Route 244

Route Details

  • From - To: Central Bath to Midford and Wellow
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Terrain: Traffic-free path that is fairly flat
  • Diversions and closures

Route Description

The route is known locally as the Two Tunnels Greenway.  It is signed as National Route 244 and connects National Route 4 and 24. The route takes in two disused railway tunnels, the Devonshire Tunnel and the Combe Down tunnel, which stretches for 1672 metres. Combe Down is the longest traffic-free cycling tunnel in Europe and travelling through it you'll experience an extraordinary audio-visual installation, Passage by United Visual Artists. Both tunnels are well lit, have a sealed surface and are wide enough for pedestrians and cyclists to comfortably use the route in harmony.

The Two Tunnels Greenway route follows the disused railway trackbed of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway from East Twerton through the Bath suburb of Oldfield Park to the Devonshire Tunnel. It emerges into Lyncombe Vale before entering the Combe Down Tunnel, and then coming out to cross Tucking Mill Viaduct at Tucking Mill into Midford.

The new route is part of Sustrans’ UK-wide project to extend the National Cycle Network into the heart of thousands of communities across the UK.  The community based Two Tunnels Group and local Sustrans volunteers are working to further improve the path with new facilities, plants and artwork. Read about the impact of the scheme here.
 
The route links into the National Cycle Network with routes to Radstock and Bournemouth in the south, and the Bristol to Bath walking and cycling route in the west. It also creates a scenic 13 mile loop between Bath and Midford, and back again via the canal towpath.

Map

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Things to see and do

  • Combe Down Tunnel
  • Tucking Mill Viaduct

Diversions and closures

Somerset & Dorset Intersect Bridge Replacement is taking place between October and December 2016. Due to the nature of the activities there is a closure of the diagonal footpath in Linear Park which leads from King George's road to the bridge. During this time pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted via a short, fully signed, diversion route. This footpath closure will remain in place until the new footbridge has been installed and the approach footpaths have been re-instated. Read more at the National Rail website.

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This route is known locally as the Two Tunnels Greenway and is a traffic free path that connects Bath with Midford.