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Cycle Route

Bath Two Tunnels Circuit

The Hope and Anchor is ideally positioned for refreshments on the Bath Two tunnels cycle route which was opened in 2013.

This particular circular cycle route was created by combining that route with parts of the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route and the Colliers Way to create a fantastic 13 mile walking and cycling link between Central Bath, Midford, Monkton Combe and beyond.

The route takes you from the centre of historic Bath using National Route 244, National Route 24 and National Route 4, through two tunnels: the Devonshire Tunnel at Bloomfield and the Combe Down Tunnel at Combe Down, and over the spectacular Tucking Mill Viaduct and past the Dundas Aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal, until you are back alongside the River Avon, closely following it back into Bath.

The Combe Down Tunnel, at 1672 metres, is just over one mile, and is the UK’s and possibly Europe’s longest cycle and walking tunnel. Travelling through the Combe Down Tunnel for the first time is an incredible experience – take in the extraordinary audio-visual installation, Passage by United Visual Artists.

You can start this circular route at any access points along the circuit. A recommended start point is either Bath Spa station or Oldfield Park station. Both are a short ride from the route, which can ridden in either direction.

History

The two tunnels project was part of the Sustrans Connect 2 National Lottery funded project. It is one of the biggest of all the 84 projects across the UK. This project would not have become a reality without the incredibly dedicated Bath Two Tunnels group.

Route Details

  • From – To: River Avon, Central Bath circular
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Terrain: Railway Path, minor road and towpath; Sealed surface but loose gravel on towpath
  • Access: Bath Spa Train Station
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 244, 24 and 4

To read more about it please visit the Two Tunnels website.