Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Flat, traffic-free and lined with greenery - it’s no wonder the Bristol and Bath Railway Path is so popular. It’s used by people walking, cycling, running and has disabled access too. The Bristol and Bath Path itself is ideal for a day out, or you can use it to travel between these two great cities.

The immensely popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path provides a mainly tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities.

Its 13 miles are completely traffic-free and almost entirely flat as it runs along a disused railway line.

The Bristol and Bath Path is ideal for a leisurely day out with friends or family.

You can cycle both ways, or if you’re feeling tired you can easily take the train as both Bath and Bristol have stations close to the start of the path.

This route connects the hip city of Bristol (currently receiving plaudits for its innovative food scene) with Bath’s more sedate Georgian grandeur.

In Bath, you can visit the famous Roman Baths which give the city its name or simply admire the handsome streets of the only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along the route, you'll find ideal stopping points for drinks and snacks at Bitton and Warmley Stations, or you could enjoy a pub lunch at Saltford.

The path also features a variety of sculptures (including a drinking giant) and working steam engines at the old train station at Bitton.

The route was also the first major project undertaken by Sustrans.

Important notice about this route

There will be intermittent closures on the Bristol end of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path until summer 2022.

This is to enable the construction of path improvements between Trinity Street and Clay Bottom.

Please note that there will be signposted diversions in place during the closures. These may require some on-road cycling.

Find out more about the project and details of the closures and diversions.


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Please note

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.

Please help us to protect this route

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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