BathFrome

Batfro three
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By Brian on 16 Apr 2023


Distance

22km/14mi

Ascent

394m

Descent

438m

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Description

This route is the same as Batfro one and two, other than climbing the serious slope from the cycle track up to Combe Down, this route takes in the Two Tunnels. It is a more gentle ascent. The tunnels which total over a mile long, are lit to a very dim level, with ethereal music. If you are concerned of the dark, avoid this route. If however you want a very unusual experience this is the route for you. I recorded the route as 0.50 mi longer than Batfro two

This route is the same as Batfro one and two, other than climbing the serious slope from the cycle track up to Combe Down, this route takes in the Two Tunnels. It is a more gentle ascent. The tunnels which total over a mile long, are lit to a very dim level, with ethereal music. If you are concerned of the dark, avoid this route. If however you want a very unusual experience this is the route for you. I recorded the route as 0.50 mi longer than Batfro two

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Reviews - 2

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (2)

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Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 50.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 40.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 40.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 10.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

10.0% of the route is on roads (1)

24.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

48.0% of the route is paved (1)

11.0% of the route is muddy (1)

9.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

3.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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4X April 2023 by Brian
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Start and end points

Bath
Grid Ref ST7524964364
Lat / Lon 51.37778° / -2.35700°
Easting / Northing 375,249E / 164,364N
What3Words stale.hike.taking
Frome
Grid Ref ST7764948039
Lat / Lon 51.23109° / -2.32149°
Easting / Northing 377,649E / 148,039N
What3Words gangs.mull.truth

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reviews


Cal2903

02 Dec 2023 Autumn

A good route with a mix of fieldy footpaths, disused railways and of course the unique two tunnels. Recommended.


Brian

17 Apr 2023 (edited 21 Apr 2023) Spring

I created this route as an alternative to Batfro one and two. It is identical to Batfro two other than the section coming from Frome direction, from just before the tunnel entrance. This route takes you through the Two Tunnels which at over 1 mi in length is definitely an experience. The longer of the tunnels has ethereal music playing in very subdued lighting. From the second tunnel the route drops down onto Bear Flat and Holloway into Bath. The photo taken within the tunnel is taken without flash. I would suggest walkers either carry a small torch or wear something hi viz to ensure cyclists can see you. This change over Batfro 2 cuts out 300' of ascent with sets of steps ( circa 100 ), but extends the walk by 0.60 mi.


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