Autumn. Foliage, Midford Old Road, from a bike en route to the tunnels ...
The Two Tunnels route is a Sustrans shared-use path: follow the code of conduct: the route may be unfamiliar to you - everyone has a duty of care towards other users of the route.
This shared-use path re-uses what was the most characterful part of one of the UK's most famous railways - burrowing beneath Combe Down - the high ground south of the city. This is a dramatic and accessible route leading south from the city - and available for you to use on foot, cycle, wheelchair.
The campaign for this was started by us - a community group local to the route.
We're delighted that Relish Running Races have organised the '2014 Two Tunnels Railway Races' which will use the route. If you'd like to take part, online registrations close on Wednesday 24th. Their site is worth visiting just for the event poster they've produced - and here's their event information page - use it to find out what will be going on.
If you're using the route on Sunday, be mindful that it will be busier than usual with spectators and participants. You'll find stalls, stands and activities at the Bloomfield Road open space.
If you're participating, you'll have been briefed that the route also remains open to other users unconnected with the event - please, beforehand, read the route's code of conduct and aim to be an 'Ambassador for running', with the first priority that everyone enjoys themselves whether or not they're taking part. This is an excellent opportunity to bring people to the route who may not have discovered it, and we'd like them to return: the more people using the route year round for running, the better for everyone.
After all, where else can you find a mile-long roofed running course?
The route is well-surfaced - an accessible path, giving space for anything from a short walk with friends, to a 13 mile largely traffic free 'Bath Half Marathon' circular route out to Dundas Aqueduct, and then back via the canal towpath.
This is a destination for touring cyclists worldwide: if you're a visitor to Bath and feel like seeing more than the city centre, the Two Tunnels route is well worth an explore.
'My great grandfather, Thomas Andrew Walker, built the Bath to Evercreech line in 1872-4, including the two tunnels. We are delighted with the use to which you are putting this long-forgotten railway.'
Here's a map from the council showing the proposed route to cross the Lower Bristol Road near the Herman Miller building.
The building of the Two Tunnels route is organised by Sustrans, working in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council. This web site is the work of the community group who originated the project and who campaign for the route. The route has widespread support among the local community - and from further afield.
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The Kennet and Avon Canal through Bath was once derelict and unused. It's now a very popular destination and the activities that it generates support local businesses and jobs.
The Two Tunnels project has turned the most distinctive section of the Somerset and Dorset Railway from a linear liability into an asset. Old railway structures need maintenance - or demolition. This campaign has sourced the funding to maintain them.
If you like the idea of the Two Tunnels route, you'll be pleased to know that it's now largely built - but there's still time to join our mailing list and add your voice to our supporters.
If this line had been opened fifty years earlier, we'd value it as part of Georgian Bath.
Instead, its structures are 'Blue-brick patchwork Victorian'. Unglamorous, the line carried millions of people to holidays on the south coast, carried the beer from Burton to Dorset, carried the coal that gave Bath the grimy black and silver appearance that many people will recall from the days before its buildings were cleaned.
It's as much a part of Bath's history as Pulteney Bridge, and as a national rail link, it was the stuff of legend. Many people are really pleased its structures now have a more secure future.
South of the Two Tunnels route, NCN 24 between Midford and Wellow is a permissive path and is occasionally closed. At these times, use the signposted diversion, which involves quiet lanes and a hill. Here are the closure dates for early 2014-15.
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Two Tunnels: Made in Bath.