Bristol and Bath Railway Path
This lovely cycle or walk takes you along a disused railway line with its series of charming stations. Starting in the historic city of Bristol you will pass through Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and then Warmley where the station platform contains a cafe - perfect for a stop for refreshments.
The route then takes you along the Avon Valley Railway and past Bitton railway station which also has a cafe.
The final delightful section takes you along the River Avon and into the historic city of Bath.
To extend the ride you can pick up the Kennet and Avon Canal in Bath. There's more easy cycling to be enjoyed along the flat towpath here.
See the Bristol Cycle Routes page for more cycling ideas in and around the city.
Bristol and Bath Railway Path Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bristol and Bath Railway Path Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bristol and Bath Railway Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bristol and Bath Railway Path Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Warmley Waiting Room is a good choice for a pit stop on the route. It's located in the original waiting room of the old Warmley Railway Station. There are also outdoor seating areas which include the gardens, summerhouse and on the platform itself. They serve substantial meals and some particularly delicious home made cakes. You can find the cafe at roughly the half way point on the route at a postcode of BS30 5JB for your sat navs.
The path makes for a pleasant dog walk but please keep them on a lead or under close control because of the cyclists. The Warmley cafe mentioned above welcomes dog walkers.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the west of Bath you will pass close to the village of Newton St Loe. The pretty village is worth a small detour from the route if you have time. It includes the attractive Newton College and Newton Park where there's an 18th-century landscaped garden, designed by the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown. There's also a historic 18th century country house and a fine 17th century pub to see too.
Just to the east of the path at Saltford you'll find the little village of Kelston where you can pick up the Kelston Roundhill Walk. This popular walk takes you up to an ancient barrow where there are wonderful views to the Wiltshire Downs, the Mendip Hills and the Black Mountains of Wales.
In Bristol there's the Bristol Triangular City Walk and the Bristol Circular River Walk to explore the city's highlights.