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This route is pretty much heritage bingo, an unsung star of the National Cycle Network.

It starts by the striking Dundas Aqueduct, near Bath on the Kennet & Avon Canal. The Collier’s Way is the name for the succession of railway paths that take it from here towards Radstock and bohemian Frome.

A memorable passage through the grounds of Longleat (with a stiff climb) leads into Warminster. After this it's mostly country lanes along the Wylye valley to Salisbury, circling the cathedral close, heading from there to Eastleigh and the south coast.

Longleat aside, it's never taxing, and one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the Wiltshire countryside. Frome, Warminster, and Salisbury each repay exploration, making this a route to linger over.

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Thu 25 Nov 2021, 18:42

I rode this route in July '21, making it part of a 5 day tour around the south. When I planned the route I thought this would be perhaps the least interesting part of the tour (relatively speaking that is!). I'd cycled the Bristol-Bath railway path the morning before joining route 24, a route I'd been looking forward to having never done it before, and my expectations were lower for the Colliers Way. From the moment I turned onto the Two Tunnels cycleway neat Bath however, I felt a growing sense of magic that never left for the next two days. Quieter than the Bristol-Bath cycle path it was also greener, cleaner, and has dollops of charm. Perhaps it was the rain, but in early July the Colliers Way was a vibrant green the likes I've rarely seen, and the experience superb. There's a few short, sharp climbs between Wellow and Frome, but otherwise it's gentle except for Longleat which was quite a climb after 60 miles already! I camped at Botany Camping near Longleat - a surreal experience on the night of the 2020 Euro final on an empty (and wet) camping ground, hearing cheers from nearby Warminster. Next day took me towards Salisbury on lovely quiet lanes with too many old buildings, churches etc to count. Even the bus shelters were architecturally interesting! Salisbury for lunch and a chat with a stranger about cycle touring, then home just a few miles from the end of the route. It's absolutely fascinating, beautiful and rewarding, but definitely not one to rush!