Bristol and Bath Railway Path

The Bristol and Bath Railway path is a 15-mile (24 km) off-road, tarmac cycle route suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The path follows the former Midland Railway branch line closed in the 1960s.


Somerset’s Bristol and Bath Railway path is best begun in Bristol. The cycling route ends in Brassmill Lane Trading Estate, Bath, two miles from the famous Roman Baths.

Let’s Pedal

Start the Bristol and Bath Railway Path at the junction of Trinity Street and St. Philip’s Road in Bristol.

You ride through the suburbs of Easton, Fishponds, and Staple Hill followed by the villages of Mangotsfield, Warmley, Bitton and Saltford, and finish at Newbridge on the outskirts of Bath.

The cycling path finishes in Brassmill Lane Trading Estate, Bath.

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is managed by the partnership of Bath & North East Somerset CouncilBristol City Council and the Environment Agency and South Gloucestershire Council.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Prince’s Wharf, BristolBrassmill Lane Trading Estate, Bath14.823.8
Castle Park, BristolBrassmill Lane Trading Estate, Bath14.222.9


You will find a number of refreshment stops and public houses available off-route along the cycle path.


Toilets are located at:

In the centres of Bristol and Bath. There are toilets in Mangotsfield approximately 500m from the cycle path.

Cycle Hire available at:

Mapleton Lane and Parsley Hay

Tourist information available at:

Ashbourne and Parsley Hay

How to get here

By Car

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path links these cities. While you can start at either end of the route, it is recommended you start at eitherPrince’s Wharf (BS1 4RN) or Castle Park Museum (BS1 3XB) in Bristol as parking is more easily available.

The end of the route is located at Brassmill Industrial Estate (BA1 3JF) on the outskirts of Bath.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the cycle route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Wapping Wharf Car ParkNear Prince’s WharfBS1 4RE
Galleries Car ParkNear Castle ParkBS1 3XD
Newbridge Park & RideNear Brassmill Industrial EstateBA1 3HW

By Cycle

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 4 from Bristol to Bath. It meets NCN 410 at Saltford (from Chew Magna) and at Dway Hill (from Emersons Green). In Bristol NCN 4 links to NCN routes 3 and 33.

By Train

Bristol or Bath.


  • Distance (miles): 15
  • Distance (km): 24
  • Start: St. Philip’s, Bristol
  • Finish: Newbridge, Bath
  • Type: Disused Railway Line
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • Sat Nav: BS2 0NT


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Cycle The City

No.1 Harbourside
1 Canon’s Road

Closed on Mondays

Jake’s Bikes

6A Haymarket Walk

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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