Bristol to Bath, a day of disused railway lines | Cycling John O’Groats to Lands End

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I only had a few miles in order to reach Bath, just 12 miles by road according to Google maps.

I’d spotted a sign for the Bristol-Bath cycle route near the docks the previous afternoon, and thought it would be easy to pick up this morning.

It wasn’t.

I ended up on the Whitchurch Way, so decided to follow that instead. It was a nice route along a river, then a disused railway line to the village of Whitchurch.

From there I went cross country through a couple of small villages, before an ill-advised detour on the A4 took me to Saltford, where I picked up the Bristol-Bath railway path – another old railway line.

This was a lovely cycle route, dead flat and it took me into the outskirts of Bath where I picked up the Avon into the city centre.

I’d made a bit of a meal out of the journey, turning 12 miles into over 23, but I wasn’t under any time pressure.

In fact I’d done so little cycling it was practically a day off.

Bath seems very nice, although the price of a Magnum was a little startling at £1.99 – they’ve been £1.60 everywhere else.

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I’ll come back to you on the price of a pint after a bit of research.

You can still donate to cancer research if you haven’t already.

Bike computer stats:

Ride time: 2h 1m
Distance: 23.2 miles
Ave speed: 11.6 mph
Max speed: 26.3 mph

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Index

Preparation

Kitted out and ready to ride

Things you would rather not know about the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness

20 miles with a bloke called Tim, and a slight change of plan

Day 1 – John O’Groats to Inverness

Day 2 – Ness to Nevis and my nemesis rears its head

Day 3 – Fort William to Tarbert with only one brake

Day 4 – Tarbert to Ayr and the battle of Arran

Day 5 – Ayr to Dumfries and tasting defeat in the Forest of Galloway

Day 6 – Dumfries to Windermere and thoughts on cycling earworms

Day 7 – Windermere to Liverpool and the birds-eye of the storm

Day 8 – Liverpool to Shrewsbury and the ferry across the Mersey

Day 9 – Shrewsbury to Gloucester with sun, showers and an injured Armadillo

Day 10 – Gloucester to Bristol and the day I spoke to soon

Day 11 – Bristol to Bath, a day of disused railway lines

Day 12 – Bath to Tiverton and the breakfast hostage

Day 13 – Tiverton to Lostwithiel and fatigue causes forgetfulness

Day 14 – Lostwithiel to Penzance, and the mining trail

Day 15 – Penzance to Lands End (and back again)

Learning to walk again

Ideas for cycling end to end, with the benefit of hindsight

Kit List

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