Mothering Sunday Walk - Bath Skyline - 6 miles (9.6km)

  • March 30, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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It's a six mile walk with spectacular views overlooking the World Heritage Site of Bath, managed and promoted by the National Trust. - OS Map: Landranger 172.

How to get here: 

By foot: within 1 mile from Bath city centre, up a steep hill. Join the walk at start. 

By bus: City Sightseeing tour bus from Bath Spa station, alight American Museum. Buses 8, 18 and 418, City Centre to Bath University, Join walk at point 1 or point 5 for level walk

By train: Bath Spa, 1 mile, then walk to start

By car: Bath is just off A4 Bath to Bristol and A36 Bath to Warminster; 16 miles (25km) from J18 on M4. There are no National Trust car parks on the Skyline, but there are frequent bus services from the city centre

Waymarked circular walk. Paths are muddy in wet weather and steep in places, with some stiles and gates. Take care when crossing busy roads. This walk follows the recommended route. However, there are lots of other footpaths that detour from the main route, which cross level ground and avoid some of the steeper hills. Dogs welcome on leads only as cattle and sheep graze the meadows. 

Explore the Bath Skyline along six miles of way-marked footpaths.

Discover hidden valleys, rich in limestone flowers and tranquil beech woodlands, interspersed with extensive views over Bath and out towards the Blackdown Hills.

The Iron Age fort on Little Solsbury Hill offers the perfect vantage point for spectacular views over Bath.

The limestone grassland slopes support a variety of plants and attract a number of butterflies.

The skylark has also made its home here. Listen out for their distinctive song, a warbling of short trills, in late spring.

Prior Park Landscape Garden, meanwhile, is a beautiful and intimate garden with a Palladian Bridge; one of only four in the world.

Prior Park was once owned by 18th-century entrepreneur, Ralph Allen, who also owned much of the Bath Skyline. Discover the newly restored wilderness with cascade and serpentine lake.

Route overview

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 hidden valleys, woodlands and patchworks of small meadows, all rich in wildlife.

This walk burns as much energy as playing 90 minutes of football, according to new research. Read the story:http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-skyline-walk-energy/

Start: Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647

Standing on Bathwick Hill, with your back to Cleveland Walk, take the path opposite that goes between houses. Go through kissing gate and bear left diagonally across field. Through next kissing gate, after 82yd (75m) go through another kissing gate and enter Richens Orchard. Exit Orchard through another kissing gate and follow track right. Go through kissing gate, down slope and steps and follow until another kissing gate. Cross track to next kissing gate and bear diagonally right uphill. 

Stop and enjoy the spectacular views over the Georgian city of Bath and as far across as the Mendips. 

Go through kissing gate into field opposite and bear right diagonally uphill to kissing gate. Bear diagonally left uphill across next field towards houses. At far corner turn right immediately after kissing gate to road. Turn left uphill on road. After last house turn right across road and follow path uphill through woods. At kissing gate A, turn right and follow path straight ahead to gap in wall. 110yd (100m) across next field, take path bearing right away from main gravel track. Enter trees, cross the junction of tracks and follow steps downhill with railings on right. At bottom of slope turn left before kissing gate, keeping railings on your right.

At gateway, turn left uphill through trees to playing fields then turn right, keeping the fence on your left. Keep on round the perimeter of field, then go through metal gate which leads to a gravel track. Go straight across, through the kissing gate into woodland. Keep straight on across private drive, pass field on left and keep on through more woodland. Follow path to right as it skirts an old quarry and finally arrive at houses at woodland edge. 

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Beautiful and intimate landscape garden with Palladian Bridge; one of only four in the world. Prior Park was once owned by 18th-century entrepreneur, Ralph Allen, who also owned much of the Bath Skyline. Discover the newly restored wilderness with cascade and serpentine lake (ST760631).

Turn left through kissing gate into field. Keep field boundary on right and at end of field take the right of two gates and follow path along wall. At main road turn left and after 27yd (25m) turn right down narrow footpath. Go straight on at playing field, keeping boundary immediately on left and come to RSPCA home on left.

Turn right on road and after 110yd (100m) turn left over stone stile in wall. After 22yd (20m) turn right at crossing path, go through gate, then left and continue down track. Follow to first corner of field, go through kissing gate and bear left across field. At corner, where field and woodland meet, go through kissing gate and cross field, following woodland edge to your right.

At end of field go through kissing gate and enter Bathampton Woods. At first fork bear right and keep to main trail through woods.

Leave woods and continue straight on. Bear left, slightly uphill, heading towards the right of the TV masts. As you approach the masts, theres a woodland on right and a golf course on left. The path gradually moves away from the woodland and joins a track just to the right of the masts.

Follow track to second kissing gate on right, down into woods. Path drops down very steeply through trees, then go to left just before a wire fence. Continue on path, winding through trees, go up some wooden steps to viewpoint and stone pillars of golf club drive. Here, make a short detour to Sham Castle then return to route and go through kissing gate on right of stone pillars and follow path downhill with field boundary on left. Alternatively, for a level walk, continue from the Castle and follow path, keeping plantation on left, across field to stile. Cross wooden bridge and continue along track through car park, at end turn right and carry on along private road. Carry straight on until Bathwick Hill, opposite Copseland. Walk down Copseland and cross Widcombe Hill to Quarry Farm. Continue along path to kissing gate on right. Rejoin route at A. 

Sham Castle

Eighteenth-century folly commissioned by Ralph Allen to provide employment for local stonemasons and to improve the view from his home in Lilliput Alley.

At bottom of slope go through kissing gate onto road (cross with care) and turn right along pavement. Take footpath left between a field and a garden and follow downhill to emerge onto Clevedon Walk. Turn left to Bathwick Hill and the start of the walk.

End: Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647 

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  • Yvonne

    Excellent!

    March 25

    • Claudine

      What happened? Was looking fwd to see you on the walk.

      April 1

  • Claudine

    Thank you to everyone who came and walked with me and too those who helped. This was my biggest group of walkers so far. The walk was different from my recce walk. A few found it hard and dropped out. Others ended up walking on their own and a good handful carried on walking with me after half way. We found the missing foot path by the dogs and cats home. Gillian showed me where I had gone wrong on the recce.

    1 · April 1

  • Pauline

    I think I know where this is but is there parking? I've done this walk before a couple of times and it is easy to park by the Cat and Dogs home, up the road a bit near the Uni. Just a thought.

    March 21

  • Tim B.

    Very nice walk and nice to meet every one……but what happened to the pub afterwards Claud?

    April 1

    • Claudine

      What? I had to leave Jane had been waiting over an hour for me. She finished the walk hours before us.

      1 · April 1

  • Emma A.

    Thanks all for a fabulous walk, a beautiful day for it and nice to meet lots of lovely new people. Hope to see you on future walks

    1 · March 30

  • Susan J.

    Apologies, I am not now going to make it. Enjoy the lovely weather and the lovely views.

    March 30

  • yvette

    Are dogs allowed to join the walk, have a small friendly jack Russell, no problem if not!?

    March 21

    • Kay

      Hi Yvette, The National Trust website says dogs on leads welcome - I'm planning to bring mine.

      March 22

    • Claudine

      Remember your dog water too. Many walkers forget the water for dogs. Dogs who are friendly and like people are welcome today.

      March 30

  • Pauline

    Claudine - do you have a mobile number please so I can ring if I can't find starting point. I'm still not clear on this. I'll walk down Bathwick Hill (I think that is the main road) and hopefully I'll find you at some point. Does that sound right?

    March 25

  • Claudine

    March 30

  • Emma A.

    Morning Terry & Yvonne, mine would get in from chippenham at 9:39. Does that work?

    March 23

    • Emma A.

      Sorry to hear that Kay but thanks for letting me know.

      March 29

    • Yvonne

      Hi -l'm going to have to work this am. So I won't be at the station either

      March 30

  • Susan J.

    As Terry suggests I too will aim to be on Bathwick Hill opposite the junction with Cleveland walk.

    March 29

    • Alana

      I think it would be a good idea to have a definite meeting place. I have been on walks before and people have ended up unsure about the starting point. If ok with you can I meet there as well? X

      March 29

  • Rhoda

    Really sorry but can't come tomorrow, after all - thought I'd get my work finished today but I'll have to work on Sunday now :-(.

    March 29

  • Colleen

    Hey to the guys I was meeting at Bath station. Really sorry but due to unforeseen commitments I can no longer make it. Gutted as the route sounds fab. Have a lovely time and hopefully catch you on another meet up soon :)

    March 28

  • Terry C.

    hi heres my number for anyone whos meeting just outside bath train station for trundle up bathwick hill[masked] ta terry

    March 27

  • Kay

    Does anyone know if we are stopping for lunch at a venue en route or bringing our own sandwiches?

    March 27

  • Terry C.

    good evening fellow walkers i will wait for everyone at the exit as you go down main stairs you turn left through ticket turnstyles just outside just had a look on google maps found our starting point,have agood evening.

    1 · March 24

    • Emma A.

      Perfect, see you there

      March 24

  • Yvonne

    That works for me - see you there.

    March 24

  • Terry C.

    ok colleen will wait for you at bath train station ticket office about 9.45am

    March 23

    • Colleen

      Great!! Thank you Terry :)

      March 24

  • Kay

    I'm thinking of the train from Chippenham that gets in at 9:39 too, will probably be easier than finding somewhere to park. I'll have my dog, she's never been on a train before!

    1 · March 23

    • Emma A.

      Great, so could meet you at Chippenham station and then meet up with Terry and Yvonne at 9:45 at bath, all wander to start from there.

      1 · March 23

    • Colleen

      Hey guys. I am also getting train in from Swindon. Can I meet you also at Bath train station please?

      2 · March 23

  • Terry C.

    yvonne good afternoon your train gets in at bath at 9.17 or from keynshamcould meet you both about 9.45 in bath train station ticket office will post phone number near date if this helps?

    March 23

  • Yvonne

    I'm getting the train from Keynsham and intend to walk up. My train gets in at 9.17 ish - so I'm easy on the times.

    1 · March 23

  • Terry C.

    morning emma i will be getting the train from temple meads for the bath walk on the 30th of march what time will you be setting off terry.

    March 23

  • Emma A.

    Morning all, is anyone else getting train to bath and want to meet up at station to walk to start point?

    March 23

  • Susan J.

    Hi, is the starting point Ralph Allen drive or Bathwick hill? The top says the former, the walk details say the latter. I think it should be the latter.

    March 13

    • Claudine

      Bathwich Hill near North Road, there is a walking sign near by that is the starting point.

      1 · March 17

    • Gillian

      Hi Claudine I'm afraid I still don't understand the start point, North Road runs parallel to Bathwick Hill but the meet at the top of the hill. Do you mean there or do you mean where Cleveland Walk meets Bathwick Hill as per walk above?

      March 21

  • Claudine

    Anyone got room for a few in their car from Bristol have a few needing a pick up please.

    March 17

  • Karen G.

    Sorry i've changed my mind just lots going on that day. Really looking forward to hunstrete though Claudine. I won't be cancelling that

    1 · March 16

  • Pam P.

    Sorry to cancel but now going away for that weekend

    March 9

  • Claudine

    Please do not be late for the walk. Clocks will spring forward an hour at 1 am on Sunday, March 30, 2014, when BST starts and the country moves out of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This means losing an hour of sleep in the morning. The walk must start at 10.30 am because I can see a few needing to stop on route. Take a look at the recce photos on Bristol hiking.

    1 · February 17

  • Claudine

    More places for this walk is on the Bristol Hiking group.

    1 · February 17

  • Claudine

    For all walks listed by myself, please make sure that you're fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It's much better to find a walk a little too slow or easy than to exhaust yourself.

    Some walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join and bring some food and drink - even if the walk includes a pub or café break.

    Walk leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organiser or leader in advance. For the safety of yourself and others please follow any advice and guidelines issued by the organiser and the instructions of the leader. Although walking is a very low risk activity, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.

    Thanks

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Claudine

    We now have 20 people wanting to walk on the day. Thank you for adding your names.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Claudine

    So far we have 17 people book in for this walk. Thank you for adding your names.

    November 24, 2013

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