Things to see and do on the Bath Skyline

A family on the Bath Skyline walk

There's so much to keep visitors of all ages busy on the National Trust's Bath Skyline.

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 an 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.

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 whilst enjoying a beautiful view of the city of Bath.

Dog walking

The Bath Skyline is a beautiful place to let your four-legged friend roam. Enjoy various scenic routes such as through Smallcombe Vale, over Bathwick fields or across Sham Castle Down.
Please be aware if walking between April and November you're very likely to encounter cattle grazing and we ask you to please keep your dogs under close control.

Bath Skyline walk

Get out and about and enjoy the 6-mile trek along the Bath Skyline. Encounter spectacular views of the Heritage City of Bath, intimate hidden valleys, 18th-century follies, tranquil woodlands and rolling meadows.

What's on

We regularly hold children's events and organised walks from the city centre onto the Bath Skyline.

Activities on the skyline

Whatever the season and whatever the weather, there's plenty to do for lovers of the outdoors.

Flora and fauna

Have you seen our yellow meadow anthills at Rainbow Wood? Find out all about these fascinating ants - what they eat, where they live and their life cycle.