Cycling near Bristol and Bath

For cyclists, The Avon cycleway is an 85 mile circular route taking in many picturesque villages, numerous historic landmarks and a variety of splendid landscapes. Downloadable maps are available from: Avon Cycleway, Cyclewest. Cycle west have detailed maps of leisure rides all over the west country including:

Bristol to Bath Railway Path

Length: 13 miles
Type: Disused railway line (traffic-free)
Access: Numerous along route (see map)
Refreshments: Pubs along the way, cafés at Staple Hill and Bitton
Links: Avon Cycleway, River Avon Trail

The Railway Path begins in central Bristol and travels through Mangotsfield, Warmley and Bitton before passing through Saltford to the outskirts of Bath.

You can join and leave the path at a number of places and tailor the distance to suit you.

Colliers Way

Route: Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome
Length: 17 miles
Type: Disused railway (traffic-free) and minor roads
Access: Numerous places to join (see map)
Refreshments: Visitor centre with refreshments at Dundas Aqueduct and pubs along route
Links: NCN route 26

There are a number of places to join if depending on how far you would like to cycle.

Kennet and Avon Canal Path

Route: Bath to Reading
Length: 84 miles ( Bath to Devizes 22 miles)
Type: Canal towpath and quiet rural roads
Links: Bristol to Bath railway path and Severn & Thames Cycle Route between Gloucester and Reading.

The historic canal links the Thames and the Bristol Channel, weaving through spectacular scenery between Reading and Bath. Cycling is permitted along the length of the canal, except for a short section near Froudes Bridge and Woolhampton.

Norton Radstock Greenway

Route: Radstock to Midsomer Norton
Length: 2 miles
Type: Disused railway (traffic-free)
Access: There are a number of places to join (see map)
Refreshments: Radco supermarket and Tea and Trade cafe
Links: Colliers Way

Ride to the North Somerset Coast

Route: Bristol to Portishead
Length: 11.5 miles (5.5 miles to Ham Green)
Type: A mix of traffic-free routes, purpose-built cycleways and quiet roads; some hills
Access: Various access points between Pill and Portishead
Refreshments: Available in both Portishead and Bristol at each end of the path
Links: Avon Cycleway (Regional Route 10)

River Avon Trail

Route: Pill to Hanham
Length: 12 miles (or 7 or 5 miles)
Type: Canal towpath and quiet rural roads
Access: There are numerous places to get onto the Trail including Pill Harbour, Princes Wharf, Castle Park, Conham and Hanham Weir.
Refreshments: Pubs at Hanham Weir
Links: Bristol and Bath Railway path

There is a choice of a 7 mile trip between Bristol and Pill Harbour or a 5 miles trip from Bristol to Hanham Weir.

Strawberry Line

Route: Yatton to Cheddar
Length: 8 miles
Type: Disused railway line (traffic-free) was originally built in 1869. The line closed in 1960 when it became part of the Cheddar Valley Railway Nature Reserve.
Access: Various access points along route
Refreshments: Pubs, cafes and Thatcher’s Cider Shop
Links: Avon Cycleway (Regional Route 10)

For a more gentle ride, we encourage you to use our bikes, free of charge to explore the local villages and parklands. For the more serious cyclists, we welcome you to use our secure storage facilities for your own bikes.