Taunton & Bridgwater Canal traffic-free cycle route

Taunton & Bridgwater Canal Cycle Route Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Taunton & Bridgwater Canal is a 14 mile, mostly traffic-free cycling route. As you’d expect from a canal route, it’s very flat. The route takes you through some stunning Somerset countryside, with the added idyll of a canal route.

If taking children along, do ensure at least one adult is a competent swimmer.

Surface on the Taunton & Bridgewater Canal

The route surface is tarred in places and quite good, while it others it has a self-compacting gravel surface. The gravel surface is good to ride on, but after rain you will undoubtedly benefit from having mudguards on your bike.


Most kinds of bikes can use the route, but trikes and some cargo bikes will struggle, as the towpath isn’t particularly wide. Under some bridges, the towpath is too narrow for trikes of most cargo bikes.


Toilets are available at Taunton station, at the North Newton Café, at The Boat & Anchor Inn (on the canal) and at Bridgwater station.

Points of Interest

Consider visiting the Museum Of Somerset in Taunton. Steam enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the West Somerset Railway.

Routes in Somerset


There are barriers along this route.


Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Flat)
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here

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Forecast for the Taunton & Bridgwater Canal

What the Taunton & Bridgewater Canal looks like

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This video shows part of the route, to help you get a better idea of what it’s like to ride.

See also  Two Rivers Cycleway

Getting there

The route shown on the map below starts at Taunton train station, and ends at Bridgwater station, so you can easily return to the start by train. It also makes for a great car-free day out. Both Bridgwater and Taunton are on the main train line. with direct trains to Bristol, Paddington, Birmingham and even Aberdeen.

Do yourself a favour and read my Bikes On Trains guide first though.

More Routes

To find more routes, click this link.


DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below).

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