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“Better cycling than walking/running”

Ranked #6 of 30 Outdoor Activities in Bath
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

The tunnels although good for walkers, runners etc, are mainly effective for cyclists. Its quite a long walk through the second tunnel, and you do have to watch out for speeding cyclists coming through - some without lights or reflective clothing.

If you are walking with a family / small children / dogs, I would advise single file at all times and if possible take a torch with you to be extra safe. Its light enough to see where you are going, but just make sure cyclists can see you.

Its a great thing to do on a rainy day, because its all underground, and the temperature is fairly constant too.

2  Thank marymacb66
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I loved to travel up the Linear Path, past the old brickworks, long gone clay pit and coal bakery sidings on the old track bed of the Somerset and Dorset Bath to Bournemouth and Burnham railway, closed in 1966. Gentle inclines of 1 in 50 maximum, pose no problem. There are two busy weekend tunnels now opened with very nice tarmac surfaces connecting Bath to the Midford Viaduct and Council maintained track bed open to Wellow, with links to Radstock, Midsomer Norton & Frome if you are really keen. The first short tunnel is the Devonshire Tunnel, then you reach the Combe Down Tunnel, just over a mile long and both fitted with Council lighting; Feels a mild 10 C on a cold Winters day ! Many people return on cycles by a road link to the Somerset & Avon Canal towpath, via the Dundas Aqueduct gently downhill back to Bath; a round trip of 13 miles. The Hope & Anchor pub at Midford, for lunch, nicely breaks the journey with spectacular scenery, civil engineering and history, pubs also in Limpley Stoke. This was part of the route now long gone for the weekdays Pines Express from Manchester to Bournemouth and the Summer Saturday Exmouth to Cleethorpes Express etc."

5  Thank guy_suitcase
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Congratulations to the people who raised the money and got this cycle way built, it's a great experience. We live in Combe Down (and the tunnels run under the village).

I cycled with my 2 kids (aged 7 & 8) from Oldfield Park (start) for dinner at the Rose and Crown pub at Midford, a great pub for food. My wife met us at the pub on a lovely summers evening.

It was so nice to be able to cycle on a safe pathway and going under ground was great. The kids enjoyed yelling to get an echo and we all bombed along quite nicely. The valley between the 2 tunnels is a great hidden gem for walks, so closecthe the centre of Bath. It was also lovely to hear music play as we zoomed along - an unexpected delight. We'll be trying the entire length and the pub at Wellow next time.

You do have to be alert for walkers and other users but no more so than anywhere else.

4  Thank James S
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

cycled the two tunnels trail from Wellow to Bath with my family including our 6 & 9 year old children. This section of cycle trail is away from any traffic and suprisingly a level trail into Bath when compared to the road access. The trail is excellent perfect if you have children who are perhaps to young to cycle on roads.
The Combe Down tunnel is long! - taking us 10 mins or more to cycle.
We parked at Wellow which made the trail a good cycle ride - about 12 miles return journey.

Thank devonshire_12
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Did this as part of a large cycling group and it is impressive for sure. I was slighly concerned that it is shared with joggers and walkers though. The joggers are the worst danger both to the cyclists and themselves as they approach with no visability of them at all. Walkers will see and hear bikes and move to the gravel area if they need too, joggers hear nothing!
The whle route is well worth the effort to Radstock which has a really good cafe oposite the bike shop. Great cakes :)

Thank Newquaygreen1
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