While the weather is still mild and the sunlight still remains, why not take advantage and explore Bath on foot? There are plenty of beautiful countryside walks that you can join in and around the city, so here are three of our favourites.
The Bath Skyline walk.
Perhaps one of the best views of the city, so perfect if you like to take your camera out with you while exploring. There are six miles of marked footpaths, giving you a unique look at the city that includes hidden valleys, natural limestone, flowers and woodlands, plus those views over the city and the Blackdown Hills.
This is a great walk if you plan to go for a picnic too and heading there on foot from wherever you’re staying will also give you an opportunity to see some glorious sights. Click here to visit their website to find out more.
This is a 102 mile long National Trail that runs between Bath and the town of Chipping Campden. It is one of Britain’s largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The views are exquisite along this stretch, look towards Wales and you will see the Severn Estuary and bridges, the Forest of Dean, Monmouthshire and the Black Mountains on the Welsh border in the distance. Another great thing about this trail is you don’t have to push yourself, there are several smaller circular walks based on the trail that everyone can enjoy. Click here to find out more.
River Avon Trail
Heading west along the River Avon will bring you to the Bristol and Bath Cycle Path, which is perfect for those on foot or those on two wheels and is a great place for walking dogs or tiring out children. There is also access provided for disabled users, making it a lovely, easy walk. As the cycle path was created on the former Midland Railway route, you’ll be able to see some of the former stations along the path and when combined with the River Avon Trail, you end up with a great circular walks that takes in local pubs, wildlife and great views.
All of these walks are easily accessible from the city centre and your accommodation provider will be more than happy to help you with directions or offering advice on public transport if you wanted to combine your walk with a scenic train ride for instance.
If you’re heading out on one of these beautiful walks when staying in Bath, make sure to wear weather appropriate clothes and footwear, baring in mind that open patches of ground can get muddy and difficult to walk on at times. Stay hydrated, especially if you’re undertaking one of these walks during hot weather. Don’t be afraid to ask your accommodation provider if they have local maps they can share with you and keeping your phone on hand will be useful for keeping track of your miles. Most importantly, we want you to enjoy the countryside, so please take any rubbish with you and remember to close any gates behind you!