- Distance: 105 miles. Bristol to Gloucester is 53 miles.
- Type: A mixture of on-road, unsurfaced bridleway and traffic free paths.
National Route 41 starts in Bristol and heads out to Avonmouth along the Avon Gorge. The route passes very close to Leigh Woods which has some fantastic mountain bike trails.
The route heads out across the open landscape and is largely flat. It passes Berkeley and Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, before picking up the Sharpness Canal on the way to Gloucester and Cheltenham. Information on the quality of the Sharpness Canal for cyclists is available here.
The route north of Cheltenham is under development, though sections are open between Tewkesbury and Evesham on unsurfaced bridleway, and between Stratford and Rugby which offer the opportunity for pleasant, short rides. A particular highlight is the Offchurch Greenway, which was formerly part of the Leamington to Rugby railway line. This flat, surfaced footpath and cycleway offers exceptional views across South Warwickshire along its one and a half miles.
Things to see and do
- Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
- Avon Gorge
- Leigh Woods, Bristol
- Berkeley Castle (where King Edward II was murdered)
- Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire is open throughout the year. The restaurant has lovely views of the Caribbean flamingos
- Gloucester Cathedral
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
National Route 41 of the National Cycle Network is a long distance route that when complete will connect Bristol, Gloucester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Rugby.