Severn and Thames

Route Details

  • From - to: Gloucester to Newbury and Reading (via Bristol and Bath). The Severn & Thames Cycle Route includes all of the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route.
  • Distance: 128 miles
  • Terrain: Various
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 4 and 41
  • Current closures /diversions on this route.

Route Description

Starting in Gloucester and the border with Wales, this fantastic route takes you from the tranquillity of the Severn, to the Avon Valley and on over the Wiltshire downs. 

From here the route travels into the Thames Valley at Newbury and then on to its final destination of Reading.

This route encompasses some of the best traffic-free routes in the country, including the Bristol and Bath Railway path and the Kennet and Avon canal.

Route Extension: For those wanting to keep cycling you could try the 22-mile ride from Celtic Trail at Chepstow.   


Herefordshire, Worcestershire & North Gloucestershire Cycle Map 15

Severn & Thames Cycle Map 11

Thames Valley Cycle Map 10

Things to See and Do

Sustrans has commissioned a range of artwork along the route, from large installations to seats and benches. 

The Bristol to Bath path features work from renowned artists Cod Steaks, Steve Joyce, Gordon Young, Barbara Disney, Kevin Hughes, Jim Paulsen. 

For more information and to explore other Art Trails look at our Arts Pages.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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This route takes you from the border with Wales and the tranquillity of the Severn, to the Avon Valley and on over the Wiltshire downs, into the Thames Valley at Newbury and on to Reading.

128 miles