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Social Leisurely Cycle from Bath to Bradford on Avon along Canal Path

  • next to Sydney Gardens BA2 6NT

    Warminster Road, Bath (map)

    51.359825 -2.313628

  • Hello it’s that time of year to fight through the accumulation of old furniture and half empty tins of paint in the garage and get the bike back out for the summer months.

    The thought can be daunting I know but the benefits are many and don’t need repeated here especially from me :)

    I thought proposing a leisurely cycle between Bath and Bradford on Avon might be a good idea.

    Now I know there are other cycling groups on Meetup for Bath and Bristol but they just seem too serious and lacking in interest for me. My idea of a social cycle is 5-10 miles at a relaxed pace with stops for a cuppa/drink and half a sandwich along the way whilst taking time to enjoy the beauty of the countryside. The other groups seem to differ in their expectations.

    For those unfamiliar with the route I have cycled it often and it's a flat 9 miles taking in some amazing countryside once you get beyond the often busy George Inn pub area at Bathampton.

    All time estimates assuming a leisurely average of 4mph. It's of course possible to join and turn back/leave at any point along the way.
    If people are too tired to cycle back then there's a train service back to Bath Station and this is something i've done over the years.

    The cycle from Bath Spa to the start point is a flattish cycle of about 1 mile.

    I have attempted to summarise the route below

    Start 11 am : The Canal Entrance on Warminster Road next to Sydney Gardens BA2 6NT.

    Next Possible Join 11:15 : George Pub at Bathampton, Bath BA2 6TR. (About 1.2 miles from Start)

    Next Possible Join 12:00 : Claverton Pumping Station, Bath BA2 7BH. (About 3.2 miles from Start)

    Next Possible Join & a good stopping place for a rest 12:20-12:35 : Dundas Basin. (About 4.5 miles from Start)

    Next Possible Join & a good stopping place for a rest 13:00 : AvonCliff Aqueduct. (About 7.5 miles from Start)

    Destination Reached : Bradford on Avon 13:30 (About 9 miles from Start) - Stop for refreshments and a well earned rest.

    Weather permitting i have a date in mind of Saturday 10'th May 2014 to try out interest in this. Happy to put this back/forward if majority request due to weather.

    Looking forward to meeting others who think this is a good idea and who might want to suggest other ideas for cycle routes taking advantage of warmer times.

     I can pick up 2 other people en route from Bristol to Bath (with their Bikes) as i have a 3 bike carrier somewhere in my garage :)
    I'm happy to do this and maybe others can too.

    Check out the website below created by a keen cyclist for more details

    Hope to see you there


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  • PJ

    Hello i'm happy to postpone this for another day. Hope you can make it next time.

    May 10, 2014

  • kerry e.

    The weathers going to be awful tomorrow I don't fancy getting wet so I'm going to decorate my bedroom!

    May 9, 2014

  • Mark U.

    Sorry I'm not going to make this one now.

    May 9, 2014

  • Juliette

    Hi Paul I am going to leave bike ride tomorrow as forecast looks rather wet for me so I will look forward to the next one.

    May 9, 2014

  • Michele k.

    Hi I have to work tomorrow morning so am now unable to join you :(. Enjoy the ride if it goes ahead

    May 9, 2014

  • Geoff

    Just had an operation on my knee, yesterday, will have to give this one a miss until next time. Have fun and hope the weather improves for the day.

    May 8, 2014

  • PJ

    Hello everyone. The weather forecast is reading somewhat grim, for summer,until the 3rd week of May. Bearing this in mind I propose that we take a weather check on Saturday morning at 8am. Grateful if people could rsvp update around this time and if the weather is not an issue for you then please let others know through a quick comment and the foolish or hardy amongst us, which may include myself, can still participate. Thanks

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Angela B

    Hi all, sadly I cannot participate on a Saturday, but would love to come along on a Sunday- any Sunday :). This mileage is perfect. Hope to meet you soon.

    May 4, 2014

  • Laurent M.

    Hi Paul, can you pick me up somewhere in Bristol?

    April 30, 2014

    • PJ

      Hello Laurent I'm afraid I have already got two people who have said yes to a lift and two others including yourself i can put on standby. Sorry for this. I hope you can still get there to join us. Maybe someone else might be able to give you a lift? I'll let you know ASAP if someone pulls out who I'm giving a lift too.

      May 1, 2014


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