Walking trail

Bath Skyline walk

Walking trail

Savour the magnificent views down into the picturesque World Heritage City of Bath on our most popular walking trail.

Spectacular views of Bath City, Mendips and beyond

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 research. Stop off at the American Museum at Claverton Down and enjoy a free cookie and coffee with your admission fee when you present your printed Skyline map.


Map route for Bath Skyline walk


Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647


Standing on Bathwick Hill with your back to Cleveland Walk , take the wide path past a bus-stop between houses. Go through kissing gate into a field and bear left diagonally across keeping view of Bath to your right. Through next kissing gate, follow along fence 75m, through another kissing gate into Richens orchard. Exit orchard through a kissing gate and bear right over field and down slope to kissing gate. Go through, downhill with sharp right, steps and path down to kissing gate by a lane. Cross lane and through next kissing gate into field.

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A group of walkers on the Bath Skyline


Climb hill with Nuttery on your right and wooden steps near top. Go through kissing gate, bear diagonally left uphill across next field towards large Georgian terraced houses (Macaulay buildings). Exit through kissing gate onto road (Widcombe Hill), turn left uphill (do not go along Prospect Rd). After last house cross road (cross with care), enter path next to a utility building uphill of side road, and follow steeply uphill through woods. At kissing gate A turn right and follow flat path (and cycle track) with field to left to gap in wall. 100m across next field, take path bearing right away from cycle track. Enter trees, cross a junction of tracks and follow steps downhill with railings on right. At bottom of steps bear left along path with views, keeping railings on your right.


Go through stone pillars and bear left uphill through trees to playing fields. Walk round perimeter with fence on your left until cycle track is reached. Go across junction of paths, through a wooden gate into woodland. Keep straight on and cross private drive, and keep on through more woodland, with fields on left, until gap in stone wall. Follow path past woodland play area and finally arrive at houses at woodland edge.

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Prior Park College and the Palladian Bridge at Prior Park


Turn left and follow path along field edge. Go past wooden gate on left, and continue with stone wall on right and fence on left for 300 metres. At main road, (Claverton Down Rd) turn left after 20 metres, cross road at footpath sign and go down narrow footpath between houses. Go straight on at playing fields, keeping boundary with Bath Cats and Dogs home to left.


Turn right onto lane (The Avenue) and after 30m turn left over stone stile in wall. After 10m turn right at crossing path, go through wooden gate, then left onto track. (Optional detour: Turn right here for the American Museum in Britain, free coffee and cookie with admission fee) To continue Skyline walk: Follow to first corner of field, go through kissing gate and go ahead across field, keeping fence then stone wall to your left. At corner, where field and woodland meet, go through kissing gate in wall and go straight up very large field with trees in, keeping woodland edge to your right.


At end of field go through kissing gate and enter Bathampton Woods. At first fork keep straight on and keep to main trail through woods. At junction of steep cross path, keep going on main trail, maintaining height through dips and bends, until a stile is reached at woodland edge.


Leave woods over stile onto open pasture and go straight on, bearing left slightly uphill then keep level across open ground with golf course uphill to left and woodland downhill to right. Head towards the right of the radio masts. As you approach the masts, the woodland gets closer on right, and you join a track just to the right of the masts. Follow track to second kissing gate on right, down into steep woodland. Path drops down very steeply through trees, then bears left just before a wire fence. Continue on path, past a kissing gate on right, winding through trees, go up a short flight of wooden steps to view point with bench.


Here, you may make a short detour to Sham Castle; go past bench, cross lane (Golf Course Rd) and head uphill into woods just before Bath Golf Club stone pillars. Then, return to route, recross lane and go through kissing gate on right of stone pillars. Follow path with wooden steps steeply downhill across pasture towards a road (North Rd). Alternatively, for a shorter level walk, continue from Sham Castle and follow path, keeping plantation on left, across field to stile. Cross bridge into Bath University campus and continue along track. Go through Uni car park and at end turn right onto private road. Carry straight to Bathwick Hill, opposite side road (Copseland). Cross road and walk along Copseland to Widcombe Hill. Cross road and follow straight ahead along cycle path. Continue along path to kissing gate on right. Re-join route at A. 

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At bottom of wooden steps go through kissing gate, down short concrete steps onto road (North Rd; cross with care) and turn right along pavement. After 100m take footpath on left down a short flight of wooden steps, between a field and a large garden and follow downhill to emerge onto a road with large houses (Cleveland Walk). Turn left along pavement to Bathwick Hill and return to the start of the walk.

A family on the Bath Skyline walk


We've found that, on average, people burned 735 calories (kcal) during this walk - almost enough to meet the minimum amount of physical activity that the government recommends that people perform each week.

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Energy mapping graph for Bath Skyline walk


Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647

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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. Please clear up after them.

Bath Skyline walk

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Bath Skyline walk

How to get here

Bathwick Hill, Bath, Somerset, BA2 6EP
By train

Bath Spa station is 0.8 miles (1.3km) from the start of the walk (point 1 on the map). Take bus U1 or U18 from Bath Bus Station/Dorchester Street (at front of train station). Alight at Cleveland Walk (on Bathwick Hill). Cross over Bathwick Hill to find the start of the walk (behind National Trust branded bus stop).


By road

Bath is just off the A4 Bath to Bristol road, and the A36 between Bath and Warminster; 10 miles (16km) from Jct 18 on the M4. There are no National Trust car parks on the Skyline, but there are frequent bus services from the city centre.


Parking: At the weekends only, parking is available at the University of Bath (Entrance from Norwood Avenue, just off Claverton Down Road, BA2 7AZ)


By foot

The closest part of the Bath Skyline to Bath city centre is at point 1 on the Skyline map, Bathwick Fields (0.9 miles from Bath Abbey). Follow Bathwick Hill uphill until you reach a National Trust branded bus stop on your right, turn right and follow the grass track for approximately 20m until you reach a kissing gate into a field, and the start of the walk. The Bath Skyline walk follows a circular path, so you can start at multiple points around the route. Another option to reach the Bath Skyline from Bath city centre is to follow the ‘Walk to the view!’. This walk will lead you from the Bath Tourist Information Centre, through the city and along the Kennet and Avon Canal, and up into Bathwick Fields to join the walk at point 1 on the map. You can collect a ‘Walk to the view!’ leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre, or download a copy from our website.


By bus

Take the U1 (Firstgroup), or U18 (Wessexbus) from the Bath bus station/Dorchester Street towards the University of Bath. Alight at Cleveland Walk (on Bathwick Hill). Cross over Bathwick Hill and follow grass path next to National Trust branded bus stop. You will reach a kissing gate into a field. This is point 1 on the walk map.


Alternatively you can take the City Sightseeing Skyline tour bus to reach various points on the Bath Skyline. This route starts outside Bath Spa train station. The stops listed below may be request stops only, so you are advised to check with the driver when you board. Alight at stop 5/E – Holburne Museum, follow Pulteney Road approximately 130m south (right turn at the end of Great Pulteney Street), then follow Bathwick Hill uphill to join the walk at point 1 on the map. Alight at stop 13/M – Claverton Down Road, or 14/N – Ralph Allen School, cross the road and join the walk at point 4 (for the Woodland Play Area). Look for National Trust signage and gates between stop 13 and 14

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 4 passes through Bath (long distance path from London to St. Davids). Follow cycle route to the east side of the city, where cycle route joins/ leaves the canal path. Follow canal path back towards the city (south), until you reach Bathwick Hill. Follow Bathwick Hill uphill until you reach point 1 on the Skyline map (behind National Trust branded bus stop on your right).


Bath Skyline walk

Facilities and access

  • Free hot drink and American cookie at the American Museum with purchase of a ticket when you show this map (2015 offer)
  • Café and toilets available for American Museum ticket holders
  • Dogs welcome on leads only as cattle and sheep graze the meadows