Nourished by Britain's only natural hot springs, Bath is a city shaped by its waters. We will visit the magnificent Roman Baths temple and bathe in Bath's warm, mineral-rich waters at Thermae Bath Spa.
We will savour the magnificent views down into the picturesque World Heritage City of Bath, walk through history from an Iron Age hill fort to 18th-century follies and stroll through the peace of hidden valleys, tranquil woodlands and patchworks of small meadows, all rich in wildlife.
This is a weekend trip!
Does it sound like your kind of experience? Please read on.
Plan of the trip
· Travel: We will take the 9:27am train from Clapham Junction and we will arrive in Bath at 11:46am (2h 19 journey).
· Guided Walk: We will check into the hostel, have a snack and leave for the beautiful Bath Skyline walk. Grade: Moderate Distance: 6 miles (9.6km) Time: 3 hours. For more details please read below.
· Dinner and social: We will enjoy dinner and drinks.
· Walking tour of the city
· Visit to the Roman Baths
· Spa experience (1.5h) – what a better way to relax after all the sightseeing and walking?
· Travel: We will take the 20:13 train from Bath to Clapham Junction and arrive at the destination at 22:36 (Journey time 2h 23m)
The price for this trip is £108 and it includes:
- Train tickets0000
- Roman Baths tickets
- Thermal Spa experience (1.5 hours)
- Accommodation (dorm style – please make a note when you book if you would like to be in a female only or mixed dorm)
- Countryside walk
- Guided walking tour of the city
Please pay the non refundable deposit of £50 by 15th June and the rest by the 10th July 2012.
A little bit more about the activities and adventures:
Bath Skyline Walk:
Distance 6 miles (9.7km)
Walk in a nutshell
A moderately long but well-marked circular walk with fabulous views of Bath. You'll pass an 18th-century landscape garden with elegant and eccentric follies, and lovely, peaceful woodland. There are some steep sections, and quite a lot of stiles and gates. There are also many other footpaths crisscrossing the main route, so feel free to improvise along the way.
Why it's special
Architecturally, Bath is without question one of Britain's finest cities. The ancient Roman remains, the awesome gothic abbey, the elegant Georgian terraces: together they were recognised with world heritage status in 1987, and the whole city is laid out beneath you on this walk. You also pass the glorious gardens of Prior Park, including one of only four of the world's Palladian bridges.
Keep your eyes peeled for
Sham Castle, towards the end of the walk, is the quixotic vision of Ralph Allen, the 18th-century entrepreneur and resident of Prior Park who owned the quarries that provided much of the stone for Bath's Georgian buildings. Wanting to improve the view from his house, and provide some extra work for local stonemasons, Allen commissioned this almost Disneyish idea of a medieval ruin. The area is great for wildlife too. Look out for deer, buzzards and butterflies, and giant anthills near Rainbow Wood, about halfway round.
The Roman Baths is one of the largest tourist attractions in South West England. Around Britain's only hot springs, the Romans built the finest religious spa in northern Europe. This great temple and bathing complex still flows with natural hot water. The extensive remains and a Roman museum of international significance lie beneath the Pump Room and Abbey Church Yard in the center of Bath.
An intimate open-air thermal bath, the Cross Bath is a separate building with its own changing facilities and provides an alternative to the more extensive facilities of in the New Royal Bath.
Included in a 1½ hour spa session is access to the open-air thermal bath in the historic Cross Bath. In this special setting, you can bathe in the thermal waters, which emerge from a specially-commissioned poolside fountain. The Cross Spring is steeped in history and is recognised as an official sacred site.
Natural Thermal Waters
The natural thermal springs were first discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, who was cured from his skin disease after bathing in the waters. The waters were then enjoyed by the Celts, Romans, Saxons and Georgians and are the constant thread throughout the history of Bath.
The water fell as rain around 10,000 years ago and then sank to a depth of about 2km. Here it is heated by high temperature rocks before rising back up through one of the three hot springs in the centre of the City, the Cross Spring, Hetling or King’s Spring, which supplies the Roman Baths.
The thermal waters contain over 42 different minerals, the most concentrated being sulphate, calcium & chloride. Over 1 million litres of this mineral-rich water flow from the springs each day.
The thermal water in all four baths at Thermae is the optimum bathing temperature of approximately 33.5°C (92°F).