Route: Bristol to Bath
Length: 13 miles
Type: Disused railway line (traffic-free)
The Bristol & Bath Railway Path runs between the centre of Bath and Bristol along a disused railway line. The route is 13 miles in total and the path is designed for use by both walkers and cyclists. The path runs through Bitton, Saltford, Warmley and Mangotsfield before reaching Bristol and there are plenty of access points meaning you can join or leave the route at any point.
The Two Tunnels project in Bath is part of sustainable transport charity Sustrans national cycle initiative Connect2. The project began in 2007 after successfully gaining £1million in lottery funding to help develop cycle and walking routes around the Bath area. The Two Tunnels Greenway will occupy the route of the former S&D railway which runs between Bath & Midford, passing through the Devonshire Tunnel and The Combe Down Tunnel, as well as Lyncombe Vale and the Linear Way.
The Kennet & Avon Canal runs for 84 miles between Bath and Reading, linking the Bristol Channel to the Thames. Cycling is permitted along the length of the canal path, with the exception of a small section near to Woolverhampton. Cyclists in Bath can follow the path between Bristol and Bath (the 16 mile Bristol & Bath Path) as well as between Bath and Devizes (22 miles). The canal offers some fantastic scenery for walkers and cyclists alike, including two impressive aqueducts at Dundas and Avoncliff.
Route: Bath to Reading
Length: 84 miles ( Bath to Devizes 22 miles)
Type: Canal towpath and quiet rural roads
Route: Circuit around Bath & Bristol
Length: 85 miles (Made up of 13 shorter routes)
Type: Cycle paths and quiet rural roads
The Avon Cycleway is a network of cycle routes around Bath, Bristol and Somerset. There is a circuit of 85 miles in total made up of 13 shorter linking routes, mostly on quiet country lanes and cycle paths. The Avon Cycleway is one of the oldest cycle routes in the area, established before the National Cycle Network.
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