Wonderful Walks To Do On A Visit To Bath – Part Two
7 July 2020
Bath is more than just a city escape. Just a short walk from the city centre will bring you to spectacular countryside and sweeping views over the surrounding hills; and an excellent way to explore Bath’s beautiful countryside is on the Bath Skyline walking route.
The Bath Skyline walk is a six mile (9.6 km) circular walk through meadows, woodland, and secluded valleys. As the name suggests, it gives you lots of views over the city as it wends its way across the hills overlooking Bath, and it takes in some gorgeous unexpected sights along the way.
Solid shoes are definitely a good idea though as along the route are woodland paths and fields. The walk takes between three-and-a-half and four hours, and is a moderate walk that is suitable for all ages. And an added bonus for young children (and the young at heart!) is the natural playground to be found on the woodland path on Claverton Down.
One of our top highlights from the Bath Skyline walk is Sham Castle. This is a Grade II listed folly built in 1762 for Ralph Allen, Mayor of Bath, between 1742 and 1769 he built it in order “to improve the prospect” from his town house, and that it certainly would have done. At night the castle is lit up and makes for quite the pretty picture.
Another highlight is that of Prior Park.
Prior Park is a natural-landscape garden owned and managed by the National Trust. The gardens were designed in the early 18th Century by Capability Brown, and feature pools with curtain-wall cascades, a Gothic temple, a tea room (a more modern addition to the gardens it has to be said), and a Palladian bridge – one of only four bridges which still exist of this design. So picturesque is it, that this bridge has been the spot for more than one proposal of marriage.
Other things to enjoy along the walk are the fragrant hedgerows, blooming wildflowers, abundance of nature, and sounds of birdsong. It feels like another world on this walk, and is a perfect juxtaposition for once you’ve explored the city centre of Bath. We can recommend taking a picnic with you and stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery and simple enjoy your surroundings.
The map and detailed route instructions for the Bath Skyline walk can be found here on the National Trust’s Bath Skyline page.