River Route & Cycleway

a blue river with white glare from the sun and green grass in the foreground

Temporary Closure of Black Bridge on Chippenham/Calne Cycle Route, NCN 403, from 15 November 2021

Black Bridge over the River Avon near Riverside Drive in Chippenham will be closed to all users from 15 November for up to two weeks. The length of closure will be weather dependent. This is to enable the bridge’s anti-skid surface to be renewed. There will be no access over the bridge for walkers or cyclists during the work, and the bridge will be barriered off. If the weather is fine and the work can proceed quickly the bridge will be opened early.

Cyclists will need to leave/join the cycle route at Studley Bridge and use Stanley Lane and London Road. Walkers will need to leave/join the cycle route at ST 9396:7342 and use public footpaths to the south or south-west to/from London Road. Those using the section of the cycle route to the west of Black Bridge only will still be able to access it using the zigzag path from Riverside Drive.

Apologies for any inconvenience.
If you have any questions please email rightsofway@wiltshire.gov.uk

View the map HERE.

The River Avon is a major feature of Chippenham running through surrounding countryside and the town centre itself.

The North Wiltshire Rivers Route (NCN403) is a cycle route that runs along the route of the Avon through the town and links with the Millenium cycleway providing a safe and attractive route to walk, jog and cycle between Chippenham and Calne, and also out towards Lacock area.

The Route

Please note horse riding is not permitted along any part of the cycle route.

On the following dates the Calne section of the River Route will be closed:

Thursday 4 November
Thursday 18 November
Thursday 2 December
Thursday 16 December
Thursday 30 December
Thursday 13 January 2022
Thursday 20 January 2022
Thursday 27 January 2022

From Chippenham Station (the cycleway is accessed via Monkton Park), the former track-bed passes over the River Avon at Black Bridge (now replaced by the metal cycle-bridge). Progressing further in the direction of Calne, there was a station at Stanley Bridge Halt (opened on 3rd April 1905 but no longer in existence). The track-bed climbed up over the former route of the Wilts & Berks Canal to Stanley.

Leaving Stanley, the route goes past the site of the former Cistercian Stanley Abbey, through Great Bodnage Copse, Searchers Wood and past the sewage farm. The route crosses the A4 road before reaching Black Dog Halt. Black Dog Halt and sidings enabled the Bowood Estate to benefit from the collection and distribution of goods for the House and for trade. Opened originally as a private station, it was not until 15th September 1952 that the Halt became a public station. The former Station Master’s House remains to this day a private dwelling and is visible when cycling or walking through the Halt towards Calne (on the left-hand side).

The final part of the route takes cyclists and walkers into Calne. The site of the Calne Station terminus can be evidenced only by the name of the current road – Station Road. Just along from Station Road is the starting point for those who want to commence the journey at Calne and travel towards Chippenham.

For more information on the route visit www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-403