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|Locksbrook Inn Short Trail: Riverbanks and Railtracks|
|Author: Claire, Published: 12 Jun 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the Locksbrook Inn in Bath, Somerset. The Locksbrook Inn sits on the bank of the canal in Lower Weston, a relaxed gastropub with a beautiful canal-side patio garden. The walking route follows the banks of the River Avon with a chance to see plenty of wildlife and the local rowing crews in action. The return leg follows the Bath and Bristol Railway Path, a peaceful tarmac track now dedicated solely for walkers and cyclists.
The route is relatively flat with little gradient to speak of. Much of the route is on surfaced paths but some sections, including the riverside, can get muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps, but there are no kissing gates, stiles or livestock on route. There is no road walking and no road crossings. You will be sharing the old railway path with cyclists, so take care on this stretch. Allow 2 hours.
Locksbrook Inn is located on the bank of the canal, in the Lower Weston district of Bath. Road access is on Locksbrook Road (a one-way street). The pub has its own car park and there is additional parking available in the nearby residential streets (please park with respect for the local residents). If you are coming by public transport, the bus stops on Locksbrook Road are served by Bus 716. Approximate post code BA1 3EN.
|Start to Bath Marina|
Start point: 51.3823 lat, -2.3933 long
The walk begins on the canal towpath, outside the rear patio garden of the Locksbrook Inn. Standing on this towpath with your back to the pub, turn right along the towpath. Ignore the bridge (Number 206) over the canal, instead keep straight ahead along the towpath with the water on your left. The towpath emerges to the road pavement and then forks immediately left to become a stone riverside path, signed as the River Avon Towpath.
|Bath Marina to Railway Path|
Start point: 51.3891 lat, -2.4065 long
The towpath leads you over the arched footbridge across the marina entrance and, soon afterwards, under the stone arch of the road bridge, New Bridge. Immediately beyond the arch tunnel, turn right up the flight of steps and turn right at the top to follow the pavement over the river. At the far side, turn right down another flight of steps and keep ahead on the narrow grassland path to reach a T-junction with a concrete path.
|Railway Path to End|
Start point: 51.3916 lat, -2.4265 long
Turn left to join the old railway path, a tarmac path passing a sculptural bench on your left. The Bristol and Bath Railway path, follows the line of the former Midland Railway. The railway closed to passengers in the late 1960s and the track was converted to a path for walkers and cyclists between 1979 and 1986. The path is 13 miles long, but we are following less than a mile of it on our walk…
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We carried on along the riverside to Saltford then joined the railway path there for the return stint. No problems with cyclists if you followed the usual convention of pedestrians facing oncoming traffic (ie walk on the right) but there was a running race event on there today which the organisers had for some reason decided to keep runners on the left. As someone with hearing difficulties this causes me problems with cyclists coming up behind me. All in all a very pleasant morning spoiled by a poorly organised event in the same space.
|By phooka on 03 Jun 2018|
Take care of the cyclists they come upon you without warning often at great speed.
|By Kellmorris on 14 Jan 2018|
Take great care on the old railway path sections, which are frequented by aggressive cyclists who can be extremely hostile to pedestrians, especially if they have dogs with them. Not much fun walking along here I'm afraid, you have to constantly be on the lookout for them and prepared for aggressive and often abusive behaviour.
|By mcupis68 on 01 Nov 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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