A short stroll from the city centre is the spectacular world of the skyline hills above Bath and beyond extending through the beautiful woodlands and meadows to hidden valleys. Explore 6 miles of long-distance paths while taking in the gorgeous views of the city. Every season offers a distinct experience from pretty wildflowers in the summer, wild garlic in spring, frosty vistas in winter and colourful foliage in autumn. You can join a guided trail to discover more about Bath’s culture and history.
The bronze plaques along the footpath of Bath trails where the people have breathed in fresh sir since Georgian times. Walk the famous pathways through the grand boulevards, paved passageways and idyllic public gardens. Great sites you take in include Bath Abbey, the pump rooms and the Roman baths.
The city of Baths sits in the valley of seven adjoined hills and is annexed on the sides by mesmerizing countryside. The Kennet and Avon canal Walk links the River Thames at Reading with the Thames Path to the Cotswold Way National Trails and the River Avon at Bath. The 87-mile long canal links Bristol Channel with London, passing some gorgeous landscapes like the rolling Cotswolds and West Berkshire. Highlights to watch out for include Calverton Pumping station, Avon cliff and Aqueduct.
This newly added cycling and walking path has rejuvenated an abandoned railway line into a four-mile stretch of amazing walking path from Linear Park to the disused Devonshire tunnel, to Combe down tunnel (the longest cycling tunnel in Britain) and over Tucking Mill Viaduct. Highlights include two gigantic tunnels, new bridges and incredible lighting and sounds.
Tucked between Bristol and Bath is the small village of Kelston known for its intersection to some public footpaths. The most popular being the Kelston Roundhill Walk which offers panoramic views from the top. You can see across to the Black Mountains, Wales, Mendip Hills on the south view and Wiltshire Downs on the East.
SSW tips: Bath is generally a safe city and the vast number of tourists and students offer a friendly, welcoming feel to the city. The river between the weir and Putney Bridge is great for swimming after a sweaty walk. Women shouldn’t wander alone at night because of the small groups of beggars around the parks. Keep to the main roads and well-lit areas if you’re exercising at night for obvious reasons.