GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bath Two Tunnels Greenway

11 miles (18.5 km)

This is a super, shared cycling and walking path making use of a disused railway path through Bath and the surrounding countryside. The path takes you through Bath and then on into some splendid Somerset countryside before following the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath and the River Avon back into Bath.
The circular route runs for about 12 miles following the disused railway trackbed of theSomerset and Dorset Joint Railwayfrom EastTwertonthrough the Bath suburb ofOldfield Parkto theDevonshire Tunnel. It then goes through LyncombeVale before entering theCombe Down Tunnel, and crossing Tucking Mill Viaduct nearMidford. The path is fairly flat making it suitable for families or anyone looking for a fairly easy cycle or walk.

Two Tunnels Greenway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Two Tunnels Greenway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

In Midford we recommend stopping off at the noteworthy Cross Keys. The pub has an interesting history, dating all the way back to the early 1700s when it began as a coaching house. There's an attractive interior withlog fires in the winter and a large beer garden outside in the summer. They have a great menu and are also very dog friendly with water and treats provided for your canine friend. It's also a great place for walkers with many local walking groups that start and end their walks at the inn. You can find the inn just west of the Coombe Down Tunnel at a postcode of BA2 5RZ for your sat navs.

The path passes the Kennet and Avon Canal where you can continue your exercise along the canal towpath. For example you could follow it east and visit Bradford on Avon while enjoying views of the River Avon. The Limestone Link also passes along the southern and eastern sections of the route. On the route look out for the impressive Dundas Aqueduct, a scheduled ancient monument with fine views from the top.

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Photos

Devonshire Tunnel portal on opening day

View of the Devonshire Tunnel portal in Bear Flat, Bath, on the opening day of the Two Tunnels Greenway. Photo taken back in 2013

Disused railway crosses railway - geograph.org.uk - 47837

Disused railway crosses railway. This bridge once carried the Bath to Bournemouth line of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway over the Bath to Bristol main line. The latter now has 125mph trains while the other closed in 1966.

Who's pinched my tunnel^^ - geograph.org.uk - 47843

This grassy glade in the southern suburbs of Bath marks the spot where the northern portal of the Somerset & Dorset Railway's Devonshire Tunnel once stood. It has now been buried by infilling the approach cutting. In the middle of the picture is a manhole which gives access to it so that occasional inspections can be carried out.

Bath To Midford 1903

Map of area between Bath and Midford, Somerset, showing route of Somerset And Dorset Joint Railway in 1903/04

Tucking Mill Viaduct - geograph.org.uk - 47849

Tucking Mill Viaduct

Dundas Aqueduct - geograph.org.uk - 94012

Dundas Aqueduct

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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