Bath locals and visitors are in the envious position of having some of the best cycling in the country on their doorstep. Whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker, triathlete, cycle tourer or just enjoy the freedom and fun a couple of hours on a bicycle provides, Bath has it all. Darroch Davidson from Wild Swim Bike Run recommends four cycling options to enjoy this year...
1. Traffic-Free through City and Country
Bath is rich with National Cycling Network routes and traffic-free paths. The Bristol and Bath Railway Path connects the cities with a 15-mile path through rolling scenic countryside, and the famous Kennet and Avon Canal provides a 57-mile scenic stretch starting in the heart of the city. The Two Tunnels Greenway, one of Bath’s best-kept secrets, takes you through Britain’s longest cycling tunnel, and for a longer day out, why not try the Colliers Way in North Somerset? You’ll pedal through a region chock full of history, culture, good food and friendly people.
2. Roll Along the Roads of the Southern Cotswold Hills
Keen road cyclist? You’re in for a treat. Routes out of Bath up to the Cotswolds provide the perfect ride with quiet roads, café stops, rolling countryside, leg-burning climbs and rewarding descents. This is seriously enjoyable road cycling that will have you planning your next trip to Bath with a peloton of friends in no time.
3. Make for the Mountains
You don’t have to travel to the mountains for some mountain bike fun. Bath and the surrounding hills are full of bridleways, byways and single-track routes. Whether you are looking for serious technical riding or a relaxed day on the trails around the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ask in any local bike shop for the best local rides.
4. Bike Bath this Summer
Bike Bath is an annual one-day cycling event, this year taking place on Sunday 1st July. It brings together local and visiting cyclists over three routes of 25, 50 and 80 miles, and takes in the best scenery of Bath and the surrounding countryside. In 2017 nearly 1,500 cyclists took part in this fun, social event starting and finishing right in the city centre.
Whether you hire a bike from Bath Narrowboats or Nextbike, take a guided cycle tour, or bring your own wheels, there’s a ride for all abilities and fitness levels in Bath. From a couple of hours seeing the city’s iconic buildings from central cycle paths, to a ride out into the country, you’re in for an amazing cycling experience!
With the clue being in the name, Wild Swim Bike Run organise active cycling and triathlon holidays in both the UK and New Zealand. They run bike tours through Bath Guided Cycle Tours, which take in the city’s most famous landmarks and join the Kennet and Avon towpath for scenic journeys through Bath’s countryside. The rides are perfect for individuals or groups of all levels, and the guides are friendly and knowledgeable.
By Darroch Davidson from Wild Swim Bike Run