The official route map for the 85-mile (137km) ride from Bath to Bournemouth.
This linear map shows the route and immediate surrounding area over a series of separate map panels. The full colour map based on Ordnance Survey data shows clearly mapped cycle routes on traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and roads, with easy to read contours, route profiles and mile markers. Also features detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities, tourist info and cycle shop and hire information, and other local routes.
This is a ride that’s been popular with a great many local cyclists over the years and deserves a much wider audience. While the Paris-Nice might be a longer and more glamorous ride, the West Country’s very own ‘race to the sun’ offers an extremely pleasant meander through the West Country to the South Coast. Thankfully it avoids much of the higher ground of the surrounding chalky downland making this an enjoyable long-distance ride without taxing your climbing legs too much.
The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath provides the spectacular backdrop to this ride’s start. Your departure from the city is almost entirely traffic-free and takes in the Combe Down Tunnel which at just over a mile long, is the UK’s longest cycle and walking tunnel. Travelling through it for the first time is an incredible experience - enhanced further by the extraordinary audio-visual installations. You emerge blinking into a gently-rolling Somerset and eventually Wiltshire and Dorset landscape. Small towns such as Radstock, Frome, Gillingham and Blandford are passed through until you reach the busier conurbations of Poole and Bournemouth, where as in Bath, your passage is largely traffic-free.
With its Victorian splendour, popular nightlife and seven miles of soft, golden sand Bournemouth attracts over five million visitors annually, and is where, hopefully, the sun will be waiting for you.
Routes covered by this map:
National Route 24 from Bath to Longleat
National Route 25 from Longleat to Bournemouth
Published: June 2017
Size: 12.5 x 23.5 cm folded, 62.5 x 47 cm unfolded
Paper: Waterproof & tear-resistant paper, comes in plastic cover