Route 33 of the National Cycle Network starts in Bristol. Eventually, the route will travel from Bristol and across Somerset and Devon to reach the English Channel at Seaton.
Starting in Bristol, Route 33 takes you from Prince Street, out of the city centre, to Millenium Park in Nailsea. Travelling past Long Ashton and Flax Bourton, the route is mainly on traffic-free paths but there are some short on-road sections.
This part of the route is known the Festival Way because it provides easy access to Ashton Court, where a number of festivals are held each year. With its 850 acres of woods and grasslands, magnificent old oak trees and grazing deer, the Ashton Court Estate is an interesting place to visit all year round.
Before arriving in Flax Bourton, you can also take a short detour to Wraxhall to visit the beautiful Tyntesfield House.
Sustrans is currently developing a new section of Route 33 between Nailsea and Weston-Super-Mare. The section between Nailsea and Clevedon is in the very early stages of planning. The proposed route between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare would make local journeys between two of the main towns in North Somerset easier and quicker.
Currently, the major section of Route 33 that is open is in Somerset between Weston-Super-Mare and Axminster, taking in Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton. The section from Brean to Burnham-on-Sea is along the beach. It is known as the 'Stop Line Way' because this section follows the line of the World War II Taunton Stop Line, built in 1940 as a defence against invasion.
Work continues to upgrade several sections along this route. From Bridgwater to Langport, the route follows the attractive River Parrett and passes the Langport & River Parrett Visitor centre and the section between Ilminster and Chard is along a purpose-built traffic-free railway path. Chard to Axminster is on road.
It’s well worth planning in some extra time in Bristol. This modern, arty city has a fascinating maritime past, much of which you can learn about at the M Shed, which explores local social and industrial heritage. Bristol is the birthplace of Sustrans and was the UK’s first cycling city.
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.