Overlooking one of the UK’s most historic cities the Bath Skyline takes you high above the world, onto the hills above Bath and beyond, through meadows and ancient woodlands to secluded valleys, bringing to life the panoramic ‘countryside in the city’ views. We’ll meet at Sydney Gardens, one of Britain’s most extensive and attractive remaining Georgian Pleasure Gardens which dates back to 1795. A draw to fashionable society, early patrons included Jane Austen, who lived for several years in adjoining Sydney Place.
From here we walk up Bathwick Hill, a wonderful street lined with historic houses, and head towards Sham Castle – an extravagant folly commissioned by Ralph Allen in the eighteenth century with no more purpose than to adorn his estate and provide employment for the local artisans an 18th-century folly. It also has spectacular views of Bath and we’ll stop to take photos.
Our Bath Nordic walkers will know the next section well as we turn south and follow a lovely section of Bathampton Woods, a lesser-known hidden gem. Then we turn south towards Claverton, a small village that lies the southern end of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Finally we head towards Smallcombe Wood, an excellent place for birdwatching with nuthatch, wrens and blackcap. Then north to Widcombe, one of Bath’s most sought-after districts with its impressive Georgian terraces, returning to the start to enjoy a hot drink or some food in Holbourne Museum.
Led by Sarah Lillywhite
Date: Saturday 17th August 10am
Meeting Point Sydney Gardens- park at Holbourne Museum car park, Great Pulteney St, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4DB. Car Parking charges will apply £5
Duration 2 and a half hrs, approx 5.75 miles
Terrain Meadows, woods, paths and climbs. There may be muddy sections so good footwear essential.
All cancellations will be automatically credited to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. Please note you will not receive any refund if you cancel 72 hours before this walk.