Largely tracing the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free cycling and walking path is perfect for novice cyclists and families, as well as walkers.
Starting just outside the city of Bath, the route extends from Limpley Stoke Valley in the north to Frome Valley in the south, taking you through the heart of some of the most beautiful Somerset countryside, and some of its prettiest villages.
The spectacular Dundas Aqueduct, which carries the Kennet & Avon canal over the River Avon, has a visitor centre with refreshments and other facilities including boat trips.
Radstock is home to the Radstock Museum, where you can find out about the long and fascinating history of mining and life in the Somerset Coalfields in the Victorian era.
Frome has a long history of creativity, and is home to a thriving community of artists and craftspeople. With more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset, there is plenty to explore, including a museum, 17th and 18th century housing and shopping.
There are several interesting artworks along the route, including a ‘Linear Orchard’ of English apple trees planted at intervals to highlight Somerset’s disappearing orchards, and to echo self-seeded trees along the route (as a result of apple cores being thrown from trains!). You will also find seven stacked boulders, reflecting the geological strata of the area and commemorating the pioneering work of the ‘Father of Geology’, William Smith, who mapped the rock types in the West of England in 1799, plotted the canal’s course, and lived in a nearby cottage at Tucking Mill.
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.