Living near to the Bristol-Bath railway cycle path it’s a resource that I’ve been using for years. Indeed, familiarity had perhaps diminished my appreciation of it. But during the first pandemic lockdown of 2020 it was here that I’d head every day for my officially-sanctioned 1-hour of outdoor exercise. Throughout those exceptionally warm and sunny spring months of April and May cycling a 6-mile return trip along the path came to represent my primary connection with the outside world. Against the backdrop of those strange lockdown times I gained a renewed perspective on it. I began to carry a camera with me on my daily rides, with the aim of capturing a sense of life on the path.
Gallery pages present my own photography, some of it personal, some commercial.
Bristol-Bath railway cycle path
The Bristol to Bath railway cycle path follows the course of the former Midland Railway, a heritage that is apparent everywhere along the route that once saw this branch line serving the eastern suburbs of Bristol. Falling to the Beeching axe in the 1960s it was acquired in 1979 by the nascent Sustrans organisation – which has its origins in Bristol’s cycling community – to be developed into the first dedicated cycle route of its type in the UK. Its full length, from the centre of Bristol to the city of Bath, is approximately 15 miles.