Last updated: Tue 1 Jan 2013

Travelling by bicycle

Explore the South West of England on the National Cycle Network – a system of routes along traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and traffic-calmed roads.

Cycling in NunneyCycling around Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset is a great way to explore the South West of England. But where is it safe to cycle? The online cycle route planner provided by Transport Direct is a good place to start planning your journeys around Nunney.

The 1 South West website helps you plan off-road, mountain bike adventures across the South West of England. The site has a lot of information and interactive maps of Somerset and Wiltshire, although there is not a huge amount on offer yet for the immediate area around Nunney.

Long-distance routes

There are a number of excellent long-distance cycle routes that go past Nunney. Somerset County Council has an online map of the main long-distance cycle routes in the South West. Another interactive online map of Somerset cycle routes is available on Cycle-Route.com. The Somerset Cycling website includes useful information on routes, bike shops, café stops and much more.

The most important long-distance cycle route for Nunney is the Colliers Way (NCN 24), a 17 mile route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders between Dundas Aqueduct, Radstock and Frome making use of disused railway lines and quiet country lanes. The long and fascinating history of mining and life in the North Somerset Coalfields can be discovered at the Radstock Museum. Frome is also steeped in history with more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset.

Colliers Way leaflet guides are available from Tourist Information Centres and Sustrans, a charity that works with local communities, policy-makers and partner organisations to create better walking and cycling links, including the National Cycle Network.

The National Cycle Network (NCN) passes with a couple of miles of three quarters of us, so there is no excuse not to find your nearest route, get on your bike and go! Sustrans is one of the UK’s largest commissioners of public art, so there is plenty to marvel at along the way.

Two Tunnels Route

Sustrans is also behind the recent opening of the spectacular Two Tunnels Shared Path, a 4 mile (5 km) route of new shared-use path connecting the City of Bath and the countryside to the South. If you’re cycling from Nunney, the Two Tunnels Shared Path provides a very dramatic entry into one of the world’s most beautiful cities through the UK’s longest cycling tunnel.

Built on an old railway line, the Somerset and Dorset Railway, the well-surfaced route takes you in and out of Bath through two well-lit tunnels under the high ground South of the city. The route is available for you to use on foot, cycle or in a wheelchair.

Cycle maps

Sustrans also has an online shop that sells handy cycling maps for Somerset and the South West of England.

The Sustrans/AA guide Cycling in the South West of England, for example, contains 28 favourite routes featuring full OS mapping and detailed town close-ups, route descriptions, things to see and do, train stations, nearby cycle routes, refreshments, bike hire and more. The routes take in well-known places of interest, rich history, wildlife and breathtaking views. Available in the Sustrans online shop for £9.99.

The CycleCity South West Pack, also available in the Sustrans online shop, is ideal for exploring the South West of England by bike. It includes five National Cycle Network maps: Somerset Levels, Dorset Downs, North Devon, South Devon and Cornwall.

These maps mark the National Cycle Network and recommended cycle routes for the South West of England. They are designed to help you explore the region by bike and include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities, and local Tourist Information Centre contact details. Each map also features mapped circular day rides.

The full pack costs £20.00 and the Somerset Levels Cycle Map alone is £4.99.

Contact information
Sustrans South West
2 Cathedral Square
College Green
Bristol BS1 5DD
Telephone 0117 926 8893
Twitter @sustrans
Facebook www.facebook.com/Sustrans
Web www.sustrans.org.uk

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