Call us now on - 01225 447276
Bath Narrowboats is a long established boat hire business on the Kennet and Avon Canal based in the beautiful heritage city of Bath. We specialise in memorable day trips cruising the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon...
Cycling from the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, our Sydney wharf base has access to the delights of the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath,
the Bristol / Bath cycle path, the Colliers way, the two tunnels project and the city of Bath.
There are so many places to go and things to see within easy cycling distance of our centre in Bath, that we've tried to pick out some routes to help you get started. There are two types of route - the Leisure Routes suitable for families and those who want a more relaxed cycle around the area, and the Off-Road Routes for those who want adventure and a good workout. Within each set of routes there are also degrees of difficulty and terrain that will help you better plan your self-guided tour.
Generally, you have various choices in which direction you may cycle.
We are situated directly on the towpath so if you decide to leave in a northerly direction, then you will follow the canal into Widcombe. Here, you will beside the six locks that allow the canal to descend onto the river. You do need to cross the busy road, so take care but once crossed you follow the river path all the way towards the Bristol / Bath railway cycle path.
Next year you will be able to deviate south west through the old two tunnels which are being renovated and onto Midford along the Colliers way. Here again you will be able to deviate and loop back along the Midford valley along to the Somerset Coal Canal Visitor centre and join onto the Kennet & Avon Canal. Here you can decide either to turn back towards Bath or onwards to Bradford on Avon.
Once you arrive at the start of the Bristol Bath railway path, it is traffic free and is 13 miles long.
More info at this link : www.bristolbathrailwaypath.org.uk/home.shtml
Alternatively, leave our wharf and cross the bridge heading off in a southerly direction out of Bath towards Bradford on Avon. You will pass through two tunnels, through Sydney Gardens and out towards Bathampton. You'll find the George pub and further on Claverton pumping station. This is a historic pumping station and open on certain days in the summer. Further on, you will arrive at Dundas aqueduct where you can deviate for quarter of a mile along the Somerset Coal Canal to the visitor centre. This is approx 1 hour from set off and you'll find toilets but most importantly a restaurant / cafe to rest your tired legs.
Breakfast, coffees, ice creams, homemade cakes, cream teas and a variety of delicious meals are all awaiting you to tempt your palette.
Next, you can continue your journey along the canal by returning to the Dundas aqueduct and cycling along to Bradford on Avon. You will cycle across both the Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts which are worth looking at and then onto the historic woollen mill town of Bradford on Avon. It'll probably take 1.5 hrs to return to our base from Bradford on Avon.
Lastly, you don't have to cycle down the towpaths for miles and miles, instead, head into the historic city of Bath. We are one minute from the centre by bike. There are many streets, parks and attractions to cycle past. The centre of Bath is relatively traffic free but there are taxis and buses that cross the city so do take care whilst cycling. If in doubt, just ask us for advice.
Click here to see the Bath to Bristol Railway Cycle path ( 13 miles ):
Click here to see the Bath to Avoncliff and back to Bath Cycle path alon Kennet & Avon Canal Towpath ( 13 miles ) :
Click here to see the Bath to Reading Cycle path alon Kennet & Avon Canal Towpath ( 85 miles ) :
Click here to see more info on the Colliers way cycle trail :
Click here to see more info on the two tunnels cycle trail :