There's a good reason why you never forget how to use one

There's a good reason why you never forget how to use one

Bristol and Somerset

Free maps are listed at the bottom of this page.

New Maps

Bristol City, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset Councils have all published new maps of cycle routes for their respective areas. As well as highlighting the National Cycle Network routes, the maps show recommended unsigned roads and paths and include other aspects of cycling infrastructure such as advanced stop lines, light controlled crossings and contraflow lanes for cyclists. For contact details, see the free maps listing at the bottom of the page.

Route Diversions

National Route 3Cossington to Bawdrip

We regret that a local landowner has withdrawn permission to cross his land and has blocked the path with a locked gate. We are pressing the County Council to take action to keep the path open - view map.

In the meantime we are organising diversion signs to be posted at the ends of the path which will direct users to public footpaths to connect from the C & B Path to the highway at the Bawdrip end. Cyclists will only be able to wheel bikes and have to lift them up / down steps and over stiles. The distance on footpath is however only short.

Open Routes

National Route 3National Route 3 runs from Bristol down through Wells, GlastonburyBridgwater and Taunton on its way to Devon and Cornwall. The Somerset section is covered on the West Country Way map


National Route 4National Route 4 connects London and Fishguard via Bristol and Bath 



National route 41National Route 41 is currently open between Bristol and Gloucester

Route Development

Cycle West Somerset Network

Sustrans has been assisting local communities in West Somerset in developing detailed plans for a local network of routes for cycling and walking in the coastal area between Minehead and Watchet and the towns and villages in between.

Local people suffer from real problems if they want to travel around by bike because it is impossible to make practical everyday journeys without avoiding the A39 - one of the most heavily used roads in the County, which carries a seemingly endless stream of traffic, and which is widely regarded as dangerous for anyone on a bike or on foot.

The intention of the Cycle West Somerset Network is to create links between communities which are safe and pleasant to use and which will encourage people to switch to a bike for the short journeys for which the bike is so good.

National Route 33Somerset

Planning permission has been granted and in principle land agreements are in place for the missing crossing of the River Axe which would complete the traffic free link between Weston-super-Mare and Brean. Regretably the Highway Authority have so far been unable to fund road safety improvements to improve conditions for pedestrains on Weston Road, Brean and until these are complete the land owner's agreement cannot be finalised and the route cannot open.

National Route 24 Somerset Mells to Radstock

A safe crossing of the busy B3110 has been created over Midford viaduct, near Bath. A temporary (and hilly) route to Wellow has been signed by Rangers, as the continuation of the traffic-free route awaits funding. Further south, a new access path has been created from Kilmersdon to the Radstock & Frome path, with a new community orchard. The traffic-free path has been extended from Mells Road old station to Mells, and Radstock's local cycle route network is being extended as part of National Route 24.

Free cycle maps for Bristol & Somerset

Bristol - A Map for Cyclists - Life Cycle UK, tel: 0117 929 0440
South Glos - A Map for Cyclists - South Glos Council, tel: 01454 868686
North Somerset - A Map for Cyclists - North Somerset Council, tel: 01934 888 888
Bath & N.E Somerset - A Map For Cyclists - BANES Council, tel: 01225 477000
The Kennet & Avon Cycle Route - Sustrans, tel: 0845 113 0065
The Avon Cycleway Map - Sustrans, tel: 0845 113 0065
Chard to Ilminster & Bridgwater - Sustrans, tel: 0845 113 0065 or download
Colliers Way NCN 24 - Sustrans, tel: 0845 113 0065 or download
Quantock Cycle Rides - Bridgwater TIC, tel: 01278 427652
Sedgemoor Cycle Rides - Bridgwater TIC, tel: 01278 427652
Taunton Cycle Routes - Somerset CC, tel: 01823 356 636
Taunton Cycle Trail - Somerset CC, tel: 01823 356 636