Beautiful woodland along the Strawberry Line

The Somerset Circle – a future asset to our region

Somerset Circle

The Strawberry Line could play a vital role in forming a grand circular route largely using various segments of disused railway lines across Somerset. The aptly named Somerset Circle would be an 76-mile traffic-free circuit linking Bristol, Bath, the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels and the coast. Over two thirds (about 50 miles) of this potential route has already been completed, including:

  • the River Avon Trail (which is cyclable from Pill to Bristol)
  • the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
  • the Two Tunnels Greenway
  • the Colliers Way
  • the Norton Radstock Greenway and Five Arches Way which together link Radstock and Midsomer Norton
  • sections of the Strawberry Line
  • a mostly traffic-free path between Portishead and Pill
  • the recently opened Festival Way linking Nailsea to Bristol via Long Ashton, potentially giving the option of a more direct route between Bristol and Clevedon for a slightly shorter Somerset Circle
A completed Strawberry Line would provide over a third of this route.

The leisure and tourism potential of this route is incredible. From a week-long leisurely walk or cycle for the whole family through some of Somerset's most beautiful countryside and historic towns to an intense ultra-marathon, the Somerset Circle is brimming with possibilities.

"It makes perfect sense in our view to create a grand circular sweep that would take in the spectacular landscape and notable Cities, towns and villages as well as linking into other established trails. This route shows ambition and imagination. It would bring benefits to the local economy in the shape of more visitors and convenience to residents as a green alternative to the car." — Economic Development Officer, Inward Investment and Growth, Sedgemoor District Council

"Sustrans is delighted to support the concept of the Somerset Circle, which will be a fantastic asset for the region. The vision for this circular route is very much in line with our Paths for Everyone vision of a 'UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.'" — Head of Network Development (England South), Sustrans