The River Thames at Lechlade is within easy reach of Swindon – just a 13-mile ride, mostly flat and on quiet roads. Head east out of town via Greenbridge to South Marston. From here, follow the lane to Roves Farm, itself a lovely destination for a family ride. There’s a café here for a rest.
The gravel track that heads north leads you to Sevenhampton, emerging by the church. Turn right, crossing the B road, which eventually takes you onto another B road for Coleshill (watch for fast traffic here). Turn left by the pub for a lovely lane that heads towards Lechlade. There’s one final burst of A road before your destination, but once you’re past the Thames it’s not too busy.