How to discover the local countryside without a car?

How to discover the local countryside without a car?

It’s no secret that the most beautiful and unspoiled locations in the country are the hardest to get to. Does it mean that without a car you’re stuck in the city for the summer? Fear not, with a little bit of the insider’s knowledge on the public transport and obscure bike routes, you’ll be able to go on adventures wherever your feet carry you and score some extra sustainability points.

1. Hop on a ride in the Mendip Xplorer

Bus 376 aka the Mendip Explorer passes the scenic countryside south from Bristol and stops at famous historic towns of Wells and Glastonbury.

https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/routes-and-maps/mendip-xplorer/mendip-xplorer-service-376  

 

2. Discover Kennet and Avon Canal by train

I’m sure that you’ve already heard of (if not visited) Bath – it’s only 15 mins ride on a train from Bristol Temple Meads. Why don’t you try staying on the train for a few more stops and getting off at the pretty canal towns like Freshford or Bradford-on-Avon?

3. Discover secret cycling routes with Better By Bike planner

Once you have a bicycle, the possibilities are endless... from Ashton Court or Leigh Woods located 2 miles from the city centre to the exciting locations further afield (have you heard the beautiful Arboretum in Westonbirt? It’s a 20 miles cycle away!)

If you don’t have your own bike, you can always rent one (You’ve probably seen the yellow Yo Bikes around the city…) Finally, taking your bike on a train is a great option for taking your adventure to a next level! We recommend booking a bike reservation to make sure there is space for your bike left!

https://cycleplanner.betterbybike.info/leisure-rides