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Avon Cycleway

Route Details

  • From - To: A circular route around Bristol
  • Distance: 85 miles
  • Type: Some sections are traffic free but the route is mostly on country roads.
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 410

Route Description

The Avon Cycleway was first launched in 1989 by Avon County Council and in 2013 the route was adopted as part of the National Cycle Network. The route is an large circuit round the City of Bristol, taking in several towns and villages, and conveniently linking to Route 4, the Bristol & Bath Cycle Path, Route 41, and other local routes into the city centre.

The cycleway can be divided into six sections to reflect the landscapes it passes through:

  • Hills, a lake and view: Brockley to Salford via Chew Valley, taking in stone villages, dramatic Pensford viaduct and the stone circles at Stanton Drew. Very hilly! But with some lovely views.
  • Railway and industrial Heritage: Saltford to Iron Acton, following easy gradients along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path.
  • Open commons and woodland: Iron Action to Cromhall, a sparsely populated section of the route with a sense of isolation. 
  • Estuary views: Cromhall via rolling unspoilt countryside and the solid historic small town of Thornbury to Littleton-on–Severn.
  • Rhynes and small orchards: Littleton-on-Severn to Pill, a mainly flat section skirting Bristol’s industrial edgelands.
  • Wooded hillsides and a bit of Somerset levels: Pill to Brockley, including Clevedon seafront and its impressive restored Victorian pier.

Things to see and do

  • Chew Valley
  • River Avon
  • Clevedon Seafront and Pier

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The Avon Cycleway is an 85 mile circular route around the city of Bristol, following quiet country lanes and taking in the best of the countryside and villages around Bristol and Bath.

85 miles