The Avon Cycleway was first launched in 1989 by Avon County Council and in 2013 the route was adopted as part of the National Cycle Network. The route is a large circuit around the City of Bristol, taking in several towns and villages, and conveniently linking to Route 4, the Bristol & Bath Cycle Path, Route 41, and other local routes into the city centre.
The cycleway can be divided into six sections to reflect the landscapes it passes through:
- Hills, a lake and view: Brockley to Salford via Chew Valley, taking in stone villages, dramatic Pensford viaduct and the stone circles at Stanton Drew. Very hilly! But with some lovely views.
- Railway and Industrial Heritage: Saltford to Iron Acton, following easy gradients along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path.
- Open commons and woodland: Iron Action to Cromhall, a sparsely populated section of the route with a sense of isolation.
- Estuary views: Cromhall via rolling unspoilt countryside and the solid historic small town of Thornbury to Littleton-on–Severn.
- Rhynes and small orchards: Littleton-on-Severn to Pill, a mainly flat section skirting Bristol’s industrial edgelands.
- Wooded hillsides and a bit of Somerset levels: Pill to Brockley, including Clevedon seafront and its impressive restored Victorian pier.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.