Foxglove Cycle Trail
Taunton is a town of attractive green spaces and watercourses, some off the beaten track. The TACC has designed an 11 mile mainly flat cycle trail which enables you to discover parts of Taunton you didn’t know. It’s called the Foxglove Cycle Trail.
The Foxglove Cycle Trail follows some of the town’s traffic free paths and mainly quiet roads. It is suitable for all ages, particularly families. You can join it at any point along the Foxglove Cycle Trail, to come back to the same point.
There are attractive green areas to pause in and sections along some of Taunton’s many streams and the Taunton-Bridgwater Canal and River Tone.
There are wildlife havens along the Foxglove Cycle Trail.
We have composed a leaflet with the route and information on places of interest and refreshment stops.
Directions from Vivary Park bandstand going anti-clockwise
If you don’t want to download the leaflet we describe the route starting from Viavary Park.
Vivary Park bandstand
Head to park exit at the bottom left of the park (South East).
L out of park, then R and R again to follow cyclepath alongside stream.
After Richard Huish College, L out of path to traffic lights, R onto South Road (moderate traffic).
After 400m immediately after zebra crossing L into cyclepath. After 50 m path goes L and then R. Follow alongside stream. After playing fields L along cyclepath then R.
In Fields End L, then R into ‘The Square’. Follow road along and join cyclepath of R side of road.
Across signalled crossing, downhill cycle path, then low traffic road, SA.
At splitter island to Roundabout CARE, cross over in 2 stages to cyclepath, turn L. Follow cyclepath north past Blackbrook Leisure Centre to signalised crossing, cross road.
Follow cyclepath alongside stream for 600 m, passing two bridges on R. At cyclepath junction (River Tone info board) sharp R, cross minor road Severn Drive. Follow cycle path R then L. Path swings R, cross 2 minor roads to enter Hamilton Park.
With skate park on your R, turn L into park, after 400 m R. L after play area to signalised crossing. Go across through paved area past red brick church, then L into Lambrook Road. Follow to end, road swings R. Immediately after L into cyclepath ’Priorswood’ sign.
After 2 short tunnels and R Tone bridge, at the canal bridge turn R onto canal towpath’ Maidenbrook’. Slow down under bridges.
After1600 m go over the small bridge (Bathpool) and then L, follow road alongside canal. Leads into cyclepath for 300 m. At barriers into Waterleaze ‘Maidenbrook’, L after 50 m.
Follow Waterleaze estate road (small blue cycle signs). After road swings L then R, turn R to cyclepath on R (on approach to roundabout). At signalised crossing go across, then L to 2nd crossing go across.
Turn R, follow cyclepath 500 m (care side road junctions). After Warres Road, take cyclepath turn off the cyclepath you are on. After 200 m cycleroute cross roads, R slightly uphill to Bossington Drive. L here (moderate traffic).
Going downhill after 400 m R into Feversham Way, then L into Grafton Close. After 100 m at edge of green space, R into path. End of path, L onto Lyngford Lane.
End of Lane, L (CARE). Then almost immediately L onto cyclepath, swing L to signalised crossing. Cross to park, following cyclepath to bottom.
R for 400m then L into cyclepath to crossing.
Cross, turn R, then swing left into Obridge at T-junction L, under railway bridge.
Take 2nd path of R after bridge, to follow River Tone towards town. At lock, L for 400 m then cross river bridge. Turn R past Viridor building, follow path alongside the river along back of Cricket Club.
After the Brewhouse, walk along the footpath alongside the river to the Town Bridge. Note that you can ride through the car park and then R into St James St, walk. This area is to be redeveloped and will change in 2018/19.
At Town Bridge L to crossing (CARE) and over into Goodlands Gardens. Keep R cross Mill Steam Bridge. At humped bridge over river, cross then L onto riverside path. (Alternative route avoiding bridge: go past bridge for 50 m,R up slope. At traffic light junction cross Tangier Way in two stages, cross next junction, at Hickeys R onto cyclepath alongsdie stream. L at stream bridge, cross bridge. After 100 m R onto cyclepath. L after 300m, pick up directions from follow path to A38 crossing below.)
After 400 m reach Clarence road (no dropped kerb), turn L (CARE) then L onto path towards French Weir.
At Weir R to river bridge at Coach, cross bridge. Cross the open space with open structure to the right.
SA onto cyclepath alongside the College, follow path to A38 crossing. After crossing L along shared footway, first R Henley Road.
Over at cross roads, to T-junction Parkfield Drive near hospital entrance. R and then L into cycle path alongside hospital. At Hoverland Cres L, then L onto Galmington Road – CARE.
After 200 m L into Parkfield Rd. After 400 m R into Manor Drive (there is a turning just before this).
Climb up Manor Drive, sudden drop to Trull Road. Fast traffic – CARE. Turn R and immediately L into Mount Nebo.
At cross road L into Broadlands Road to Middleway, L than R just before Vivary Arms to Fons George. After church and allotments L into Vivary Park car park. Take path alongside the climbing centre to the main part of the park/bandstand.