Best walks to amble in Bath
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that can be done, as it can be as strenuous or gentle as the walker wants. Ambling around, especially with a dog, is a great way to see a different side to places that many people only pass by in a car.
This makes Bath an ideal city to explore on foot, as well as wandering further afield into the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Cotswolds, one of England’s most scenic areas. Bath is very compact and easy to navigate, full of architectural gems that are close enough together to be able to view them over a short period of time. And, of course, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to be enjoyed when the activity is finished.
City and Country walk
A mix of peaceful countryside and historic city sights are the focus for this gentle walk of around two hours, a distance of some two miles. A guided tour takes visitors to see the city’s grandest Georgian Street and locations for films such as Persuasion and The Duchess, as well as the opportunity to see Jane Austen’s house, along with the gardens she strolled in. Walkers will learn about the history of Bath and its famous residents, such as artists Thomas Gainsborough and comedian Bill Bailey. The walk takes in a wander by the Kennett and Avon Canal and on up to the hills of Bath Skyline for stunning views.
Bath Skyline walk
With its elevated views and a plethora of wildflowers, Bath Skyline offers six miles of way-marked footpaths and many outstanding views over the city and towards the Blackdown Hills. There are hidden valleys to discover, rich in limestone with tranquil beech woodlands and a profusion of flowers. Little Solsbury Hill has an Iron Age fort that provides spectacular vistas, and walkers will also find sites of interest that include Roman settlements, as well as 18th century follies. The walk is ideal for those with dogs, though it’s important that pets have had dog wormers to protect against picking up pests when outside.
The Cotswold Way National Trail takes walkers through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers breathtaking scenery and an incredibly diverse landscape and environment. Whether it’s a relatively gentle stroll or a long-distance expedition, the Cotswolds can be enjoyed by all who love being out and about in the natural world. Local people enjoy having this on their doorstep; visitors are quite likely to return again and again to explore the different facets of the area, and dogs will revel in the open spaces. There are internationally renowned bluebell woods to be discovered in the springtime, alongside important grassland habitats. The geology of the region is of global significance and everywhere there are thriving market towns and quaint villages, all eager to welcome tired walkers to their pubs, restaurants and shops.
Bath Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Here’s a perfect way to entertain children while enjoying the benefits of a good walk and a peek into Bath’s rich heritage and history. From a Trail booklet that can be downloaded or posted, there are clues to be solved as information is gathered from statues, historical buildings and other quirky features. Not only is it a good way to take some exercise but it’s also a learning experience, teaching kids – and adults too – about many aspects of the city’s long and fascinating history.
Walking without good places to stop and enjoy good food and drink is not for everyone, though picnics are great for some al fresco dining. Artisanal Food and Drink Tours match keen foodies who like to walk with some of the best food and drink destinations Bath has to offer. History is important in this walking tour through the city’s elegant 18th century streets, but so too are superb eating and drinking opportunities. From farmers’ markets and ancient pubs, breweries and bakeries to artisanal coffees and fresh falafels, Bath has a cornucopia of top food hot spots. As a UNESCO World Heritage city, it is easy to walk in and this particular walk encompasses tastings and lots of tips for where to dine, drink and shop.
A city of delights
Walkers in and around Bath can explore and enjoy the city’s rich heritage as well as the stunning scenery in the surrounding Cotswolds. For those who like to take a gentle amble or a more arduous walk, Bath has many different options for individuals, families and walkers with dogs.