The Bath Two Tunnels Circuit is a 13 mile circular route taking in the iconic Bath Two Tunnels. The route also uses National Route 24 and National Route 4, along the Kennet & Avon Canal back in to Central Bath.
From – To: River Avon, Central Bath circular
Distance: 13 miles
Terrain: Railway Path, minor road and towpath; Sealed surface but loose gravel on towpath
Access: Bath Spa Train Station
National Cycle Network: National Route 244, 24 and 4
Current closures /diversions on this route.
The iconic Bath Two Tunnels route opened in April 2013 and this particular circular cycle route has been created by combining that route with parts of the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route and the Colliers Way to create a fantastic 13 mile walking and cycling link between Central Bath, Midford, Monkton Combe and beyond.
The route takes you from the centre of historic Bath using National Route 244, National Route 24 and National Route 4, through two tunnels: the Devonshire Tunnel at Bloomfield and the Combe Down Tunnel at Combe Down, and over the spectacular Tucking Mill Viaduct and past the Dundas Aqueduct on the Kennet & Avon Canal, until you are back alongside the River Avon, closely following it back into Bath.
The Combe Down Tunnel, at an impressive 1672 metres, is just over one mile, and is the UK’s and possibly Europe’s longest cycle and walking tunnel. Travelling through the Combe Down Tunnel for the first time is an incredible experience – take in the extraordinary audio-visual installation, Passage by United Visual Artists.
In contrast, the Devonshire Tunnel has a rather more traditional artwork: a Portrait Bench sits at the entrance of the Devonshire Tunnel. Find out more about the characters on this route and about the UK-wide Portrait Bench project.
You can start this circular route at any access points along the circuit. A recommended start point is either Bath Spa station or Oldfield Park station. Both are a short ride from the route, which can ridden in either direction. The route conveniently takes you past Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe, or for a slight detour along National Route 24, the Hope and Anchor in Midford if you want to stop for a pub lunch.
Other child-friendly routes (away from cars & dangers) recommended by Sustrans are: