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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.
Does it sound like your kind of experience? Please read on.
Plan of the trip:
Saturday (19 April 2014)
We will take a train to Bath from London and get to our hostel for around midday. After lunch we will do the Roman Baths' tour.
Sunday (20 April 2014)
We will do a guided walking tour of the city. In the morning and enjoy the Bath Spa in the afternoon.
Monday (21 April 2014)
We will do the Bath Skyline hike and take the train home in the afternoon. You will also have some free time to enjoy the town or book an extra spa session. :)
Early bird price of £166.5 applies if you pay in full by 19 March. From the 20 March till 31 March you can still get a slight discount and pay the total of £186.5. In April the full price of £206.5 will apply.
Please note that the dates above are the dates of when the money reaches my account. Some banks take shorter some take longer to process your transfers, so please check with your bank how long it takes before deciding on the day on which to send the payment.
2 night's accommodation, 2 x light breakfast, guided city tour, Roman Baths' entry tickets, 1.5 hours cross Bath Spa session, train tickets.
What's not included:
Lunches and dinners and drinks
Deposit: of £100 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place. Please note, until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed.
The final payments: have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. Please put this date in your diary now as no reminders will be sent and if you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/ . Please make sure you account for the paypal fees in your calculations (so the £3.70 on top of £100 deposit should not be deducted from the reminder of the payment)
Meeting time and trains: will be emailed to the ones that sign up.
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IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer:
'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.
You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider).
With all the crazy stuff happening with the weather recently, please note that we may be prevented from doing some of activities due to unpredictable weather events. If this is the case replacement activities will be offered.
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure; http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/ .
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).
Please note, this event is organised by Curious Kat's Adventure Club and to confirm your attendance you have to sign up through our main group: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/events/158461512/