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Bath Weekender: Roman Baths, Hike over Viaducts and Rivers and visit Pubs!

  • May 10, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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See the Roman Baths, Hike Viaducts and the Avon River, and Discover the Local Pubs!

Come with us on an adventure to the amazing city of Bath. Now we do generally prefer the outdoors to the cultural sights on this group ...however... Bath, you just have to see. There are a lot of things lined up on this trip, for a start as it's really convenient to get there from London, that means you get a full afternoon sightseeing in Bath even on the first day! Bath is awesome, there are some great routes for hikes along the famous River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Bath is called Bath, yes, for our international people – because of the Baths! Now you can imagine back in 836 BC hot bath water was something to get excited about. That is about when the hot springs of Bath were first discovered however it is the Roman's that first started construction bathing houses around the springs like those we identify them with now. We will of course visit the Roman Bath's and also the highly recommended Bath Therme Spa, where you can actually go in and have a swim, sauna steam or massage – don't miss their awesome outside roof top pool - pictured. You get a panoramic roof top view of the city from inside the steaming warmth of the pool. The steam rooms are also amazing, each chamber set in a central hall and infused with a different essential oil.

We'll then have group dinner and drinks out in a pub in Bath on the first night, it's a really beautiful city at night, most of the buildings are carved out of pretty Bath stone, and they light them up at night, it's gorgeous.

On the second and day we then are up to our normal tricks With some hiking through the surrounding countryside, with a hike or sightseeing option for the third day.

On Day 2, we'll do a hike route along the river Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal at points the path runs right between these two waterways, and along the way we'll check out the Dundas Aquaduct, it's there – so you've got to, look at this!

You can walk right over the top of it! We then continue through the countryside with amazing landscapes, right through the countryside and back into Bath. As always you do need to be in good physical fitness to join us for these hikes. You can use this page to see pictures of part of the route http://www.paulspages.co.uk/bbcycle/kacycleclassic.shtml, use the drop down to “go to” Dundas, and then use the left hand cursor arrow to see pictures of the route to Bath.

We'll then have another great night of pub dinner and drinks at the end of the day.

Day 3: On our final day we can either take the nine minute train ride up to the edge of Keynesham, so that we can do our second hike along the Bristol and Bath Railway path, or enjoy some more time in Bath City.

The second days hike is about 7 miles and the path takes us over the viaduct at Avon and follows the old railway route all the way back to Bath, again intersecting several times with the river Avon . You can see pictures of part of the route here http://www.paulspages.co.uk/bbcycle/bbcycleclassic.shtml use the drop down to “go to” Bitton, and then use the left hand cursor arrow to see pictures of the route to Bath.

These are new routes, so you should be up for exploring ! If I don't lead the hike on the third day I will ensure you have the maps, but it's a straight line basically, and sign posted!!

Either way, back in Bath we'll have a little bit of time to have a bit of food and relax in the pub, or to check out anything you've not seen yet in Bath, before we depart to get back to London before late evening. This is going to be an awesome weekend of sightseeing, river hikes and night's out, in one of the greatest locations in the UK :D

 

There is about a gazillion other things to do in Bath! (Hover for links)

To name a few:

Royal Crescent and Number One Royal Crescent.

The world famous royal crescent – see\ bottom picture and a restored and authentically furnished town house

Assembly Rooms

The eighteenth century Ball Room, Octagon, Tea Room and Card Room of the magnificent Assembly Rooms

Beckford's Tower and Museum
Built in 1827 a 120 foot neo-classical tower.

The Guildhall

The city's council offices are housed in this ornate Georgian building

St Michaels Without

1825 Gothic Church.

And much, much more see here: http://visitbath.co.uk/

All the hikes are optional so you can go off exploring on your own if you'd like to.

Video of Bath and Surroundings at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1n_iVJ2Ews&feature=plcp

What's included:

Two nights Accommodation

Two continental breakfast

Guided Hikes days 2 and 3

Everyone coming on this weekend will also get a years free entry to all our day events. (Travel not included).

Not included:

Trains to Keynesham (2 stops, 9 minutes, £3.80)

Lunches, dinners, drinks

Entrance to Bath attractions or Roman Baths

Travel from/to London


Accommodation:

Our hostel is a beautiful old bathstone building set back in it's own leafy grounds just ten minutes from the center of Bath.

It's dorm accommodation and we'll be sharing rooms of between 4 and 10 people, we will try to get the ones with less beds in them when we're there but this can't be guaranteed beforehand.

Cost:

£93.00

You can pay by bank transfer or pay pal.

Bank Transfer

to:

NatWest Bank

C Baker

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Be sure to use your name and the event reference e.g. “Smith Bath[masked]” as the payment reference.

 

Pay Pal payments are subject to an additional fee which is the withdrawal fee they charge us so, if paying by pay pal these are the amounts you pay are:

Cost £93.00 (Total cost by pay pal £97.20)

 

Top up payments

If you've already paid a deposit by pay pal, to pay any additional amounts remove and re mark your rsvp, (select change rsvp/ mark as no, press rsvp, then mark as yes again, tick the box as you do this which confirms “I agree to the refund policy” and then press rsvp. You will be able to change the amount of the payment in the free text box.

Deposits and payments are non refundable

Only payment confirms your place on this trip.

 

Travel:

The other great thing about Bath is there are several really cheap ways to get there!

We are getting a public coach:

To Bath:

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10.30

London Victoria

Arriving Bath Spa at 13.30


and

Return

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18.10 Bath Spa,

arriving London Victoria at 21.10

You can currently get this for just £15.00!!!!!

It will go up nearer the time!

You can also get the train, it's cheap if you book earlier, in which case you should go to Bath Spa, arriving for 13.00, Friday , and departing on Sunday after 18.30.

 

Car Sharing:

We very much encourage you to car share. Feel free to use the message board to list petrol costs and leaving times.

 

Important:Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!

Worried about coming on your own? Questions about distance, footwear, weather, walking pace return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions here:

http://www.meetup.com/Green-London-Walks-Days-out-and-Weekends/messages/boards/thread/17073472/0/#[masked]

Questions/queries:

Feel free to ask us any questions via the contact the organiser button below the profile picture on the left hand sidebar.

 

An awesome weekend of sightseeing, river hikes and night's out in one of the greatest locations in the UK

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