Here's some info on routes to Newton Park. We also have info on the Sion Hill campus.
Despite appearances, there is actually a 'quiet' route from Bath as an alternative to the dual carriageway A4. It's quiet, but not as quiet as it was, that's why there's a campaign for a direct link to the Bristol to Bath path.
Allow about half an hour from the centre of Bath - you can avoid some of the traffic by using the riverside cycle path to and from Locksbrook, and then via the (traffic-ridden) dual carriageway, roundabout and main drive. Alternatively you can use the first section of the Bath-Bristol cycle path and leave this at the A4 overbridge.
Here's a photo-guide to this route, which uses secondary and minor roads, this brings you to Bath Spa University through Newton St Loe village. While it involves some hills, these aren't bad - if don't cycle very often, give your legs three days on this route and you'll find they get used to the excercise.
Depending on your starting point it's possible to use the Linear Park (which starts below the Bear Flat open space) as an off road route to take you through Oldfield Park and then through East Twerton to Twerton High Street where you can join the 'Alternative route' above. Construction of the 'Two Tunnels route' from 2009 will improve this route.
Yes, your route may be uphill, but hopefully not in both directions, and if you are travelling within Bath your route may be short compared to many routes to Newton Park.
If you're travelling from south of the river, and especially Oldfield Park, you do not have to go via the city centre, as Victoria Bridge Road and suspension bridge allows you to cross the river independently of the major road crossings, more or less below the campus. (Update: Victoria Bridge Road now subsumed into Western Riverside redevelopment, the bridge itself is closed as 'Unsafe' - no reopening date in sight.)
Yes, it's on high ground. But it's up there with a large swathe of Bath's housing, if you happen to live at the same altitude it may be that cycling to Culverhay is easy.
The emerging Two Tunnels route passes Bath Spa University's Dartmouth Avenue workshops. A planning application for a bridge to carry the route across Dartmouth Avenue is in the offing with the bridge to be installed in summer 2011 should planning permission be gained. Once open, the Two Tunnels project will provide a traffic free route to the Dartmouth Avenue site. Also, mprovements to the links between the Two Tunnels route and the Bristol to Bath path will be put in hand.
A rail and cycle commute would be possible if Corsham had a station. Corsham Station has long been identified as a candidate for reopening. In early 2003 cash was actually allocated to a budget for this work, by the then Strategic Rail Authority. Unfortunately there was then a change of direction and they subsequently ordered the withdrawal of the entire Bristol to Oxford rail link, which would have provided the train service for Corsham Station, and the station reopening was halted.
Interest is now building once more in an East-West rail service, initially between Oxford and Bedford - something which catalysed the original Oxford to Bristol service. It is entirely possible that Corsham Station may once again reach the top of the agenda. Until that time it will not be possible to take your cycle to Corsham Station en route to Corsham Court.
Bath Spa Bicycle User Group