Today we left our son in the care of his grandmother and headed to Bath to cycle the Two Tunnels Greenway circuit.
We started in central Bath and took the cycle route, which was quite pleasant in itself going along back streets and over Pulteney bridge, before dropping down to the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. It was beautiful and so quiet, only the sounds of our tires.
Including the Dundas aquaduct. After admiring the aquaduct and the traffic on it for a while, we continued on the cycle path away from the canal, onto some minor roads and into Monkton Combe for a pub lunch.
After that we joined the disused railway line that goes past Midford castle,
and then upto the entrance to the Combe Down tunnel, which is the longest traffic free cycle-walking tunnel in Europe at an impressive 1672 metres – just over a mile. As we approached the unassuming entrance, a blast of cold air hit us from the tunnel
Inside the tunnel is amazing – just the shear size of it. The picture doesn’t do it justice – about in the middle all you can see are the lights going off to the vanishing point, and it is cold – a blessing for us on a really hot day in September.
Eventually there was a light at the end of the tunnel, we cycled out into the heat, and then back into the next tunnel – another long one, though not as long as the Combe Down.
Woodland gave way to parkland gave way to town, with a high over road bridges, before we came back into town along the river and back to our starting point.
A really lovely couple of hours cycling, the 12.8 miles taking in many changes of scenery. Definitely one to do again.
two tunnels greenway
11 September 2014 by colouritgreen