Do it yourself
Rail links to the heart of Wiltshire are excellent. We took the 90-minute train ride from London Waterloo to Salisbury and reached our start point in Horningsham by car, but the nearest train station is Frome, just 10km away, which would take around three hours by train, costing between £35-£60 return from London.
We stayed at the Bath Arms in Horningsham. It’s a truly beautiful country pub on the Longleat Estate with a boutique hotel feel, and the homegrown or locally sourced food served in the restaurant is superb, both for dinner and pre-ride breakfast. It’s bike-friendly too, so ideal as a base from which to explore the area, and it’s the perfect place to relax when your ride is over.
Many thanks to Florence Wallace and David Andrews of Visit Wiltshire (visitwiltshire. co.uk), and especially David who also joined Cyclist for the day as our ride guide. Thanks also to David Peel, who drove the car for our photographer.