Discover the hidden valleys and byways of north somerset, where Roman legions once marched, miners toiled underground and coal and wool were the currency of success.
The Colliers Way – Route 24 of Sustrans National Cycle Network – is a recreational path extending 23 miles through beautiful rolling green landscape. It starts just outside the Georgian City of Bath and extends from the Limpley Stoke Valley at the north, to the Frome Valley at the south. This picturesque way follows the route of the old Somersetshire Coal Canal which was superseded by a railway and has now been transformed for leisure use.
Tracing the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free environment is excellent for walking and cycling, with large sections suitable for wheelchair users and some where horse-riding is allowed. Here is a guide to the wealth of attractions and places of interest to visit along its length. Whether you’re planning a family day out, a gentle stroll to a country pub, if you are interested in the area’s history and heritage, or simply wish to get fresh air and exercise, there is something for everyone along The Colliers Way.
Spectacular walking and cycling country awaits you with a variety of routes to choose from, both on and off the path with good public transport links available. Visit the diverse attractions on offer, from a lavender farm and a trekking centre to a steam railway and a flooded quarry diving centre.
When you need refreshment, there are numerous cafes and pubs awaiting you in the area’s historic towns and villages. Taking a break here? There’s always a friendly local hotel, inn or bed and breakfast to stay in, and here is just a small selection.
On completion of the ‘Two Tunnels’ Project, the Colliers Way will link directly with the centre of Bath and from there, the Bristol-Bath Railway Path.There is also a campaign to extend the Colliers Way between Great Elm and Frome – see www.fromesmissinglink.org.uk