castles Bike Ride - Sunday 4th June 2017

The Route

  • Event Date: Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Start Time: 10am
  • Start point: Croft Sports Centre, Old Town in Swindon, Wiltshire.
  • Mountain Bike Distance Options: 10, 20 or 30 Miles Approx.
  • Road Bike Route 23 miles (See below)
  • Registration Fee from £12 for adults
  • Special Family Tickets and Child Prices
  • Register Online
Come and join us and hundreds of others on Sunday 4th June for an exciting day out in the countryside and enjoy mountain biking at its best on the popular Ridgeway route and surrounding areas of Swindon.

On the day riders can choose between three distance options, Approx 30 Miles, 20 Miles or 10 Miles, all follow the Ridgeway along ancient byways, tracks and bridle ways in a scenic loop of the Downs. 

The routes are clearly marked and marshalled, with light refreshments provided along the route.

And New This Year - Our New Road Bike Event the Mac Snap Challenge

We used to be asked if the Castles Bike Ride is suitable for road bikes and we have had to say "No".  But this year it will be "YES" as we are putting on a route just for you roadies out there.  Our Road Bike only route is based on a challenging Sky Ride route designed by Lew Lawton.  The 26 miles uses many of the road sections of the Castles Bike Ride but keeps you firmly on the tarmac and has a few challenges including the (in)famous Snap Hill from on the Ogbourne St George to Aldbourne Road.  Water only will be available in Ogbourne St George just before the hill.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support people affected by cancer, like the 9 people every day that are diagnosed with cancer in Wiltshire.

Please note that the routes shown here are provisional.  They are subject to changes as we review them in light of comments from the Highway and other authorities.

Final routes and associated GPX files will be posted here before the event if we are able to do so.  Maps of the final routes will be displayed at the event HQ on the day.  Please make sure you check the maps before you set off.

View the routes

On your GPS

Download the routes onto your GPS device in GPX file formats. 

Click your chosen route below (Right Click , Save Target As) :

On Google Maps

Below are quick previews of the routes likely to be used for 2017, if you wish to familiarise yourself with the ride before the 4th June.

Short Route


Medium Route


Long Route

To view the long route in Google Maps click here

23 Mile Road Bike Route

All routes are subject to change if weather or other unforeseen conditions make parts of the route unsafe.