Seven sights to see on the Bath Skyline

View of Bushey Norwood, Bath Skyline

Discover an Iron Age hill fort, 18th-century follies, hidden valleys, tranquil woodlands and meadows all with an array of flora and fauna.

" I really believe I shall always be talking of Bath, when I am at home again–I do like it so very much…. Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?"
- Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

 

Bathwick Wood

A sensory experience, with pungent wild garlic and patches of vibrant bluebells in the Spring and vibrant Autumn colours. Budding archaeologists should look out for evidence of old medieval terraces and embankments.
 

Bushey Norwood

An area rich in ancient history. Look out for an Iron Age hillfort and early Roman earthworks. See if you can spot the standing stones, known locally as claver 'key' stones.
 

Smallcombe Wood

This site of ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife. Current planting includes: guelder rose, dogwood and small-leafed lime. Keep an eye out for birds such as nuthatch, wrens and blackcap. In early summer you might be lucky enough to see the rare gladdon, Solomon's seal and bee orchids. Why not have a look at the newly planted community nuttery?
 

Bathampton Wood Quarries

Bath Stone used to be quarried here. It's a type of prehistoric limestone that was formed when lime was deposited around shell fragments of sea creatures millions of years ago. If you have a look, you'll see that most of the buildings in the city below have been built with Bath stone.
 

Rainbow Wood Fields

Rainbow Wood gets its colourful name from the arc shape of the woodland. The distinctive natural mounds on the fields are home to the yellow meadow ant. Some of them are over 100 years old. In Spring look out for dog's mercury and Hart's tongue fern growing here.
 

Sham Castle (not National Trust)

Ralph Allen commissioned this 18th-century folly. He wanted to improve the view from his Bath town house. This is a good spot to rest your feet and have a picnic.
 

Prior Park Landscape Garden

This beautiful 18th-century landscape garden is set in a sweeping valley overlooking Bath. Did you know that there are only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world? Admission to Prior Park is free to National Trust members. You'll find the entrance on Ralph Allen Drive.