Route 403

Route Description

National Route 403 crosses the North Wessex Downs and Savernake Forest, linking Chippenham to Marlborough and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

The route starts in Great Bedwyn and travels through the North Wessex Downs Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty which includes the 4,500 acre Savernake Forest. Running right through the middle of the Forest is Capability Brown's 'Grand Avenue'. This avenue of beech trees - now a Private Road - was laid out in the late 1790's, and at just over 4 miles long it stands in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest Avenue in Britain.

The route takes you through the lovely market town of Marlborough, that sits on the banks of the River Kennet, and out past Totterdown Woods.  From here the route passes Avebury and Calne before arriving in the bustling town of Chippenham.  The route continues on to Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village, a country house once home to William Henry Fox Talbot. 

Travelling onto Melksham through the King George V Park the route arrives in Semington where it joins with Route 4 and the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Route Details

Distance: 41 miles

Access: Great Bedwyn, Melksham and Chippenham all have Train Stations 

Type: Mainly on road, with some short traffic free sections. 

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Latitude: 
51.41633810640057
Longitude: 
-1.880035400390625
Zoom level: 
11
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National Route 403 crosses the North Wessex Downs and Savernake Forest, linking Chippenham to Marlborough and the Kennet & Avon Canal.