What could be the solution can be found in Innox Park, behind Bath City Football Club. BANES have just laid a compacted gravel path with a loose grit surface with a short length of bitmac at each entrance. It looks good & feels durable. Ridable by all types of bikes. Only minor quibble is the edging stands proud so a bit difficult for kids on trikes to ride over to the play area. Cllr David Dixon is currently looking into the costing for this style of path.
This is the locked entrance into Ringswell Gardens & on to Balustrade/St Saviours. I’m guessing it’s the moaning locals which prevents a pedestrian access. Snapdragons nursery in Grosvenor have a key & use the meadows for recreation. It might be worth asking them if an open entrance & path would be beneficial.
This photo shows the stretch from the bridge to the railway that was surfaced last year. The bit to the left needs to be bitmac as users are jostling for position at the narrow section just before the rail bridge
Turn right after the rail bridge & you get to the sloped path up to the canal. Due to the tree canopy this is its typical condition for 2-3 seasons of the year. I came across a woman struggling in the mud to push her grandchild up in a pram.: