I loved to travel up the Linear Path, past the old brickworks, long gone clay pit and coal bakery sidings on the old track bed of the Somerset and Dorset Bath to Bournemouth and Burnham railway, closed in 1966. Gentle inclines of 1 in 50 maximum, pose no problem. There are two busy weekend tunnels now opened with very nice tarmac surfaces connecting Bath to the Midford Viaduct and Council maintained track bed open to Wellow, with links to Radstock, Midsomer Norton & Frome if you are really keen. The first short tunnel is the Devonshire Tunnel, then you reach the Combe Down Tunnel, just over a mile long and both fitted with Council lighting; Feels a mild 10 C on a cold Winters day ! Many people return on cycles by a road link to the Somerset & Avon Canal towpath, via the Dundas Aqueduct gently downhill back to Bath; a round trip of 13 miles. The Hope & Anchor pub at Midford, for lunch, nicely breaks the journey with spectacular scenery, civil engineering and history, pubs also in Limpley Stoke. This was part of the route now long gone for the weekdays Pines Express from Manchester to Bournemouth and the Summer Saturday Exmouth to Cleethorpes Express etc."
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