- Distance: 72 miles
- Type: Sections of traffic free path with some quiet roads.
Eventually the route will travel from Bristol and cross Somerset and Devon to reach the English Channel at Seaton via Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater, Ilminster, Chard and Axminster.
1. Bristol to Nailsea
Starting in Bristol, Route 33 takes you from Queens Square, out of the city centre, to Millenium Park in Nailsea. Travelling past Long Ashton and Flax Bourton, the route is mainly on traffic free paths but there are some short on road sections.
This part of the route is known locally as 'Festival Way' because it provides easy access to Ashton Court, where a number of festivals are held each year. Before arriving in Flax Bourton, you can also take a short detour to Wraxhall to visit the beautiful Tyntesfield House.
2. Nailsea to Weston-Super-Mere
Sustrans are currently developing a new section of Route 33 between Nailsea and Weston-Super-Mare. The section between Nailsea and Clevedon is in the very early stages of planning.
The proposed route between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare has been an aspiration for many years. This link would make local journeys between two of the main towns in North Somerset easier and quicker. Currently they are only seven miles apart as the crow flies, but separated by the Yeo river estuary, doubling the distance via the first upstream bridge at Congresbury. The key to the link is the crossing of the River Yeo on an existing sluice bridge.
North Somerset Council are committed to create a new path for walkers and cyclists between Kingston Seymour and Wick St Lawrence by 2017. This will make it possible at long last for the journey between Weston super Mare and Clevedon to be made on quiet roads and traffic free paths much more directly than the existing on road route.
Work is currently underway to raise the flood banks of the River Yeo, on which the path will run, and this has to be completed before the path can be built. As construction activity is limited to the summer months to avoid disturbing over-wintering birds, the earliest possible start on the path is 2016.
3. Weston-super-Mere to Axminster
Currently, the major section of Route 33 that is open is in Somerset between Weston-Super-Mare and Axminster, taking in Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton. The section from Brean to Burnham-on-Sea is along the beach. It is known as the 'Stop Line Way' because this section follows the line of the World War II Taunton Stop Line, built in 1940 as a defence against invasion.
Work continues to upgrade several sections along this route. From Bridgwater to Langport, the route follows the attractive River Parrett and passes the Langport & River Parrett Visitor centre and the section between Ilminster and Chard is along a purpose built traffic-free railway path. Chard to Axminster is on road.
Things to see and do
- Ashton Court, Bristol
- Beaches at Burnham on Sea and Brean.
- Somerset Levels Cycle Map
- Severn & Thames Cycle Map
- Dorset Downs Cycle Map
- Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Cycle Map.
Stop Line Way - A temporary route through Chardstock has recently (Jan 2015) been signed as part of the Stop Line Way. The route in many places is indeed temporary or interim, but the resources to push ahead with the route as originally conceived are not there at present.
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
National Route 33 of the National Cycle Network starts in Bristol and will cross Somerset and Devon to reach the English Channel at Seaton via Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Chard.