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.
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.
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