Roman Baths, thermal Spa, Georgian City and Sham Castle - Bath Skyline adventure

  • April 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Highlights:

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.

Meeting point: We will meet at Clapham Junction Station at the main entrance, next to the ticket offices. When you arrive at the station, please ask a staff member for the main entrance (St John's Hill) as there are a couple of entrances available.

Meeting time and trains: I will be waiting for you between 9:05 and 9:17 at the meeting point. I will have the tickets sorted by then so you just need to make sure you are there.:J At 9:17 we will make our way to the platform so you will have to catch
up with us at the platform if you are late (you will need to use your travel card to get in as I will have the tickets).

We will be taking the 9:27 train and arrive in Bath at 11:46
(2h 19 journey). If you miss the train I
m afraid you will have
to make your own travel arrangements and buy one more ticket.

Contact:
My number is 078 322 979 17 . Please make sure you save it before leaving the house. Please do not leave voice mail or email me on the day as I will not be checking it until the evening that day or even after the trip. If you are having problems getting through, it
s probably because 10 other people are calling me at the same time please text me in that case, its easier and quicker to get back to you this way.

We should get to the hostel around 12noon.

Plan of the trip

Day 1

· Travel: We will take the 9:27am train from Clapham Junction and we will arrive in Bath at 11:46am (2h 19 journey).

· Countryside 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.

Day 2

· 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?

· Dinner

· 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)

What’s included?

The early bird price for this trip is £120 (full price will be £140 after early bird promotion ends) and it includes:

  • Train tickets0000
  • Roman Baths tickets
  • Thermal Spa experience (1.5 hours)
  • Accommodation (4 quads, 1 double 8 places in female only dorms and 1 single. If you would like the single room there is a £10 extra charge. It will be allocated on first come first served basis so if you would like it, please make a comment when you sign up so that we all know when it has been taken. Unless you specify in the comments which room you would like the places will be allocated on the basis of what's left.)
  • Countryside walk
  • Guided walking tour of the city

Not included:

  • Meals
  • Drinks

Please pay the non refundable deposit of £50 by March 2013.

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.

Roman Baths:

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.

Cross 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 anImage: the overflow water from the Roman Baths, the stone is stained orange due to the mineral content of waterd 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).


Detailed Plan of the trip:

Day 1

Meeting point:
Meeting in Clapham Junction by the ticket machines at the main entrance. Please ask the staff member which entrance is the main one as there are 3 entrances that all look as if they could be the main one.

Meeting time and trains: I will be waiting for you between 9:05 and 9:17 at the meeting point. I will have the tickets sorted by then so you just need to make sure you are there. J At 9:17 we will make our way to the platform so you will have to catch
up with us at the platform if you are late (you will need to use your travel card to get in as I will have the tickets).

We will be taking the 9:27 train and arrive in Bath at 11:46
(2h 19 journey). If you miss the train I
m afraid you will have
to make your own travel arrangements and buy one more ticket.

Contact:
My number is 078 322 979 17. Please make sure you save it before leaving the house. Please do not leave voice mail or email me on the day as I will not be checking it until the evening that day. If you are having problems getting through, it
s probably because 10 other people are calling me at the same time please text me in that case, its easier and quicker to get back to you this way.

We should get to the hostel around 2noon. As it seemed a bit omplicated with ordering food there (we were far rom unanimous nswer), please make sure you bring packed lunch for Sturday. You may also be able o pre-order a packed lunch at the hostel (£4.95, if you wish to do so, please contact Maggie at Bath MCA directly: [masked] )


At 12:30pm we will leave for the hike. It’s Bath Syline and it
should take us around 3 hours.
Grade: Moderate; Distance: 6 miles (9.6km)

We will be back in the town for around 3:30pm. We should have enough time to have a shower and get changed and sort out the food.

4:30pm - Roman Bath’s tour, takes about 1.5 hours.

6:00pm we can decide where we want to go for food, hang out,
have drinks etc.

We may have just enough time between the hike and Roman Baths to refresh in the hostel, but depending on the walking speed of the group we may need to go straight to the Roman Baths. Please be ready for either option.

Day 2

Breakfast: light breakfast is included, you can ask for a cooked
breakfast and pay extra if you wish (
£3.50).

9:30am we will leave the hostel and head down to the city centre to join the walking tour. The walks start outside the Pump
Room in Abbey Church Yard
at the sign board 'Free Walking Tours Here'. It is a free walking tour of Bath which include the
main points of historical and architectural interest. It lasts approximately 2 hours.

My intention was to book us a private tour, but as this would have had to be booked 4 weeks in advance I was not able to do it
(most of you guys RSVPed past that deadline). However we can still join this one, but we cannot admit that we are an organized group. I will explain more when I see you.

The tour starts at 10:30 and will end at 12:30.

12:30 we will have some free time to browse, eat or do
whatever else we please.

At 1:45pm we will meet outside of the Thermae Bath Spa for our 2 hours spa session.

4pm – 5pm free time to browse, eat etc. We could decide to have a dinner together before picking up our bags and heading down to the station, Im open to suggestions.

We will take the 6:13pm train from Bath and Arrive in Clapham
Junction at
9:06pm (via Reading).

Some of the things you should bring:

A towel

Hiking boots and clothes (it can be a bit muddy on the hike)

Waterproofs – just in case, after all we are in UK and it is
known to rain sometimes

Packed lunch for Saturday

Swimming suit to wear in the Spa

Please note this list is not exhaustive its just some suggestions
that I can think off now.
J

Hostel facilities:

Hostel Breakfast included in the price

Bed linen

24 hour staffed reception

Laundry facilities

Towel hire

No lockout / curfew

Secure lockers / left luggage area

Internet access / WiFi in reception area / tel / fax facilities

Restaurant open to residents and public

Bath YMCA DO NOT have a self catering
kitchen.



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  • George Taylor

    If anyone wants to see them, these were the pictures i took.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ta...­

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    Great weekend team! Man of the match award goes to the lovely train conductor who resolved our train dilemas at a great price.

    Looking forward to my next adventure and pleased there will be no bunk beds involved.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • George Taylor

    Had a great time walking around the bath skyline, amazing views. Met a great bunch of people and really enjoyed myself.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Tim Northam

    Wish I could write am adventure club blog to say how much fun the weekend was. ;)

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, thank you all for coming! It was an awesome weekend! :) I have posted the photos on Facebook. Have a look and tag yourselves! https://www.facebook.com/media/s...­

    3 · April 28, 2013

  • George Taylor

    Was a great weekend, can't wait to see all the photo's. Great meeting you all.

    April 28, 2013

  • Zara

    Hi everyone!
    Would anyone like to take my place for this trip and transfer the deposit?

    April 21, 2013

    • Kat

      (they charge a fee for processing payments)

      April 22, 2013

    • Loriana

      Hy Zara, I don't know how to respond to your email ! But thanx for the offer :) Unfortunatly I have something on that sunday and forgot to take me out of the waiting list... So annoying though !!! I would love to come this week end !! Thanx again :)

      April 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Contact: My number is 078 322 979 17. Please make sure you save it before leaving the house. Please do not leave voice mail or email me on the day as I will not be checking it until the evening that day. If you are having problems getting through, it’s probably because 10 other people are calling me at the same time – please text me in that case, it’s easier and quicker to get back to you this way.
    We should get to the hostel around 12noon.

    April 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Meeting time and trains: I will be waiting for you between 9:05 and 9:17 at the meeting point. I will have the tickets sorted by then so you just need to make sure you are there. J At 9:17 we will make our way to the platform so you will have to catch up with us at the platform if you are late (you will need to use your travel card to get in as I will have the tickets). We will be taking the 9:27 train and arrive in Bath at 11:46 (2h 19 journey). If you miss the train I’m afraid you will have to make your own travel arrangements and buy one more ticket.

    April 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Meeting point: Meeting in Clapham Junction by the ticket machines at the main entrance. Please ask the staff member which entrance is the main one as there are 3 entrances that all look as if they could be the main one.

    April 22, 2013

  • Katrina

    Where in Clapham junction will we meet? Are we paying the rest of the money cash?

    April 19, 2013

    • Curious Kat

      Hi Katrina, I have updated the meeting point in the description of the event. Regarding the payment - I have emailed everyone yesterday - could you please make the payment into my bank account by the end of the day tomorrow? The bank details can be found here: http://www.adventurec...­

      April 20, 2013

  • Anna

    Kat, if there are places in female dorm, please book one for me :)

    April 19, 2013

  • George Taylor

    kat, i am not sure if i have paid the remainder of the money, could you check for me.

    April 19, 2013

  • clair barrett

    if anyone would like to take my spot as I cannot atttend just let me know with a comment cheers

    April 13, 2013

    • Michelle

      Kat. I've paid my deposit via PayPal, please let me know if you need me to do anything else and if this is all gone through. Excited!

      April 13, 2013

    • Kat

      That's excellent, thank you, I will check all the details and process the refund tomorrow.

      1 · April 19, 2013

  • Anna

    Hi Kat,

    When do I need to pay the remaining £70?

    April 17, 2013

  • Tim Northam

    Hey, I'm up for this trip. I tried to book it but the app crashed. I am happy to take your place Clair?

    March 31, 2013

    • Kat

      Hey Tim, I'm confused - I have just had a look on the list and you are there along others. I'm not sure what was your query. Please email me privately if you have any further questions so that we don't spam everyone coming to the trip. My email address is [masked]

      April 13, 2013

    • Michelle

      Does this mean Tim was already a paying member and there's a space? I'm on the waiting list and would love to join you?

      April 13, 2013

  • Aumen Kanavathy

    Will meet you at Bath Station

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love the look of this but it'd be my first time meeting you all - is this ok?!

    April 4, 2013

    • Kat

      Absolutely fine. :)

      April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, would love to join the trip. Is it still available as the deposit was due in March?

    April 4, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes, there are still 4 places left

      April 4, 2013

  • clair barrett

    Was so looking forward to it ...sounds amazing next time ;)

    March 30, 2013

  • clair barrett

    I'm so silly I booked is weekend thinking it was march...oops even went to the train station looking for everyone feel v foolish...I can't go on the 27th of April as I have another weekend away booked..any chance of some one else taking my spot and getting a refund ?

    March 30, 2013

  • Katrina

    I'm yet to go on my first meetup tomorrow night , so booking this weekend trip with you guys was a very spontaneous thing to do.
    Specially being me. I'm very nervous...

    March 27, 2013

    • George Taylor

      I am at babble tomorrow as well Katrina, come grab me and i will tell you how much fun kat's events are

      1 · March 27, 2013

    • Katrina

      Great! It'll be nice to have a familiar face around :)

      March 27, 2013

  • R

    Highly recommend Bath

    March 27, 2013

  • Damon

    Another time

    March 24, 2013

  • terence freedman

    excellent visit. remember to try the scrumpy.

    March 18, 2013

  • Elisa

    is still possible to book the single room?

    March 18, 2013

    • Kat

      It's on first come first served basis, so whoever reserved first in the comments section will get it.
      I can not look it up for you now as I'm travelling and have limited access to Internet.

      March 18, 2013

  • Jane Bryant

    Apologies I can't make any in April so far - see you in May

    March 18, 2013

  • Kat

    Single room reserved by Damon.

    March 3, 2013

  • Sarah

    I want to check my dates but I am a definite maybe.

    January 21, 2013

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