Severn and Thames

Following two great rivers in southern England, this route takes you from the Cathedral city of Gloucester to the historic university town of Reading via Bristol following the valleys and waters edge of the River Severn and River Thames.

The route takes you from the border with Wales and the tranquillity of the River Severn, to the Avon Valley and on over the Wiltshire downs, into the Thames Valley at Newbury and on to Reading.

It encompasses some of the best traffic-free routes in the country, including the Bristol and Bath Railway path and the Kennet and Avon canal.

As you walk, wheel or ride along the path watch out for the range of artworks on show from large installations to seats and benches. 

The Bristol and Bath path features works from renowned artists Cod Steaks, Steve Joyce, Gordon Young, Barbara Disney, Kevin Hughes and Jim Paulson. 

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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.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

The Severn and Thames 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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