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