The South West has some beautiful countryside. The routes below cover a variety of distances and destinations, offering opportunities to ride or walk to some wonderful spots around Bristol and Bath.
Best for art…Bristol and Bath Railway Path
This 13 mile route is a Sustrans Art Trail featuring a variety of sculptures (including a drinking giant!) and working steam engines at the old train station at Bitton.
You'll find ideal stopping points for drinks and snacks at Bitton and Warmley Stations, or you could enjoy a pub lunch at Saltford.
Best city escape...Two Tunnels Circuit
This 13 mile circular route takes you through the fantastic Combe Down tunnel, which Sustrans has recently brought back into use. It’s now Britain’s longest cycle and walking tunnel at just over a mile long, and wonderfully atmospheric.
From here you travel over Tucking Mill viaduct with great views over Horsecombe Vale, travelling to Midford and then Monckton Combe. Please note that this route does have some temporary diversions in place, so take extra care.
Best for canal side life…Kennet & Avon Canal (Bath to Devizes)
The section between Bath and Devizes is 22 miles (of which 21 are totally traffic free), taking you over two impressive limestone aqueducts, Dundas and Avoncliff, both now fully restored to their former glory.
At Devizes you will find the dramatic Caen Hill Locks - a flight of 16 locks which is one of the most impressive on the UK's waterways.
Best for parklife…Festival Way
This great eight mile route takes you from Bristol city centre over the River Avon and through Ashton Court, a stunning country park with 850 acres of woodland and grassland.
There is a mansion house, mountain bike trails and two enclosed deer parks with red and fallow deer herds, before finishing inNailsea.
Best for coastal views…Ride to the North Somerset Coast (using Pill Path)
This 11.5 mile route showcases some of the best that Bristol and its surroundings has to offer.
You pass through the historic Queens Square, before sailing under the awe-inspiring feat of engineering that is the Brunel-designed Clifton Suspension Bridge, then on to Portishead, where you can enjoy great views over the water towards Wales.
Best for countryside…Strawberry Line
This nine mile ride is mainly traffic-free with no steep gradients and takes in a variety of landscapes from the cider apple orchards around Yatton, through wooded valleys in the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge.
Best longer ride…Blaise Castle to Chepstow
This 35 mile route starts at the fantastic Blaise Castle, a 650 acre estate that has a museum, parkland, children's play area and a fantastic castle.
On leaving the estate, you travel through the picturesque Blaise Hamlet before heading close to Severn Beach then over the old Severn Bridge and into Chepstow.
Best short ride…Bristol Docks loop via College Green
This three mile circular route provides a unique perspective on the charming and historic Bristol docks, taking riders from the bustling city centre to Cumberland Basin with views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The ride passes many Bristolian landmarks, including some remnants from its history as a major port that have been given a new lease of life, such as M shed, which tells the stories of Bristol's places and people.