Free festival will open Two Tunnels walking and cycling link in Bath
Details of a fun day to celebrate the opening of a long-awaited new cycle route have been revealed.
The new Two Tunnels walking and cycling link will open on Saturday, April 6, in a scheme that will breathe new life into two old railway tunnels.
Now the environmental charity Sustrans is inviting cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts to join it for a free festival.
The route will transform a four-mile stretch of disused railway line linking Bath and Midford.
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The Two Tunnels Greenway Festival will start with the opening ceremony at the Devonshire tunnel in Bath.
From 11am to 4pm, people can attend the free festival at Bloomfield open space and have access to the new route from 12.30pm.
From 12.30pm to 4pm, people are invited to take part in the Fresh Air Miles ride, with organisers looking for a minimum donation of £5 for individuals and £10 for families. This features a 13-mile scenic loop that takes in both the Combe Down and Devonshire tunnels as well as the Tucking Mill Viaduct.
From 10am-12.30pm, a shorter 'First Through the Tunnels' ride includes a guided tour, a champagne breakfast on the viaduct and a limited edition Two Tunnels print by local artist Eliza Southwood. The minimum donation ranges from £175 for an individual to £300 for a family.
All funds raised from the event will go towards the maintenance of the route.
Visit www.twotunnelsfestival.com for information and to reserve places.
The Combe Down Tunnel will be the longest cycling tunnel in the country.
Sustrans chief executive Malcolm Shepherd said: "As cycling becomes more and more popular, Sustrans is delighted to be opening Britain's longest cycling tunnel on this iconic route.
"The Bath Two Tunnels Greenway Festival is a free event and promises to be a great day. For a small donation, people can take part in a 13-mile ride, so no one need miss out on trying this groundbreaking new route.
"As part of our celebration we've created a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience for our supporters and local people keen to go through the tunnels first.
"Taking part is a great way of donating to Sustrans' vital work creating and maintaining the National Cycle Network."