Route 24 of the National Cycle Network runs from Bath through Radstock, Frome, Warminster and Salisbury to join Route 23 at Eastleigh in Hampshire.
Route 24 starts in the Georgian grandeur of Bath, the only UK city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Bath, you can visit the famous Roman Baths which give the city its name or simply admire its handsome streets and interesting shops.
The route is open and signed between Bath and Wilton, between Quidhampton and Romsey, and between North Baddesley and Eastleigh. The two unopened sections are very short. Wiltshire Council and Sustrans are currently working on proposals to complete the unopened sections but there is no timescale for completion yet.
Route 24 includes a section from Bath to Midford called the Bath Two Tunnels. This section runs through the stunning Combe Down Tunnel. At an impressive 1,672 metres, it is just over one mile long and is the UK's longest cycling and walking tunnel. Travelling through the Combe Down Tunnel for the first time is an incredible experience, heightened by the extraordinary audio-visual installation, Passage by United Visual Artists.
Route 24 travels along the Colliers Way. This cycling and walking path between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome makes use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes to take you through picturesque Somerset countryside. The spectacular Dundas Aqueduct is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and carries the Kennet & Avon Canal over the River Avon.
Sustrans and the local community are working in partnership to improve Route 24 between Great Elm and Frome. Our project is called Frome’s Missing Link, and we were successful in securing the funding to construct the first phase, from Welshmill, Frome to Whatcombe, which was opened in 2015.
The second phase, between Great Elm and Elliotts Lane, Hapsford, has been designed, a planning application has been submitted, and the land permissions are in place. We are now seeking funding for the construction and working on developing the plans for future phases.
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.