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Cycle along historic waterways – the Severn and Thames Way

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Cycle along historic waterways – the Severn and Thames Way

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

174 mi

4,825 ft

4,800 ft

Streams weave through vast reedbeds, canals pass colourful meadows and ancient forests, rivers meander through picture-book villages built from golden stone, reflecting families enjoying picnics on their banks – cycling the waterways of the Severn and Thames Way is pure bliss.

In this Collection, we guide you along the Severn and Thames Way as it follows canals and rivers 173 miles (279 km) from Gloucester to Reading. We have broken down the route into seven manageable sections ranging in length from 15 miles (25km) to 30 miles (49km). If you are looking to push yourself even more, you can easily combine the routes together.

The Severn and Thames Way follows along the majestic River Severn, the River Avon and along the Kennet & Avon Canal before reaching the River Thames in Reading. As such, families and leisure cyclists will love this route – you will only climb 1500 meters (4921 feet) in total.

You can truly relax and enjoy the scenery and history along the route as it mostly follows canal paths and traffic-free sections. Just be aware that the paths can become muddy at times, so make sure your tyres have suitable tread.

Bags packed and bike ready, all that’s left to do is get pedaling. This Collection will take you through some of the UK’s finest countryside, cities, and sites. You will ride through stunning nature reserves, over ornate Victorian bridges, through the golden town of Bradford on Avon, explore hipster graffiti in Bristol, relax in Bath Thermae Spa, and much more. From dining in gourmet restaurants to fishing in the river, the Severn and Thames Way offers something for everyone.

Waterways once served as a vital artery of life in the UK. Along the Severn and Thames Way you can learn about their important legacy and influence on the industrial revolution. You will find history around every curve of the river: old dock yards, impressive aqueducts once used to transport goods, and former railway stations converted into cafes.

Your adventure begins in Gloucester, a bustling city known for its beautiful cathedral which featured in the Harry Potter movies, and renovated docks. With direct train connections to Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and London, Gloucester is easy to reach from across the UK. You will also find plenty of comfortable accommodation and restaurants here.

For more information about Gloucester, visit: visitgloucester.co.uk
For train tickets and timetables, visit: thetrainline.com/stations/gloucester

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:11
    21.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your first day of adventure cycling the Severn and Thames Way, you will cycle a relaxing 20 miles (33km) along canals and rivers from Gloucester to Berkeley. Before setting off, …

  • Intermediate
    02:24
    25.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    575 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Walk the corridors of medieval castles, cycle across stunning bridges, and enjoy a hearty meal at a country pub – stage two of the Severn and Thames Way takes you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    30.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mighty rivers, peaceful rural idyll, and artsy cities – today you will cycle 30 miles (50km) from the edge of the River Severn through the City of Bristol. Stage three …

  • Easy
    01:36
    15.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Regal Roman bath houses, rooftop swimming pools, peaceful canal paths, leafy railway cycleways and beautiful Georgian architecture – your fourth day of adventure following the Severn and Thames Way will …

  • Intermediate
    03:08
    29.8 mi
    9.5 mph
    975 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage five of your adventure cycling the Severn and Thames Way takes you deep into rural Somerset and Wiltshire as you ride 29 miles (48km) from Bradford on Avon to …

  • Intermediate
    03:19
    29.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Country lanes rise and fall through rural life, passing regal towns and following gushing rivers: stage six of the Severn and Thames Way is a beautiful journey through rolling countryside. …

  • Intermediate
    02:19
    22.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    250 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Passing through vast nature reserves and winding waterways, your final day of adventure cycling the Thames and Severn Way takes you through stunning landscapes. Today, you will continue east, cycling …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    174 mi
  • Duration
    18:16 h
  • Elevation
    4,825 ft4,800 ft

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Cycle along historic waterways – the Severn and Thames Way