1 - 2.5 hours
Take a trip on the first off road cycle path built in the UK and still regarded as one of the best.
- Start at Queen Square
- The Temple Quay development has been built upon the site of former railways sidings and derelict industrial areas.
- The path is built on the old Midland Railway Line. This closed in 1971. Industry was attracted to the railway and at this point you pass the rear of the old Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory.
- The tunnel is 0.3 miles long and can feel cold and damp even on a warm summers day. Don’t worry, it is lit along its full length!
- A chocolate factory used to be located in the middle of a triangle of tracks at Mangotsfield Station, so that when a train passed on one section you could not see it, but the acoustics made it sound like it was passing in front of you. This was the inspiration for the play The Ghost Train, written by Arnold Ridley later of Dad’s Army fame.
- Warmley Station is one of many old stations that have at least partially survived. Did you spot the remnants at Staple Hill and Mangotsfield?
- The Avon Valley Railway runs from Oldland Common out towards Bath with its main headquarters at Bitton Station.
- Visit www.avonvalleyrailway.org for information relating to opening times and events.
- Although Bitton is the end of our ride the path continues all the way to Bath which is only a further 4 miles away. If you are still feeling fit why not carry on, but don’t forget the return journey!