- From - To: Bristol to Bath
- Distance: 13 miles
- Terrain: Disused railway path, traffic free and flat. Tarmac surface.
- Access: Bristol Temple Meads & Bath Spa railway stations link to the path
- National Cycle Network: National Route 4
This path begins in the historic port of Bristol, and passes via Mangotsfield, Warmley and Saltford before arriving in the heart of Bath.
The route was the first major project undertaken by Sustrans and is open to walkers and cyclists with access provided for disabled users.
The path also features 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.
In Bath, you'll find a variety of ways to spend the rest of your day including the Roman Baths, art galleries, shopping and Botanical Gardens.
And if the thought of the ride home seems a little too strenuous why not take the train back to Bristol Temple Meads.
For full details of access points, facilities and heritage, visit the Bristol Bath Railway Path's official website.
Things to see and do
The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is one of Sustrans Art Trails. Sustrans worked with artists Cod Steaks, Steve Joyce, Gordon Young, Barbara Disney, Kevin Hughes, Jim Paulsen to commission and install unique and memorable art including a unique gateway that was created to celebrate Sustrans' 30th anniversary.
The Railway Station series
The first artist commissions in 1990 formed a series of works to mark the former stations, most of which were no longer visible.
Fish on its Nose by Doug Cocker marks Fishponds Station and is inspired by Fishponds fame for the ponds which supplied fish for the tables of Bristolian noblemen. All the curved radius bricks were donated by Ibstock Bricks and the structure was built by Wimpey Homes apprentices. The nearby supermarket provided forty items selected by local school children to be concreted in the belly of the fish as a time capsule to mark the year 1993.
Close Encounters by Steve Joyce is on Warmley Station. Six life size steel cut outs of 1940s characters waiting for a train that will never arrive. Each figure has relief designs on both side depicting the 1940 era such as part of a railway ticket, Battle of Britain, steam engine parts etc. The old station hut now run as a tea shop opens throughout the summer and at week ends.
Wind Blown Oak by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley marks Kelston Station, sited in the old station master’s hut – still identifiable by the garden flowers and fruit trees. Kelston was the stopping place for crowds of people to walk up the hill and to visit the race course on high days and holidays.
The Drinking Fountain series
The drinking fountain series also began in 1990, and together with waymarkers and distinctive archways - formed the Bristol and Bath Railway Path Art Trail.
Gaius Sentius by Gordon Young is a drinking fountain marking the intersection of a Roman Road visible on OS maps. It celebrates the engineer whose grave stone was discovered near Bristol and who might well have built this road. It also marks the mid way along the path and stands in a grove of walnut and sweet chestnut trees brought to England by the Romans to feed their legionaries.
Drinking Stone by Michael Fairfax is a drinking fountain near Bath. The water flow is directed across the surface of a ten ton block of fossilised limestone from Portland, through grooved channels linking cup and ring carvings – ancient motifs found through out UK thought date from Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
- Bristol Cathedral
- SS-Great Britain, Bristol
- Bitton Station
- Thermae Bath Spa
- Bath Abbey
- Roman Baths, Bath
The immensely popular Bristol to Bath Railway Path provides a tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities...
The official route map for the 167-mile (269km) ride from Bristol Temple Meads train station to the Brunel Museum in London.
The immensely popular Bristol and Bath Railway Path provides a tranquil walking and cycling path between the two cities.