Cycling from Bristol to Bath

The Bristol & Bath Railway path is the ideal sunny bank holiday Saturday cycle route. Alice Han and I embarked on the mini epic – a 32-mile (52km) round trip to the beautiful historic city of Bath and back – on Saturday, taking in the sights of disused rail stations, old trains and the beautiful British countryside.

We hired our bikes through Cycle The City, which operates from No. 1 Harbourside, and were delighted to be presented with beautiful Dawes numbers with wicker baskets.

The route is just gorgeous for its (mostly) smooth tarmac surface, a lovely lack of hills and the fellow pleasure-seeking day trippers that you tend to encounter. We enjoyed stopping at Warmley for refreshment and our picnic at Bath was just the job after a two-hour cycle. I always forget how unique the city is, so contrasted to the eclectic bohemian bustle of Bristol with its ordered architecture and neatly manicured streets.

We pushed the pace on the way home, stopping briefly for that essential it's-sunny-today-so-we-have-to ice cream, and were greeted with a festival atmosphere in Bristol where Eat Drink Bristol Fashion was in full swing. This was one of those perfect summer days that grants rare relaxation and carefree laughter.

Alice plots our route | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Seeking refreshment | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath
The old Warmley station is now a lovely little cafe | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

'Waiting for the train' | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
The Bristol dragon | Photo: Rosie Pentreath

We arrive in Bath | Photo: Rosie Pentreath
Photo: Rosie Pentreath


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